Calgary Herald gets familiar with JUNO-nominated A Tribe Called Red [Article]
Calgary, AB – Mike Bell of the Calgary Herald posted a great article earlier today about the aspirations of Ottawa’s JUNO-nominated crew, A Tribe Called Red. The trio received a pair of nominations recently including Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Electronic Album of the Year for their album, Nation II Nation. The group consists of DJ NDN, DJ Shub and Bear Witness; they’ll be at Calgary’s Hi-Fi Club tomorrow (Thursday) night.
“A Tribe Called Red are a Canadian electronic music group, who blend instrumental hip-hop, reggae, moombahton and dubstep-influenced dance music with elements of First Nations music, particularly vocal chanting and drumming.” – National Post
JUNO-nominated act A Tribe Called Red happy to get the party and conversation started
The “congratulations” offered Ian Campeau is met with one of those great laughs that’s a genuine mix of disbelief, elation, humility and surprise.
This despite the fact that we’re two days after his Ottawa electronic and DJ collective A Tribe Called Red learned that it had earned itself a pair of nominations for the upcoming Juno Awards on the strength of the trio’s sophomore release Nation II Nation.
“It hasn’t really set in yet,” says Campeau, who watched the announcement live with his wife. “It’s really exciting, though.” For those who’ve been paying attention to the band’s young but acclaimed career, it’s probably not much of a surprise. They’ve already made themselves regulars on the Polaris Prize longlist, not to mention on critics’ year-end bests, and their following has increased steadily and sizably thanks to constant international and national touring, including a current one that brings them to the Hi-Fi Club Thursday night. Juno domination was the obvious next step.
Perhaps the only surprise is the categories in which the band is nominated, or rather the one in which they aren’t: Aboriginal Album of the Year. As an all-First Nations act who has previously won a handful of Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, it would seem a natural Juno category for them and, perhaps, a better opportunity to take home some hardware.
But Campeau (a.k.a. DJ NDN) says when it came time to enter Nation II Nation and themselves into the national fray they wanted to be judged entirely on their music and alongside their stylistic peers.
”We made a conscious decision not to apply for the Aboriginal award…”
By: Mike Bell
Source: Calgary Herald