Patrick Mitchell – Quashi
Patrick Mitchell – aka “Quashi” has been a reggae bass player for over 32 years. Also known for his companies Rude Bwoy Spirits and International surfing brand Quashi International, where he promotes authentic reggae music and culture to people all over the globe! Bass has carried him far! Rasta and music all started for Patrick at a very young age in Jamaica. Spending time with his grandmother in St. Elizabeth, young Quashi heard Nyahbinghi drums playing across the road and was intrigued. He was told not to go over there but as a typical kid… he went to discover what was making that sound and met the Rastas who began his lifetime influence… you can say the rest is history!
At age 16 he started his first band called Reggae Foundation with the late Ras Donovan Leon and with Trevor ‘Jah T’ Lawrence (master percussionist from Burning Spear early years). The band became one of Southern California’s top (maybe only) all Rastafarian authentic Reggae bands and shared stages with bands like: No Doubt, Fishbone, 311, Voodoo Glowskulls, Skeletones and Hepcat on the regular. Quashi has since shared the stage with some of Reggae music’s greatest artists such as: Mystic Revealers, Tippa Irie, Pato Banton, Luciano, Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus, Eek a Mouse, Burning Spear, Steel Pulse, Everton Blender, Third World, Rita Marley, Anthony B, Jr. Reid, John Holt, Alton Ellis, Wadi Gad, Shabba Ranks, Protoje, Jah9, Chronixx, and the list goes on and on.
During his time in Southern California, Quashi met fellow Bass player Jah David Goldfine, and then owner of one of the longest running Reggae/Rastafari culture shops in the country (Trade Roots Reggae) – Ras Elliott Leib. From those days, the team formed up and started Zion High Productions (www.zhpreggae.com). Zion High Productions is currently one of the leading Roots Reggae music production houses in the industry and has over 15 full length albums and 5 riddim albums out in the market. ZHP was nominated for a Grammy for its work on tracks for Snoop Lion’s (Snoop Dogg) reggae album. Quashi now resides in Florida and tours with his Reggae backing band 1Tribe (www.1tribeband.com) and runs the Rude Bwoy Spirits Reggae tours as well as promotes the product for the company. Reggae music is in his DNA and he is now proud to say that he is using DNA amplification to complete all the great works and is loving it fully!
“I have been seeking the perfect reggae tone for 30 plus years. I can finally relax… my tone is clearly in my DNA – These speakers are not just to hear the bass with. With my DNS210 and DNS115… I now feel the bass! Right in my back like I am at a sound clash session back in Jamaica with a wall of speakers taking up the entire block! It’s insane! If you didn’t know… now you know! And the amp… no sah! Dangerous!!! I am playing my DNA-800 FLAT and it is all I need! Can you imagine if I turn up the bass…. oh lord! This is pure fire! Hot like lava! Rastafari!!! I man am done looking… DNA is where it’s at!!”