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/

Cartoon Network UK The Lego Ninjago Movie Competition

Cartoon Network UK The Lego Ninjago Movie Competition

Cartoon Network UK The Lego Ninjago Movie Competition

Cartoon Network UK is currently running a competition to promote Lego’s and Warner Bros.’s latest animated movie – The Lego Ninjago Movie. Ten winners will receive a Ninjago goodie bag containing: Character Eye Masks (combination of characters), Ninjago Lloyd Beach Towel, Multi-Colored Ninjago Notebooks, Ninjago Kids Cap, Ninjago Sticker Sheet, Ninjago Nya Water Bottle and a Ninjago Card Game. To enter the competition, visit http://www.cartoonnetwork.co.uk/promotion/win-ninjagomovie and answer this question:

What is the name of the city that the LEGO® Ninjas riders are trying to protect?

A) London
B) New York
C) Ninjago City

Competition ends 22nd October 2017, open to UK and Ireland residents, children under 16 must ask permission from a parent or guardian. Terms and Conditions can be read via the link on the competition form.

http://www.cartoonnetwork.co.uk/promotion/win-ninjagomovie

Also on the Cartoon Network UK website are downloadable masks of all the ninjas from the movie: Cole, Jay, Kai, Lloyd, Nya and Zane, also Master Wu and Lord Garmadon.

There’s also a bunch of new Lego Ninjago movie minigames too, including: Spinjitzu Slash, Nya Vs. The Shark Army, Flight Of The Ninja, Target Practice, Kai-Chi and Whack-a-Shark.

The Lego Ninjago Movie will be released in cinemas across the UK next Friday (13th October), with advanced screenings this weekend (Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October).

http://www.cartoonnetwork.co.uk/promotion/the-lego-ninjago-movie-games

The Lego Ninjago Movie Now In Cinemas In The United States

The Lego Ninjago Movie Now In Cinemas In The United States

The Lego Ninjago Movie Now In Cinemas In The United States

This Friday (22/09/2017) was the U.S. premiere of The Lego Ninjago Movie which is based on Cartoon Network’s Lego Ninjago: Masters Of Spinjitzu 3D CGI animated series and the Lego toy range of the same name. Ninjago is a city under constant threat by Lord Garmadon (voiced by Justin Theroux), who happens to be the father of a young ninja named Lloyd (played by Dave Franco) and the husband of Koko, Lloyd’s mom (voiced by Olivia Munn).

Lloyd is under emotional stress because the citizens of Ninjago hate him due to his connection to his evil father, but Lloyd is a force for good and is a secretly a ninja with his friends Kai (Michael Peña), Jay (Kumail Nanjiani), Nya (Abbi Jacobson), Cole (Fred Armisen) and Zane (Zach Woods). Lloyd and his ninja friends eventually confronts his father in an epic showdown. Famous martial artist and actor, Jackie Chan stars as Master Wu in the movie, the mentor and master of the six ninja.

The Lego Ninjago Movie is the third movie in “The Lego Movie” franchise, following The Lego Batman Movie which was released in cinemas in various countries between January and March this year. The movie is also produced by the same team and consists of Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Chris Miller and is made by Warner Animation Group with Australian animation studio – Animal Logic.

A video game based on the movie made by TT Games has been released alongside the U.S. theatrical release and is now available to buy and download for PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Lego construction toy sets based on the movie are now available in toy stores. In the UK, The Lego Ninjago Movie will be released in cinemas on Friday 13th October.

Trailer for The Lego Ninjago Movie:

Trailer for The Lego Ninjago Movie: The Video Game:

http://www.legoninjagomovie.com/