December 24, 2009
Shinobi Ninja Interview
What do you get when you put six New York musicians from very different backgrounds in a studio together? Shinobi Ninja, an urban rock group with crazy energy and love of the party lifestyle. The group consists of singers D.A. and Baby Girl, Maniac Mike and Adriano Morez on guitar, Terminator Dave on drums, and DJ Axis.
We got to ask Maniac Mike and D.A. a few questions.
1. You guys seem like a pretty diverse group of musicians. How did everything start to come together?
We’re all musicians, engineers, producers, performers, and we all met at this one studio. We did a lot of work there, and one day we all just became a band. Because that’s the way it was.
2. How would you describe the music that eventually comes out of Shinobi Ninja?
Hard body party rock. Hard.Body.Party.Rock.
3. You all seem to know your way around a recording studio. How does that shape your sound or influence the creative process?
Well, it just means we don’t need anybody else to make music for us. We have us, and we have all the gear, the things we need to make records. And we like doing it that way, we have complete control over the way everything sounds.
4. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Some of our biggest musical influences are The Cult, Catherine Wheel, all that hard stuff. We like dope hip-hop music, and classical music, and anything really. We like all music.
5. Would it be fair to say that a band like Shinobi Ninja could only come from Brooklyn?
Brooklyn these days is very diverse, so I guess if you want to call it that. But as far as something that comes out of Brooklyn, well there are parties that happen everywhere really.
6. Your live shows are famous for your energy level. What should people expect when they come to a show?
Like I said before, they should expect hard body party rock. And they should expect lots of really awesome solos and shredding, and some shredding, and just for fun some shredding. Great singing, good rapping, we’ve got DJs cutting it up, and mosh-pits, and people with their hands in the air. So all around, party circus type thing.
7. Do you have one or two favorite venues around New York City that are more fun to play than others?
We love playing Gramercy Theatre, our man Harvey Leeds put us up to it, and we’ve been there a bunch of times, and we’ve rocked with a bunch of really great bands. Most notably Tom Morello and his new group, Street Sweeper Social Club. It was a really good time, and we had a lot of fun. Everything I already mentioned from every other Shinobi Ninja show was apparent at that place – but in full drive – it was sold out. Matt Pinfield was there, I saw him, I saw him in the crowd, you couldn’t miss him. And then we got to see Tom Morello kill it, with Boots Riley and a really dope band.
We also love playing parties in Brooklyn, because those are always crazy. All of our friends show up regardless if they know we’re playing, ’cause everybody knows about those types of parties, and they just spontaneously happen. That’s what the band was born out of, just hanging out with people who just want to party.
8. What is it like for Baby Girl being the only girl in such a hard-rocking party band? Or hard-partying rock band, take your pick.
She loves it. If she was here, she would tell you that she loves it, its awesome. Sometimes, though, she doesn’t like it that we use lots of air conditioning – she doesn’t like to be cold.
9. What does it mean to be “bound to a party lifestyle?”
We party, almost every day just out of necessity. We work really hard, and then at the end of the day you’ve got to let loose somehow. It gets you out of the house, gets you to hang out with your friends, keeps you feeling young, healthy.
10. Where should people go for more information about where to see you live?
You can go to shinobininja.com, and find out all you need to know. You can also go to youtube.com/shinobininjamusic, or twitter.com/shinobininja to get all the latest craziness about our live shows, and when they really go down, and how cool it is, and if there are any videos, etcetera, etcetera.
Thanks Mike and Dave! We loved this little peak into the Brooklyn party scene with you. If you are in the New York area, I definitely suggest you check these guys out live.
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