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A national level rock band that still does everything on their own, reaching to the fans to help share their music with the world.

First... watch the campaign video above. =)
...and don't forget the "UPDATES" tab above the video to stay current.

That's right, we're currently in the process of writing/recording our next album and this time we're changing the game. We want to get the fans DIRECTLY involved! Hopefully that means YOU! We've been working on songs for the past 6 months and now it's time to share them with the people who deserve them most... the people who make every ounce of sweat, every sleepless night and every mile traveled all worth it... our amazing fans.

We're launching a Kickstarter campaign that accomplishes two things: First it offers our fans the opportunity to contribute to the release of our next album in exchange for cool incentives! Second it helps us raise the money we need to finish the album and market it nationwide THE RIGHT WAY.



Why are we doing this?

The recent decline in CD sales and downloads has left the music industry (especially rock music) in an interesting state of chaos. Basically there has never been more demand for music, hence Ipods and endless playlists, yet music sales are at an ALL TIME low. Thus, record labels are downsizing or simply dissolving. Emerging national artists are forced to adapt or just give up. Basically fans still want music, but the initial funding to create such music is no longer available.


A possible solution?

We heard about Kickstarter and immediately reached out to our fans for their opinions. What a great concept! By making donations fans are given the opportunity to directly be a part of creating and releasing our new album! We loved the idea, and based off responses on our Facebook page, so did the fans! So here it is. Help us record and release our new album! This is YOUR chance to be a part of the Digital Summer movement! We've done everything on our own thus far, so why not take it up a notch?! Everything we do is about only two things anyway: the music and the fans. So why not bring them together and just maybe we can show the industry what's really possible.


What is the money being used for?

By helping us reach our pledge goal, you're helping to cover the costs of recording, mixing, mastering, duplicating, distributing and marketing our new album. $25,000 may seem like a lot, but in reality it's merely a fraction of what it costs to properly record and release an album. We really only chose that number in order to better assure we reach our pledge goal. (The average major label album release runs about $250,000 in initial expenses.)


What happens if we don't reach our pledge goal?
We get nothing. Zero. No one is charged and no incentives are given. ...and we will be very sad. Kittens and puppies everywhere will cry.


What happens after the goal is reached?

We keep going! There is NO limit to how much we can raise! Once we reach our goal all the incentives each backer paid for are guaranteed and we're on our way to releasing the new album. Any additional amount raised after recording and duplication will ALL go towards the album in the avenues of marketing, radio play and touring.


Who is Digital Summer?

Not already a fan? Check out our latest DSTV Webisode and the additional links to get a feel for our music, live show and what we're all about. Enjoy =)

Ps. This video even contains footage from pre-production of the new album!

Digital Summer  Facebook   YouTube   Twitter   iTunes  

Who is Digital Summer "Off stage"?

Vocals
- Kyle Winterstein, is a full-time Firefighter/Paramedic
             (You can watch him rescuing a kitten on the news HERE)
Guitar
- Ian Winterstein, is a full-time Paramedic and Paramedic Instructor
Bass -    Anthony Hernandez is a full-time business student
Drums - Ben Anderson, is a studio engineer and drum teacher
             (You can see him in action HERE)
Guitar - Jon Stephenson, is a public accountant.


How much can a band REALLY do on their own?
That's a fair question. So far we've toured the country with several big name national artists, played numerous sold out shows, been in nearly 50 publications, sold over 50,000 CDs and downloads, co-written songs for major label artists, had 4 singles on major market radio and even had a #1 single for over 7 weeks on 98KUPD in Phoenix, AZ. Point is... EVERYTHING we've done thus far has been on our own and this time we're looking for the fans to help us take it to the next level!

Oh yeah, we do our own music videos too... Like the one below.



Common questions:

I would LOVE to give this to a friend or family member as a gift. Can I gift an incentive?
YES! Spectacular idea. If you would like to support Digital Summer but want to give the reward to someone else as a gift, please go through the normal process of making a donation in your name. Then, when we reach out to you via e-mail to request additional information, please tell us who should receive the reward.

Can I increase my pledge once it has been made?
YES! Once you donate to the campaign, you may want to change your incentive reward to a different one, or simply increase your pledge amount. To do so, please sign onto Kickstarter as usual. On our campaign page, click the blue button that reads "Manage Your Donation." If you click it, you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive!

Can I pledge for more than one incentive?
Absolutely! There is no limit to the amount you can pledge or number incentives you may receive. ("Limited" incentives excluded)

I'm too excited! How do I get started right now?
It's easy, and incredibly quick! Just click the green "Back This Project" button on this page and follow the steps. It should take you less than 2 minutes to complete the entire process.

