Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Scientist On Springline - Exclusive!

TONIGHT 8th July From Around 8:30pm (UK Time) Hear Steve Steppa in an Exclusive Interview with the Legendary.....

If you can't make it tonight the interview (recorded earlier this month) will be looped throughout the playlist for the next couple of weeks
Here to accompany the interview is a short biography on the man and how he started.
Scientist (Overton Brown) began his career building sound system audio amplifiers in the late 70's, until one day, whilst repairing a television for a friend who had worked for King Tubby's, he needed a transformer and King Tubby's was the only place to find those particular types of transformers. Overton was excited and considered himself very lucky to have the opportunity to meet this brilliant man. After that, it became a regular place him to buy special made power and output transformers for the amplifiers that he was building. King Tubby became impressed with the electronic skills and abilities of the young engineer that he offered him a job working at the studio in around 1978. He so impressed the producer with his work that he soon became his protege and with this he quickly began to make a reputation for himself with his innovative, wild mixes.
In 1980, Greensleeves released the productions of top Jamaican producer Henry 'Junjo' Lawes, who was finding success with new and uprising singer Barrington Levy. Lawes was using King Tubby's studio for his voicing and final mix-downs and offered Greensleeves a couple of dub albums mixed by Tubby's exciting young engineer. The Scientist, VS Prince Jammy (1980), was released here and consisted mostly of dub mixes of Barrington tracks. This album was presented as The "Big Showdown" between the two dubmasters. Greensleeves followed this album with another proclaiming The Scientist to be the Heavyweight Dub Champion. The Scientist soon became Jamaica's top recording engineer with an almost overwhelming flow of albums released & mixed by The Scientist from various sources throughout the early 80's. Greensleeves, in particular issued album after album most of which featured great cartoon sleeves.

Much respect and thanks to Valerie Crawford.

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