Daytrotter is a recording studio, music venue and subscription-based music discovery website[2] located in Atlanta, USA. It hosts recording sessions with indie music acts.

Type of site
Available inEnglish
LaunchedMarch 2006

The original studio in Rock Island, Illinois, was founded in 2006 by Sean Moeller. It later moved to Davenport, Iowa and in 2019 moved to Atlanta, Georgia.

The sessions can be compared to that of a radio station's lounge recordings, where musicians passing through the town can record live in the studio. Due to their tendency to offer an eclectic sampling of music, and their production style the sessions have been compared to that of the Peel Sessions.[3][4]


The site typically hosts around 60 songs by 17 bands per week, almost all available as downloads. The site used to not be free, with a forced membership with a monthly fee to listen to the songs or download them[1] since 2011, but as of March 1, 2018 it has returned to having free streaming.[5] There is an archives section of past performers, each illustrated by a staff of illustrators. In addition to music, there are sections of reviews and commentaries of musicians and their releases.

The site won the Nielsen Online and "Music Blog of the Year" (2007) award,[6] and The Morning News 2007 Editor's Award for Online Excellence.[4]


The original studio in Rock Island, Illinois, was founded in 2006 by Sean Moeller.[1] It later moved to Horseshack, in Davenport, Iowa. In April 2019 it moved to Atlanta.[7][8][9]

A minimalist recording process is used to record the visiting bands; the recording process is analog, with no editing, and no overdubbing.[10]

List of Artists (Selection)


  1. "Daytrotter At 10: A Midwestern Rite Of Passage". Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  2. "Deerhoof Disavow Daytrotter Over Unauthorized LPs, Outline Years of Conflict". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  3. Van Buskirk, Eliot (2007-09-27). "DayTrotter: Somewhat Like the Peel Sessions". Wired. Retrieved 2007-12-24.
  4. "2007 Editor's Awards for Online Excellence". The Morning News. Retrieved 2008-01-24.
  5. "Daytrotter Returns to Free Streaming". Wolfgang's.
  6. "Best Music Blog Winners". Nielsen. Archived from the original on 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2007-12-25.
  7. "Daytrotter Closes Iowa Recording Studio, Moves to Atlanta". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  8. Press, Associated (4 April 2019). "Daytrotter closes Iowa recording studio, moves to Atlanta". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  9. "Industry-spanning recording studio Daytrotter leaving Iowa after more than a decade". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  10. Fassler, Joe (12 August 2010). "Daytrotter: Where Good Music Gets Saved". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
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