DJ Shub, formerly of A Tribe Called Red, is a title earning DJ and award winning music producer. He lives in Fort Erie, Ontario and counts two DMC Canada DJ Championship titles (2007 and 2008), a DMC Canadian Battle for Supremacy title (2008), a Canadian Red Bull Thre3style title (2012), and a King of the Dot Canada vs. USA DJ battle win along with trophies from the JUNO Awards and the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards as some of his most notable accomplishments.
He is a proud husband and father of two; a member of the Turtle Clan; and, Mohawk from Six Nations.
DJ Shub parted ways with A Tribe Called Red in 2014. His work with the group includes the JUNO Award winning album, Nation II Nation and their most popular single, “Electric Pow Wow Drum” (1,585,539 steams on SoundCloud).
PowWowStep, DJ Shub’s first EP since departing A Tribe Called Red in 2014, is a euphoric and triumphant six-song statement of ownership, identity and celebration.
Shub began working with a new manager, Alan Greyeyes, and decided that he didn’t want to rush an album. While every track on PowWowStep is a “club banger,” the album will be “a lot different, but sort of the same,” he promises with a laugh.
PowWowStep is a declaration, a party starter and a release. It’s the kind of music that pushes away the darkness, zaps your heart back to life and makes you feel buoyant, unbreakable, fearless. Shub is happy when I tell him that I haven’t stopped smiling since I started listening to the EP. He wants PowWowStep to be “a light of hope in this whole terrible, evil darkness that feels like it’s happening right now everywhere.”
With PowWowStep, Shub invites the listener to bring what they want to the songs. If one has an awareness of or identifies with the trauma of colonization and cultural genocide, and revels in the power of powwow as a nod to Indigenous survival and resistance, that’s great. If one just wants to dance up a storm, forget about everything and soak the floor in sweat, that’s fine, too.
“With this EP, you can live in the moment, forget about things and feel your culture at the same time, and that’s something I thought was very important,” Shub says.
The Bella Coola Music Festival is extremely excited to welcome DJ Shub to our stage on July 22 and 23, 2017.