I was just really, really tired of people telling me I 'wouldn't be able' to do something. I'd mentioned to a few friends that I couldn't find any music websites that totally suited my personal taste at the time, and the general response I got was 'you couldn't do any better, stop complaining'... That was roughly the moment I decided to start One on One.
How did you begin developing your site?
I'd never designed anything before, so it took me a little while to find web design software that didn't scare the hell out of me. Once I found that I chose a basic template and set about designing my site from scratch.
Christ, if I knew how I built the audience I'd have done it a long time ago! In all honesty, I believe it's a combination of strong content and good use of social media. A lot of the artists we feature here at One on One have got a strong following on Facebook/Twitter, meaning we tend to generate quite a few social shares. We've also partnered with guys like Audioboo and ReverbNation to provide content for the site, and I think this would have led a lot more people to both our site and our content.
Hmmm, influences... I'm ridiculously competitive, so I'd say that I'm influenced by other people who do what I do - anybody who does it - as much as anything. I love following other blogs and websites and seeing what they're doing, so in short... I'd say I'm inspired by human creativity, as pretentious as that sounds.
About the name - personally, I always enjoy reading interviews that try to get to know the interviewee, as opposed to just finding out about, say, their new single. I wanted my site's content to reflect this 'one on one' approach to interviewing, so I guess I kinda named it for that. I'm also an avid advocate of alliteration, so that was actually quite a big part of it. A name's gotta sound cool, right?