Dave’s Lounge To Close at the End of 2017

“Welcome to Dave’s Lounge, your place to chill, no matter where you are.”

Those are words that I’ve used to introduce the Dave’s Lounge podcast, and later the radio show, for years. The idea behind those words has been that this “place” I call the lounge is a place that travels with you in your mind. Just put on a pair of earbuds and press play, and you can come inside, listen to some good music, and just relax for a while.

For more than 12 years, I’ve done my best to supply you with that music, and while doing so, I always said to myself that as soon as this begins to feel too much like work — like a chore that I have to do, rather than something I really want to do, I would let it go.

I believe that time is here. I’ve decided to bring Dave’s Lounge, both the radio show and the podcast, to a close. The final broadcast on WHUP will be the 2017 Yearbook, which will air on Sunday, December 17.

While it might seem like this decision is coming out of the blue, it’s actually something I’ve debated for a while, because this show has changed my life for the better. It’s introduced me to new friends, new bands, and lots of little moments and connections in my life that I might have otherwise missed. It’s hard to walk away from that, even though I’ve come close multiple times over the last few years. Nevertheless, I feel it’s time for me to shift my focus to other projects, and to start making much more of my own music, which I’ve been sorely neglecting over the last decade or so.

I know that many long-time listeners will be disappointed with this decision, and I thank all of you for the support you’ve given to me and to this show over the years. Still, I feel this is the right decision for me at this time, and I hope you understand why I’ve chosen now as the right time to move.

Will I ever return to radio or podcasting? It’s certainly possible. I know I won’t stop being a DJ; RDU Blues has supported me very well in this regard. Perhaps I’ll continue sharing mixes on Mixcloud in the future. If you do want to keep up with what I plan to do in 2018 and beyond, keep an eye on this web site, on the Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/daveslounge), and on the Facebook feed (https://facebook.com/davesloungepodcast). I’ll be sure to let anyone who’s interested know what I’m up to.

It’s been quite the adventure. I hope all of you enjoy these last few shows.



Dave’s Lounge To Close at the End of 2017 — 41 Comments

  1. Enjoyed it enormously while it lasted, even subscribed to the premium show! It’s been great and I can understand the difficulty in the decision you made. The world will be a little less chilled from 2018 onwards but wishing you all the best in your future endeavors. Till the next time!

  2. Best of luck for the future Dave, its been a great ride since episode 3 (the first one I heard). Thanks for the memories!

  3. Hey Dave – that is really sad news, but totally understandable at the same time. Thanks for always championing undiscovered and underground downtempo music. You will be sorely missed.
    I’m very much looking forward to hearing more of your own music though in 2018 🙂
    Ben (Salt of the Sound / Narrow Skies)

  4. I always enjoyed listening to your podcasts – they will be missed. I wish you all the best! Best regards from Israel.

  5. Dave, as you know I’ve followed you from back in the early days. You introduced me to daughter darling, Natalie walker and most recently sub motion orchestra.
    Thank you for your time, you’ve kept me company on so may car trips, holiday nights, and times when working from home.
    Thank you so much for the past 12 years. You will be missed, but it’s time to go back to the beginning and listen again.
    I wish you the best of luck and will keep up with your new project.
    Take care

  6. Very bad news. I really liked a lot and all the music witch I listen comes of Dave’s Lounge. Witch I will listen now?
    Thank you very much, Dave and good luck!

    • Thanks for listening, Eric! Try digging through some of the downtempo and trip hop mixes on Mixcloud. You’ll find a few good ones there.

  7. Thanks for all the great music Dave! You’ve given me a soundtrack that’s helped me relax during some stressful times! I will continue to listen to past shows for years to come! Thank you!

  8. Dave,
    Thank you,Thank you for all the great music and time it took to put it together. You will be missed. Good luck with all your future endeavors.

