Jamaican electronics whiz kid Hopeton Overton Brown got his moniker “Scientist” from none other than one of dub music production’s founding fathers, King Tubby (Osbourne Ruddock). As a teenager he began engineering and mixing out of Tubby’s, later moving to Channel One and Tuff Gong studios. He is one of the genre’s most prolific and creative forces, while also remaining a sought-after mix engineer and producer. In addition to his own impressive, if not stunning body of solo work, he has worked with Jamaican legends Bob Marley, Roots Radics, Prince/King Jammy, Peter Tosh, and Horace Andy, to name just a few. Meanwhile, current artists such as Hempress Sativa, Ted Sirota, and Khruangbin have all benefitted from his otherworldly presentations of their music. To watch him mix is like watching man and machine become one. His mixes are dance-like performances on the console, and the sound pictures he paints are mystical and dreamlike. I tracked Scientist down and had the pleasure of digging deeper with one of music’s unique geniuses.
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