This is the second part of the interview I conducted with these really fine guys from DuroCast, Bryce Clemmer and Elliot Swan.
The first (where we talked about the company and its goals) can be read by clicking here.
MUSIC & YOU
When did you become interested in music? What was the first album or single you ever purchased?
BC: I have always been interested in music. Music is an essential piece of our society, and will always be. My first album ever purchased was Chumbawamba and my favorite song on it was Tubthumping. I listened to it everyday in the car to and from soccer practice as a kid. Great song!
ES: I’ve always loved music. I believe the first albums I ever owned were by a couple ska bands. I remember it was right at the time that CDs were becoming popular—funny to think that when I first started getting into music, we were right at a technological transformation in the way it would be enjoyed, and here I am launching a company right in the middle of another one.
Are you in a band yourself, or have you been in a band in the past? Is there a clip on YouTube or elsewhere we could watch?
BC: I never have, but have many friends that are in bands. My girlfriend actually currently plays the violin and has played in many concerts with the Salem Chamber Orchestra.
ES: I’ve never been in a band myself, though I’ll probably always be a little bitter I never became a rock star. I started playing piano when I was 10 or so, and I’ve recently started learning guitar.
Musical likes and dislikes? Favorite artists?
BC: I like all music. Music is art and it should be discovered and shared.
ES: Hmm, tough one. I like a lot of different things, though I’d say my favorite artists are probably the Goo Goo Dolls and The Killers. Continue reading
I had a fantastic time talking with Bryce Clemmer and Elliot Swan from DuroCast (a startup featured on MusicKO just last week – check the review here). Below you will find the first part of our conversation. There’s lots and lots to read and ponder. And when you have finished, give Part 2 of the interview a good look, too.
Full Name: Bryce Clemmer
Position: Co-founder & Operations Director
Full Name: Elliot Swan
Position: Co-founder & Creative Director
Tell us a little about your startup. Where did the idea come from? Was it fully translated into the finished product?
BC: DuroCast is an online portal for all terrestrial radio. The idea initially came from me sitting in my dorm room sophomore year at college wondering what some friends were listening to on the other side of the country. DuroCast is not a finished product and we are continually evolving. There are great things in the works.
ES: Bryce came to me in May 2009 with an idea for creating an online radio hub, and at that time, Matt had created a barebones, searchable directory. After that, it took about 6 months to develop into a solid private beta. Since then, we’ve completely reworked the site and just launched less than a week ago with what we have now. Like Bryce said, DuroCast will never be a finished product—that’s one of the great things about the Internet, it’s always on the move!
What are its best features? What will make people who try DuroCast keep coming back to it?
BC: Everything in the world is social, and DuroCast is and will become increasingly more social. It has helped many users find and share their most favorite stations and radio shows. DuroCast also allows you to save and organize your favorites to an easily accessible dashboard.
ES: DuroCast already is a great way to keep track of your favorite stations and find new ones that you’ll love just as much. I’m even more excited though about some things we have brewing that will help really reinvent radio as an even greater medium.
What was the exact launch date?
BC: Monday, November 8, 2010 Continue reading
“What if, like the radios commonly found in cars and stereos, there was an online central hub providing easy access to thousands of real radio stations, both local and national?”
That is the inspiration behind DuroCast, a startup company that hails from Portland. Its founders are Bryce Clemmer, Matt Polzin and Elliot Swan.
DuroCast empowers people to listen to radio stations from anywhere in the United States, Canada and some parts of South America (yes!). The idea is that users will be able not just to listen to their favorite radio stations, but actually discover new ones as they go along. Eventually, they will build up their own personalized radio dashboards, centralizing all the good music that they have found. And the best bit is that these radio dashboards are instantly shareable. Continue reading