Interview With The Band Behind Ninjago: Dan And George From The Fold

Interview With The Band Behind Ninjago: Dan And George From The Fold

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Interview With The Band Behind Ninjago: Dan And George From The Fold: Full Ninjago Discography To Be Released This Friday! (16th February)

The Fold – the band behind many of Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu’s songs including the show’s theme song will be releasing their full Ninjago discography this Friday (16th February). Over the weekend, I was given the opportunity to interview bandmates and brothers – Daniel and George Castady about the full music release Ninjago fans have been waiting for! The discography CD release entitled “All Ages: Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: The Complete Ninjago Discography of The Fold” will include all the songs by the band as featured in the show, a special bonus disc and a lyric book.

The double disc collection will be available to buy on The Fold’s store on Amazon.com in the United States, U.S. and international fans will also be able to buy the CD release on The Fold’s online store at http://www.thefold.bigcartel.com, signed copies will also be available.

Before getting into the interview, I would like to say thank you to Dan and George and also to the people who have given me questions to ask the band, I hope Ninjago fans will find it to be an enjoyable and informative read!

The Interview

For Reference:

DC = Daniel Castady
GC = George Castady

How did the band start and how did you get your musical style?

DC: The Fold began in 2006. We grew up playing in local punk bands, so the style kind of came out of that, and where we grew up (Villa Park, IL). It seemed like everyone we knew was in a band at the time, and we all liked the same bigger bands, so I think they influenced us a lot (Face to Face, NOFX, Goldfinger, Green Day, to name a few!)

How did you get the opportunity to produce the theme song (The Weekend Whip) for Ninjago and other songs in the show?

DC: Apparently a fella named Mike Kramer was in one of those bands we played with in the early days of The Fold, and by the time Ninjago was being dreamed up Mike had moved to LA to become a composer, scoring soundtracks for things like TV and film. Well, Jeppe Riddervold, the show’s music director, asked Mike if he had any ideas on someone who could sing a poppy, fun, punk-tinged theme song for Ninjago, and he suggested ME! The rest, is Ninjago history. =)

What songs have you worked on for the new Ninjago season (Season 8) – Sons of Garmadon?

DC: For whatever reason no original music from The Fold was created for Season 8. We’ll be back for Season 9, but since we had a little break, we wanted to use the opportunity to respond to lots of fans who have requested “hard copies” (CDs) of our music from the show over the years… So we’re putting out a complete discography containing everything we’ve done so far for Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu. It’s almost 30 songs! It’s been such an incredible journey, so to quote our most recent Ninjago song, we thought… “THE TIME IS NOW!” It’s coming out as a double disc digipak set of physical CDs that you can actually touch and hold! =) It’s even got a full lyric booklet for all the songs! It’s coming out this Friday, February 16th. It will be available on our Amazon.com store here in the states, and worldwide through www.thefold.bigcartel.com (we will even be offering a signed copy at that link).

GC: Yeah, this seemed like something that was necessary to have out there for people who like what we’ve done on the show and we’ve been talking about it for years. Now people can have it all for a really affordable price. The title ALL AGES really sums up our whole journey with the show with a double entendre, in true Ninjago lyric style.

Each song matches the theme and tone of each season/story arc very well (including each remix variation of the theme song), do you get some ideas from Lego’s creative team or do you have other sources of inspiration?

GC: It’s come in a few different forms over the years. A few of the seasons, we had some phone calls with LEGO and got a general direction in place, maybe a song title or two, and then we just read the scripts, watched the episodes and got to work writing our songs. Other times, things were more abstract, so we write around general themes and decide on song titles. Rebooted was more like the latter, whereas Hands of Time was more cut and dried — where we knew that the songs we would be writing would consist of a Whip remix, a hero song and a bad guy song.

I’ve heard that Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu has been renewed for a ninth season, will the band be making songs for this season?

DC: Heck yeah, we sure hope so!

GC: We are beyond excited for season 9. We got to chat with the Hageman Bros at the Ninjago Movie premiere and they told us some stuff that’s gonna blow your mind! They also did a little writeup on The Fold for our insert on ALL AGES! As a band and fans of the show, we’re grateful to those guys for making Ninjago into all it has become.

What is your favourite season of Ninjago? (can be single episodes or The Lego Ninjago Movie)

DC: I bet George and I have different favorite seasons, but for me it will always be Rebooted because it was the first time I got the feeling that something magical and sustainable was happening with Ninjago. Even then, I never thought we’d be sitting here 8 seasons later talking about it. This show seriously has a life of it’s own!

