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CHARLIE TRAVELER PRESENTS: stephaniesĭd & dep @ The Mothlight

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in All, Other News, Updates | No Comments

WHERE: The Mothlight 701 W Haywood Rd, West Asheville, North Carolina 28806
WHEN: Friday October 17
WHAT: pop-noir / experimental
COVER: $8adv. / $12 day of show
DOORS: 8pm
AGES: 21+

Find tickets here.


stephaniesĭd, born in 2004, lives in Asheville, NC and makes pop music for “the darkness in you that’s trying to find the light.” The band possesses all the proper tools needed to create well-crafted songs and beautiful recordings. The music explores both the melancholy and triumph of human life and love, the players being equally faithful stewards of large, intoxicating swells and infectious, danceable melodies. Recordings affix weepy synthesizers, vibraphone lines, guitars, thick bass notes, quirky keyboard sounds, horns, and coquettish, curly, tenacious female vocals. The live show is unabashed energy funneled through Iowa-birthed and Texas-raised former gymnast Stephanie Morgan (vox, guitar, synth), southerner Chuck Lichtenberger (keys/vox/bass pedals), and Maine-born Tim Haney (drums), and a collective cast of other players.

The band stands out in Asheville, NC, a city widely known for its musical soul, where they have been voted “Best Rock Band” in the reputable Mountain Xpress poll 4 years in a row.

stephaniesid has released 5 full-length albums, has had songs featured on Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie”, Team Ibex’s “The Red Helmet”, and The Weather Channel, as well as on numerous indie films and compilations. The band’s music was the subject of a rock ballet in their hometown of Asheville, NC, and the band founded the indie pop festival called POPAsheville.

“…a rather transcendent set …the band was different, melodic, quirky, and just plain good…. A sleeper act 
which hit the mark with an almost Bjork-like panache.” 
–Bonnaroo Beacon

“[For breakout song of the summer] Wilco’s new song ‘You Never Know’ is a strong contender for me, as is Stephaniesid’s ‘Bullet Train.'”
–Dan Reed, WXPN Philadelphia 

“Sharp writing!” — David Dye, World Cafe/NPR

“The band’s non-pandering brand of pop …is intricately, artfully textural and full of surprises.”
–CityBeat, Cincinnati

“…a mesmerizing mix of songs that can be hushed and calm one moment, and then suddenly dark and explosive the next.” 
— Robin Hilton, NPR All Songs Considered

“The songs move from intimate to anthemic… effortlessly poetic letters…acute insights … shimmering synth hooks and smoothly shifting melodic textures… difficult to classify but easy to love.” 
–Wayne Robins, Billboard 

“Fierce, siren-like intensity…voracious appetite for rhythm… a band that isn’t afraid to risk being innovative to put out something truly personal.” 
–Harp Magazine (now Blurt)

“Dig It: A Scandinavian Pop princess gets lost in the American South and is rescued by a Jazz quartet.”
–CityBeat, Cincinnati

“They seem to have a thing for those instruments not easily associated with the musical zeitgeist… [three of their singles] would be on the podium if this were my Olympics and I was holding a collection of medals.”


Asheville music producer dep has been writing and releasing music for over a decade, mostly to an ever growing, underground and rabidly loyal fan base. dep utilizes electronic sounds matched with his original piano and guitar arrangements to create atmospheric and melodic soundscapes that possess a unique emotional power. 

With his new release It All Comes Down to This, dep adds his vocal talents to his music and creates a body of work that is accessible and unforgettable. With pop mentalities clever melodies and lyrics, the new release has a catchy familiarity more so than any of his work to date. The 12 song album surges with power at times, oozes elegance at others. The result is a reflection of dep’s sense of depth and beauty. 

“ I don’t like canned beats or loops. I want to make everything from the ground up, and I’ve been aspiring to do just that with each piece. I’ve always found that the final product is much more personally satisfying when I work this way.”

Live, as in his studio arrangements, dep has a highly emotional element that is palpable, dynamic and interesting. 

“.. it’s almost as if I’m exposing myself to people who want to come to my personal journey of self-discovery. So the shows are what they are: honest, heart-felt renditions, and a snapshot of where I am right now with all of this. Those who I am so fortunate to have seen over and over again at various shows are on this journey with me, and I’m happy to have them there.”

It’s hard to say how the result can be described or even categorized. 

