The Scientist, aka Phivos (Phil) Sebastiane, grew up in Basildon Essex. When he first listened to the Doctor Who Theme music made by Delia Derbyshire and Ron Grainger and fell in love with the synthesizers. Inspired by the legacy of Depeche Mode, in 1982, at age 9, he bought his first records. In 1984, at eleven, he got his first synthesizer - a Yamaha CS01 MKII, a monophonic analog. He took six months of organ lessons for the basics.