GC: If I could pick two, I really liked Tournament of Elements as well as Skybound. I think all the new characters in those two seasons were really funny and opened up the show in a cool way. The music on those two seasons is also among my favorite that we’ve made.

From a creative perspective, what song on the show are you most proud of and why?

DC: After the Blackout, because it represents a lot of the music we grew up listening to, while also capturing the energy in that season of Ninjago. It felt like we got to channel our own upbringing, and use it for the good of Ninjago! =)

GC: Full Digital if only for the bridge section. It became part of a video we did on our YouTube channel that Zane dies.. It gave me chills when we were writing it and that scene matches it so perfectly. The lyrics for that one also felt really aligned with the tone of the season.

What is your favourite Cartoon Network show (apart from Ninjago)?

DC: Not sure on this one, George do you know of any?

GC: Hmmm, if I’m watching Cartoon Network it’s going to be for Ninjago, at least so far!

Check out The Fold’s website and social media accounts to find out more about the band:

Website: http://thefoldrock.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefold
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefold
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thefoldmusicrocks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thefoldrock/

We'll be back for season 9, but in the meantime… #NinjagoAllAges [link in bio]

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Today (12th February) is also the UK release date of The Lego Ninjago Movie on DVD and Blu-ray, now available at good home entertainment retailers and websites such as HMV and Amazon.co.uk:

https://store.hmv.com/film-tv/dvd/the-lego-ninjago-movie

https://www.amazon.co.uk/LEGO-Ninjago-Movie-Digital-Download/dp/B07626DZV3

Also check out my blog post about the UK premiere of Ninjago Season Seven (The Hands of Time) last year: https://www.regularcapital.com/2017/04/special-report-lego-ninjago-season-7-hands-of-time-uk-premiere/

Personal Overview Of 2017 And Plans For The Future

Personal Overview Of 2017 And Plans For The Future

Personal Overview Of 2017 And Plans For The Future

2017 was a great year for the RegularCapital blog, the blog is now three years old and this year was the blog’s most successful year yet. As of writing and according to Google Analytics, this blog has had a total of 306,304 page views so far this year with six days to go, in the same period last year, the blog had 231,079 page views, thank you all for reading as every view makes this blog worthwhile. I hope I’ve been a reliable source for news relating to Cartoon Network (although I do the odd clumsy mistake), as I had a lot of positive feedback.

I prefer blogging rather than doing actual YouTube videos for numerous reasons, first of all I’m not exactly an outgoing person and not a great speaker, if I did present YouTube videos with the news posted on the blog, I reckon I’ll reach a lot more people. In my opinion, blogging is better, for users, it’s easier to find information because search engines such as Google index text-based content a lot better than video (I could write video transcripts but that kind of defeats the purpose), it’s significantly faster to write a blog post than record a video as I am able to explain things in more detail. I will continue to upload Cartoon Network UK/Boomerang UK/Cartoonito UK promos on to my YouTube channel as long as Turner UK is still fine with it.

There’s a lot of improvements I could make, for instance, I could cover Adult Swim a lot more, but the problem is a lack of time and I run the site all by myself, with the help of some friends for sources. This year, I went to the UK premiere of Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: Hands of Time, met Ben Bocquelet and Mic Graves at a special The Amazing World of Gumball screening and also met Daniel Chong at a special We Bare Bears screening in London at BAFTA in London, all those were memorable moments I’ll never forget and thanks to Cartoon Network UK for inviting me to write about those events.

In 2018, there will be some changes, I will no longer support anyone on Patreon, up until yesterday, I supported animation YouTubers – RebelTaxi and Saberspark, the reason why I’ve stopped supporting is because of a conflict of opinion regarding Cartoon Network USA’s current business practices (most particularly scheduling) and as a result I don’t want this blog to be associated with the content discussed in their YouTube channels. This isn’t because I have a problem with Pan Pizza (RebelTaxi) or Saberspark, they’re really good YouTubers and probably the best in terms of animation YouTube channels, especially RebelTaxi. I can see the uproar caused by the schedule by airing Teen Titans Go! so much, but there’s an app now, people can watch their favourite shows anytime they like, even new episodes before they air on television, this is progress, but people just ain’t used to change. As “cord-cutting” is a lot more prevalent in the United States, I can see Cartoon Network having a standalone subscription streaming service and possibly merge it with their existing Boomerang streaming service but as a separate package or alternatively, Warner Bros., Turner and HBO could run a combined streaming service or fully-integrate with DirecTV’s NOW service if the AT&T merger is approved.

