By. M.J. Smith
If you are getting tired of the same old California Rock/Reggae, check out my new favorite band from NYC, Shinobi Ninja, an independent rock/rap group comprised of six seasoned Brooklyn musicians: DA and Baby Girl (vocals), Jonny on the Rocks (bass), Terminator Dave (drums), Maniac Mike (guitar), and DJ Axis Powers.
Founded in 2008, they have been touring their asses off in an effort to take over the world with their high-energy reggae/rock/metal/punk/hip-hop fusion performances.Â Influenced by the sounds of the 80s, their diverse backgrounds, and their in-your-face party lifestyle, Shinobi Ninja is a breath of fresh air and is undoubtedly headed to the top of the charts.
Their original style is just one of the things that set them apart from the crowd. Shinobi Ninja has found a new way to â€œplayâ€ the music game by creating interactive gaming apps for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch to coincide with their new releases. Their innovative use of marketing to promote their music was recently highlighted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
In February of 2010, the band released â€œShinobi Ninja Attacks!â€ a Nintendo-style video game album that features the members of the band as playable characters fighting their way through the streets of Brooklyn. Each level features the bandâ€™s music and provides the player a chance to unlock hidden songs, music videos, free concert tickets and merchandise. In a first for music and gaming iPhone apps, it also uses GPS tracking capabilities at concerts to locate and reward fans who have the app.
After completing an East Coast tour last spring that ended with shows at the annual SXSW Music Festival in Austin, this hardworking band followed the success of their first EP with the summer release of the â€œVideo Game EPâ€, which comes packaged in a NES cartridge, and the fall release of the â€œBaby G EPâ€, which highlights their dynamic lead singer. Shinobi Ninja is currently working on their first full-length album, which is due out at the beginning of March, and has a nationwide tour in the works. I canâ€™t wait to see and hear what they do next!
When I found out these guys like cannabis as much as we do, I knew we had to get an interview for NUG!
Can you describe your music for those who may not have heard you before?
DA: Itâ€™s some hardcore, hard body, intense-type, hip-hop, metal combo style.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
DA: Jamo on the rocks, Four Lokos, blunt to the face, and some jokey jokes.
What is your ultimate venue to play and/or band to play with?
DA: The Brooklyn Bowl. We played with Tom Morello. That was intense.
What is your favorite show played so far?
DA: The Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI, opening for Slightly Stoopid. I smoked with them and then jumped on stage in front of 3000 peopleâ€¦Good times!
How was your SXSW experience?
DA: Amazing!!!! We played eight shows last year.
Do you have any fears or phobias?
DA: Not being a rock star. I donâ€™t think I want that to happen. I feel so happy being able to rock shows and party. I donâ€™t wanna grow up. Iâ€™m a kid forever! I wanna be in the studio and on stages rocking shows and smoking blunts forever!
So New York…Whatâ€™s the cannabis scene like there?
DA: Itâ€™s a mish mosh. A lot of weed gets brought in from all over, so it really has no identity.
Whatâ€™s your favorite way to smoke or ingest cannabis?
Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid? Any favorite strains?
DA: I donâ€™t even know. I feel thereâ€™s this one strain of weed that hits so hard that it instantly gives me bronchitis. So whatever that is, thatâ€™s not my favorite. All else, Bada bing bada boom!
Favorite tunes to smokeout to?
DA: How Many More Times by Led Zeppelin. Also, this Enuff Znuff song. Enuff Znuff got the ill weed music. Then thereâ€™s Portisheadâ€™s first albumâ€¦zone out shit right there!
Any regular cannabis related rituals?
DA: Roll it. Smoke it. Started doing the Snoop Dogg and putting the blunt in the microwave for 10 seconds, but I donâ€™t wanna get cancer, so I think I might stop that.
Coming to the West Coast anytime soon?
DA: And you know this!!!!! Love it out in Cali!!!!!!!
Any sponsors? Shout outs?
DA: Hmmmmâ€¦Shout out to Brooklyn for supporting the god and his friends.Â Holler at our man Alex at www.1percent.com!