The world of music blogging has become vast and complex in the last few years. While thousands of sites exist, only a few have made an impact large enough to actually change the face of music. Arguably, the front-runner in such a change is Daytrotter.com. The sites daily updates and frequent and exclusive live recordings from indie all-stars have made the site a hot ticket.
But perhaps what makes Daytrotter the most unique and memorible is the earthy and beautiful illustrations of the featured artist that appear on every article and live set. Behind the vast archive of these drawings is artist and graphic designer Johnnie Cluney.
First some brief info thanks to Daytrotter:
“johnnie has gone through many mediums as an artist and has finally settled on all of them. while johnnie is not drawing for daytrotter, he is working on home recordings for his music project “quiet bears,” and spending lots of time at home with his wife bambi, and their two cats (peekaboo and ella.).”
Like Illord, Cluney finds a distinctive way to combine an artists sound with their portrait. Pastels and plaid for calm strumming and splotchy and jutted sketches for louder tunes.
His work combines the smooth strokes of water color with the realism of graphic design to create a inventive way for art and music to walk hand-in-hand.
The expanse of Cluney’s work is astonishing as a quick look through the archive section of Daytrotter presents almost every indie heavy-weight in their distinct style. Matched with her signature empty speech or thought bubbles, one can almost feel the artist in detail in front of them as Daytrotter’s live recordings play.
While he has other work as a graphic designer, I would say his job at Daytrotter means Johnnie Cluney has one of the most fun jobs in music journalism.
Here’s the advice:
make some tea (with nectar honey and coconut milk), listen to the Six Parts Seven (or think of any band you like), curl up pretending your laptop is a nice book, peep Johnnie Cluney’s graphical interpretation of the artist of choice, be chilled.
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