I love when I can find fresh music. It is like I have found a wormhole into another dimension that as long as I have the internet I can travel to distant galaxies at whatever pace I want. I can indulge until my brain is overwhelmed with timbres and melody.
Today I’m going to tell about my favorite place to expand my musical limits.
These guys have created a virtual Mecca of all around indie-ness. I want to clarify what I mean when I say indie:
-meaning not signed to a major (i.e. Columbia, Atlantic, etc) record label.
-also the “indie” style usually consisting of acoustic instruments, light drumming, and very close mic’d intimate vocals.
Daytrotter runs on some very old-school ideals, and equipment. They are seriously hip; like Jack Kerouac 1950’s and 60’s beat writer’s hip. They do not adhere to the thrift store $1 outfit bohemians that some how can afford a $200 pair of ray-ban sunglasses. The “hipsters” that parade their knowledge of musical prefixes and who they knew before the radio stations did. Nope. These guys are the genuine article. They work out of Rock Island, Illinois. The entire studio is comprised of 4 guys. All of them are born and raised in the mid-west USA.
The goal of Daytrotter is simple. “One band a day, every day, 28 Daytrotter songs each week.” They record with a very modest budget, and usually ask that bands rearrange their songs to create something unique that can be shared FOR FREE to the world. For the audiophiles they also use straight-up old school analogue tape to record. All sessions are recorded to 1/4 tape then digitally sent to any kind of format you could want. (mp3, wav, flac, you name it they will do it)
The talent these guys bring in is second to none, and if you do know an artist, then chances are you will hear a brand new side to them.