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      By GALLEON
      In the lead up to their Australian tour and the release of their new album, Cut The Strings, Ozclubbers' @GALLEON chats with Booka Shade about their music, the album, and just life in general!

      We warmly welcome you both Arno & Walter back to Australia for your run of dates in March. You have frequented our shores regularly in the last 10 years. What is it that keeps bringing you back down under?
      Ever since we first came in 2007, we have found an enthusiastic and loyal fanbase who not only cherishes the classic tracks, but also embraces more recent songs such as LOVE INC .
      We played some of the biggest festivals such as big day out, future fest etc, but also enjoy the headline club shows, like Melbourne last weekend and the ones coming up in Brisbane, Auckland and Adelaide (during fringe festival) .
      As the new album is only coming out in a couple of weeks, we play a lot of unreleased album songs in Australia, and it´s great to see the reaction of the crowd.
      Your previous live shows have never disappointed and always left the listener wanting more. Can you let us in on a few secrets as to what we might experience this time around?
      I guess it´s not really a secret when I say that we simply LOVE performing on a stage. that´s what we are really good at (together with producing music I hope) .
      And on this tour, also because the sound of the album is more ´back to the club´, our setup is very condensed , we have all channels for synthesizers, effects, drums under control on stage, we can react quickly and can interact more spontaneously , which gives the set great energy .
      With your last album Galvany Street, you took a different approach to your previous albums, which included the use of more hardware and  featured various collaborations. Does Cut The Strings have any similarities to Galvany Street or have you gone back to a predominantly club approach?
      After our 2013 album EVE we had the feeling that we had said everything in terms of bass lines and riffs. we had the feeling we would only repeat ourselves if we continued in our ´usual´ way, and as artists, we definitely always want to progress, evolve, not repeat.
      Which sounds risky, because we have a career we could perhaps simply continue for years and years.
      But that would be too easy …. :-)
      So on GALVANY STREET, we made an unusual step and produced an album outside of the techno box, no techno 4/4 beats , no ´booka synth riffs´ , a lot of vocals, even pop song writing.
      Most of the vocal tracks are together with Craig Walker, former member of the UK band ARCHIVE. btw he´s got a new project coming up called THEM THERE.
      We also collaborated with Fritz Hilpert from KRAFTWERK on a Dolby atmos mix of the entire album which was released as Blu-ray disc and is part of the Box Set we released.
      We needed this time out to recharge our club batteries and indeed, we found new inspiration for club music !
      And now, with this new enthusiasm for the club, comes CUT THE STRINGS .
      After the galvany street the only guideline we had was that we wanna go back to more clubbier music and that we don‘t wanna work so crazy long on tracks as we did in the past.it should be more spontaneous and open minded.
      You have worked with Troels Abrahamsen (vocalist on Kolsch 'All That Matters') on your latest single and title track, Cut The Strings. How did you get to know Troels?
      We actually contacted him years ago, shortly after ´all that matters´, and recorded a first version of what would later become CUT THE STRINGS.
      But then the GALVANY STREET project came in between and we put the song aside for a while, and picked up work in the autumn of last year.
      One of the novelties of the album CUT THE STRINGS is that we worked much more spontaneous and finished the production process quicker.
      On previous albums we easily worked for 2, even 3 years on an album. Again, that´s something we wanted to change in 2018.
      With your latest live show, do you individually have specific functions within the show or do you collaborate on all aspects?
      The work spaces are clearly defined since we first started: Walter plays keyboards, vocoder, sequences, Arno plays the drums and whenever we play longer sets, he does a DJ part in the middle of the set.
      When writing Cut The Strings, did you find any tried and tested production techniques useful?
      We used some instruments that we didn‘t use for a long time ,  for example an old EMS vocoder which we bought from Ian Stanley a former member of the 80‘s group tears for fears.
      You can hear it on tyrell and of course EMS love.this little box has a very special sound.
      How much do you find your methods of producing music evolve with the vast amount of software and plugins available?
      Even if it is so easy nowadays to do a good sound with all the plug inns which are out there ,we‘re always looking for new sounds with a character which can help to improve the trademark sound of Booka Shade.
      Not easy but it‘s worth it.
      It‘s all about challenging yourself and not be stuck in a formula.
      How do you both remain resilient and at the top of your game while touring given the long hours and continual amount of work needing to be done to make your performances so memorable?
      We have a pretty good time management, considering we both have families and a lot of obligations aside of music. also, we live a rather healthy lifestyle lately, and it´s incredible how much you can get done in a day and how much more energy you can have even with little sleep.
      Looking into your back catalogue, you both have an extensive history as producers under various aliases and in several groups stretching back to the better part of 30 years. Would you ever consider reviving any of the older projects you both worked on together (for example Superstring)?
      Ha ha, you´re digging deep …… well not everything was gold , but having said that, most of the rights from the 90´s should have long fallen back to us, so you never know…. go listen to old demos and releases every now and then and then look for sounds and sequences on old hard drives. you can imagine, there are dozens of old computers and hard drives ...
      In the last few years you have set up Blaufield Music. Tell us a little about your label and its functions.
      We had founded the label Get Physical together with our friends M.A.N.D.Y. , DJ T. and Peter Hayo in the early 2000´s and left in 2008, so we needed a new outlet for our music. and every now and then we release songs from friends of ours, for example fellow berliner CHI THANH, who has produced a magnificent remix for Body Language btw).
      Could be that after the summer we´ll release a project of friends of ours from Melbourne.
      Within the music industry, you as individuals and collectively as Booka Shade are known for having a great reputation and being highly professional while always remaining humble. Are these qualities you would recommend any DJ, producer or musician should withhold in order to maintain longevity in the scene?
      Absolutely. most people who have been successful over a longer period of time (not just two summers) are very professional, work hard and stay grounded.
      Who would you say has inspired you the most musically over the last 30 years?
      Depeche mode, The Cure, New Order, Sven Vath
      Do you have any tips as to who is about to blow up in the next couple of years?
      ARTBAT from Ukraine are having a good run atm, look out for them.
      Finally, feel free to tell us a fun fact that we wouldn't know about Booka Shade.
      We love gardening in our free time.

