Video: exit interview with the founders of Dugg Dugg
Posted on 23 Jun 2010 by Justin Ruckman
Back at the start of this month, the founders of Dugg Dugg: Iris Williamson, Andrea Brown, and Michael Southard, moved to NYC.
Over the past couple years, Dugg Dugg’s events have consistently featured some of the area’s freshest art and artists, and attracted some of our city’s most curious attendees.
But alas, the call of a larger, more art-friendly city was too much to resist for these three artrepreneurs. I caught up with them the day before they left, across the street from the old Dugg Dugg space on 36th street, to pick their brains on a number of things, including their motivations for leaving, the future of Dugg Dugg, the challenges of being an artist in Charlotte, and what our city could do to become more friendly to start-up artists (and musicians, theatre, tech businesses, and so on, for that matter).
The video above highlights some of the more sound-bitable moments from our hour-long interview. I’ve also broken down the entire interview into 9 major topics, edited down for brevity, and embedded below in the following order:
- Tell us about you, and about Dugg Dugg
- You’re moving to NYC, tell us about that
- What are your immediate plans?
- Dugg Dugg is staying behind though, how is that working?
- How did you become involved in the local art scene, and how have you seen it evolve?
- Let’s get critical: Why are you leaving Charlotte?
- Any advice for upcoming artists living here?
- Where will you be in 5 years?
- Final thoughts?
You can also watch the entire interview back-to-back <a href=#10″>at the very bottom.