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RELEASE: Best of (with reworked tunes)

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in All, Releases, Updates | No Comments

My journey as a producer/instrumentalist continues every day and I thank you for being a part of that. I felt it was an apt time to take a look back and put together a compilation of favorites from years past. I’m excited and anxious about the future. I have some new projects on the horizon that I can’t wait to share.

RELEASE: stems

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in All, Releases, Updates | No Comments

stem: (n)

  1. The main body or stalk of a plant or shrub, typically rising above ground.
  2. In music, stems are subgroups of similar sound sources. Such stems may consist of all of the string instruments, a full orchestra, just background vocals, only the percussion instruments, a single drum set, or any other grouping that may ease the task of the final mix.

This project a collection of songs that have been reworked, rewritten and/or reimagined using original stems (instrumental parts) from each song. The stems were combined with dep’s own original arrangements and instrumentations (and sometimes vocals) to completely reimagine the music, with the end goal of ending up with something completely different than the original piece of music. It was an honor to work with these artists and to approach these pieces anew.

Special thanks to:

* stephaniesid http://www.stephaniesid.com/
* paper tiger https://papertigerband.bandcamp.com/
* sonmi https://soundcloud.com/sonmimusic
* kodaline http://www.kodaline.com/home
* bon iver http://boniver.org/
* olafur arnalds http://olafurarnalds.com/
* alligator indian https://alligatorindian.bandcamp.com/
* ty gilpin http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/tygilpin
* ben steed https://bensteed.bandcamp.com/

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+
WEB EVENT: http://themothlight.com/stephaniesid/

Find tickets here.

stephaniesĭd

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.”
–awmusic.ca 

dep:

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.

It all comes down to this… CD!

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in All, Updates | No Comments

It all comes down to this discs are now for sale.

Get your copy for only $5!

RELEASE: It all comes down to this

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in All, Releases, Updates | No Comments

It all comes down to this (Download) — This is my 20th album.  It’s about the things that people usually make songs about. It’s about love, life, growing up, getting on, making mistakes and living with them.  It’s about losing everything in order to find anything.  They are stories often told through the lens of war as a metaphor. Songs with messages about rising above the tough times.  How it’s time to apologize and stop the fighting.  Find strength where there is none. Be thankful for what we have.  Never let go of what you believe in.  It all comes down to this also has a dual meaning for me, personally. It’s symbolic of my creative journey and my life’s work that has culminated to this moment.

It’s different than anything I’ve done up to this point. The songs all contain vocals, for one.  They’re far brighter and more structured than much of the soundtrack-driven orchestral works that I’ve been producing as of late. It’s a break from all that. It’s mostly bright and upbeat.

Track list (Click here for the lyrics):

  1. All I Know (3:37)
  2. Forever and Ever (4:51)
  3. If You’ll Stay (4:42)
  4. It All Comes Down to This (5:21)
  5. It Goes On (4:28)
  6. Totenfeier (5:06)
  7. Make It Be (feat. Stephanie Morgan) (3:36)
  8. The Lucky Ones (3:13)
  9. Japello (4:26)
  10. We’re Hiding Out Today (3:56)
  11. Rollercoaster (2:57)
  12. Lions (4:33)
  13. I’ll Be Waiting (4:41)

Special thanks:

  • To Kim: for your endless patience with me, for your forgiveness, and for listening to this album over and over and over again with an enthusiasm that never wavered even for a moment. You kept me inspired and pushing forward, my muse!
  • To Stephanie Morgan for her amazing vocals and for elevating that song to the next level.
  • To my brother Bob for also listening to the album along the way and for providing feedback. Also for helping me record Stephanie’s vocals at a real studio.
  • To Rudy Murdock for the amazing album art. Details below.
  • To my listeners near and far. You are a fantastic close-knit group of people and I cherish every one of you. Thank you for being active listeners and true friends.

About the album art:

I’d like to introduce you to a brilliant visual artist and painter based out of Indonesia named Rudy Murdock (facebook, twitter). He totally got it, I think. Desperate robotic hands pull apart the foliage to expose a post apocalyptic landscape, but just beyond, the hope of a new place. Some last great refuge amongst the wasteland. A fresh start. A new beginning.

Born in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia. With his background graphic design education, he is a freelance designer, painter and musician with 3 full length albums of his own. His painting works or song always talk about the social conditions, environment and political. His works are frequently talked about protest against something deviant. Since his first art exhibition in 1996 he poured his works of mixed media, collages and acrylic on the fragments of illustration or even an imaginary figure drawn rhythmically.

He is often positioning himself randomly and blindly about the angle and episode, figures, imaginary, symbols, and shapes embodiment. Through his art, he invites the viewer on the secret odyssey about whom, when and why.

Coming soon…

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

sunrise

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

remixed

This remix contest is complete. I’m putting the compilation together now. I’ll announce it here at dep.fm 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 dep@dep.fm

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

I’m All Alone (With the Josh Phillips Folk Festival)

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in All, Updates | No Comments

The Josh Phillips Folk Festival recently gave me permission to re-imagine one of their songs (the original is here). Joshua sent me the individual tracks (stems) from the song and so I went to work. This is the result! I hope you enjoy! It was very rewarding working with such talent.