      Album Pre-order:  https://sweatitout.lnk.to/CutTheStrings
      Booka Shade – Australian Tour Dates
      Friday 9th March: Pitch Music & Arts Festival, Mafeking Victoria
      Saturday 10th March: Days Like This, Victoria Park, Sydney
      Sunday 11th March: Prince Bandroom, Melbourne
      Friday 16th March: The Met, Brisbane
      Saturday 17th March: Powerstation, Auckland NZ
      Sunday 18th March: Royal Croquet Club, Adelaide Fringe Festival    
    • Nordic-By-Nature
      By Nordic-By-Nature
      The Tivoli, Hardware, Bush Records and Carl Cox announce today, a change of venue for PURE 2018.  
      For reasons relating to trading hours and liquor licensing, Family Nightclub will now play host to this event in Brisbane, taking place on the same scheduled date. 
      Patrons who have previously purchased tickets through Ticketmaster will be issued with a full refund. 
      Tickets for the Family show will go on sale through: Eventbrite this Thursday 15th March.
      One of Australia and New Zealand’s most loved techno event, returns for its third year, to announce another huge lineup. 
      PURE, presented and curated by: Carl Cox, Eric Powell of Bush Records and Richie McNeill of Hardware, will see
      Paco Osuna (Spain), Nastia (Ukraine) and Fabio Neural (Italy) take PURE to the next stage in 2018. 
      After its first year in Ibiza, winning best event of the summer in September 2017, this year the Australian leg expands to include: Brisbane for the first time alongside regulars Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Auckland.  PURE 2018 will tour Australia and New Zealand over the ANZAC Day weekend in April.
      Celebrating techno and house music, PURE has quickly established itself as a ‘must attend’ event for dance music fans across the two countries, thanks to its reputation as an event where the audience can make a special connection with the DJs.
      In April of 2016, Carl Cox launched the first installment of his PURE event in Australia.  Taking place in Melbourne and Sydney, the event showcased players from the global Techno and House movements. 
      Paco Osuna from Spain has enjoyed being a local hero in Ibiza for years.  He is one of, if not Spain’s most famous DJ from playing the legendary Florida 135 in Barcelona regularly, to playing heavily across Ibiza during the summer as well as the infamous Elrow parties. Nastia from the Ukraine needs no introduction with her blend of driving techno fused with Detroit tones.  The fastest rising DJ from this sector of the planet.  Fabio Neural from Italy is best known for his output on Carl’s Intec Digital label.  Playing Ibiza at Pure this year at Privilege, he’s shown us what he is capable of with his driving techno reminiscent of his peers Joseph Capriati and Marco Carola.
      Join us for a night of Pure techno, delivered with incredible sound in an old fashioned no nonsense, no fluff rave atmosphere.
      PURE 2018 Line-up:
      Carl Cox (Frankston)
      Paco Osuna (Spain)
      Nastia (Ukraine)
      Fabio Neural (Italy)
      Eric Powell (Australia)
      And more to be announced.
      Friday 20 April - Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland
      Saturday 21 April - Festival Hall, Melbourne
      Tuesday 24 April - Metro City, Perth (Anzac Day Eve)
      Friday 27 April - Family, Brisbane (New Venue update) – Tickets on-sale this Thursday 15thMarch via Eventbrite.com.au
      Saturday 28 April - Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
      For more info on Hardware, go to:
    • AdamMadd
      By AdamMadd
      Ozclubbers video review by Louise Lou Lou & Mc Wormie from the Lu-Lu & Wormie Breaky Show on 97.1 Sweet FM & Marizma Snips aka MC Mj (Music Promoter)
      Tracks reviewed:
      Metroplane - Word of mouth
      Alex Preston - Feel It
    • AdamMadd
      By AdamMadd

