Digital Summer

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Digital Summer
OriginPhoenix, Arizona
Genres Alternative metal, hard rock, post-grunge
Years active2006 - present
Associated actsTragedy Machine
MembersKyle Winterstein
Ian Winterstein
Anthony Hernandez
Jon Stephenson
Dan Johnson

Digital Summer is an American alternative metal band from Phoenix, Arizona, formed in 2006. The band has released three studio albums, Cause and Effect (2007) Counting the Hours (2010) and Breaking Point (2012). Additionally, in 2013, the band released After Hours: Unplugged & Rewired , which contained acoustic reinterpretations of songs from their first three albums. The band has had six singles break into major radio airplay, including multiple charting singles on Active Rock radio, as a completely independent artist. [1]

Alternative metal is a rock music fusion genre that infuses heavy metal with influences from alternative rock and other genres not normally associated with metal. Alternative metal bands are often characterized by heavily downtuned, mid-paced guitar riffs, a mixture of accessible melodic vocals and harsh vocals and sometimes unconventional sounds within other heavy metal styles. The term has been in use since the 1980s, although it came into prominence in the 1990s.

Phoenix, Arizona State capital city in Arizona, United States

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of Arizona, with 1,626,078 people. It is also the fifth most populous city in the United States, and the most populous American state capital, and the only state capital with a population of more than one million residents.

<i>Cause and Effect</i> (Digital Summer album) album by Digital Summer

Cause and Effect is the first studio album by hard rock five piece Digital Summer. It was released on March 8, 2007, and features the single "Whatever it Takes".



Formation and Cause and Effect (2006-2008)

Digital Summer was formed in 2006 when vocalist and songwriter Kyle Winterstein and guitarist Ian Winterstein enlisted long time friend and bassist Anthony Hernandez to form the core of the band. [2] After a few months, Digital Summer made the addition of Johnmark Cenfield on lead guitar. The band has had a couple different full-time drummers..

A songwriter is a professional that writes lyrics or composes musical compositions for songs. A songwriter can also be called a composer, although the latter term tends to be used mainly for individuals from the classical music genre and film scoring, but is also associated with writing and composing the original musical composition or musical bed. A songwriter that writes the lyrics/words are referred to as lyricist. The pressure from the music industry to produce popular hits means that songwriting is often an activity for which the tasks are distributed between a number of people. For example, a songwriter who excels at writing lyrics might be paired with a songwriter with the task of creating original melodies. Pop songs may be written by group members from the band or by staff writers – songwriters directly employed by music publishers. Some songwriters serve as their own music publishers, while others have outside publishers.

Guitarist person who plays the guitar

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Bassist musician who plays a bass instrument

A bassist or bass player, is a musician who plays a bass instrument such as a double bass, bass guitar, keyboard bass or a low brass instrument such as a tuba or sousaphone. Different musical genres tend to be associated with one or more of these instruments. Since the 1960s, the electric bass has been the standard bass instrument for funk, R&B, soul music, rock and roll, reggae, jazz fusion, heavy metal, country and pop music. The double bass is the standard bass instrument for classical music, bluegrass, rockabilly, and most genres of jazz. Low brass instruments such as the tuba or sousaphone are the standard bass instrument in Dixieland and New Orleans-style jazz bands.

The band's first full length release, Cause and Effect , was released on March 8, 2007. “Whatever It Takes,” was the first single and it spent 45 weeks in rotation on Sirus/XM's Octane 20, and got adds from KUPD, [3] WWBN, WFXH, WPBZ, KXTE, KATT, KILO, KXXR, WZBH, WIIL, Cage Rattle Radio, and more. In addition, "Whatever it Takes" was featured as one of the "Top 4 Songs of the Day" for over six weeks straight on 98KUPD. The second single “Disconnect,” also enjoyed similar success with over 40 national adds, Sirus/XM's Octane 20, WRIF, KSHE, and KUPD included.

Octane (Sirius XM)

Octane is an Active Rock radio station on Sirius XM Satellite Radio channel 37 and Dish Network channel 6037. As a part of the Sirius XM Merger, Octane replaced the XM station SquiZZ on XM channel 48 and DirecTV channel 835. The channel has pure explicit music content that isn't freely heard on most FM radio rock stations, and its musical focus is active rock, playing artists that are new and emerging alongside with familiar active rock acts that are already popular. Octane's music directory consists of artists like Shinedown, Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Disturbed, Alice in Chains, Drowning Pool, Nonpoint, Nickelback, Saliva, Tool, System of a Down, Three Days Grace, Evanescence, Anthrax, Rammstein, Rage Against the Machine, 10 Years, Five Finger Death Punch, Down, Staind, Godsmack, Korn, Rob Zombie, Nine Inch Nails, Static-X, Fear Factory, Audioslave, Seether, Slipknot, 12 Stones, Avenged Sevenfold, Otep, Bring Me the Horizon, Killswitch Engage, Limp Bizkit, Skillet, and Fuel. Octane plays a well developed new hard rock and alternative metal style of active rock radio music, similar to that played on most hard rock-leaning terrestrial radio stations in the United States, similar to the old Squizz on XM. Octane had the most fans of any Sirius XM Satellite Radio station on Facebook with over 200,000.

KUPD active rock radio station in Tempe, Arizona, United States

KUPD is a commercial active rock FM radio station. Licensed to Tempe, Arizona, the station serves the Phoenix metropolitan area. The station is owned by Hubbard Radio, a division of Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. of St. Paul, Minnesota. Its studios are located on North 52nd Street west of Papago Park and its transmitter is in South Mountain Park.


