The German magazine Groove, a reference in electronic music, more specifically in clubbing culture, informed its subscribers that the 175th issue to be released on 25 October, for the months of November and December, will be the last in print format. The announcement was made on the Facebook page, referring to a statement written by the owner of the magazine, the group Piranha Media GmbH, company that holds the rights of Groove since 2004.
In that statement, it is explained that the continuous decrease in sales in the press in paper format, to give way to the digital press and to social networks, made economically impracticable the continuity of printed Groove. Alexander Lacher, editor of the magazine, explains that this decision was already being debated:
“In discussions with the editorial staff since the end of last year, we have jointly stated that there is no economically viable solution to the Groove as a print title can give more. In times of Spotify, YouTube, social media and the ever-increasing speed of publication is no way with a bi-monthly magazine on the pulse of the time and thus continue to be relevant.”
However, calm down the fans, the idea is to reinforce the coverage and the quality of the online version, as Lacher reiterates:
“We see more than ever that there is a right to cover demanding electronic music and we want to continue to pay our full attention to it.”
Finally, Groove said that subscribers of the printed version will have the right to recover the money invested in previous editions, or to change to the online subscription, if they wish.
Groove-Magazin was about to celebrate its thirtieth birthday. It was founded in the city of Frankfurt in 1989 by Thomas Koch, later DJ with the alias DJ T. After a somewhat modest first decade, the move from headquarters in 2002 to Berlin, one of the largest centers of underground culture in Europe, made Groove a world reference, mostly in house and techno genres.