NEW ALBUM OUT NOW:

In a Day's Time EP

At long last, we're immensely jazzed to set this little album free! This four-song EP is our first batch of songs, brought to life out of midi files and sheet music from the mind of bandleader James West. We recorded it live at Blair Academy for the Arts, with a strong sense of musical self-discovery and not a small amount of excitement for all the tunes and travels to come, and we hope that zesty freshness brings you joy as you listen. Find the album now on all major music streaming platforms or pick up a hard copy at an upcoming show!

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Meet The Band

 

 

Digital Suede is a synth-steeped instrumental jazz fusion jam band from Johnson City, Tennessee. The band is made up of a tight-knit group of friends from a variety of musical backgrounds who share a deep appreciation for precise harmonies and preposterous jams. Follow us on social media to keep up with the band and to get an inside look!

James West - Bandleader, Composer, Guitar

Growing up surrounded by the music of the ‘90s, James developed a passion for music and a desire to play a good tune at a very young age. Learning to play every guitar lick from Nirvana to 311 as quickly as he could and playing in multiple bands with his friends was only the beginning. In 2009 he took his love for the guitar to the next level by pursuing his Bachelor of Music degree at East Tennessee State University, followed by a Master’s in Classical Guitar Performance at Appalachian State University shortly after. He now teaches in his hometown of Johnson City, Tennessee, both privately and at the college level. In his free time he pursues his passion for composition and love for music by writing songs for people who love a good beat, like you.

 

Eric Feltman - Bass

Named after guitar hero Eric Clapton, Eric grew up in a musical family and was exposed to music of all kinds early on. In middle school he began learning guitar, spending hours playing along to Led Zeppelin records every day after school. Eric first picked up the bass when his high school jazz band unexpectedly needed a bass player. He went on to minor in music at ETSU, performing in ensembles on various instruments including trumpet, guitar, and bass. He stayed at ETSU to get a master’s degree in counseling and currently works as a mental health therapist at the university with college students. While his career in mental health pays the bills, performing live music will always be his first love.

daniel couper - Keys

Having grown up around various flavours of church music, daniel first tried his hand at songwriting in high school, aiming to create a space for doubt, frustration, loneliness, and hope. He studied vocal music (among other things) at East Tennessee State University, where he further developed the skills that would serve as a foundation for his extensive music production and performance. He released his first solo album, Bienvenue, while in graduate school for teaching, as well as a follow-up EP called Epilogue later that summer (both are available web-wide). The solo project has since grown into an eclectic indie folk group called The Keep, which daniel fronts with his wife, Bets. Though these musical pursuits keep him busy, he still finds some time to teach high school English and snuggle with his cats.

 

Colin Jeffress - Keys

Leading all the way back to his earliest memories, music has always been one of the most significant sources of joy in Colin’s life. Beginning his musical training at the age of three, he has since always striven to immerse himself in every new instrument, genre, and experience he can get his hands on. He’s found immense enjoyment and opportunity, performing locally as a cellist, keyboardist, bassist, and drummer, as well as expanding his skill set through side projects as a producer and engineer. He is so grateful to have the opportunity to work with such talented individuals, and is excited for this next chapter in his musical adventure.

Tuck Ledbetter - Drums

Growing up immersed in music, drums came naturally to Tuck. Picking up grooves by ear from drummers ranging from Bonham to Stubblefield, he honed his skills over time, through listening and learning from others. He attended Science Hill High School where he was a member of the percussion ensemble and captain of the drum line, and performed at both the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention. While at Science Hill he expanded his musical knowledge – specifically percussion and theory, building a solid playing foundation. He was fortunate to study drum set under Dr. Rande Sanderbeck, former ETSU Percussion Director, and is currently attending ETSU as a major in something he isn’t quite sure of yet.

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