NINJASPY is a band that I have just discovered and that I thought deserved an interview. Answered by Joel Parent – Vocals / guitar Anders Ekdahl ©2017
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Coming up with the name wasn’t hard, we just went for something that spoke to our fusion sound and live energy. We didn’t think about how the name would be difficult to nail to a genre, but in retrospect it seems like a good choice. We definitely don’t stick to one genre! It would be harder for us to live up to a name that created any kind of expectation for a listener.
As I am sure of we are quite a few that are rather new to you guys could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-Ninjaspy is a three piece band of brothers fusing heavy music with a variety of other styles, mainly reggae and surf. High energy, zero-ego live shows and total free expression are what we do. Everything goes!
We all carry baggage with us that affect us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-I have never felt like I was a social fit in any one place, a bit of a transient, so I never felt the need to tow any party lines or get married to any one idea about what kind of band i wanted to be in. I liked what all the different people i met introduced me too over the years. This broad social influence opened up the options in my writing to be whatever I wanted them to be. Without that lifelong social experience i might have been in a totally different band.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-Ninjaspy has never really gotten into any one scene, we tend to bounce around and blend in wherever. But the Vancouver scene is fantastic in my experience. Bands don’t need scenes to develop, but I think music generally would only be a shadow of what it is without scenes. I like the word community better than scene. That’s more what it feels like to me. And it feels damn good! Music is about people after all.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-I think that depends on what you believe about music. Being part of a scene or community will certainly evoke that feeling. But in addition to that i believe the primary purpose of music is to connect people, and it does that in an infinite number of ways for so many unique people and their unique experiences. Music itself is greater than any one person, especially the artist. Creative people are more like channels than creators; music is given to them, not made by them out of nothing.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-That’s a tough one! So many different album covers are great for different reasons. But as a general rule I would say that a good album cover has some kind of visual anchor that isn’t too complicated. It can be chaotic; bit there should be an eye in the storm.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Digital is just a different experience. How recorded music is experienced is not so important, but when people stop going to see bands and attending shows, that’s a problem. In the flesh is the only place music really takes on its full potential for connectivity. Listening to recordings is just a fantastic primer for the real experience.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Whatever scene we can create! Not exactly fitting in anywhere limits us in some ways, but it also allows us to jump on some shows that other bands can’t. So it tends to balance out, and it’s an interesting trip.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-That is totally up to the people experiencing it. I think our live shows are predominantly fun, but with all kinds of other feelings simmering under the ecstatic surface and popping out randomly. Like a maniacal smile trying to hold back tears of joy that strike hard and pop teeth out, one by one.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-I just want to see, meet and share music with as many people as possible in as many places around the world as I can. Whatever that looks like, I’m in.