The Northwest Kid
The Northwest Kid (Craig Frank Edes) is mainly of Gitxsan Heritage, from the Northwest Interior of British Columbia. The young man comes from a linage of two full-blooded Gitxsan grandmothers who were of Wolf and Frog clan ancestry. Being born of a Frog Clan, Gitxsan womb makes The Northwest Kid Frog clan. NWK studied in both, Acting for Stage & Screen at Capilano University, and Aboriginal Focus Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. He’s been an active poet/emcee since late 2010, and continues to focus his intent on raising awareness around social issues, and decolonization.
Heebz The Earthchild
Heebz The Earthchild (Travis Adrian Hebert) is of Cree/Metis descent and resides on Wet’suwet'en Territory in Telkwa, British Columbia. His family is originally from the Northern plains. His Mothers roots are in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan and his Fathers roots are in Slave Lake, Alberta. He focuses his time on his family, music, art, and mentoring youth. Heebz is an Emcee/Producer for Mob Bounce. He links his lyrical content to Spirituality, Culture, Indigenous issues and Personal Healing. His goals and dreams with Mob Bounce are to provide music that creates social change and offers Medicine and Healing for All Nations and Generations on Mother Earth.
Mob Bounce is a Hip Hop duo that formed in the later half of 2010 with the release of their, “Mixed Blood Mixtape.” Before the mixtape release, Travis Adrian Hebert and Craig Frank Edes had been writing & recording music since 2004. Craig is Gitxsan and Travis is Cree/Metis. The two Aboriginal artists have exceptional experience in playing guitar and drums, and have blended their musicianship with elements of Electronic Dance Music (E.D.M.), and Hip Hop production; they incorporate aspects of a Cultural identity with an Artistic identity by experimenting with free toning (Chanting), and a Cultural soundscape influenced by sounds of Nature.
Since the release of “Mix Blood Mixtape”, Mob Bounce has focused heavily on creating social and environmental awareness through the arts. They have done their share of anti-pipeline events and a series of shows at Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival that is organized through W2 Media Arts Society in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mob Bounce spent the summer of 2014 performing at various Music Festivals and events including Aboriginal Music Week in Winnipeg, MB. Combined, they have shared the stage with; A Tribe Called Red, DJ Itchy Ron of Sweatshop Union, Git Hayetsk: “People of the Copper Shield”, We Are The City, The Born Ruffians, Filastine, Cris Derkson, Swollen Members, Leonard Sumner, Tall Paul, and other established artists.
Mob Bounce has hosted a series of Youth Dances and Youth Conferences in the Bulkley Valley and Interior region. Mob Bounce has also recorded music with Youth in both Smithers and Houston, British Columbia where they grew up. Since then they have used their musical talents to connect with youth. Mob Bounce is now offering a workshop titled, “Hip-Hop and a Sacred Space”, and the workshop is designed to provide tools for the youth in exploring their cultural identity and creating their own Sacred Space. Lyric-Writing and Beat-Making will help the youth connect to traditional teachings through storytelling and the hand drum while weaving these practices into contemporary mediums. The vision is to allow the youth to reclaim culture so they can pick it up, own it, move forward with it, so it can evolve and fit where they exist today.