The Lot Radio
The Lot Radio comes to us by way of Belgian-turned-Brooklynite Francois Vaxelaire, and the music is not defined within confines of genres. The shows are streamed live, both sound and video. Yes, you can watch the DJs, if you want. It is less something that you want to do for very long, than something that just makes the music experience more personal and intimate than anything else on the internet. A DJ plays a song, but then they check their text messages, or talk to a friend, and then headphones back on, they are playing another song. And this goes on for 2 hours. But still, there they are, willing to just be there on the camera (and in person, if you are in Brooklyn). I will write more about my favorite shows-- including Sunday Coffee, Darker than Wax, and Ben Steidel --- but until then, check them out 24/7, all the music is great, there is something to suit any mood.
How did it start? The idea came to the 34 year old in a flash -- when walking by the empty lot in Greenpoint. "I'm going to rent that magical space and I'm going to set up an online radio station to give a platform for all of the incredible talent that I've witnessed in the past five years in New York City," as Francois tells online music magazine, Resident Advisor. As he calls it "a little island of freedom" ---"a bridge between the online and the offline world" --- my heart melts.
The Lot is radio station, coffee shop, open to public the every day of the week, but all the shows are available for free on The Lot Radio on Mixcloud.
*The Lot Radio opens in a shipping container in Brooklyn by Max Pearl
Resident Advisor (Feb 17, 2016)
**The Lot Radio in Greenpoint broadcasts out of a shipping container by Melissa Kravitz
amNewYork (March 28, 2016)
A New Independent Radio Station Broadcasts from a Brooklyn Shipping Container by Claire Voon
Hyperallergic (March 29, 2016)
Only in Brooklyn: Vacant lot transformed into radio station and café By Scott Enman
Brooklyn Daily Eagle (May 12, 2016)
The Lot Radio on Facebook