Great original work always defies labels and dep’s music deserves to escape them. The music is the extension of an original artist that you need to hear and feel.

“THE VISIONARIUM” – Dep w/ Luzius Stone, New Color, Starspinner, and more TBA

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in All, Other News, Updates | No Comments

I’ll be playing at the Asheville Music Hall on July 10th!  Full details here.  Also here’s the Facebook Event link.

WorldLine’s Album Release Celebration with dep & Tin Foil Hat

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in All, Other News, Updates | No Comments

$8 advance / $10 at the door (cash). Ticket price includes a copy of the band’s new album, Compass Sky. General Admission. Some seating available. Standing Room. WorldLine’s dynamic brand of Science-Fiction Rock and Roll will provide the soundtrack to a multi-sensory experience that includes live artists, video projection, and a psychedelic light show. Join the band for this exciting adventure and a celebration of the Arts, a truly unique Asheville experience.

More information here.

Coming soon…

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in All, Other News, Updates | No Comments


Gorgeous sunrise this morning, so I snapped this one.  Vacation at the beach has been nice, despite having a head cold.

My next album is coming soon. My 20th album. I’ve been tweaking and re-touching it for quite a while now, but it’s getting very close. The art is currently under development and I’m continuing some collaborations to really bring the music to life.

This is a huge departure album. It’s completely unlike anything I’ve ever done, and that departure (or liberation, as it feels like) has been a driving inspirational force for me. The freedom to make whatever type of art it is that you want to make is truly freeing. At the end of the day, you make the stuff you make for you, and if you’re lucky enough as an artist to have friends along for the ride, well that’s the ultimate experience in creating something. This album does come at the risk of alienating my current listeners. If you don’t like the new album, I apologize for it. I hope you do, though, because I’ve never been more excited or more proud of the production.

I’m also mastering it in surround sound. That has been an interesting learning experience as well. I think it elevates the production quality tenfold.

So the gloves are off, in other words. This is it. This, for me, is the big one. It all comes down to this.

The Ever Looming “Remixed” Contest (Deadline EXPIRED: November 1st, 2013)

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in All, Other News, Updates | No Comments


This remix contest is complete. I’m putting the compilation together now. I’ll announce it here at once it’s complete and available. Thank you to everyone who participated.

I’ve prepared individual stems from all of the songs from 2013’s Ever Looming and am excited to announce the start of the Ever Looming Remix Contest. All styles and genres are encouraged!

How it Works

1. Download the stems for the song you want.
2. Do whatever you want with them.
3. Send the finished product to

Selections will be featured on an exclusive Spotify compilation album.  Due to popular request, the new deadline is November 1, 2013.

Without further ado, here are the stems:

  1. Stretched for Home: 150bpm
  2. Last Known Surroundings: 160bpm
  3. Steep Hills of Tears: 120bpm
  4. The Sun Has Gone Dim: 170bpm
  5. A Faithful Reprieve: 130bpm
  6. Burnout Awakening: 110bpm
  7. Still the One Direction: 180bpm
  8. Eg Anda: 130bpm
  9. 5am: 120bpm
  10. Album Blank Pages: 110bpm

Moog, Shuffle Magazine & AHA AVL show is Wednesday!

Posted by on Dec 14, 2012 in All, Other News, Updates | No Comments

I’ll be featured at the Moog Sound Lab on this Wednesday, December 19th at 7pm. Here’s an invite with more details.

“Morning” sheet music

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 in All, Other News, Updates | No Comments

A listener asked if I wouldn’t mind notating the piano part from Morning so that he could play it from home. I thought this was a delightful idea, so I thought I’d share that sheet music with anyone interested here.

Download it here

Announcing “rivers & ghosts,” the new album, available 10/26

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in All, Other News, Updates | No Comments

My next release has been a year in the making. rivers & ghosts will be available to download on October 26, 2012. All music written, recorded and produced by Danny Peck (dep) and mastered by Magic Garden Mastering by Brian Lucey.

Download Rivers & Ghosts here

A version of A.R. Rahman’s “Canyon” for Piano

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in All, Live Recordings, Other News, Updates | No Comments

A quiet song for today, A.R. Rahman’s beautiful piece “Canyon,” I recorded on piano. download as mp3.

Dharma, by dep

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in All, Other News, Videos | No Comments

The film is a lightly edited version of le silence sous l’écorce, by Joanna Lurie. The audio is Noah Levine of Against the Stream.

Download the song.