WWBN, is a radio station broadcasting rock music to Flint and The Thumb areas of Michigan. Syndicated shows on Banana include the morning comedy program The Free Beer and Hot Wings Show, and music programs Loudwire Nights with Toni Gonzalez and Hard Drive with Lou Brutus. It is also the home of the weekly coach's show of the Ontario Hockey League's Flint Firebirds.

An acoustic version of "Whatever it Takes" was featured in KUPD's Acoustic Scorcher album released at Phoenix area Best Buy locations. The sold-out disc included 10 tracks recorded on-site at KUPD's End of Summer Scorcher by artists such as Sevendust, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Tantric, Cavo, and Digital Summer.

The week of May 8, 2008; Digital Summer was the featured cover story for the Phoenix New Times. [4]

Phoenix New Times is a free digital and print media company based in Phoenix, Arizona. New Times publishes daily online coverage of local news, restaurants, music and arts, as well as longform narrative journalism. A weekly print issue circulates every Thursday. The company has been owned by Voice Media Group since January 2013, when a group of senior executives bought out the founding owners. Stuart Warner was named editor of New Times in January 2017.

Following Cause and Effect, the band released the 2 disc EP/DVD set, Hollow , on March 31, 2008. The DVD portion of the set included a music video for the song "Rescue Me". The full video production included a scene of a car accident and featured both friends and co-workers of the band.

Counting the Hours (2009-2010)

Digital Summer issued their second full length album, Counting the Hours , on May 7, 2010. Counting the Hours was recorded in Phoenix with producer Larry Elyea (who previously worked with Jimmy Eat World, Eminem, Adelitas Way), mixed by producer Mike Watts (Dear Hunter, Adelitas Way, Saliva), and features guest performances by Morgan Rose from Sevendust.

<i>Counting the Hours</i> album by Digital Summer

Counting the Hours is the second full-length studio album by hard rock five piece Digital Summer. It was released on May 11, 2010, and features the singles "Just Run" and "Playing the Saint."

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The album's first single, "Just Run", was released nationally in early February 2010. In late 2011 the band released the video for "Just Run". The second single, "Hostage", was also released nationally to radio.

Breaking Point and acoustic album (2011-present)

Before beginning work on a third album, Kyle and Ian Winterstein also released music under their experimental rock side project called "Tragedy Machine". They released their debut album titled Pacify on June 7, 2011, which contained the 4 EP tracks they had released in 2008 and 11 brand new tracks. In fall of 2011, Digital Summer announced that it had parted ways with guitarist Johnmark "Fish" Cenfield. After auditions were held, on January 26, 2012 it was announced the band chose Jon Stephenson as their new lead guitarist, who joined the band in time to help with recording and writing their third full length album.

Digital Summer had a management deal with In De Goot Entertainment/ McGathy who boasts artists such as Chevelle, Sevendust, Saliva, Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd, Adelitas Way, 10 Years, and many more. However, Digital Summer parted ways with in De Goot in December 2011 to operate under their own label, Victim Entertainment.

Digital Summer used online crowd-sourcing platform KickStarter to involve fans directly in helping fund the recording and release of their new album, titled Breaking Point . They produced a promotional video for the campaign, which featured praise from Rick DeJesus of Adelitas Way, C.J. Pierce of Drowning Pool, and Morgan Rose of Sevendust.

Breaking Point was released August 7, 2012. [5] The lead single off the album, "Forget You", which features Clint Lowery from Sevendust, reached #38 on the Active Rock charts. The album debuted at #13 on iTunes in Rock. On September 10, 2012, an official music video for "Forget You" was released. [6] "Dance in the Fire" was also released as a second single, with an official "tour" music video released on 5 March 2013. [7]

The band toured extensively in support of the album. In July 2012, Digital Summer joined hard rock band 12 Stones on the road for a 27-day tour, spanning across the midwest and east coast. In November 2012, Digital Summer went on tour with Taproot for the Winter Riot Tour through the Midwest. In January 2013, Digital Summer went on a 28 dates tour with heavy rock band Nonpoint that covers the Pacific Northwest, Southwest and parts of the South. In late 2012 it was revealed that the band parted ways with drummer Ben Anderson and would be using fill-in drummers for the remainder of the touring year.

Digital Summer was one of RockRevolt Magazine's "Indie Band of the Week" in February 2013. [8] The full length acoustic album titled After Hours: Unplugged & Rewired was released on October 8, 2013. [9] A music video for the track "This City" was released on January 8, 2014. [10]

On January 20, 2014 it was announced that the band would be going separate ways with guitarist Jon Stephenson due to professional differences. [11] Thirteen-year-old Austin Rios was announced to be replacement touring drummer. [12] In January 2014, the band performed at Shiprocked festival alongside such bands as Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Sevendust, In This Moment and Device among others. In April 2014, they did a U.S. national tour with Volbeat and Trivium with 25 dates and multiple one-off festival and headlining dates. In June 2015, Digital Summer had announced that Jon Stephenson has rejoined the band. And that based on the direction of the band, they no longer need drummer Austin Rios and made the addition of RED drummer Dan Johnson. The band is currently working on new material with an album titled Aquarius in the making.[ citation needed ]


Current members
Former members


2008"Whatever it Takes" Cause and Effect
2009"Rescue Me" Hollow
"Use Me"
2010"Just Run" Counting the Hours
2012-2014"Forget You" Breaking Point
"Dance in the Fire"
"Breaking Point"
2013"This City" After Hours: Unplugged & Rewired
2015"50 Shades" [14] Aquarius [15]
2018"Buried Alive"
Music videos

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