18 Nov 2021
by brian.hioe | News, Feature
WECU, an underground radio station and vinyl store based in Miami, Florida, is planning a series of upcoming releases and livestreams worth keeping an eye on. WECU focuses specifically on the underground scene in south Florida, with an aim to feature lesser-known artists and independent labels.
Nick Devon, an Athens-based producer, is among those contributing an hour-long guest mix to the station. Likewise, the track Ember (ft. Lyli J), will be remixed by Devon, with the official release taking place on December 4th. Other releases in the past included contributors such as Heft, from Myanmar. These artists will be brought together for an upcoming livestream scheduled for November 20th, which will go from 8 AM to 8 PM EST.
In particular, many venues could not operate during COVID-19, forcing a shift to digital spaces. This includes livestreams and a new focus on the online distribution of mixes, through platforms including MixCloud, SoundCloud, and others.
At present, many spaces are reopening, even as new waves of COVID-19 continue to emerge. That being said, it is more smaller venues that are among those to reopen first, with restrictions remaining on larger venues in many parts of the world.
Livestreams are likely to continue to play an important role alongside in-person events, with direct participation still limited for many. Similarly, the influence of the smaller more intimate events that COVID shaped is likely to remain.
This is the case with the community around WECU. The community around WECU grew through new connections that developed during COVID-19, with discussions taking place on Discord and other online spaces, and one sees continued activity in online spaces by the station.