Jessica Dobson

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Jessica Dobson
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Jessica Dobson at Nordstrom flagship store Seattle.
Background information
Born 1984 (age 32–33)[1]
Los Angeles, California, United States[2]
Genres Indie rock
Instruments Bass guitar, drums, guitar, piano
Associated acts Beck, Deep Sea Diver, Conor Oberst, The Shins, Spoon, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Meat Hair

Jessica Dobson (born 1984)[1][2] is an American singer and multi-instrumentalist. She has performed with several musicians and bands, including Beck,[3] Conor Oberst,[4] Spoon,[5] Yeah Yeah Yeahs,[6] and American indie rock band The Shins, as well as being a solo artist. She is currently fronting and playing guitar for her own band, Deep Sea Diver.

Career[edit]

Born in Los Angeles, California, Dobson was signed to Atlantic Records when she was 19 years old.[7] She recorded two solo albums under her own name while on the label, but she was not satisfied with either of the finished products and Atlantic ultimately shelved both albums.[4]

Deep Sea Diver[edit]

After leaving Atlantic, Dobson recorded an EP called New Caves under the name Deep Sea Diver.[4] She later formed a band under the Deep Sea Diver name consisting of herself on guitar, John Raines on bass and Peter Mansen on drums;[8] The band’s full-length debut album, History Speaks, was self-released in February 2012.[9]

The Shins[edit]

In August 2011, it was announced that Dobson would be performing with American indie rock band The Shins.[10] She toured with the band throughout October, and she became an official member of the band in February 2012.[5] Due to her desire to spend more time on writing and performing her own music, she departed from The Shins in 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Dobson is married to Peter Mansen, who is the drummer of Deep Sea Diver.[1] They met when he was working as a barista at the Lighthouse Roasters coffee house in Seattle.[1][4] Dobson is a Christian and includes spiritual themes in her music.[11]

Discography[edit]

With Deep Sea Diver[edit]

  • New Caves EP (2009)[12]
  • History Speaks (2012)[9]
  • Always Waiting EP (2014)
  • Secrets (2016)[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Through @ 2: Yes, That's Beck's Guitarist Sipping Coffee Next to You at Lighthouse - Seattle - Music – Reverb Archived 2011-12-30 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  2. ^ a b interview excerpt with jessica dobson (deep sea diver) | secretly important. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  3. ^ Jessica Dobson's Solo Career With Deep Sea Diver Is Benefitting From the Beck Bump - Page 1 - Music - Orange County - OC Weekly. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d keep it alive, keep it moving on | Cause A Scene Music. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Girls Rock! Seattle's Jessica Dobson joins the Shins...but plays live for us first - - MyNorthwest.com. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  6. ^ Deep Sea Diver, 'NWO' Video Premiere: Jessica Dobson Gets Dystopian – Spinner. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  7. ^ Another Rainy Saturday » ARS interview: Deep Sea Diver’s Jessica Dobson on working with The Shins, Divine Fits and finding time for her own band. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  8. ^ Best of What's Next: Deep Sea Diver :: Music :: Features :: Paste. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  9. ^ a b Deep Sea Diver - History Speaks (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  10. ^ Jessica Dobson | WHAT IS HAPPENING | I PLAY IN THE SHINS, NOW.. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  11. ^ Tarrant, Kathleen (December 23, 2015). "How Christianity Infiltrated Seattle Music with a Little Help from Mars Hill Church and the City Council". The Stranger. 
  12. ^ Amazon.com: New Caves EP: Deep Sea Diver: MP3 Downloads. Retrieved November 4, 2012.

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