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Booka Shade on the difference between DJs and producers

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When we spoke with him, he was busy preparing for Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, fine-tuning the visual production, as well as the live music side of the show, for what he refers to as the "American EDM scene."

"We are tuning the production and arrangement for this purpose so everything fits for the EDM scene in America," he says. "Because I believe, at the moment, everything has to be spot on."

The duo spends plenty of time adapting to its audience, whether its European festivals or stateside for club runs. "Take Coachella last year when we headlined: There, you could bring out the musical stuff and play longer -- the groovy stuff," says Kammermeier.

Booka Shade's music lies in the purgatorial down-tempo land of EDM, so the duo must adapt for the high-energy EDC crowd. "With EDC, I guess you have to bring your songs in the best possible way for this crowd. That's good for us to do, as we are a live band with certain arrangements. So we can bring energy in and out to let the people come and get into the music."

Booka Shade's latest release, Eve, doesn't stray far from the sound that the group's fan-base has come expect. The three years Kammermeier and Merziger spent on it, though, allowed them to jump into many genres and pick out specific styles to incorporate into their music. "Leema" is more industrial, whereas "Crossing Borders" has the vocals of Fritz Kalkbrenner layered over a simple melody. The crisp production, which has always been the most important factor attributing to the success of the two musicians, remains.

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Britt Chester is a writer and video producer living in Denver, Colorado. He's covered breaking news, music, arts and cannabis for Westword since 2010. His work has appeared in GQ Magazine, Village Voice, YES! Weekly, Inman News and the Winston-Salem Journal. He likes running, cycling, and interviewing people.
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