THE SCIENTIST with GENERAL JAH MIKEY, SUBATOMIC SOUND SYSTEM & DJ SEP
Dub Mission and Subatomic Sound System present
the First Dub Champions Festival on the West Coast:
featuring Jamaica's legendary mixmaster The Scientist
with General Jah Mikey on the mic
plus Subatomic Sound System
and DJ Sep
at Elbo Room: 647 Valencia Street, SF, CA 94110 Club is 21 & over - 415 552 7788
9 pm to 2 am - $14 Advance/$17 Door
Limited advance tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com
More information: www.dubmission.com
"My inspiration for creating Dub Champions Festival nearly four years ago in New York City was primarily the result of my experience performing at Dub Mission and seeing the amazing response of the crowd week after week to these events that DJ Sep was organizing. I felt we needed something like that in New York for both artists and fans of the music. Once it started it just snowballed from there." Emch / Subatomic Sound System
After three years in the North East and two years in Europe, Subatomic Sound in conjunction with Dub Mission (S.F.), Dub Club (L.A.), and Dubspot presents the First Annual Dub Champions Festival on the West Coast. An international musical phenomenon, dub is a musical style characterized by heavy bass, drums, and copious use of effects, where the producer becomes the artist, with the mixing board as his or her instrument. The festival features performances and educational workshops to exhibit how the music is created and how it has evolved from its roots in '70s Jamaica to become a cornerstone of electronic bass music. Dub is a major inspiration to artists in many genres including rap, rock, punk and dance music. Dub Champions Festival was founded in New York City by Emch of Subatomic Sound System and is dedicated to featuring the world's greatest dub pioneers from Jamaica as well as current innovators on every Continent. The festival happens in New York City, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, Vienna, Amsterdam and now debuts in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Hopeton Overton Brown--better known as the Scientist---is a protégé of King Tubby (Osbourne Ruddock), one of the originators of dub music. Brown was introduced to electronics by his father, who worked as a television and radio repair technician. He began building his own amplifiers while still very young and would often buy transformers from Tubby's Dromilly Road studio. He kept asking Tubby to give him a chance at mixing and was taken on at Tubby's as an assistant.
He began working as a mixer in the mid-1970s, initially creating dubs of reworked Studio One riddims for Don Mais' Roots Tradition label. His name originated from a joke between Tubby and Bunny Lee. Having noticed Brown's forward- thinking ideas and technical aspirations, Tubby remarked, "Damn, this little boy must be a scientist." He left King Tubby's studio at the end of the '70s and became the principal engineer for Channel One Studio, where he had the chance to work on a
16-track mixing desk (rather than the four-track desk at Tubby's). The Scientist was the favorite engineer of Henry
"Junjo" Lawes, and also did a lot of work for Linval Thompson and Jah Thomas. He gained more prominence in the early 80's when he released a series of memorable albums on Greensleeves Records with titles themed around Scientist's fictional achievements in fighting Space Invaders, Pac-Men, and Vampires, and winning the World Cup. The music on these albums was played by Roots Radics, his most frequent collaborators. In 1982, the Scientist left Channel One to work at Tuff Gong studio as second engineer to Errol Brown. He immigrated to the Washington, D.C. area in 1985 and in the early 90's moved to Los Angeles where he continues to produce prolifically and design his own studio equipment. Many of his latest productions can be found on www.dubmusic.com/artists
New York City's Subatomic Sound System is a tightrope between the reggae roots of dub and the future of bass music. Subatomic Sound System is spearheaded by Emch who performs as a live electronic dub act, or complete band. Emch is the founder of Dub Champions Festival and the Subatomic Sound label. He's a producer, DJ, musician, Brooklyn Radio host, label manager for Kingston-based People Records JA, Dubspot music instructor, and promoter. After collaborating with Dubblestandart in 2008 to produce Lee Scratch Perry's first dubstep tracks, numerous projects followed. Featuring a unique blend of live instruments and electronics, Subatomic Sound System has become Perry's go-to band for reinventing the Black Ark vibes live, appearing at Coachella Festival in 2013, Red Bull Music Academy, and cities throughout Europe and the U.S. Subatomic Sound System has a string of chart-topping productions, remixes, and releases and has collaborated with Elephant Man, filmmaker David Lynch, Anthony B, and Ari Up, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Stereotyp, Frikstailers, Dub Gabriel, and many others.
