SIX NATIONS OF THE GRAND RIVER—Twelve-year-old Shade Kaiser of M’Chigeeng First Nation made his music video debut last month in the new A Tribe Called Red video ‘Suplex.’ The newest music video from the Ottawa-based group hit the Internet May 19 and is available for purchase on iTunes.
Directed by Jon Riera, the music video features various First Nations youth from across the province, including Shade.
The video follows a young boy as he transforms into a wrestling champion. Shade is featured at the end of the video jumping on a trampoline and practicing wresting moves before he puts on a mask, foreshadowing him as a future wrestling star (hence the name ‘Suplex,’ a popular wrestling move).
The Expositor caught up with the budding actor this past weekend to hear about his role in the Juno Award winning group’s latest video.
“My mom’s friend shared a link on Facebook to a casting call for the video,” explained Shade, a Grade 6 student at Lakeview School.“I had to submit a bio and photo. When I got the email that I had been cast I was pretty excited.”
Originally, Shade was cast in the role as one of the main characters’ friends at the beginning of the video, but after meeting Shade he was reassigned the feature role at the end of the video.
Though the actual filming of his part took only 20 minutes, Shade said it was a long day in early May on the Six Nations First Nation where the video was filmed as his call time was pushed back several times throughout the day.
The long day was worth it in the end, as Shade said it was “a pretty cool” experience.
A big fan of A Tribe Called Red, Shade said it was great getting to be in one of their music videos.
“It was exciting to have A Tribe Called Red, especially Dee Jay NDN, retweet (on Twitter) and ‘favourite’ Shade’s interview on CBC,” added Shade’s mom, Candi Kaiser. “It was also cool that he liked and commented on Shade’s picture on Instagram.”
Though it was his first music video, Shade is no stranger to acting, having recently starred in his school’s production of Sleeping Beauty (he played the prince), and was an extra in the six part CBC series ‘The Best Laid Plans.’
To check out the A Tribe Called Red’s video ‘Suplex,’ featuring Shade, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq1RcKhiQLU.