The pivotal Jamaican dub engineer and producer meets the LA hip-hop and soul innovator for a creative discussion about sound and spirit.
Scientist was given his name by King Tubby, after Tubby joked about his then-teenage mixing assistant’s forward-thinking sense of technical arrangement. By the late ’70s, Scientist had moved from his initial training at King Tubby’s studio to become the principal engineer at Studio One, where he mastered the 16-channel mixing desk and worked with dub, reggae and dancehall artists throughout the ’80s. Scientist is also known for his extensive discography of productions, with dozens of album-length recordings exploring the outer reaches of dub. Shafiq Husayn is a hip-hop and future-soul artist based in Los Angeles, best known for his work with the collective Sa-Ra Creative Partners. He’s also released original solo material, and has worked with artists such as Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Robert Glasper, Andre 3000, John Legend, Hiatus Kaiyote, Thundercat, Bilal and Ice T. He is the also the founder of the Dove Society, a Los Angeles-based creative collective which spawned Anderson Paak and the Free Nationals.