Even in the digital age, having a physical meeting spot is essential to a community. And now, two years after launching, Bangkok Community Radio is officially opening a dedicated studio space for their online radio programming. With a roster of 90 residents already, the intimate little space is sure to become a welcome addition to an already vibrant location on the second story above Entertainment Project record store and bar cafe in the Charoenkrung creative district.
Be sure to check out the Bangkok Community Radio Studio’s soft opening this Saturday, Oct. 7th, from 12PM to 7PM with regular show hosts including Issasha, Seelie’s Breakfast Show, Final Frontier, and more!
Bangkok Community Radio was launched during the height of COVID as a way to refocus and regroup during a difficult time. It was the brainchild of Vell from Boiled Wonderland, Sarayu and DOTT of More Rice, and Seelie from Transport Music—and it was always meant to include a physical space as core part of their mission. “Our goal is to create a space and opportunity for Bangkok-based artists and musicians to gain exposure and traction,” explains Vell. “We want to promote better collaboration between scenes and artists while shining a brighter light on what’s happening in the city. Now we have a creative haven where locally-based artists and musicians can broadcast from, as well international guests who are visiting.” Many artists who may have been deterred by the overhead costs of DJ equipment now have the chance to be heard. It’s also an environment that welcomes creatives who may not fit well in regular club spaces.
The station has been growing steadily and is now run by a larger team including Acid Sister from Summer Sound, Brent Burns of Transport, and Tharika from Supermodified Agency. Pang, who’s part of Entertainment Project and offered them the space, runs the Maho Rasop music festival as well. The BCR crew even hosted a three-day stage takeover at Wonderfruit last year.
The new space is just the latest evidence of BCR’s growth. It has capacity for about 20 people and is set up with CDJ 2000s, Technic turntables, a Master Sounds rotary mixer and speakers on loan from Simple Integration and Martin Audio. They’ve hired a part-time radio producer to help run the studio when it’s open during weekends from 12PM-8PM. Fridays will be dedicated to guest takeovers with drinks available from the bar downstairs. The team decorated the space with the help of local vintage brand Yellow Fever. There will be video streaming of the guests programming, but for now it won’t be live and will instead be uploaded to YouTube afterwards.