How One Local Musician Connects Portland's Greatest Bands

22 degrees of Dave Depper

By Fiona McCann April 27, 2015 Published in the May 2015 issue of Portland Monthly

has played his way through a full-throated chorus of Portland bands over the past 12 years. This month finds him on the road with his most potent allies yet: platinum-certified indie rockers Death Cab for Cutie.

Tap the animation to discover videos from the bands Depper worked with over the years, either on studio albums, as a touring musician, or as a producer. (Not all songs here include Depper in the recordings)

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It started with a Craigslist ad in 2003. Dave Depper, new to Portland, was in search of a keyboard. Enter musician Chad Crouch, who was offloading a keyboard and looking for a bassist. “He asked if I played the bass, and I lied and said I did,” Depper recalls. Back to Craigslist to find a bass, which Depper learned to play in a week so he could join Crouch’s band Blanket Music.  

Thus began more than a decade of band-hopping all over Portland’s musical map, with Depper playing a dizzying array of musical instruments in the process. Along the way, he also recorded a cover album of Paul McCartney’s Ram, playing every instrument himself. That project brought him a whole new fan base—including R.E.M.’s Peter Buck—and a gig on Ray LaMontagne’s Supernova tour last year.

Now Depper is touring with alt-rock emperors Death Cab for Cutie, on the road behind their new album, Kintsugi

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