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KAMMERMEIER AND MERZIGER

 

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Kammermeier and Merziger represents the German label founded by Arno Kammermeier and Walter Merziger alias Booka Shade in 2010.

Booka Shade are Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier, production masterminds behind most Get Physical releases (eg all releases and remixes of M.A.N.D.Y., DJ T., Sunsetpeople and Chelonis R. Jones). In charge of their own production company and studio for the last 15 years, they have applied their wide range of talents not only to the realm of electronic music, but also a large number of other media productions. After two early 90s synth pop album releases and a number of live tours, they switched their attention to club projects for established labels like R&S, Harthouse or Tommy Boy. But it was their early incarnation of Booka Shade on illustrious Dutch label Touché which hit the zeitgeist and triggered excitement and enthusiasm in clubs all across Europe.

Together with their old friends Patrick Bodmer and Philipp Jung aka M.A.N.D.Y. they decided to found their own label, and after meeting Groove publisher Thomas Koch aka DJ T. Get Physical was finally launched in early 2002. After the intense build up and promotion of label artists M.A.N.D.Y., DJ T., Sunsetpeople and Chelonis R. Jones, in 2004 it was time for Booka Shade to pursue their own solo careers again.

For their first album “Memento” the two producers have poured the essence of their joint musical background into contemporary moulds. Observing a healthy balance between pop appeal and experimentation they have concocted unusual blends of modern 4/4 sketches and timeless listening titles. As part of a live set Booka Shade present exerpts from the album. Visuals and films exclusively produced for the show help to translate the album´s intense and cinematic atmosphere to the stage.

Following two more club hits in 2005, "Mandarine Girl" and "Body Language" (in collaboration with M.A.N.D.Y.), they released their second album, Movements, in 2006. It was followed by a DJ-Kicks mix in 2007 and a pair of additional albums for Get Physical, 2008's The Sun & the Neon Light, and 2010's More!. For their fifth studio album, the duo went to Manchester, England and recorded in a proper studio — a move that recharged their creativity. That album, Eve, was released in 2013. Throughout their career, Booka Shade also maintained a separate line in high-profile remixes, including work for the Juan MacLean ("Tito's Way"), Moby ("Dream About Me"), Hot Chip ("[Just Like We] Breakdown"), the Knife ("Marble House"), and Dave Gahan ("Kingdom").

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