Also a lot of channels on YouTube covering animation news tend to be very “cookie-cutter” (again – this year’s scheduling controversy), they’re often have videos with clickbait titles or offer a vague opinion or their opinion is wholly based on popularity of said opinion in the “animation community”, though, RebelTaxi and Saberspark don’t necessarily fall into this category of YouTubers.

Instead, the money will be reinvested into the website, in April 2018, my current web hosting contract with PickAWeb will end, I hope to stay with PickAWeb as they’ve been very reliable and their support has been really good, the extra money will be funded towards better a hosting package, hopefully SSD (Solid State Drive) hosting, this will make the website load even faster. SSD’s are also more reliable and environmentally friendly because of no moving parts and have lower electricity consumption.

PickAWeb are a little bit on the pricey end of hosting, but they’re UK based, use enterprise grade hardware, have better server software (CloudLinux, Litespeed etc.) than most hosts which often comes with a premium and have a high reliability rate, also the site is running surprisingly well on shared hosting, rather than dedicated hosting. The website is 100% funded by myself as I class this as a hobby rather than a job. I did have adverts on the site a few times as an experiment, but this was mostly to see if the site can support itself financially, but the ads had no relevance to the content, are of low quality or provided a service which are quite frankly, a rip-off, I don’t want to be associated with these companies. I also don’t expect anyone to pay me for running the blog, I do the blog purely on choice.

In 2017, I’ve been optimising the site, the site now uses Cloudflare’s CDN (Content Delivery Network), I have attempted to use Cloudflare back when the site was hosted on Heart Internet but I ran into a few problems, PickAWeb’s integration with Cloudflare has helped me to alleviate these issues. The use of Cloudflare on the site makes the site faster and protects the site when there’s a web traffic overload, Cloudflare will fetch a copy of the site from the user’s nearest Cloudflare server rather than the web host’s server in London, which is useful as I have a lot of readers in other parts of the world. The blog is now using the WPRocket plugin, this makes the site load faster by caching and minifying the HTML, JavaScript and CSS used on the site. Earlier this year, I’ve made the move to HTTPS by buying a SSL certificate, Google now considers HTTPS to be a ranking signal for search engine results, so such a move was advantageous. Images are also optimised for the web by using the Imagify WordPress plugin.

Once again, thanks for reading my blog and for supporting for what I do. 2018 is going to be a great year for Cartoon Network, much better than 2017, a brand new show – Unikitty! will premiere worldwide as well as the new Cartoon Network original series’ – Craig of the Creek and Summer Camp Island, along with the new Megaman animated series, a brand new Boomerang original – Taffy and much much more.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and have a great 2018.

Cartoon Network News In Brief Late August 2017

Cartoon Network News In Brief Late August 2017

Cartoon Network News In Brief Late August 2017

Nigel Clarke Named As Presenter For Ben 10 Challenge (UK Version)

Cartoon Network UK’s upcoming game show based on Ben 10 – Ben 10 Challenge is well into production in Madrid, Spain and will air on the Cartoon Network UK TV channel sometime in the Autumn. Television presenter – Nigel Clarke has been named as the presenter of the UK version of the gameshow. Nigel has a wealth of experience on television and has done presenting work for CBBC, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon and has recently presented some BAFTA Kids events in London too, including the Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu – Hands of Time UK premiere screening and a special screening for The Amazing World of Gumball with Ben Bocquelet, Mic Graves and Sarah Fell.

More information about Ben 10 Challenge on the link below:

https://www.regularcapital.com/2017/06/cartoon-network-emea-greenlights-ben-10-challenge-live-action-game-show/

http://www.nigelclarkepresenter.co.uk/

New Cartoon Network Russia and Southeastern Europe Dimensional Toon Toon Promo

Cartoon Network Russia and Southeastern Europe (the version of Cartoon Network that broadcasts to Russia, Bulgaria, the Baltics and the Balkans) is now airing a brand new promo for its multi-show Toon Toon programming block, the promo features 3D CGI with some elements from the Dimensional rebrand package and features Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Dr Dimensionpants, Scooby and Shaggy and Dexter. The use of Dimensional in the promo could mean the channel will rebrand (or partly rebrand) soon.

Boomerang Central Eastern Europe To Be Ad-Supported In Hungary From October

Following news of the projected launch of the Czech soundtrack and Czech Republic ad opt-out on Cartoon Network CEE on 1st September, Boomerang in Hungary will also be ad-supported from October. Ad sales will be handled by Turner’s ad sales partner in Hungary – Atmedia.

http://brandtrend.hu/media/2017/08/24/csatornat-nyit-a-turner