For fans of Breaking Benjamin, Sevendust, Deftones, 30 Seconds To Mars...etc
Digital Summer is a unmistakable modern rock band originating from Phoenix, Arizona. Made up of heavy/melodic guitars and raw emotional vocals. Influenced by multiple music genres, Digital Summer is a rock band to the core, not a “trend” by any means. Digital Summer is known for their professional songwriting ability, energetic live show and seemingly endless promotional antics.
Aside from sharing the stage with bands like Alice in Chains, Godsmack, Deftones, Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch, Theory of a Dead Man and many more, Digital Summer has also toured nationally with Volbeat, Trivium, Sevendust, Drowning Pool, 10 Years, Nonpoint, Taproot, 12 Stones and more. With a live show that includes throwing guitars across the stage and diving into the crowd, the band is quoted often as saying “Fans should get their money’s worth. If you’re not willing to bleed on stage, you shouldn’t be there.”
Along with being professional musicians, the brothers manage to maintain additional professional careers of a completely different style. Frontman/Vocalist Kyle Winterstein and brother/Guitarist Ian Winterstein are both Firefighters in the Phoenix metro area. These additional careers are what drive the lyrical and emotional foundation of what Digital Summer's music is about. From death and tragedy to passion and endurance, the songs on a Digital Summer album come from their real lives and their very own experiences. "We're not looking to write about Hollywood glamour." Says guitarist Ian Winterstein, "We write about real life and hopefully our fans can relate."
“The fans are what keep this machine going” says frontman Kyle Winterstein on several interviews. Such words were proven to be even more truthful in March of 2012 when the band launched a Kickstarter campaign after a request from a fan. The idea was simple, offer the fans a chance to make donations toward the release of their new album and in turn they receive unique incentives for doing so. Fans came out of the woodwork to be part of the Digital Summer movement. The campaign raised roughly $50,000 in 30 days and many fans were given opportunities to meet the band, get listed on album credits and even enjoy private performances.
Digital Summer’s latest album, Breaking Point, is the cultivation of efforts between a band that’s tasted several sides of the music industry and a loyal fan base just looking to be part of the journey. Recorded at Vudu Studios in New York with Mike Watts (Adelita’s Way, Theory of A Deadman, 10 Years, Dear Hunter), Breaking Point features a sample of all the musical talents the band possesses. Heavy hitting rock tracks to keep crowds moving and heads banging, along with melodic musical pieces that include everything from piano and strings to beat production. Clint Lowery of Sevendust even makes a guest appearance playing lead guitar on the album’s first single “Forget You”. Breaking Point was released August 7th, 2012 and debuted at #13 on iTunes Rock Charts.
Between album cycles, Digital Summer recorded an all acoustic album entitled After Hours: Unplugged & Rewired, which features acoustic versions of songs from all 3 previous albums as well as a few brand new tracks. This album showcases Kyle's true voice in a smooth, up-front style alongside dark pianos and ambient strings. An additional element of melodic synths and periodic beat production sets this collection of songs apart from traditional acoustic albums. After Hours: Unplugged & Rewired was release October 11th, 2013 and debuted #34 on iTunes despite being an acoustic album that was never promoted to radio. The first track on the album, titled "This City", was actually written about the band's hometown of Phoenix, AZ.
There are rumors of a series of EP releases starting in 2015...
Their debut album Stories was released in 2010. Following its release, the band began touring as a supporting act with various bands including Evans Blue, Taddy Porter and Framing Hanley. The first single, "Liar", has had over 1100 spins on SiriusXM's Octane channel, and went Top 10 on their playlist. The second single, "Look In My Eyes", rose into the Top 5 on Sirius/XM's Octane.
Rains parted ways with their management/indie label, Sounds and Sights, in early 2011 and began operating as an independent artist. They released their single "Look In My Eyes" in the fall of 2011 and also, recorded and released a music video for the track.
“There’s a brand of rock for every taste, but if I had to pick my poison, I’ve always gravitated towards a heavy, driving, edgy rock song more than any other. If it’s loud with a dash of frantic or angry pace to it, then sign me up, I’m interested. The guys from 3 Years Hollow subscribe to the same rock preference, and they successfully modeled their sound to fall in line accordingly. – Chris Brack, Rocksposure.com
Three Years Hollow’s debut album ‘Ascension’ has been well received by fans and critics alike. It’s an album that is aggressive on tempos, heavy on guitar riffs, yet well-defined and melodic on vocals. ‘Ascension’ contains fan favorite tracks ‘Wasted’ and ‘The End of Demise’ among others. One can’t help but notice the edge the album has from a lyric perspective. “The motivation for me on Ascension was that I was ticked off at girls. I was ticked off at everything!” says 3YH front man Jose Urquiza.
The long awaited follow up to ‘Ascension’ will be available early 2012. The recording process for this album has taken them to Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, IL to work with Tadpole (Disturbed, Staind, Adelitas Way, Seether) on production and mixing, then on to Brad Blackwood of Euphonic Masters (Adelitas Way, Evanescense, Sick Puppies, Skillet) for mastering. “In the years since Ascension, so much has happened for us personally. Life has happened for us. The new album subject has a positive message. It’s hard to write dark, angry songs when you’re so happy about everything” says Jose. With all of these positives, it’s no wonder why the band has been anxious to give the fans a taste of what they’ve been working on. That taste is the first single, ‘Chemical Ride’.
