Here at Made In The District, we are proud to present Stereo Champions as our spotlight blog for this week’s Contributor Corner.
To give you a feel of what Stereo Champions is all about, take a look at how they describe themselves: Stereo Champions is the precise voice of emerging music, events, movies, gaming, and the winning lifestyle that evolves it all. We are a media company based in Washington, D.C. that produces engaging original content.
In an effort for you to get a glimpse of who Stereo Champions is, I’ve compiled a list of my top 5 favorite posts from their blog, in no particular order.
One thing you can be sure to appreciate about the writer’s over at Stereo Champions are its writer’s unique voices. This post is a perfect example of that. I’m not exactly the most up-to-date regarding all things music, and while I don’t go out of my way to search for posts about music, the author of this article, who also happens to be the founder of Stereo Champions, Rodney Curl, made me want to keep reading. Their unique and strong voice made me interested in the song they were talking about, and their description of the song itself was intriguing and very well written.
A really interesting part of Stereo Champions is its interviews section. There, you can find interviews with athletes, artists, and entrepreneurs. In this article, you will find an interview with business partners Sloane Humphrey and Neil Powell, who have founded a mug company. This article is not only interesting concept wise, but it is well done with beautiful pictures, excellent quotes, and a really thorough interview. Overall, a really unique and interesting article, written by Justine Hong, on a small company.
Although this article was posted last November, it’s still a worthwhile read. “Cuffing season” is something that comes around every year, and while it’s a bit ridiculous, the writer, Kevin J, put a funny voice to it. Going through every part of cuffing season, the author adds their own personal style in a humorous way. It gives a fresh take on the idea of cuffing season.
Keeping their readers up to date on all things happening, Stereo Champions is sure to post about the places to be. In this article, Vance Brinkley lets the reader know about Grits and Biscuits, and then goes on to give a very detailed description of the party itself and why you should be there. They are an incredibly informative website, and this post really exemplifies that.
In their lifestyle section, I found a little gem that touches on my true passion in life: food. In a food review by Kevin J that left my mouth watering, this article boasts beautiful pictures, detailed descriptions about the delicious food, and an insight to a hot food spot. This article will have you craving chicken and waffles by the end of it.
We had the opportunity to talk with creator Rodney Curl about how he began Stereo Champions.
Q: Introduce yourself and your site.
A: My name is Rodney Curl and I'm originally from Trenton, NJ. I'm the Founder and Brand Manager of Stereo Champions, a digital media company focused on producing original content about music, movies, video games, and events.
Q: What made you want to start your site?
A: As a Brand Manager I was consuming media from several sources including Mass Appeal, Complex, The Fader, MTV etc., which initiated my interest in working for one of those publications. What I eventually found was all of those companies were headquartered in New York City but there was just one problem, I was located here in Washington, D.C. I then began to look for companies similar to those here in D.C. but didn't find one that was even close.
Using my previous design background I decided to build and develop a strong media platform to give myself and othergiving talented people here an opportunity to produce and create informative original content with a beautiful design aesthetic. I was having several conversations with creatives here and most of them were in situations where they worked in postions at their day job but at night or during the weekend they would be doing what they were truly passionate about. I wanted to build a place where people could live out their passions whether a person is a Chef that loves to shoot photography or a Film director that loves to write, etc.
The ultimate goal was to prove that quality content can be produced right here in the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia area).
Q: Do you have any specific goals for the rest of this year
A: I have a ton of goals for Stereo Champions as we continue to grow this year. We are currently planning events to bring the community together and inspire our supporters. Personally, I am currently writing a book highlighting the power of Branding. This book will highlight brand insights and marketing strategies to empower people to build strong successful brands.
Q: What is your favorite accomplishment since you started your site?
A: The experiences. The greatest accomplishment for me at Stereo Champions is deeply rooted in the many experiences I've had and have been able to share with my team and our readers. We've been able to enjoy covering live events featuring Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper, G-Eazy and more. It's also really cool when a ticket giveaway winner sends me an e-mail telling me how great of a time they had at a show and seeing how grateful they are for the opportunity.
Q: Who are some of your favorite local blogs?
A: Although they have a national network, NPR is based in D.C. and they have one of my favorite blogs.
Q: What's the best advice you've ever received?
A: The best advice I have ever received was to never get in the habit of doing nothing. It might sound really simple but so many people fall victim to sitting around all day doing absolutely nothing. I'm a firm believer in, "Greatness is in the doing. Get up, step forward, and take action," that's a quote by Ralph Marston. I also believe that everyone controls their own destiny. So if there is anything out there that you want you have to get up off your ass and go get what you want.
Q: There's something that tailors everyone on your site. Music lovers, movie buffs, gamers, and many more can find something for themselves at Stereo Champions. What do you consider when you choose your feature interviews? They're very out of the box!
A: When I'm in the process of scouting an individual for a featured interview I look for a few different things. I look to see that they have or are currently creating something that will or have inspired others directly or indirectly because I definitely want their story to inspire our readers. I also try to find people that champion their lanes by being confident, smart, and productive. Lastly, I want to know for a fact that their story will connect with our readers and showcase that everyone has a gift that can add value to this world.
Our goal at Stereo Champions is to tell stories that live forever. As a team we work together to communicate with an honest voice. If a person has all of the above and makes it easy for us to do that we'll reach out to them to be featured on our platform.
Q: Where do you see your site in the next 5 years?
A: In the next 5 years, Stereo Champions will grow to become an influential media company. We will also be working with Fortune 500 companies to assist them in reaching their target customers. Lastly, we will continue to build our winning community and inspire the next generation of creatives.