Musicians from across the country regularly make a stop in the Quad Cities for the opportunity to record a Daytrotter session – four songs, played any way they want. Daytrotter was started by Sean Moeller, and now 10 years and 5,200 recording sessions later, Moeller has big dreams for what’s next in the Quad Cities.
In a Q&A style interview, Moeller talked to Quad Cities’ business leaders during October’s Executives Club breakfast. Moeller says he started Daytrotter as a place where musicians can do their art and present their work the way they want to, making it a point to never tell an artist what to do. >>More.
Q: What do artists think about the Quad Cities?
A: I bring in people from all over the world, and I’m always amazed, but then again not amazed, at how quickly they appreciate what we have. It happens almost on a daily basis that someone walks into our door and says, ‘this place is really interesting. I think I like it.’
Q: Talk about the culture that’s building around Daytrotter.
A: I really embrace the writers, poets, and other types of artists here in town that have been doing things parallel to Daytrotter.There’s a really amazing momentum right now that people are coalescing around - that this is our community. There are people willing to take chances here more so than I have seen in a long time. It feels like you can get a running start at what you’re passionate about, not just a crawling start.
Q: What’s your vision for what’s next?
A: I want to start my own Grand Ole Opry and have a residency program set up for artists. I want to bring musicians, authors, comedians here for a week, two weeks, a month, where they actually live here and experience everything the Quad Cities has to offer.I want tomake a one-of-a-kind you can’t see this anywhere else in the world type of show and have these people interact, collaborate, and create new art.