With support from world famous hard-hitters Jauz and Tiësto, who’ve dropped his tunes in front of hundreds of thousands at the likes of Tomorrowland, Bristol’s Notion is one of the young producers at the heart of the UK bassline and bass house revival that has taken the club scene by storm.
across every nightclub in the country you’ll recognise the heavy synths that have been shutting down raves for decades
The dark underground sounds of bassline are by no means new, but they were scarcely heard if you didn’t head out of your way to hear them. Now, a new wave of young producers has helped ensure that across every nightclub in the country you’ll recognise the heavy synths that have been shutting down raves for decades.
The bass-heavy sounds coming out of Bristol have been represented by bass house producer Notion, with his mega track Real amassing over 1.3 million streams on Spotify. Combining classic garage sounds with heavy hitting sub-bass synths to make rave ready drops, Notion is one of the hottest products on the global bass house scene.
The fact that Real was released on Musical Freedom Records, dance legend Tiësto’s own label, was a huge win itself, but it has paved the way for further global success since, two tracks on Holy Goof’s important Globes compilation.
Nitelife had the chance to catch up with Notion following the whirlwind year he – and UK bass music – has had.
‘The last year has been the best yet for me’ Notion tells us. ‘I know everyone says that, but it genuinely has. I hit 1 million streams on my track Real, which was a huge milestone for me and something I’ve wanted to achieve for a long time.
The last year has been the best yet for me
‘To be honest, I had no idea that Real was going to do what it has, but I think that’s always the way. As a producer, the way I see and hear my own music is completely different to the way someone else might see it, so you can never really predict how something is going to be received – you just have to put it out there and let people decide for themselves. It still feels very surreal to me that the track is out on Musical Freedom, but big up Tiësto & all the team at MF that made it happen!’
Notion isn’t finished there either, we asked the bass-smith what he’s got in store and he gave us plenty to be excited about:
‘I’m currently flat out in the studio finishing off my next solo EP, which I’m super excited about, as well as working on a load of collabs with some really sick artists, so I can’t wait for you to hear all of that.
I’m currently flat out in the studio finishing off my next solo EP
‘On top of that, I’m very happy to say that my VIP of Real will be getting a release very soon. I’ve had almost daily messages about it since I first put up a clip of it last year, so I’m really happy we’ve been able to make that happen.’
Beyond the success of Real, Notion is a prolific producer with releases across a multitude of respected platforms in the last year, including UKF with Nemesis and Night Bass Records with his Deadly Weapon EP. Showing his versatility in creating unique genre-defying sounds is something that Notion says is important –
‘2019 has been all about progression for me so far. As time has gone on, I’ve been able to get more comfortable showing people different sides to my sound and now I’m in a place where I feel free to experiment and take what I’m doing to another level.
I’ve been able to get more comfortable showing people different sides to my sound (…) I feel free to experiment
‘I’ve always made loads of different styles of music, but just for myself. Now I think I’m allowing myself to incorporate more of that into the music that I’m releasing – it’s really exciting.
‘There are loads of really talented producers coming through at the moment, but a few staples in my sets this year have been Skue-K, Distinkt and Nu Bass. I think all three of those guys have got really unique sounds and are trying to do something different and, for me, that’s what it’s all about.’
a few staples in my sets this year have been Skue-K, Distinkt and Nu Bass
Another producer Notion is closely linked with is Holy Goof. As well as collaborating with Goof himself on his Globes project’s opening track, M.O.D, Notion linked up with Real vocalist Cecelia once again for track three, Time. Notion also supported Goof on the Globes tour, including the Bristol leg, with a massive hometown show at Motion.
‘Me and Goof have been really good friends for a long time, so there’s more to the relationship than just music, but I think we’ve definitely both benefited from seeing each other’s journeys so far. To be honest, just having a friend who understands the ups and downs of the music industry is so valuable. Other than that, we just seem to work really well together in the studio, so it’s always made sense to make music with each other.’
Notion’s got plenty to be excited about – his success has earned him a busy summer across the UK festival and club circuit, and a place on the lucrative Amnesia Ibiza lineup.
‘It’s so hard to pick just one show that I’m excited about this summer, because I’ve got so many sick events coming up, but playing Ibiza for the first time with Holy Goof and TS7 is definitely up there. I’m also heading to Russia for the first time, so I can’t wait for that too.’
For Bristol fans, he also has plenty of shows much closer to home and he was quick to express his love for his hometown crowd.
I don’t think I ever realised how much love Bristol shows me until I played main room Motion last year
‘I don’t think I ever realised how much love Bristol shows me until I played main room Motion last year at 5am and the whole room stayed packed right until the end of my set. Those kinds of moments really make me grateful to have the kind of support I do here, so if you were at that show then thank you – you made my week.’
Photos by Chelone Wolf