DAVENPORT, Iowa — Quad-Cities homegrown indie music maven Sean Moeller announced via Billboard.com today that he is leaving Daytrotter, the independent music streaming company he founded a decade ago. He also will no longer be involved in the day-to-day operations of Daytrotter's relatively new downtown Davenport performance venue.
"It just felt like the time to do it," he told Billboard of his decision to exit. "10 years just felt OK."
Since its founding as a super casual, bare bones studio upstairs from a pizza place in downtown Rock Island, Daytrotter has attracted some of the biggest names in independent and alternative music to record short live sets. Many of them - such as Vampire Weekend, Ed Sheeran Mumford & Son and Dawes - did Daytrotter right before they blew up big. Moeller also has a soft spot in his heart for introducing older artists to new generations of fans, recording musicians such as The Blind Boys of Alabama, Kris Kristofferson and Gary Numan.
In his Billboard interview, Moeller said he's proud of what he's accomplished - and for putting Davenport and the Quad-Cities on the music map - but he's ready for new challenges and opportunities. He also fondly recalled people calling his idea "crazy" at the time, something he couldn't really argue with, but feels his efforts made an impact on the business.
"We married up the internet with the studio and really great engineers and I think we kind of got the ball rolling on a lot of what's happened over the last 10 years, as far as just other people getting into this side of the world," Moeller told Billboard. "I don't think anybody can kind of hold a candle to what I think is pretty solid work that we've done over 10 years."
A current Daytrotter employee who did not wish to give his name told WQAD's Elizabeth Wadas that the live music venue and studios will continue operating, business-as-usual and that everyone wishes Moeller well in his future endeavors.
Here is a link to the Daytrotter Legends page, which features some of the best sessions recorded by Moeller and Co.