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"Digital Collaborations"

A number of rising livetronica bands spent Saturday at Shermans Dale, PA’s at Nulton's Tree Farm as part of the day-long Summer Solstice festival. A number of notable cameos took place during performances by trance-brethren Quagmire Swim Team, PUSH, and Digital Frontier. Brothers Past bassist Clay Parnell made a surprise appearance at the festival, jamming with PUSH and playing bass on a drum-n-bass jam during the Quagmire Swim Team original "Kinda Low." Suburban Transit drummer Kelly Hollinger also joined Quagmire Swim Team for an impromptu percussion segment when the stage temporarily lost power. Additionally, Digital Frontier flutist Jesse Stocker and bassist Luke Stocker made appearances during PUSH's second set for an extended twenty-plus minute jam. During Digital Frontier's late night performance, Quagmire Swim Team guitarist Buzz came out for a jam during the band's "Malibu" only to be cut short forty minutes (at 5AM) into their set by the state police. Digital Frontier and Quagmire Swim Team will share a bill this Friday, June 29, at New York City's Pussycat Lounge strip club as part of Mixed Bag Production's NYC debut of "Tits and Trance." -

"Hip Hop Meets the Digital Frontier 12/22/07"

The young New York livetronica quartet Digital Frontier expanded into the world of hip-hop last night in Manhattan. The group, which plays a trancey brand of jam featuring flute and synth, was joined on stage by MCs Charles Hamilton and Yung Nate for a cross-genre mash-up at the Bowery Poetry Club. The sit-in served as a flawless segue between the band's set and the hip-hop act that followed. Digital Frontier first assembled early in 2006 but is fast gaining traction and renown in New York City. -


Since their inception in 2006, Digital Frontier has been pushing the boundaries of organic, live trance music. The quartet seamlessly fuses the hardwired sounds of synthesizers, keyboards, and computers – expertly tweaked by Matt Smilkstein – with lush flute runs played by Jesse Stocker, over pulsing beats, held down with drum machine-like perfection by drummer Sol Montoya and fellow battery-mate, bassist Luke Stocker. Digifront, as their fans call them, have garnered a loyal fanbase through out the northeast through a rigorous touring schedule and scorching live shows. Like all great musical explorers before them, they’ve set out on a boundless journey. If you’re ready for the ride, join them in the Digital Frontier. - Adam Alperowicz: Relix Magazine Contributor

"Beats and Biscuits at Camp Bisco VI"

Once again an annual event, the Disco Biscuits’ Camp Bisco festival relocated to Mariaville, NY for its sixth installment and most electronica-heavy yet. As promised, not only did the Disco Biscuits deliver a bonus set for early arrivals Thursday night, but the quartet offered a surprise set Friday after traffic prevented Simon Posford from arriving onsite in time for his set with the New Originals (bringing the Disco Biscuits’ grand total up to six sets). While Camp Bisco VI featured a number of jamband heavyweights, including Umphrey’s McGee, The Breakfast and Bustle In Your Hedgerow, the festival distinguished itself by presenting electronica and dance groups like Infected Mushroom, Girl Talk, the Juan McLean, King Britt, Orchard Lounge and OTT. Once he arrived onsite, Posford performed in a number of configurations, spinning material from his Shpongle project, joining the Disco Biscuits and STS9 drummer Zach Velmer for a version of Conspirator’s “Orch Theme” and offering the first North American performance by his lauded Hallucinogen and Dub project. Zilla, EOTO, STS9 (who performed both full band and Live PA sets), Digital Frontier, Grimace Federation, The Join and Future Rock helped bridge the gap between Camp Bisco’s electronica and jam styles. Lyrics Born and Slick Rick featuring the Adam Deitch Project also gave the festival some hip-hop flavor.

The Disco Biscuits showcased a mix of old and new material throughout their multiple sets, ranging from rare numbers like “Rainbow Song” and “Sound One” (a song the group had not played publicly since its author Sam Altman left the Disco Biscuits in 2005) to new songs like “Papercut,” “Glastonbury,” “Terminates” and “Rockafella” the group is considering for its next studio album. On Saturday Brothers Past/American Babies singer Tom Hamilton fronted the group on a first time cover of Muse’s “Take a Bow,” while BioDiesel drummer Johnny Rabb sat-in on “Pilin' It High” (a few days earlier Disco Biscuits drummer Allen Aucoin also played with BioDiesel at Brooklyn’s Studio B). Other highlights included an inverted version “Above The Waves,” “Magellan” and “Basis for a Day.”

On Friday Disco Biscuits keyboardist Aron Magner played keyboards with King Britt, who produced several tracks on the group’s forthcoming album. Aucoin also sat-in near the end of King Britt’s set, before String Cheese Incident’s Michael Travis showed off his bass, guitar and programming skills alongside Jason Hann in EOTO. Other festival highlights included Future Rock’s set of Daft Punk covers (including onstage dancing robots), upcoming New Groove of the Month Grimace Federation’s nod to Arcade Fire’s “Neighborhood #3” and the New Deal/Brothers Past collaboration The Join (during which Jon Gutwillig took the stage to throw glowsticks into the audience). Girl Talk also won over many new fans with his quick mash-ups and Digital Frontier did the same with early risers during their “beats before breakfast” noon spot. -

"From "Digitown" to "Funkytown" with Digital Frontier and Clay Parnell"

Last night Mt. Kisco, NY's Digital Frontier made their Philadelphia debut at The Fire on a bill with local rising stars Codename. As a nod to the City of Brotherly Love, Brothers Past bassist Clay Parnell replaced DigiFront's Luke Stocker for an extended jam segment out of the band's original "Carriage," "Digitown" and a cover of "Funkytown." Digital Frontier will perform next aboard the Rocks Off Boat Cruise on September 7 with Psylab, while Parnell will play with BioDiesel at Chicago's Kenetic Playground tomorrow. -


EP due in Fall 2007.



Reigning from Mt. Kisco, NY, Digital Frontier is a four-piece electronica act. Venturing into the realm of sonic sound and wave manipulation, the quartet delivers a non-stop energetic performance of tranced out madness. Digital Frontier consists of the fraternal duo of Luke (bass) and Jesse Stocker (flute and synth), Matt Smilkstein (keys, synth), and Sol Montoya (drums). First performing in Vermont in April 2006, Digital Frontier has expanded its sound, producing tight compositions and digitally dance fueled beats.

Through a rigorous touring schedule throughout the Northeast, Digifront, as their fans dub them, has garnered a loyal and enthusiastic following. Performing to sold out and packed clubs such as Club Metronome (Burlington, VT), The Knitting Factory (NYC), and Appalachain Brewing Company (Harrisburg, PA), Digifront has created a buzz unlike any upcoming electronica act.

There's something special that sets Digifront aside from the pack. Perhaps it's Jesse's lush and melodic flute lines, maybe it's the pulsing and infectious rhythms of Sol. The fact of the matter is that there is a unique symbiosis amongst this quartet, one that has left concert goers shocked by the unprecedented energy this live act delivers. With influences ranging from Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers, Shpongle, The Disco Biscuits, and MSTRKRFT, Digital Frontier has set the stage for an exploratory and captivating career.

As music is an ever-evolving entity, this quartet is rapidly propelling it in the direction of the Digital Frontier