Twelve Foot Ninja - Twelve Feet Tall

It Is Pozible!

Melbourne's Twelve Foot Ninja continue to defy convention by setting a world record for the highest amount crowdfunded for a stand-alone music video, along with smashing the record for the largest Australian music crowdfunding target of $45,000 in just 28 days. By raising an astonishing $52,600 to make their highly anticipated next video clip via Australian crowdfunding platform Pozible, the project eclipses even mainstream favourites Eskimo Joe (who sought $40k in 60 days) and now sets the benchmark for music crowdfunding in Australia.

Following a steady stream of pledges throughout the project, the band’s fans pounced on the campaign's $2800 - $7000 rewards with 3 days to go, ultimately pushing the band well beyond their target of $45,000 with 60 hours still remaining. One overseas 'superfan' surprised the band by contacting them via social media offering to pledge $7k for a private performance and BBQ, leading the band to create a custom 'reward' to accommodate the generous offer. The fan, who preferred to remain nameless, also purchased a JTV59 Line 6 TFN guitar signed by the band for $2800 – rounding the pledge up to a whopping $9,800.

The ultimate surge that tipped the band beyond their target came from a consortium of Perth fans, who joined forces to pledge $5,000 for a BBQ with the band (which includes a rare acoustic performance).   Guitarist and Video creator Steve ‘Stevic’ Mackay says “This is an amazing symbol of connectedness with our fanbase. To have the opportunity to collaborate with our supporters in the unique way has solidified my opinion that crowd funding will fill the void piracy created. It is the new model/paradigm shift I think artists have been waiting for. It is 100% about connection with fans – no dilution, no interference, no bureacratic ‘BS’, just point to point.”

Twelve Foot Ninja’s new video will take on cyber bullying - but with the same explosive humour, grindhouse aesthetic and relentlessness the band’s fanbase have come to love and expect. In the upcoming video, set to go into production immediately, retribution will be dealt out by the band on behalf of all of those who have fallen victim to the hate-filled, cowardly blows of nameless, faceless keyboard warriors of the Internet. Making hamburgers out of an internet troll and feeding them to U.S band Periphery and a busty Penthouse Pet are just part of the storyline for the music video Twelve Foot Ninja promises to create for their fans. The prosthetics and effects are promised to resemble a Hollywood blockbuster, while Periphery are even tipped to get stuck into their favourites condiments - ketchup and mustard.

It's been a big twelve months for Twelve Foot Ninja, who released their debut album to critical acclaim in November 2012, sold out all capital cities on their first national headline tour in January 2013, scored rotation on America's largest satellite radio station Sirius XM (20 million subscribers) and more recently were announced to make their European festival debut at Germany's Euroblast Festival in October 2013.  In a climate where bands are forced to push the boundaries of creativity in order to cut through the traffic, Twelve Foot Ninja have continually defied the 'norm', releasing a series of comics to enhance the experience of their album 'Silent Machine', and releasing massively popular music videos for their first two singles 'Coming For You' and 'Mother Sky' – which have climbed to 348,000 and 241,000 Youtube views respectively.  

Although the expectations will be high due to their incredibly ambitious asking price of $45,000, Twelve Foot Ninja have proven that they can never be underestimated – and fans are chomping at the bit to see what the band will come up with for their brand new fan-funded video clip.