Hey there, I just released my remix of Ninja Sex Party’s song, Samurai Abstinence Patrol! Check out the song on youtube below, and if you like it, you can download it on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon and Play.
I first got in touch with NSP while working on my remix for Starbomb, Minecraft is for Everyone. I emailed my friend Ninja Brian back in 2015 about doing another track and he sent me the (at the time) new NSP album. I liked all the songs, but Samurai Abstinence Patrol felt like the perfect fit for the RnB / Trap style I was into at the time.
Hi Pete! So, first of all, tell me about a little about how the band got together.
We’re a three-piece. I play a custom 8-sting bass, we have a cellist and a drummer. Sometimes there’s a glockenspiel. We started in 2010-so that six years now, that makes me feel old. We started out by auditioning for the Music Underground Project in NYC. It’s a program that chooses musicians to play in New York subways. So we play all over New York, in subway stations like Grand Central. Seven drummers and two cellists later, we’re still here. What’s playing in the subway like?
It’s a big workload. You pack up fifteen pounds of equipment and schlep it up three flights of stairs in all weather. We used to play at Penn Station but that was a lot—no one stops and listens. People are in a hurry at Penn Station, I can’t blame them. But at other spots, people will just hang out with you and miss a few trains just to watch you play. And that’s such a great feeling.
After doing this for so many years I can really tell when performers are outside playing simply for the joy of performance, or when they’re just trying to make a quick buck. And I think the audience can too, on a subconscious level. For me, it’s all about making that connection. I live for it. How often does You Bred Raptors? play?
We play about 150 shows a year. We’ve been touring a lot in addition to shows in the city. It’s a lot, honestly. We will sell out in a second. I am so ready to move to Japan and do Coke commercials. We’ll do a Tampax commercial, whatever. Anything. Anytime. If any of your readers call hook it up, just call me!
Rapper, producer, teacher, gamer, Ivy League Ph.D student—Sammus does it all. The Ithaca native started her career making beats on MTV Music Generator for the PlayStation while she was still in middle school. She graduated to better equipment as she studied at Cornell and taught in Houston. Sammus took her stage name from the classic Metroid because she and the character are women who kick ass in a tough world.