Gilles Peterson pauses Worldeide FM

Today Gilles Peterson announced that Worldwide FM, the radio station he founded six years ago, will be on pause from the end of October. On Facebook, WWFM wrote: "We are having to make certain changes at Worldwide FM re-organising and re-evaluating the next phase and financing for the station." 150 hosts from around the globe presented regular shows, and WWFM established itself as a musical hub for eclectic and soulful music. In his post on social media Peterson also wrote: "WWFM’s website and archive will remain active and I will continue to host shows. Stay tuned and watch out for a big event before the end of the year."

Synthesizer Museum SMEM turns 5!

With its huge collection of synthesizers, organs, keyboards, effects and studio equipment, SMEM is the world's first museum to exhibit this type of instrument. Not only that. In the museum rooms in Fribourg, you can also play with them. Now the SMEM, which stands for Swiss Museum of Electronic Musical Instruments, turns five and celebrates that with a three-day event. Many Swiss synthesiser virtuosos such as Noémi Büchi, Angelo Repetto, Weith or Varuna will play. On 3 September, the festival will also present internationally renowned artists such as Azu Tiwaline from Tunis, Flore from Lyon, Delay Grounds from Bristol and Stenny from Munich. The entire programme, which also includes workshops and lectures, can be found on the SMEM website.

Last Boiler Room at Dekmantel Festival

During the Boiler Room stream from the Dekmantel Festival, which took place in Amsterdam last weekend, the speaker announced that it was the last time after 7 years in a row. DJs like Young Marco, Palms Trax or Marcel Dettmann, who have already played remarkable BR streams, came back to play once again. There is no doubt that the programme during the Dekmantel was BR's most exciting and probably their most prestigious, giving also the festival an online presence that reaches far around the world. Now the question arises: is Boiler Room deliberately giving up its best programme of the year? And will Dekmantel replace Boiler Room with another streaming channel - perhaps HÖR?

New Record Store and Listening Bar in St. Gallen

Analog Bar, a new record shop, listening and natural wine bar, is opening in St. Gallen. Our friends from UBWG report that the musical centre of the bar will be the RDM40 4-channel rotary mixer from Varia Instruments and the speakers are described as "impressive boxes made of wood". Owners Philipp Buob and Magdiel Magagnini know what they are doing. Philipp ran the Freshcuts record shop in St.Gallen until eleven years ago and now runs the Stickerei restaurant, where he and Magdiel also work together. Analog Bar will also host regular in-store sessions and could become the new meeting place for DJs and vinyl lovers in eastern Switzerland.

Pinkman Record store to close at the end of the month

One of our favourite places in Rotterdam was the Pinkman Record Store. Now they have announced on Instagram that they will be closing soon. "We poured our hearts and souls into this project over the last 4,5 years. It has been a crazy ride filled with music and people we love. However, we are ready to enter a new chapter." The store emerged from the record label of the same name and has made a name for itself for high-quality club music. Nevertheless, the label will continue: "At its core, Pinkman is a record label and we are ready to return to where we started and take it up from there. Next year we will celebrate the 10year anniversary and our plans for this will be our main focus for the coming months."

Summer Camp at Rote Fabrik announces Line-Up

There is a lot of news about activities at the Rote Fabrik these days. That's because of the hyperactive Clubbüro we reported in this article. Now this year's Summer Camp starts tomorrow. Until 7 August there will be radio shows, workshops, performances, panel discussions and parties. Like last year, a great bunch of local DJs and artists will be playing in the wooden shack in the courtyard of the Rote Fabrik. The complete programme can be found on the Summer Camp website.

Jenny Cara and Belia Winnewisser start DJ and production workshops for FLINTA*

Over two semesters, Jenny Cara and Belia Winnewisser teach DJing and music production. The project called eXchange is aimed exclusively at FLINTA* who want to take their first step into the music and club world. Cara and Winnewisser both have more than 10 years of experience in booking, event production, DJing and music production. The workshops are therefore not only about the technical aspect of DJing and music production, but also about topics of promotion work, industry insights and the history of electronic music. Learn more here.

