Press Kit

Biography

(updated October 17, 2017)

DJ Shub, formerly of A Tribe Called Red (but not a founding member), is a title earning DJ, award winning music producer, and devoted family man from Six Nations of the Grand River. His PowWowStep EP picked up an Indigenous Music Award for Best Instrumental Album in May of 2017; the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities (COCA) named him DJ of the Year in June of 2017; and, his music video for “Indomitable ft. Northern Cree Singers” picked up a 2017 Native American Music Award for Best Music Video along with a nomination for Best EDM/Dance Video at the 2017 Much Music Video Awards.

DJ Shub 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 a trophy from the JUNO Awards as some of his most notable accomplishments.

The PowWowStep EP was released on December 2, 2016. The project includes six original songs featuring the vocals of seven-time Grammy nominated Northern Cree Singers, smoke dance singer Frazer Sundown, and a northern drum from Blackfoot territory called Black Lodge Singers.

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”  (4,685,580 streams on Spotify).

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DJ Shub, ancien membre de A Tribe Called Red, est un DJ superchampion, un producteur de musique primé et un père de famille dévoué originaire de Six Nations de Grand River. Son album PowWowStep a récemment reçu le prix du Meilleur album instrumental aux Indigenous Music Awards; son vidéoclip pour la chanson « Indomitable ft. Northern Cree Singers » est quant à lui en nomination aux Much Music Video Awards 2017 dans la catégorie Meilleur vidéoclip EDM/Dance.

DJ Shub compte déjà plusieurs titres remportés au fil de sa carrière. Il est notamment double champion du championnat de DJ de DMC Canada (en 2007 et en 2008), gagnant du DMC Canadian Battle for Supremacy en 2008 et du Canadian Red Bull Thre3style en 2012, ainsi que vainqueur du combat de DJ « King of the Dot Canada vs. USA », en plus d’être lauréat d’un trophée des prix JUNO.

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“Shub left ATCR for family reasons, as that group’s tour schedule kept him away from his young kids. The musical differences appear to be minimal. But as ATCR get more heady and expansive, it’s Shub’s music that works better on a dance floor.”
– Michael Barclay, Waterloo Region Record | June 2, 2017 (read here)

“Played it for my high school class and they all started to move and throw their hands in the air. They said that’s pretty cool Mr. Wood! Judging by their action, I’d say it’s pretty darn electric.”
– Steve Wood, founder and lead singer of Northern Cree, on DJ Shub’s lead single entitled “Indomitable ft. Northern Cree”

Fan Highlights, PowWowStep Summer Tour 2017

PowWowStep EP now available (December 2, 2016)

DJ Shub’s solo debut is now available on all streaming services and digital music stores. Hard copies can also be purchased from his Bandcamp page (linked below).

All services: http://smarturl.it/PowWowStepEP

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/hq81si
Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/q9kzen
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/xzgi0j
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/uuas1n
Bandcamp: http://smarturl.it/qgrpvt
SoundCloud: http://smarturl.it/qukodd

DJ Titles & Accomplishments

• 2017 Canadian Organization of Campus Activities (COCA) DJ of the Year
• 2012 Canadian Red Bull Thre3style Champion
• 2008 Canadian Battle for Supremacy winner
• 2008 DMC Canada DJ Championship winner
• 2007 DMC Canada DJ Championship winner

Awards & Accomplishments for Producer Work

• 2017 Native American Music Award, Best Music Video for “Indomitable Ft. Northern Cree Singers”
• Indigenous Music Countdown, “Indomitable ft. Northern Cree Singers” hit #1 on the chart | July 29, 2017 (website)
• 2017 Indigenous Music Awards, Best Instrumental Album for PowWowStep EP by DJ Shub
• 2017 Much Music Video Awards nomination, Best EDM/Dance Video for “Indomitable ft. Northern Cree Singers”
• National Aboriginal Music Countdown, “Old School is for Lovers ft. Morningstar River” hit #1 on the chart | September 17, 2016 (website)
• 2014 JUNO Awards, Breakthough Group of the Year for Nation II Nation by A Tribe Called Red
• 2013 Polaris Prize short list for Nation II Nation by A Tribe Called Red
• 2013 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, Best Producer, Best Group/Duo, Best Pop Album, Best Album Cover for Nation II Nation by A Tribe Called Red

