Daytrotter, daytrotter, yeah


The Internet is an amazing place. I can safely say I’ve spent far too much of the last couple of years on music websites, listening to or downloading random songs. And somehow, in all that time, the Internet still has a few tricks up its sleeves. I stumbled this morning upon Daytrotter.com , which happily confesses to being “a recording studio with a website.” They regularly invite up-and-coming artists to record there, and then put the results for free download on the website,  a new band every day. Just in the last few weeks live songs have appeared on Daytrotter from the likes of Frightened Rabbit, The Antlers, Gary Jules, Kris Kristofferson, Wavves and Neon Indian, as well as music from more unheard musicians that are hoping to get a little more recognition.

Immediately I have to applaud both the concept and the motive of the website. Clearly they are working for the fans, which should in itself be admirable in overly-commerical times, and it seems that everybody benefits from the set-up, listeners are treated to live performances from their favourite bands, bands get a platform for their music and Daytrotter themselves get to show off how good they are at recording live bands, which they are very good at, it should be pointed out.

Daytrotter earn their indie stars by championing a pre-Yellow House Grizzly Bear and showcasing Fleet Foxes in between their EP and album release. They use this well to attract the likes of Andrew Bird, Spoon and The National. Perhaps my favourite set is by Bon Iver (the four songs and article can be found here ), and it perfectly illustrates the many good points of Daytrotter. As well as providing amazing music by talented artists, and inviting the listener to find out more, it also gives a very nice medium between the artist and their fans. Each track has a short paragraph written by the performer, just to give them that small extra bit of information that no super-fan can do without. Alongside the occasional interview and the user comments section, this website really seems to be able to provide everything. And its left me wishing Bon Iver would do a UK tour soon (his voice is just heavenly live. I have no idea how he keeps up the falsetto all the way through RE: Stacks, but it is incredible).

So yes, I may be late to discovering this site, but that doesn’t give you an excuse to make the same mistake as I. Go check it out!

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About Alex Pavitt
I work in the field of emotion. My tools are instinctual feelings and my laptop is the medium between my brain and the outside world. I deconstruct and rebuild. I imagine. I steal other people's lyrics because somtimes, my own words aren't enough. I spend all of my time somewhere inside my head. I worship Douglas Adams, and in the back of my mind I am always painfully aware that I will never be as good as him or, for that matter, anybody else.

One Response to Daytrotter, daytrotter, yeah

  1. tom says:

    the bon iver songs on there are brilliant.

    lump sum was amazing!

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