New documentary highlights the history of Swiss club culture

Switzerland has a rich club culture. Some may have experienced or at least heard about the infamous after-hours in Zurich in the late 90s and early 2000s. The documentary 'Revolution Dancefloor' by Bjørn Schaeffner and Silvan Lerch shows that there is more to it than that. Schaeffner has made it his mission to write down the stories of the country's club culture and has been doing so for many years as a journalist. He is also the founder of ClubCultureCH, a platform dedicated exclusively to this topic. With his expertise, it's no wonder that the one-hour film is packed with interesting facts that ravers may not yet know. In Switzerland, you can watch it in the SRF media library.

"Last Night A DJ Saved My Life" by Bill Brewster gets an update

Probably every dance music journalist has it in their library: Bill Brewster's encyclopaedic book "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life". It is over 600 pages long and covers the "entire" history of dance music from its origins to the present day. Almost. The book is now updated with chapters detailing the history of the women actors who contributed to the legacy, and it is "carefully modernised" with a fine-tooth comb without destroying the original intention.

Sonic Topologies Festival makes spectacular places in Zurich sonorous

The festival is dedicated to the soundscape of urban landscapes. From 24 to 26 June, concerts, lectures, soundwalks and workshops will take place in Zurich at the Old Botanical Garden, the Lyren Reservoir, the Käferbergbad and Lake Zurich. The department for landscape architecture at ETH Zurich has invited local and international actors from music, art, science and architecture to work with the places and develop a new perception through sound. Check the full programme here!

New festival Alpodrom takes off in Interlaken

A team of people who are mainly active in clubs all over Switzerland has launched the new festival Alpodrom in Interlaken. Their goal is to put Switzerland on the map of international attention from touring DJs, clubs and ravers. They tackle the ambitious goal with international rising stars like Marie Montexier, LUZ1E, Sarah Farina, KI/KI, Stenny and surround them with local talents like NVST, Lexx, Kejeblos, Luca Duran and Noria Lilt. Disclaimer: The people responsible for are part of the festival's line-up.

Tbilisi based Mutant Radio streams from Zurich

Mutant Radio from Georgia's capital has established itself in recent years as one of the most interesting platforms for left-field electronic music culture. Now the Zurich label Spezialmaterial invites the two founders Tata Janashia and Nina Botchorishvili aka Ninasupsa to Zurich. There will be a day and night Programme on Friday, 20 May, at Club Zukunft. At night Ninasupsa will play in the club alongside Flo Dalton and Princess P. And by day the station's programme will be streamed live from Bar3000 with the DJs Ashwini, Bassinä, Ina Valeska and L.D.R. which host an hourly show. Check it out or tune in!

Rote Fabrik receives funding to build a Sound System

"These are two long-held dreams of mine," says Isi von Walterskirchen as she announces the news. The head of the Clubbüro at the Rote Fabrik, the organization of the cultural hub in Zurich that makes it possible to try out new ways of thinking about how club culture can thrive, has used the time to raise the money to build the CB-Lab - a high-end community-recording studio - and its own sound system. The collaborative process has already begun and the speakers should be ready and in use at the Rhizom Festival. As with any project initiated at the Clubbüro, everyone is welcome to join in. Get in touch if you would like to get involved.

Resident Advisor introduces pronouns on artist pages

In a tweet, the electronic music platform Resident Advisor informed about the new possibility to add pronouns to one's artist profile. The DJ and artist pages on the website are one of the first places bookers, journalists and other DJs go to find information such as biographies, upcoming or past gigs and contact information. To add your pronouns to your profile, go to RA Pro, select your artist and add your pronouns in the Pronouns field.

Zurich Club Zukunft reveals its closing in two years

In an article in the Tagesanzeiger, the Zurich club Zukunft announced that it will close in a good 770 days. The reason for the closure is the renovation and new construction of the houses above the club and the owner of the property no longer plans any gastronomic or commercial use. The club was founded in 2005 and has made a name for itself far beyond the borders of Switzerland for well-programmed electronic music. The four remaining founders will continue to run the club until the end and promise new club and music projects over the lifetime of Zukunft.

Groove Magazine returns to print with a special edition

It is a great pleasure to hear that Groove Magazine will return as a special edition on 18 March - the first time since the printed magazine was stopped four years ago and everything went completely online. "GROOVE will again find its way into station bookshops and into the letterboxes of our subscribers," they write on their website. For subscribers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland the issue is free, they just have to update their address and tick the agreement box. As readers and former contributors, we look forward to the publication.