Recent Media Coverage

• Fort Erie Times: Local musician wins award south of the border | November 2, 2017 (website)
• Exclaim!: DJ Shub; Rifflandia, Victoria BC, September 15 | September 16, 2017 (website)
• Niagara This Week: Fort Erie musician up for more awards | September 12, 2017 (website)
• The Georgia Straight: DJ Shub creates a powwow for our times | July 19, 2017 (website)
• Apt613: Canada Scene: Apt613 talks to DJ Shub before gig with Buffy Sainte-Marie at Southam Hall | July 1, 2017 (website)
• ARTSFILE: Canada Scene: Stepping up with DJ Shub | June 27, 2017 (website)
• Fort Erie Time: Niagara DJ nominated for Much Music award |May 30, 2017 (website)
• Muskrat Magazine: Must know about Indigenous newsmakers in 2K16 | January 6, 2017 (website)
• Indian Country Today Media Network: 8 Great Native Music Videos of 2016 | January 2, 2017 (website)
• Indian Country Today Media Network: Former ‘Tribe Called Red’ DJ Shub Releases First Solo Video and EP ‘Indomitable’ | November 24, 2016 (website)
• CBC Music: John Legend to Zaki Ibrahim to DJ Shub: 11 songs you need to hear this week | November 25, 2016 (website)
• CBC Music: DJ Shub, PowWowStep first play | November 24, 2016 (website)
• PowWows.com: DJ Shub’s New Video Features ‘Indomitable’ Pow Wow Spirit | November 16, 2016 (website)
• Muskrat Magazine: Debut music video for DJ Shub, formerly of A Tribe Called Red | November 15, 2016 (website)
• CFWE: DJ Shub music video premieres today!! | November 14, 2016 (website)
• Noisey: DJ Shub Is “Indomitable” on His New Song with Northern Cree Singers | November 14, 2016 (website)
• Indie Music Filter: Video: “Indomitable” (ft. Northern Cree Singers) by DJ Shub | November 10, 2016 (website)
• Much.com: Premiere, Indomitable by DJ Shub feat. Northern Cree Singers | November 10, 2016 (website)
• Unceded Airwaves on CITR 101.9 FM Vancouver: Interview with Lisa Girbav | October 27, 2016 (website)
• Native Waves Radio on CFUV 101.9 FM Victoria: Interview with January Rogers | September 21, 2016 (website)
• Native Peoples Magazine: Back From the Red, Mohawk musician DJ Shub, who left A Tribe Called Red in 2014, releases his debut album, “Powwow Step.”| June 30, 2016 (website)
• Digital Drum: Pride Toronto: Two-Spirit Rainbow Pow Wow | September 13, 2016 (website)
• Muskrat Magazine: Feature Artist, DJ Shub | May 26, 2016 (website)
• NCI FM: Radio interview for the National Aboriginal Music Countdown, “Old School is for Lovers” added to the countdown | April 16, 2016 (website)
• Unreserved on CBC: Playlist addition, “Old School is for Lovers” | April 13, 2016 (website)
• LastRealIndians: DJ Shub releases new single alongside VICELAND debut | April 8, 2016 (read it)
• CFNR FM: Radio interview and playlist addition, “Old School is for Lovers” | April 7, 2016 (website)
• CFWE FM: Playlist addition, “Old School is for Lovers” | April 7, 2016 (website)
• Noisey: Music by VICE: DJ Shub Mixes Native With The New For The Soulful “Old School Is For Lovers” | April 6, 2016 (read it)

Related Media Coverage

• Dance Music NorthWest: Indigenous Canadian Artists Fill Atmosphere Gathering’s Lineup | July 23, 2017 (website)
• Winnipeg Free Press: More pride, less patriotism | July 5, 2017 (website)
• Ottawa Citizen: Concert review: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Randy Bachman join forces at NAC | July 4, 2017 (website)
• CBC News: Get ready to party like it’s 2017 | December 31, 2016 (read it)
CBC News: Alberta Indigenous group receives 7th Grammy Award nomination | December 7, 2016 (read it)
• Noisey: Music by VICE: Premiere: Joey Stylez shows us the ways of the warrior in his “Pride of Lions remix” video | November 24, 2015 (read it)
• Ottawa Citizen: DJ Shub on life after A Tribe Called Red | June 15, 2015 (read it)
• Indian Country Today Media Network: Cayuga DJ Named Best Party Rocker; A Tribe Called Red on Tour | June 1, 2012 (read it)

Recent DJ Shub News

• Recorded a group of pow wow singers, which included Gabe Gaudet (Bear Creek) and Eddy Robinson (Morningstar River), at SOTA Studio/OVO Sound in Toronto on November 6, 2016 (video).
• Booking agent secured for Europe. DJ Shub is now represented by Kolia Rustin at Allo Floride (Paris, France).

PowWowStep Summer Tour 2017

• July 1: Missisauga ON w/ Classic Roots & Karahkwiiohstha King
• July 3: Ottawa ON alongside Buffy Sainte-Marie
• July 7-9: Winnipeg MB w/ Shanley Spence & Rylee Sandberg
• July 14: Moncton NB (solo)
• July 15 & 16: Guelph ON w/ Ty Smoke & Jasmine Phillips
• July 17: Toronto ON w/ Ty Smoke
• July 18: Hamilton ON w/ Classic Roots
• July 26-28: Calgary AB w/ Sandra Lamouche aka Yellowhorn
• July 29: Vancouver BC w/ AJ Akachuk
• July 30: Squamish BC w/ AJ Akachuk
• August 4: Canmore AB w/ AJ Akachuk
• August 5: Vancouver BC w/ James Jones
• August 18: Toronto ON w/ Echo Buswa
• August 19: Cumberland BC (solo)
• August 20: Salmon Arm BC w/ Viola Brown, Ryan Oliverius, DeAnne Akachuk
• August 26: London ON (solo)
• August 27: Ottawa ON w/ Josee Bourgeois
• August 29: Aamjiwnaang First Nation ON w/ Ty Smoke

Official Music Video

Performance Video

High Resolution Photos for Print

Photos by Ogichidaa Arts.