Pierre-Philippe Sohier and David Crocq imagined and launched this radio very quickly in 2018. Objective: to broadcast electronic music from Latin America and Africa. A very special sound that works very well and has obtained excellent results during the confinement. They both answered our questions.
Where does the name Radio Chigüiro come from?
David: Chigüiro is a Spanish word from Latin America that refers to the capybara, the largest rodent in the world. When we created the radio with Pierre-Philippe, we did it very quickly. I had just returned from a trip to Colombia in which I had had the chance to pet a capybara, and the next day… to eat it. Curiosity mingled with guilt. When Pierre-Philippe offered me to set up the radio, I suggested the name right away as a tribute to the animal I love. He immediately accepted.
What is the concept?
David: The basic concept was to introduce electronic music from Latin America. It’s a very exciting scene that offers great freshness. Today we have opened this aspect of discovery to Africa.
How has the radio evolved since its creation?
David: The radio was created in 1 day. A morning SMS from Pierre-Philippe launched the idea and by the evening it was already online with about twenty songs.
In the beginning, it was just a playlist that grew bigger every day. We quickly set up a program of exclusive mixes, Chiguiro Mix, inviting many artists from the scene, particularly in Colombia, the country with which we have the most contacts and affinities.
Today, we have more than 4000 tracks in the playlist, Chiguiro Mix continues its path and is in its 4th season with prestigious guests from the scene. We’ve launched other programs such as Tuesday Tropical Mix on Tuesday, Back to Africa on Wednesday, Mi House es tu House on Thursday, Urban Friday Mix on Friday, Communion Circuit on Saturday, Sunday Afro House on Sunday, and more recently Distrito CH which takes place on Monday.
We have also invited artists to play in our studio in Rennes, for simultaneous broadcast on Facebook Live and the radio.
In parallel, we’ve developed projects via Twitch, a platform that broadcasts 24/24 on the radio, notably with the organization of humanitarian festivals in streaming.
More surprises are to come.
How is the current programming composed?
David: All day long you can listen to the 4000-song playlist.
As well as …
Every day at 5 pm, 11 pm and 5 am: Chiguiro Mix, with a different guest per week.
Mondays at 9 pm and 3 am: Distrito CH. Partnership with a Colombian cultural site that makes us a monthly playlist, re-broadcast the following Mondays.
Tuesday at 9 pm and 3 am: Tuesday Tropical Mix, with a different guest per week.
Wednesday at 9 pm: Back to Africa with the residency of a Colombian artist: Madame Vacile. She selects weekly themes with the best of African music.
Thursday at 9 pm and 3 am: Mi House es tu House with another Colombian artist: lAhnA. She makes us a mix per month which is rerun on the following Thursdays.
Friday at 9 pm and 3 am: Urban Friday Mix, with a different guest per week.
Saturday at 9 pm: Communion Circuit. Mixes broadcast in collaboration with a French-Colombian booking agency called Communion. The theme is techno, and we have a different guest every first and third Saturday of the month.
Sunday at 9 pm and 3 am: Sunday Afro House. First show inviting African artists (for the moment South Africa and Swaziland), and the theme is Afro-house. For this show, we want to find new talents.
How are the roles divided between the two of you?
Pierre-Philippe: I’m in charge of all technical aspects of the linear flow (broadcast server, automation…) – adding tracks/mixes in the automation and technical maintenance.
David: On my side, I’m in charge of contacts with artists, management of the schedule, visuals, site, podcasts, and music programming.
How is the radio broadcast?
Pierre-Philippe: it physically shares the same computer server as Cocktail Vinyles with the same recipe: RadioDJ, Stereotools, Butt, and of course Shoutcast!
Why such success during confinement?
David: The success was seen especially in Colombia, the country that listens to us the most, and that had a lot of restrictions on exits, etc.
People surely had more time to listen to us.
But we also saw a jump in audiences after the festival organized in May, which was a big success thanks to the line-up and its charitable nature in collaboration with a big South American NGO called Techo.
We have not only seen our audiences increase in the USA, Spain, France, but also in Australia, South Africa, Switzerland, and the UK.