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.
- (D.A.),Doobie aka Duke Sims — Vocals
- Alien Lex — Bass Guitar
- DJ Axis Powers — DJ
- Baby G — Vocals
- Kid Shreddi aka Maniak Mike — Guitar
- Terminator Dave — Drums
- Jonathan Nunes Simone, aka Jonny On The Rocks — bass guitar
Prior to joining the band, Edara Johnson was a professional dancer, performing for such artists as Rihanna, Santigold, Jason Derulo, Ricky Martin, Mylène Farmer, Cassie, P. Diddy, LL Cool J, Nelly, and Daddy Yankee. In 2006, she made an appearance in the video "Long Way To Go" by Cassie.
Meanwhile, Hrdina and both Machinists were in a band called Stalley & The Wax Machine, which broke up in early 2008. Shinobi Ninja formed shortly afterward. Several members of the band met at a rehearsal and recording studio in The Film Center Building called Progressive Music in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. D.A., Simone, and M. Machinist worked at the studio, and Johnson took vocal classes there.
In 2010, their original bass player Simone left the band, and Alien Lex replaced him.
Dave and Mike Machinist are polar-fraternal twins.
Alien Lex and D.A. are cousins. A Lex is also cousin to singer Carmen Consoli.
The band has performed alongside a variety of artists, including Tom Morello, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Robert Glasper & Erykah Badu, Black Sheep, Das EFX, The Black Keys, Das Racist, Azealia Banks, Schoolly D, AFI, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Linkin Park, Slightly Stoopid, Fishbone, Dumpstaphunk, Chiddy Bang, The Memorials, Thomas Pridgen, Trust Company, Mike Posner, Young Dirty Bastard, Angelo Moore, Green Jelly, Dog Fashion Disco, DJ Skribble, Saigon Kick, Smif-n-Wessun, John Forté, Homeboy Sandman, Bad Rabbits, Beebs & Her Money Makers, Sadat X, M-1, Les Nubians, Tokyo Police Club, Cage, and Rise Against.
Media and Appearances
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 are the first independent band to release an app based on their likeness and music.
In February 2011, the band placed second in the "Artist On The Verge" at The New Music Seminar (NMS) in Los Angeles. Former winners include artists such as Nirvana, Madonna, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
"Rock Hood" is featured in the video game Tap Tap Revenge 3. The franchise has combined sales of over thirty-five million as of September 2009, making it one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time.
A Haunted House 2 Soundtrack album, released April 2014 for the American comedy horror film. The song "Amped To 12" by Shinobi Ninja was written specifically for the film and is the only song to play during the film as well as playing as soon as the film cuts to credits.
On April 26th, 2015, the song "What If Times" won the award for Best Video at The MOVE Music Video Awards.
- Rock Hood (2011)
- Escape From New York / Return From... (Double Album) (2014)
- Artistic Visions (2015)
- Brooklyn To Babylon (2009)
- The Video Game EP (2010)
- LiL Bud B-Sides (2011)
- The Chronicles Of DAB & Friends (2014)
Non Album Singles
- ILL ISH (2012)
- Rusty Stab (2012)
- I'm The One (2013)
- The Sounds Of Calizona (2013)
- Acid Man (2014)
- MeUWe Feat. Dinco D (Leaders Of The New School) (2014)
- Live At The Bitter End (7/4/09)
- Live At Converse Rubber Tracks (11/11/11)
- The Monster Van Album (2014)