Curtis Runnin Rabbit-Lefthand of Indigenous Resilience in Music had the opportunity to ask DJ Shub a few questions in advance of his performance at Block Heater on February 22. This is the resulting interview.
Curtis: Hi DJ Shub, please tell us about yourself.
DJ Shub: My name is Dan General, also known as Shub in the DJ world. I’ve been a DJ producer since the late 90s. I really got into DJ’ing full time in the early 00s. I had my first DJ battle at DMCs, an international DJ competition, in 2005. I am a DJ turntablist. That is my style.”
C: You have been DJing for a number of years now and I wanted to know where your journey in the music industry began.
D: My older brother was a DJ. He performed in Buffalo in college and I was able to go with him during his gigs. I would go with him to buy records at local shops and he helped me shop for my first set of turntables. I would also watch DMC competition tapes and learn from them as I figured out the turntables to gather new techniques. That’s basically where it all started was through my brother.
DJ Shub performs at ATB Canada Music Square at Studio Bell on Saturday, February 22.
I would go with him to buy records at local shops and he helped me shop for my first set of turntables. That’s basically where it all started was through my brother.
– DJ Shub
C: Today, you’re known as the Godfather of PowwowStep. What has life been like being recognized as the creator of such a vast genre that houses many Indigenous musicians?
DJ Shub: It’s a lot different. I feel as if I have this responsibility to carry this style of music further. It’s amazing to see other Indigenous musicians use different styles that add to the genre in their own way. And to be a part of that movement is humbling and seeing others share their culture through this genre is amazing.
C: Where do you see yourself heading next with your music?
There are gonna be a lot more releases as far as PowwowStep goes. I’m also not trying to get pigeonholed because I would like to explore other genres, though I still love the style. I’m working with productions that will be recognized in other industries that will bring my music further. I’m working directly with Zync on a production that will put my music in a new direction within my music career.
C: What are your plans for the future?
I’ve been working on a new record for the past four years and I will be releasing a new single at the end of February. I have new content coming out soon and I’m excited for people to hear the new stuff.
Keep looking back at my social media to keep up to date with what I’m doing. Look out for a lot of big things this year at djshub.ca.
Curtis Running Rabbit-Lefthand is an Indigenous multimedia creative producer, musician, spoken word artist, and law student out of the University of Calgary. He is the founder and Executive Director of Indigenous Resilience in Music — an Indigenous-led organization creating insight into the lives of Indigenous musicians and empowering Indigenous youth in reclaiming their identity in music and the arts. As an artist and musician, he performs as the front person for the aggressive hardcore punk band Signatory and performs under his solo singer songwriter works outside of his band. Curtis is a proud member of the Blackfoot Confederacy and comes from the Amskaapipikuni, Siksika and Stoney Nakoda nations.