Daytrotter: The Internet’s Music Hall
This is a story I’m particularly proud of. Not only was I able to write about one of my favorite websites on the internet, Daytrotter, but I learned that the people behind the operation are even cooler than the operation itself.
Published in Prefix:
The operation is pretty simple, or as Moeller puts it, “the most honest way to record.” Run by Moeller and three other guys (illustrator Johnny Cluney, engineer Mike Gentry and administrator Phil Pracht), they use a minimalistic setup: a few mics and preamps record a band performing four or five songs straight to 1/4 inch analog tape. Aside from a conversion to MP3, there is no post-production — no overdubs, no fixes and the mistakes are left in. As the website says, “What you hear is what happened in the room that day.” Moeller then writes an essay about the band, Cluney creates a funky illustration and, boom, a Daytrotter Session is born.