If I make a pledge, when is my card charged?
If the project you’re backing is successfully funded, your card will be charged when the project reaches its funding deadline. If the project does not reach its funding goal, your card is never charged. That's why we call them pledges.  

If funding does not succeed do backers pay anything?
Nothing. If funding is unsuccessful, all pledges are canceled and that's that.

Is my pledge amount publicly displayed?
No. Only you and the project creator will be able to see your pledge amount.

Can people from outside the US pledge to projects?
Yes! Anyone, anywhere (with a major credit card) can pledge to Kickstarter projects.

I'm international and keep getting asked for a US address when pledging. What do I do?
If you are a non-US Amazon Mechanical Turk user you may experience a problem trying to pledge. We've alerted Amazon about this bug. Sorry this is annoying. Please view these instructions to pledge: https://www.jungledisk.com/secure/signup/mturk.aspx.

DIGITAL SUMMER FACTS, PHOTOS AND MORE

_______Digital Summer #1 on 98KUPD for over 7 straight weeks_______

_______Digital Summer on the cover of the Phoenix New Times_______

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Still curious?
if we haven't already answered your question hit the message button on the bottom right of this page or send us an email and we'll get back to you ASAP! DigitalSummerBand@Gmail.com

FAQ

  • No. The incentives are set up to each have their own value. Some have many things attached to them from other incentives, but some do not. The idea was to create several options of different value instead of just tacking on all the same things. However, the *DS TOTAL PACKAGE* has by far the most actual "stuff" included, and that incentive IS part of several other larger incentives as well. =)

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  • Yes. We simply ask that the backer please consider the shipping cost that will be involved. If possible, pledge just a little more to help cover the cost of shipping. Sometimes shipping to other countries can be quite expensive and if we end up paying more than we make... it kind of defeats the purpose. But in short... yes, we can ship to another country.

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    Thank You email from the band + something included to make you laugh =)

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    Digital Download of the album before it’s released.

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    Signed hard copy of the album + digital download of the album before it’s released.

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    Early signed hard copy of album + Early album download + 1 song emailed to you a week before “early releases” with a personal Thank You video from the band + Signed band photo + DS guitar pick

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    3 live rehearsal recordings (Each includes a song performed live plus dialog/antics between band members) + Early signed hard copy of album + Thank You video from the band + Signed band photo

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    A previously unreleased acoustic song by Kyle + Early signed hard copy of album + Early album download + Hand written and signed Thank You letter from the band + Signed band photo + DS sticker

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    YOUR NAME in the Thank You section of the album + A personal Thank You video from the band + Early signed hard copy of album + Early album download

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    Skype session or phone call with the band (you choose) + DS will record you a personal voicemail greeting for your phone + 1 song emailed to you a week before “early releases” + Early signed hard copy of album + Early album download

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    Signed handwritten lyrics sheet (song of your choice) + A previously unreleased acoustic song by Kyle + YOUR NAME in the Thank You section of the album + Early signed hard copy of album + Early album download + Signed band photo

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    Signed personalized sheet music for DS drums from new album with audio to match (2 songs of choice) + Signed handwritten lyrics sheets (2 songs of your choice) + A previously unreleased acoustic song by Kyle + YOUR NAME in the Thank You section of the album + Early signed hard copy of album + Signed band photo

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    2 Unreleased DS demo songs + Signed handwritten lyrics sheet (song of your choice) + YOUR NAME in the Thank You section of the album + Limited edition DS T-shirt (ONLY for campaign backers) + 1 song emailed to you a week before “early releases” + A personal Thank You video from the band + Early signed hard copy of album + Early album download + Signed band photo + DS sticker + DS shot glass (plastic) + DS guitar pick

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    ***THE TOTAL DS PACKAGE*** - Signed hard copies of EVERY DS album + 3 Unreleased DS demo songs + A previously unreleased acoustic song by Kyle + 2 Signed handwritten lyrics sheets (songs of your choice) + 2 signed drum music sheets + YOUR NAME in the Thank You section of the album + Limited edition DS T-shirt (ONLY for campaign backers) + Signed drum stick used during one of our shows + 2 songs emailed to you a week before “early releases” + A personal Thank You video from the band + Early signed hard copy of album + Early album download + Signed band photo + DS sticker + DS shot glass (plastic) + DS guitar pick + we’ll write your name on our rehearsal studio wall in permanent marker under “Amazing DS Fans” and email you a photo

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    Private drum lesson with Ben Anderson at the DS rehearsal studio! Already a drummer or looking to learn, what better than a personal lesson from the drummer of a band you like?! (Up to 2 hours. Travel costs not included.) + Signed drum stick + Early signed hard copy of album + Early album download

