Donald Waugh Bio

I was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica.  I started playing the piano at the age of 7 with encouragement from my parents.  When I was 17 years old, I found my brother-in-law’s bass guitar and by the next morning I had taught myself the bass lines to a few songs. My passion for the bass guitar and for music in general grew from there.

When I started College, I became serious about my music career. I studied visual arts, Jazz theory and the bass guitar at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica.  During my studies my main influences were the various bands I performed in; the Javier Latin Jazz Band, the Jill Gibson Trio and the Kathy Brown Band, which allowed me to tour all around Jamaica.

During my final year of college, I started my own band called Airplai®. For the next four years my sole focus was on Airplai® Band, which was my first independent endeavor. I was then approached by GeeJam Studios to audition for their band, the Jolly Boys.  This was not a simple task as I needed to learn to play the banjo.  I arrived early for the audition and in three hours I taught myself how to play the banjo with the help of Mr. Google. For the next year I toured with the Jolly Boys around Europe, the Caribbean and the Middle East. During my time with the Jolly Boys, I collaborated on an album project called Quantum Reggae with song writer, Jim Belleau, and musician/singer/song writer, Maroghini.

I am also the owner and founder of Airplai® Productions, where we do album production, song writing, composing/arranging, video editing, film scoring, and jingles. Also, over a decade ago, I created the Perfect10course, which continues to offer online music lessons for bass guitar, guitar, drums, and piano. In 2013, I was discovered online by an agent, which led me to my current venture as a Solo Bassist/Guitarist onboard cruise ships.

In 2014, I released my first solo album, Just Passing Through, under the label Airplai® Productions. This project was ten years in the making. My second album, Feel Brand New, was just released at the end of 2016.  I am proud to announce that both albums are available on iTunes, GooglePlay and Amazon.