Groovin The Moo 2012 – Digitalism Interview

German dance duo Digitalism just can’t stop touring Australia – and with good reason.

One half of the floor-filling kings – Jens Moelle – believes local dance fans and festival-goers have a lot in comparison with those in their homeland.

“Since we started going to Australia, we’ve had so many nice gigs there – everybody at our shows really wants to have a good time and it’s just a really nice vibe,” he said.

“Coming from Europe, it’s like a new world, but still very similar – you’ve got pies, British heritage and stuff – it’s a really nice mix.”

In fact, Moelle believes local crowds top those in Europe in two very pleasant areas:

“When we go over there (Australia) in the summer – compared to European summers, there’s a lot more bikinis around!” he said.

“And even when the weather’s not so good and it gets cold in parts, there’s just a sunshine vibe all the time.”

Sadly for Moelle, due to the time of year and weather conditions, he may have to go elsewhere for his bikini-viewing fix when Digitalism play the Groovin’ The Moo tour and their own shows next month.

He is particularly excited about the GTM shows, as the regional audiences present a new frontier for him and bandmate Ismail ‘Isi’ Tufekci.

“It’s the first time we’ve played in the Oz countryside; we’ve never been that remote before,” he said.

“We’ve been to Australia so many times but only played in just the usual cities, so this whole setup looks really interesting and it sounds awesome.”

Moelle said he and Turfekci will this time be performing as a duo behind the decks, unlike their previous tour that featured a live drummer.

“We keep on changing the show all the time…it’s completely different to the last time we were out there.

“Last year we did a proper concert thing with our drummer and concentrated on performance, now it’s back to me and Ollie on stage.

“There’s lots of visual stuff…we tried it out in Italy and France last week and it looks super cool.”

And, if they get a chance during their downtime, the band are hoping to catch up with all of their Australian ‘friends’ – which include The Presets’ Kim Moyes and Julian Hamilton.

“We’ll catch up with them (The Presets) if they’re both in town – we spoke to them recently,” Moelle said.

“If it’s good weather, we’ll go to beach and do all the tourist stuff…once we get our feet on Australian ground, we’re gonna start exploring.”

Digitalism play as part of the Groovin’ The Moo Festival next month. The Bendigo and Maitland legs of the festival are sold out, however tickets are still available for Townsville, Canberra and Bunbury.  The band are also doing sideshows in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide. For all the details, click here.

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