Brooklyn, United States
Shinobi Ninja is a genre twisting band with an explosive live show. Based in Brooklyn N.Y., the band’s six diverse characters create a unique sound as they mash up Hip-Hop, Punk, Metal, and Pop.
"They're like the Beastie Boys, Slayer and Lauryn Hill all mixed together... they’re an eclectic group of people [...]. As a live act, they're really incredible performers."
- Joe Mindak, Lackawanna Music Festival ‘14
With their music and DIY ethic, Shinobi Ninja has developed into a national rock act with a grassroots following built from non-stop touring, recording and social networking. The band's 2010 video game, “Shinobi Ninja Attacks!,” was downloaded over 60k times and was the first of its kind, spawning the album app generation (Time.com: "Jay-Z and the Mainstreaming of the 'Album App'"). The 2011 single, "Rock Hood", was featured on Q104.3 FM in NYC and in the video game, NBA 2K12, which has sold over 5.5 million copies worldwide. Both "Rock Hood", and, "Slow Mourning", were the band's first adds to MTV, and MTVU that year. In June 2013, Shinobi released "Power Strangers", the first single from their second album, "Escape From New York", and while touring extensively through the rest of the year, they released the second and third singles Gloom Doom and One Time For The Radio. Most recently, SN has enjoyed national exposure with Fuse TV, and writing the theme song "Amped To 12” to Marlon Wayans' feature film, A Haunted House 2. While on a full-national tour this June, their sophomore album “E.F.N.Y.” became a Top 10 album on CMJ radio charts with singles that reached #1 in many cities nationally. The band will conclude Summer 2014 Lackawanna Music Festival in Hoboken NJ and opening for Linkin Park at Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre.
Prior to forming Shinobi Ninja, each member had respective careers in the music industry. Vocalist, D.A., had been a busy NYC musician, producer, and engineer at Progressive Studios. Vocalist, Baby G, who worked as a singer and dancer for major label artists like Rihanna, Diddy, Cassie, and Santigold, was a fixture in the vocal master class held at Progressive by esteemed vocalist, Craig Derry of the Sugarhill Gang. Twin brothers- guitarist, Maniak Mike and, drummer, Terminator Dave ran The Sound Machine, a recording studio where they produced their projects and the work of other artists. Alien Lex worked as an engineer at the Sound Machine. DJ Axis, an accomplished battle and club DJ, played in bands with Mike and Dave. After two years of making a living together at Progressive Studios and The Sound Machine, this group of eclectic musicians decided to combine influences and form Shinobi Ninja in March 2008.