TapeOp.com 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.
Dubapest HiFi is the first real reggae soundsystem in Hungary. The sound’s 2 selectas and operators are Jahfar and Captain Midnite, accompanied by Haroon Ayyaz on the microphone. The sound currently has 6 scoops, 2 double kick boxes, 4 mid-high boxes and two tweeter boxes, with 30 000 watts in amps. The 2 selectas play various styles as roots reggae, dub, stepper, early and new digital. Jahfar’s selection is more deep and spiritual, Midnite likes to shake up the dance digital style while Haroon Ayyaz promotes love, harmony and consciousness on the microphone. The combination of their music taste introduces the listener to a wide spectrum of real reggae music. Dubapest HiFi’s goal is to unite the people through the messages in reggae music, to wake up the people with love in this consumerist generation.
Prominent figure in the English Dub music scene for over forty years and founder of label and studio Ariwa in 1979, Neil Fraser, aka Mad Professor, is one of the most notorious and prolific second generation dub music producers. Following the lead of dub pioneers and masters, the likes of King Tubby or Lee “Scratch” Perry, Mad Professor experiments with machines in his own transgressive way. His album “Dub Me Crazy”, produced at the Ariwa studio in the ‘80s, has contributed a great deal to reggae’s transition into the electronic era. Fraser has worked on tracks for numerous artists and bands such as Depeche Mode, Jamiroquai, the Beastie Boys, Massive Attack, Rancid, The Orb, not to mention reggae musicians including Horace Andy, Johnny Clarke, Sly & Robbie, Buju Banton or U-Roy. All have, at least once, entrusted their compositions to the wild electronic wizard, whose career will undoubtedly be remembered as a cornerstone in the history of Britain’s thriving Bass music.
I NEVE KNEW TV had the honor of interviewing the legendary ” father of hip-hop” Daddy U Roy. In this clip he speaks about his early experiences in the business and ‘crazy’ story describing the genius of King Tubby…Enjoy…
Musical history is littered with examples of innovators using technology in creative ways that have wide reaching and lasting affects. In part one of this article we examine the techniques and equipment used in the creation of dub music, a genre that would grow to birth and influence not only reggae but pop and all types of electronic dance music, including quite notably dubstep, jungle and drum’n’bass, as well as having a major hand in the invention of the remix and hip-hop.
Scientist rose to fame cutting some thrilling ‘dubs’ in the eighties. As a Prote’ge’ of the Dub Master King Tubby Scientist quickly honed his trade and captured the world with his unique and eccentric mixes. Born Hopeton Brown 18 April 1960 the way how he worked the mixing board was likened to a Scientist in a Lab not afraid to experiment with sounds and effects . The Scientist of Reggae was born!! Daddy Ranks and Norman Gentles caught up with him after a serious mixing session live in London. Scientist wanted to set the record straight re his rights to re released material . and the truth about Tubby’s. Musical Heatwave is focused on bringing you black entertainment related information. Keen to highlight talent in all its many forms, aiding those who have the skills and creativity but not the resources to showcase their gifts to the world.
We’re trying to capture what living in London sounds like. Let’s hear from Cedar Lewisohn, our new curator of dub reggae, and how he’s trying to capture a sound, a culture, and an experience.
Cedar Lewisohn: “I’m an artist, writer and curator. My work is part of Curating London, a new collecting project. Over four years, the Museum of London is heading out into the city, trying to capture what it means to live in London. We’re recording everyday life, from clothes and chat to music and food. My project covers the whole of London, researching the past and present of dub reggae music.”