Jub is the audio/visual project of musician/graphic designer Justin Betham from Oakland, California. Born in Stuart, Florida, he got his start in music at the age of 11. He started off as a percussionist for his junior high school band and then in high school relocated to Modesto, California. There he joined the school marching band and dedicated much of his time to rehearsing rudiments. In 1996, with constant ideas of incorporating synthesizers, drum machines, and samples, Justin started his first of many music projects as a drummer with long time friend Cliff Alexander. In 2000, after moving into an apartment where an acoustic drum set was not permitted, Justin sold his drums, invested in a computer, a midi controller, and then dove heavily into his interest of synthesizers and music production software. He studied at Modesto Junior College under David Dow, and there he learned the Fundamental Technologies of the Synthesizer and MIDI Music Studio Composition along with Applied Electronic Music Performance. Jub began his entrance into the live electronic music scene in 2005 playing shows in and around the central valley, and in 2007, after relocating to Oakland, California, has now been breaking his way into the almighty bay area music scene.
Jub's live performance consists of his music accompanied by synchronized visuals.
In 2007 Jub released a self-titled album on Three Ring Records. He is currently working on the next album scheduled to be finished spring of 08. He also has plans to release a DVD sometime in 2008.
Jub has performed at a variety of venues including Cafe Du Nord (SF), Underground SF (SF), Fat Cat Music House and Lounge (Modesto), Press Club (Sac), Retox Lounge (SF), Thee Parkside (SF), MuchThump Private Warehouse (Oakland) and more. Justin has had the opportunity of sharing the stage with groups such as Blipvert, Mochipet, Two Playa Game, Solar Powered People, Climber, Solare, Machine Lovers, Faster Faster, Roy McNeil (Roy 2000), Wyatt Gurp, SynthFace, Kyoto Beat Orchestra, Guilty Bystander, Woven, Music for Animals, DJ Icon, and Uberzone.
"jub gently folds sampled snippets into rolling waves of synth, then lets them rides on a bed of luxurious drums and glitch from which one can achieve a level of consciousness that leaves stress struggling to stay alive" -- Greg Edwards (Off the Air Productions)