Hillside Inside 2017
February 9 - 12
Presented by Exclaim! Media
It is told in the creation legend of a DJ called Shub that a great Council was held along the muddy banks of the mighty Grand River in which the influences of Q-Bert, Mix Master Mike, A- Trak, and Craze held sway. For one reason or another, that nobody remembers, all of the musical heavyweights from the Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca, Onondaga and Tuscarora also joined this Council and humbly offered teachings, harmonies, drum patterns, leads, and drops to this young man in their own good ways.
This Council raised the boy and the boy cared for them too. And that was how it was supposed to be and it was that way for a long time.
One time when all rappers needed T-Pain on their recordings and T-Pain had the respect of all of those who watch over and care for the most powerful of the music charts in our world, the DJ was presented with a vision of significance that changed his life and it was at that time that he set out on the first of his formative lifetime journeys. And in that first year of this first journey through our world and his life, the DJ was gifted with a Canadian DMC championship title and he cared for it. The following year, which was known at that time as 2008, the DJ who had been journeying was gifted with a second chance to earn that very same title and he did and he was humbled by the experience and he cared for that too. But soon after that second humbling, the DJ knew that two humblings wasn’t going to be enough and later in that same year he earned a Supremacy title and even later in that year, when he took his talents to the biggest of the stages in our world, he was named the 5th best DJ of that time by all of those who watch over and care for that great international DMC competition ground.
These humblings made the Council happy and when they reflected on all that had been tried and all that had been seen up to this point in time, they knew that the DJ, who was journeying in a good way for those years known to our world as 2007 and 2008, would need more. And the more, which is what would be tried and seen in this upcoming time, was found in spirit form and that spirit carried with it the strength of many mighty storms and it carried with it the ability to connect a great many people. But this spirit, which was not yet known to our world as the “powwow step,” needed more than the DJ could offer on his own and it called out to the Bear Witness; it called out to the DJ NDN; and, for short part of our time, it even embiggened a fourth collaborator known to many as DJ Frame.
So then, after the fourth collaborator bursted out in a different direction, there was three DJs of similar creation and direction working as one and at that time they were gifted with a name and they cared for that name and the powwow step spirit started to take shape and it started to gain strength. And that strength was good and that shape was good and a great many people started to know this and this knowing turned into caring and this caring turned into community and this community turned into business and this business put these young men on a journey that had never been gifted to them before and this journey was filled with a great many experiences.
And then the great star helper known as JUNO Award took the three DJs into ceremony and they were gifted with a humbling of great significance to carry. This time the year was known as 2014 and this experience would give the Council’s DJ the right to carry A Tribe Called Red's Breakthough Group of the Year teaching with him and he cared for it and it gave him strength.
But then the DJ needed a break off of breaking through. That had not been the plan, but now it was this way. And it was in this way, when the time was changed, that the DJ became a husband and the DJ's family grew and with this great growth, both in duty and in spirit, a more powerful Council presented itself to the DJ. And he knew at this time that this more powerful Council, which was still influenced by Q-Bert, Mix Master Mike, A-Trak, and Craze and embiggened by the Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca, Onondaga and Tuscarora would help him be a better person and it would help him do great things for his people.
DJ Shub, formerly of A Tribe Called Red, is a title earning DJ and award winning music producer. He lives in For 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.
Saturday, February 11th at 9:00pm