But don’t think that this album will have one single and a bunch of fluff to accompany it. As Jose states, “The song I’m most excited for people to hear is ‘We Belong’. It is so different from everything else that we do. It has so much harmony work in it. The whole message of the song is where ever I need to be, that’s where I want to be. Take me where we all belong.”
Three Years Hollow isn’t just a great studio band. They take a tremendous amount of pride in their live show as well. “We are commonly told that we sound even better live than we do on our album. That is something we take a lot of pride in.” says guitarist Tony Reeves. That pride in the live show has been noticed by promoters and has afforded them the privilege to compile an impressive resume of stage mates. That resume includes the likes of Chevelle, Buckcherry, Puddle of Mudd, Pop Evil, Taproot, Black Stone Cherry, Soil, Evans Blue, Tesla, The Veer Union, Janus, The Used, Candlebox, Anew Revolution, Kyng, Destrophy, Caroline's Spine, Marc Rizzo (Soulfly), Ben Kenney & DJ Kilmore (Incubus), Psychostick, Straight Line Stitch, Texas Hippie Coalition, 40 Below Summer and The Burden Brothers, among others.
From here, the sky is the limit for Three Years Hollow. 2012 brings a new album and a new level of excitement. They intend to get the music out to as many people as possible through distribution, promotion, and touring. The goal is to attract the right support to help 3 Years Hollow take their musical career to the next level and every level beyond. That level is definitely somewhere the band believes, to quote the song, “Where we all belong.”
The band recorded their debut album entitled Moment of Impact in 2010 featuring contributions from Sevendust members Lajon Witherspoon and Morgan Rose. The album was given a limited release the same year, with a full release planned for 2011. In 2012 the album was released in an expanded edition under the title Impact. In 2013, the band released their sophore album, Evolve.
Soon after this auspicious meeting, Justyn and his band mates found themselves in the studio recording several demos for Kidd, who then brought the tracks to Izzy Zivkovic (CEO, Split Media), and the two agreed to co-manage the band. The band recorded additional tracks and was soon approached by Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett of Mudvayne / HELLYEAH, who signed on to produce their album. With an experienced team of professionals behind them, Man Made Machine honed their craft to perfection, until they were ready to unleash their music to the world.
Being in a band together was not a new concept to the members of MMM. Joe Cotela, Justyn Sena, Matt Reinhard, Marc Hernandez and Steve Siminski all met as far back as elementary school in their hometown of Phoenix, AZ, dreaming up idyllic plans of making it to the big leagues of hard rock and heavy metal by the time they were in Corona Del Sol High School.
"Our first major band, The Cover Up, came together from two different bands," states Sena. "A few of us were in one locally popular band, and a couple of us in another. We all knew coming together would be a good idea, and once we did that, everything made sense."
The Cover Up quickly gained recognition well beyond their local Phoenix area. Spreading their hardcore/pop-punk fusion sound and honest lyrics, the band toured the country with bands including Escape The Fate and Dr. Acula, and performed at festivals including Dirtfest where they shared the bill with metal groups such as Parkway Drive and Winds of Plague.
The band grew tired of the copy-cat "scene music" they had been a part of as The Cover Up. It became clear that they needed to leave their old style behind and move forward with a sound truer to their nature. Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Metallica and Guns N' Roses began to inspire the group of friends, and the hard rock influence quickly took shape in their songwriting. The band was now reborn as Man Made Machine.
Fast forward to acquiring new management and working in the Mesa, AZ studio with Chad and Greg of Mudvayne / HELLYEAH, MMM narrowed their fifty-song repertoire into twelve solid active rock tracks for their September 2011 release, Become. The album was mixed by Jeremy Parker, known for his work with Evanescence and Godsmack. "It was an honor and a great learning experience to work with guys of their caliber," states vocalist Joe Cotela. "We have all looked up to them for years now. They really brought out the next level in all of us as musicians." Though approached by numerous labels, the band ultimately chose Razor & Tie as their new home.
"We're glad that we've been given an authentic opportunity for Man Made Machine. Razor & Tie is the record label we've always wanted," affirms Sena. "The opportunities we're getting out of our label and management now is indicative of the success that we've always desired as a band."
Become is a powerful, hard rock roller-coaster ride, soaring through diverse, yet autobiographical songs. "The lyrics are vulnerable. There are introspective lyrics, as well as lyrics that make you feel invincible," explains Cotela. "There are also a handful of songs about partying and feeling like a badass. This is an honest record, not just on the sensitive tracks, but the party tracks as well. The album is reflective of the different sides of our personalities."
A combination of hard work, perseverance and good fortune has brought Man Made Machine to where they are now. "We always knew where we wanted to be today, and now we have a new lease on everything," says Sena. "We knew that if we stuck it out, we would eventually get to this point; it was inevitable. If you don't quit, you'll get there. We never left an option open for ourselves to fail, and we're in a good position now because of that."