Subatomic Sound Radio on Brooklyn Radio, 24-7 at www.brooklynradio.com/subatomic-sound-radio/
Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, General Jah Mikey (born Michael Mitchell) has manifested the title, "Lyrical Ambassador" from over two decades of musical experience and vocal talent. Jah Mikey's alluring sonorous tone and melodic style have expanded his capacity, and he is gifted with more than just Rasta appeal. In addition to his lyrical and rich reggae sound, Jah Mikey has recorded in many musical genres, including Jungle, Dubstep, Hip Hop, Hardcore, and House. His sultry singing style is a colorful combination of dancehall, lover's rock, hip hop, jazz and R&B. As early as age eleven Mikey was absorbing the craft of making profound music with a studio apprenticeship with the legendary King Tubby. In 1985, by the age of seventeen, he had his first published recording on Mozziyah Records, followed by his first U.S. tour a year later. General Jah Mikey has performed on numerous sound systems including Zodiac, Kilamanjaro, Class One, and King Jammy's. He has toured coast to coast in the United States, and has made his way into the Virgin Islands. Mikey's vocals have graced the labels of Jammy's, Tappa Records, Adamari Records, Jungle Riddim Records, and his own label, Jah Sky Muzik. Within the last couple years, Jah Mikey has been working with celebrated and diverse artists such as The Scientist, X Clan, Sammy Dread, The Roots Radics Band, Pinney Woods, Dr. Dre, Winzell Kelly of the Darmatics, Junior Reid, dubstep pioneers Rusko, 12th Planet and Datsik. Combining his multifarious music styles, his resonant enchanting voice, longevity in the scene, and his charismatic stage presence, General Jah Mikey has contributed a thundering amount of quality to, the music scene.
The Scientist explains the concept of making a dub:
The Scientist alongside General Jah Mikey "Need Your Loving"
The Scientist with Roots Radics featuring General Jah Mikey LIVE in San Francisco
DJ Sep is the founder, promoter, and main resident DJ at Dub Mission. For 22 years, Sep was also on Bay Area radio: first at college radio station KUSF and later at Berkeley's public radio station, KPFA. She's the co-compiler (with producer Shockman) of Babylon Is Ours: The USA in Dub, a collection of all-exclusive American dub tracks (on Select Cuts). In 2009, Mochipet's Daly City Records released her remixes (with Jason Short) of "Get Your Dub Wet" featuring Juakali and Mista Chatman. Sep has won a Goldie Award (Bay Guardian) and been nominated for Best DJ (SF Weekly Music Awards). She has spun at venues in London, New York, Washington DC, Miami, and Los Angeles and has opened for the likes of Sly & Robbie, The Wailers, Culture, Big Youth, Les Nubians, Rachid Taha, Kinky, and The Cinematic Orchestra among many others. Her latest projects include the Biggering Riddim, an EP of original music featuring dr. Israel and Mista Chatman; the BASSment mix, and Reggae Got Dhol featuring refixes of classic tunes by Gregory Isaacs and Lady G; all available for download on her Soundcloud page.
Voted Bay Area's Best Reggae Club by S.F. Bay Guardian readers and now in its 18th year, Dub Mission is one of the longest-running parties in the world, presenting cutting-edge dub, roots reggae and dancehall every Sunday at the Elbo Room. Dub Mission has featured artists from all over the world, including Adrian Sherwood & the ON-U Sound System, Mad
Professor & the Ariwa Sound System, the Scientist, Mungo's Hi Fi with Soom T as well as Solo Banton, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Zion Train, Prince Fatty Sound System with Hollie Cook, Twilight Circus Dub Sound System, Nickodemus & The Spy From Cairo and many others.
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