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    Signed custom canvas painting by band member of your choice (or all members on one canvas) 24” x 36” + YOUR NAME in the Thank You section of the album + 2 songs emailed to you a week before “early releases” + A personal Thank You video from the band + Early signed hard copy of album + Signed DS poster + Signed band photo

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    Personal song writing session with Kyle Winterstein. You and Kyle will sit down together and work on your lyrics, melody, guitar parts, chorus hooks… even write a brand new song! Whatever you want! Kyle co-writes for multiple national artists and now it’s your chance to work with him! This can be in person or online via Skype, email or other means. (Up to 4 hours. Travel costs not included) + Early signed hard copy of album + Early album download

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    Get tattooed with the band! Yep, you and the band will go get tattooed together at our favorite tattoo studio! That’s something no fan has ever experienced! (Transportation and tattoo costs not included. Tattoo studio is located in Flagstaff, AZ. Limited to 1 full day)

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    Signed custom DS guitar + package of guitar strings and picks used during a DS show + YOUR NAME in the Thank You section of the album + 2 songs emailed to you a week before “early releases” + A personal Thank You video from the band + Early signed hard copy of album + Early album download + Signed band photo

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    A night out with the band! (2 person max. Airfare not included) We’ll go out to dinner, go to a bar, go to a club, go bowling… whatever! Take as many photos and videos as you want! This is your chance to get to know the guys on a personal level! + You also get everything from *THE TOTAL DS PACKAGE* ($350 value)

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    Signed 15ft X 20ft DS stage backdrop used on tour! + Early signed hard copy of album + Early album download

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    Snowboard or wakeboard with the band!!! (Or equivalent outing of your choice) We’ll spend all day snowboarding or wakeboarding, even teach you how if you’ve never been! (1 additional guest max. Airfare not included) + You also get everything from *THE TOTAL DS PACKAGE* ($350 value)

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    Decorate the DS tour van however you want! Yep, we’ll do a full vehicle wrap of our tour van in whatever design you want! The van travels the country, appears on several online videos and we’ll do a specific promotional video dedicated to the van’s new look! + You also get everything from *THE TOTAL DS PACKAGE* ($350 value). (Graphics cost not included)

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    We’ll fly you out for a private rehearsal at our studio!!! Plus you’ll hang out with us all day and even have dinner with us that night! Take as many photos and videos as you want! Make it a fan experience you’ll never forget!!! (DS pays airfare for 1 person, guests not included. Any additional travel costs outside U.S. not included) + You also get everything from *THE TOTAL DS PACKAGE* ($350 value)

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    Digital Summer will fly to your house or any desired destination and play a private acoustic performance for you and your friends!! + You can even pick the songs! + You will have complete media rights for photos, video and use. (DS will pay airfare to anywhere in the U.S.) + You also get everything from *THE TOTAL DS PACKAGE*

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    Digital Summer will travel to your house, club, bar or any desired destination and play a full electric performance for you and anyone you invite!! + You can even pick the songs! + You will have complete media rights for photos, video and use. (Stage and P.A. must be provided.) You also get everything from *THE TOTAL DS PACKAGE*

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    2 backstage passes to any DS show FOR LIFE! + Everything in *THE TOTAL DS PACKAGE* + We'll do a DSTV Webisode specifically about you and why fans like you mean the world to us + We'll send you EVERY demo of EVERY song we EVER record from here on out! Even if it's just us messing around at rehearsal or a random acoustic idea! + You'll get sent the first piece of every new merchandise item we create EVER. + We'll literally ask for your thoughts on many of our big decisions as a band. Consider yourself part of our team now. The fan's perspective matters =)

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    YOU be the inspiration! We will write and professionally record a song written about you or someone of your choosing. You can send us information about them such as your feelings, why they're amazing (or horrible)... whatever you want. Or a specific event in your life. It will literally be based off you're ideas and worked on until both you and us are happy. So it will still be our style... but with YOUR inspiration behind it. Then we'll either record it for just you or publicly release it... whichever YOU decide. You would be the only fan out there with a Digital Summer song truly written for them.

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    2 Tickets to any DS show FOR LIFE! + Pair of VIP backstage passes for 2 DS shows! + Digital Summer will fly to your house or any desired destination and play a private acoustic performance for you and your friends!! + You can even pick the songs! + You will have complete media rights for photos, video and use. (DS will pay airfare to anywhere in the U.S.) + Everything in *THE TOTAL DS PACKAGE* + Signed DS guitar + your own page on our website for a full year as “Fan of The Year 2012” which will be dedicated to photos of you, the band or anything you want! (Nudity or criminal acts excluded. Haha!)

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