Born and raised in the rich volcanic soils of the Pacific Northwest, Tony Smiley, aka The Loop Ninja, honed and perfected his multi-instrumentalist aptitude in the time honored traditions of passion, dedication and rebellion. It was at a precise moment in time and space, after being grounded from his drums that the young prodigal son picked up the guitar and forever shifted the world a few degrees on its axis. From that moment on he began to prepave the way for the Loop Ninja.
His songs are original, groove laden works of art, recounting the story of his journey through the trials and tribulations of life and how he has arrived at a place of mindful intention and gratitude. Presently, the Loop Ninja is a one man band who, in the words of Andy Summers, “will completely make you a believer"! He quickly captivates as he builds a parallel universe with the Boss Loop pedal, blending rock and world fusion; old school roots of the 80's and 90's new wave; beat box, hip hop and Mongolian throat singing woven with strands of Middle Eastern tabla rhythms. Without the aid of laptops or prerecorded beats Tony lays down track after track as he spontaneously creates a mind blowing performance that leaves everyone who crosses his path completely entranced!
Tony has graced the stages of numerous venues around the North West. Packing local houses like Buffalo Gap, Doug Fir, The Woods, McMenamins, Bagdad Theater, Show Box in Seattle and many others from the high desert sands of Bend, Oregon to the coastal waters of Manzanita. He has collaborated in the studio and shared the stage with such musical greats as Chris Ballew of the Presidents of the United States of America, Jerry Joseph, Sky Cries Mary, Jeremy Wilson of the Dharma Bums, Keegan Smith, the Gyn Blossoms, Quick and Easy boys, Hugh Cornwell of the Stranglers¸ Stephanie Schneiderman and many many more.
After placing 3rd in the national Boss loop pedal competition in 2009; judged by Paul Youngblood (BOSS US Director), Frank Gambale (Guitar Player for Chick Corea), Andy Summers (Guitar Player for The Police), Derek Murdock (Bass Player for Kevin Eubanks Tonight Show Band), Michael Molenda (Editor of Guitar Player Magazine), Tony landed a gig running Rolland/Boss loop pedal clinics and performing for their international ads.
In all, Tony’s gratitude and respect for all of his teachers in life; his family, his friends and mentors and the world around him, continues to be the centrifugal force that inspires the expression of one of the most amazing universal languages of all – music.