      After the success of Sunday’s ‘Mobile Disco’ in Melbourne, Australia (featuring surprise guest CeCe Peniston), Carl and Eric now proudly present:
      Event: Carl Cox and Eric Powell's Mobile Disco
      Date: Saturday 19th May 2018
      Location: ULU Cliffhouse, Bali
      About event: Carl & Eric will be doing what they do best! Digging deep through their extensive record collections and picking out their favourite soul, funk and house tracks that they were brought up with and tracks that have influenced them over the years.  It’s a known fact that they have many gems in the archives!
      ‘Mobile Disco’ began in Melbourne, Australia with 150 of Carl & Eric’s closest friends.  It’s gotten bigger each year with more friends & house / funk loving fans coming along for the ride.  ‘Mobile Disco’ is now a ‘Must Attend’ national tour playing to sold out boutique shows at some of the most picturesque locations across Australia. 
      This will be Carl & Eric’s first time overseas, bringing their funk infused ‘Mobile Disco’ to Bali.  Although they’ve had many offers in the past, they were waiting for the right location and time.  ULU Cliffhouse Bali is picture perfect and the right kind of vibe, as they always want their disco crew to enjoy a boutique feel more intimate event as opposed to a festival vibe.  Both Carl & Eric will be entertaining the crowd from the start of the day til the end with a minimum 8 hour set.  So get those disco shoes ready Bali, Carl & Eric are coming for you! 
      For Tickets:
      For more info, go to:

    • AdamMadd
      By AdamMadd

      ‘A State of Trance 850’ Sydney is excited to announce the addition of NWYR to the ASOT Line-Up
      Joining: Armin van Buuren, Gaia, MaRLo, Ørjan Nilsen, Will Atkinson and Ruben de Ronde

      Armin van Buuren, is thrilled to have some of his favourite artists join the ‘A State of Trance 850’ Sydney line-up including:
      NWYR, Gaia, MaRLo, Ørjan Nilsen, Will Atkinson and Ruben De Ronde, playing alongside the five times #1 DJ in the world. 
      Fans can enjoy the best Trance, Progressive and Psy for one huge night. 
      More information can be found at www.astateoftrance.com
      ‘A State of Trance’ started as a radio show by Armin van Buuren and is now being broadcast in 84 countries, with over 37 million listeners every week.
      ‘ASOT’ is the largest music platform in the world with worldwide festivals. 
      Last year ASOT celebrated its 15-year jubilee.
      Every year tens of thousands of fans from all over the world come together during the various ASOT festivals.
      Tickets available now via Ticketbooth: https://www.ticketbooth.com.au
      Line-up ‘A State of Trance 850 Sydney’ Sydney Showground - April 21, 2018:
      Armin van Buuren
      Ørjan Nilsen
      Ruben De Ronde
      Will Atkinson
      About ALDA
      ALDA is a global producer, concept developer and promoter of electronic music and DJ concepts.
      ALDA works from an ‘integrated concept perspective’ using its broad experience and knowledge in the field of stage design,
      storytelling, technical production, video, special effects, decor design and entertainment for every production.
      The company collaborates with world famous DJs such as: Armin van Buuren and Hardwell and events like:
      Armin Only, I AM Hardwell, A State of Trance, Electronic Family, AMF and The Flying Dutch
      For more info, go to:
      Armin van Buuren To Headline Istoria 2018

      Symbiotic is proud to announce the addition of NWYR to the Istoria 2018 Line-Up
      Joining Armin van Buuren, the undisputed king of trance and one of the world’s biggest DJs + more.. 
      Armin, one of the most iconic artists of all time, will make his debut on the Istoria stage this April at Festival Hall, Melbourne.  The Dutch superstar is driven by a relentless passion for trance music and he will bring a unique energy to the stage for all Istorians.
      Joining the world’s most loved DJ on the Istoria stage will be: NWYR, Ørjan Nilsen, Will Atkinson and Ruben de Ronde.  Fans can expect huge performances from each artist, as they take Istorians on a journey not to forget, this April.
      Istoria is in its second year and is already the biggest Australian born trance event on the annual calendar.  Istoria is known for its unique, one of a kind production to compliment the journey of trance music.  Due to the limited capacity of Festival Hall, we are expecting a fast sell out and encourage everyone to sign up for pre-sale to have first access to tickets.
      ISTORIA 2018 LINE-UP
      Armin van Buuren
      Ørjan Nilsen
      Ruben de Ronde
      Will Atkinson
      + more to be announced
      Festival Hall, Melbourne - Friday April 20
      Tickets are available now from Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.com.au
      For more info, go to:


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