The genre-twisting group of path-breaking Brooklyn-bred musicians, Shinobi Ninja, have built a reputation for their explosive live shows that transcend the unconventional and are clearly far from the typical. Eating, breathing and sleeping the remnants of innovative synths welcoming the creation of a dynamic and original sound, Shinobi Ninja knows how to rile up a dance floor eager to get down. I caught up with the crew to discuss their upcoming projects, their otherworldly live shows, tattoos, and more.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is Shinobi Ninja?
Shinobi Ninja is:
Baby G – Vocals
Alien Lex – Bass Guitar
Terminator Dave – Drums
DJ Axis Powers – Turntables
Kid Shreddi aka Maniak Mike – Guitar
(D.A) Doobie aka Duke Sims – Vocals, Guitar
Have you all been affiliated for quite some time? How did you come together as a group?
Baby G: Some of us have known each other longer than others. For the most part we all met in Hells Kitchen at a recording studio. We all used to work on different projects together until one day we decided to start this project.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
Axis Powers: My Roaring Lion on my chest is one of my favorites. My bull on my right arm was my first with my sister so that one is special. My turntables on my right forearm are a reminder of my commitment to becoming a master DJ. The lion and turntables were done by a great friend of the band named Serge. He is also a great photographer and has taken some great pictures of us.
Baby G: I only have 3 tattoos. They were done by the same artist his name is Sergmatik. I love them because one says my sister’s name and the other says my moms name.
Duke Sims: The BKNY tattoo that I have on my right forearm is the tattoo that pops people off the most. Our homie, Sergmatik, has done almost all of my tattoos and he freestyled them on the spot. I’m from Brooklyn, Born and Raised; I love that tattoo. Repping my peoples.
Your performances are highly energetic and draw in a multicultural mix of human beings. Is that your intention? Or do you perceive that it comes about organically?
Axis Powers: We are a multicultural mix of human beings as a band so that is reflected in our fans.
Baby G: Drawing in a multicultural mix of human beings is definitely an organic thing. Our music is so diverse; I don’t see us having another type of audience besides it being mixed.
Are you working on any new projects or music at the moment? Fill us in.
Axis Powers: New music and new videos always.
Baby G: Yes. We just finished up our 4th album. We have a video for each song on the album which is pretty cool.
How has being brought up in Brooklyn contributed to your artistry?
Duke Sims: Brooklyn made me who I am. The diversity in the people and also the no bullshit attitude people walk around with. People in Brooklyn have their own rules and lines. Those lines and rules are taught and passed down on the streets and the blocks of which we all share. Those ideas and concepts are in my art always. It’s a New York people thing. It’s in in the water. Fahgedaboutit!!!
If you could metaphorically affiliate the sound of your music to the characteristics of an animal, what animal would you choose and why?
Axis Powers: Like a bull charging forward. I am a Taurus.
Baby G: I would say a lion or tiger because when you hear our music, it roars. 🙂
Duke Sims: The Unicorn. Magical.
What is your favorite venue in NYC? Tell us reasoning as to why.
Baby G: I love the Gramercy Theatre. Is just a great place to perform. They have great sound and it’s an awesome venue.
Duke Sims: The Dream is to rock at Madison Square Garden. The world’s greatest arena!!! It’s on our first album. The target is high. Aim high. Hit high. Stay High. Stay Fly.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Axis Powers: Keep rocking and stay positive.
Baby G: I always like to say thank you so much for your support. We promise to keep on rocking hard and check out our new music and videos.
Duke Sims: We love y’all. We stay true. We never sold out who we are. You can trust that we are real, and original. We stay creative and keep creating. We sacrifice for our art as great artists must. We can’t wait to come rock with y’all on the road soon!!! Bless Up 2017!!! Much Love & Blessings!!! Rock Hood!!!