Shinobi Ninja is an American rock band that formed in Brooklyn, New York in 2008. The band is known for high-energy performances and eclectic sound, blending music genres such as Hip Hop, Punk, Funk, Metal, Reggae and Rock.
Their 2011 debut album’s single and namesake, “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. In addition, the videos for “Rock Hood” and “Slow Mourning” were SN’s first and second adds to MTV and MTVU’s regular rotation.
On January 28, 2010, the band released “Shinobi Ninja Attacks!”, a Nintendo-style video game album for iPhone, iPod, and iPad. The game was featured in the Apple Store’s “Hot New Games” section and downloaded over 10,000 times.]They were the first independent band to release an app based on their likeness and music.
With their original music and D.I.Y. ethic, Shinobi Ninja has developed into a nationally touring rock band with a grassroots following who are vigorously connected to the band via their social media and live performances. When not headlining their own tours, SN has performed at the inaugural Catalpa NYC Music Festival, 311’s Pow Wow Festival, The Warped Tour, Summerfest, SXSW, and CMJ, alongside a variety of artists including Tom Morello, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, 311, Snoop Dogg, Robert Glasper & Erykah Badu, Black Sheep, Das EFX, The Black Keys, Das Racist, Azealia Banks, Schoolly D, Matt & Kim, Slightly Stoopid, Chiddy Bang, Thomas Pridgen, Mike Posner, Angelo Moore, Green Jelly, DJ Skribble, Saigon Kick, Tokyo Police Club, Cage, and Rise Against.
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 and was a fixture in the vocal master class held at Progressive by esteemed vocalist, Craig Derry of the Sugarhill Gang. Twin brothers, guitarist, Maniac 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 at the Sound Machine. DJ Axis, an accomplished battle and club DJ, played in bands with Mike and Dave. After two years of 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.