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Shady duo for Summadayze
Picture: Supplied Booka Shade set for Summadayze

Hailing from Germany, Booka Shade are a house music duo made up of Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier. The latter picks up the phone during their tour of India, a new spot for the globetrotting pair.

"We like to play places we've never been before and because we got this opportunity, we took it," Kammermeier says. "We had a fantastic show in Bangalore and it proved how exciting it is to play in a place so far away from your home and people still know your songs.

"They were showing us their mobiles, requesting songs of ours that we'd even completely forgotten about. It was a fantastic experience with so much excitement."

Booka Shade have remixed everyone from Moby to Hot Chip but at the moment they are focused on their next album, set for release next year.

"The songs are basically finished but we're working on the track listing and how we'll release the music," Kammermeier says.

"We want to try to release it in a modern way - however that happens. Nowadays it seems like you put so much work into an album and then three months later it's an old story. Everything moves so fast and the concentration span of people is so short today."

While Booka Shade play DJ sets, when they return to Australian shores they are going to unleash a new live showcase.

"We used to always work in the studio and around the time our first album (Memento) came out in 2004, we thought about how to promote our music the best we could," Kammermeier says.

"At that time, it was clear that we couldn't play it out as only DJs because it just wouldn't have sounded right.

"Because Walter is a keyboardist and I'm a drummer, we thought that a live element would be perfect. This is still the set-up we have today but the show has become bigger and bigger.

"The DJ shows are still really fun and they give us a great opportunity to try out new songs, fiddle around with equipment and just make noise. Saying that, we're excited to make it back to Australia and play around with new gadgets and introduce our audience to new songs and arrangements. We're excited to say that this is literally going to be the starting point of a new world tour for us."

'The songs are basically finished but we're working on the track listing and how we'll release the music.'