  9. TC from Spacemusic.nl had a sabbatical a couple of years ago , now back and re invigorated using Patreon , with many of his listeners coming back to support him. I hope you can consider this option in the future too. Your podcasting will be missed by many , thanks for your words and music.

    • At this stage, if I come back, it will probably be on Mixcloud or some other platform. I’ll let people know when that happens, though.

  10. I will definitely miss the podcast, but I wish you luck in your future endeavors. Good Luck, Dave!

  11. Thanks for the many years of good music Dave. I wish you well and success in your new ventures. Take care and I hope to hear you again in the future.
    PS Please leave the archive on line so that we can revisit the shows whilst you explore your new musical horizons.

    • Thanks! I’m still working on an archival plan, as everything is still on Libsyn right now. I’ll post here when it gets sorted out. The Mixcloud streams will probably remain up as long as Mixcloud does.

  12. Hi Dave,

    Like many others, I am very sad to hear it’s the end of the podcasts and your show. Your show was always something I looked forward to every week to calm myself down from the un-chill of the work week and life’s stresses. I certainly understand your decision and support it. I wish you and Melissa the best with making future memories and going back to your music making roots.

    With that said, it certainly will be appreciated if there are any other podcasts or shows you can recommend to all of us – which I am not sure won’t match the caliber of yours.

    All the best!

    • Thanks, Phil! At this stage, I’d recommend digging through Mixcloud for good chill music mixes. I believe you’ll find a lot more there than you will in the podcasting realm these days.

  13. All good things must come to an end. Although I have only recently discovered you, your dedication to unknown chill music is amazing. I have sorted through all your backlogs, and you have made the late night work shifts more than bearable. All the best in the future!

    • Thanks, Jack, and enjoy those back catalogs. I’ve probably forgotten a lot of the good stuff I played back in the day.

  14. Hey Dave,

    actually sad news, but a wise decision for you for sure.
    I want to say thank you for your great support over the years in playing my music in your shows.
    I hope to hear from you soon!

    All the best on your journey!

  15. Came from the podcast just to say thanks for the great tunes that has gotten me through many a workday. Best of luck to you in the future and thanks again!

  16. sorry to hear it, dave, but i completely understand! i’ve been wondering what the heck to do about the chillcast with anji bee, as well. i can’t decide if you calling it quits is a sign that i should join you, or whether i should try to keep going now so that your listeners have somewhere to go… but, like you, i want to finish up an album that’s been neglected the past 3 years. we’ve always been like siblings in podcasting, bro. hard to believe we’ve been doing it so long, and even harder to come to terms with the end of our era! *cries*

    best of luck with your album and all of your future endeavors, dave! <3

    • Podcast friends forever! (PFF!) I still remember your support of Ninth Key way back in the MP3.com days. We’ll be in touch again soon, I’m sure.

  17. Hi Dave,
    I’ve really enjoyed your podcasts/radio show. I’ve scoured the web for chill/downtempo podcasts. And honestly I don’t think there’s anything like it. I’m one of the few who have downloaded and listened to ALL of your episodes. I have truly enjoyed your countless hours of selection and production.
    Joni Mitchell said it well: you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. I understand your decision, and support it. I’ll miss hearing your radio voice, your opening theme, and your great selection of chill tunes. And if you decide in the future to do some additional episodes or mixes, please keep me in the loop. I wish you the best in your future endeavors! 🙂

    • Thanks for your support over the years, Len. Keep an eye on this site, and on the various social media sites. I’ll keep everyone posted on what I’m up to next.

  18. Hey Dave,
    Just catching up with the last few episodes, so only just heard the news. So grateful for all the time and effort you have put into the podcast over the years and for the amazing artists you’ve introduced me to. Totally understand and support your decision to spend time on other projects; I can’t imagine how much time you must have put into the podcast/radio show to keep it at its high standard of quality and curation.

    Best wishes to you and your family. Please keep us posted on Twitter with your future plans. Have a great Xmas and new year. And a very big thanks.