Brad Joseph Dubin also known as BJ was born in the “Windy City” aka Chicago in 1974 and it was there that he first was exposed to music at “Franks Drum Shop” owned by his grandfather percussive arts Hall Of Fame drummer Maurice Lishon! Growing up at the drum shop Brad was surrounded by some of the world’s greatest musicians. Alex Acuna, Carmine Appice, Louie Bellson, and his musical Uncles all help shape Brad’s musical identity at a very young age. After moving to Los Angeles in the 80’s Brad was inspired by the Rock and roll scene that he grew up in.
At age 17 Brad was discovered as an actor. He then landed multiple roles playing a musician in feature films, television, and commercials. Brad’s musical journey took him north to the central coast where he sat in, performed and learned from veteran musicians like RNB master Lee Durley & African drumming king Baba Olatunji.
BJ then went on to open on the garden stage at the Monterey Blues Festival in 2007. While living in the Bay Area and raising his family Brad was inspired by the West African drum culture and the jazz & blues music scene in San Francisco. While raising his family he also worked and mentored children and teens and exposed them to drumming, singing and music of all kinds. Brad moved to Orange County in 2021 with his wife and enjoys the grass roots music scene. He loves to cook and spend time with his family.