Genre: GarageDigital Leather is the musical project of multi-instrumentalist Shawn Foree. It is recognized for having characteristics of synth punk, new wave, pop music, lo-fi and psychedelic music. Foree, who grew up on a Baha'i hippie commune in Southern Arizona, was introduced to a wide variety of music at a young age. He is directly related to bebop jazz guitarist Robert Conti and American film score composer Bill Conti. His mother, Gracelyn Conti, was a singer in a jazz band. At 17, Foree moved to nearby Tucson, Arizona to study 19th Century American Literature at the University of Arizona. He used some of his student loan money to buy a four-track tape recorder and other gear. In 2002, his focus shifted from academics to experimenting with vintage synthesizers, old guitars, analog drum machines and cheap microphones. After a couple of semesters, Foree had filled up dozens of cassettes with these experimental recordings. Shortly after, he started calling his music Digital Leather, purportedly in reference to the sound quality from the cheap instruments mixed with pre-used tape. Foree currently lives in Berlin, German while the rest of the band calls Omaha, Nebraska home.