World-renowned DJ André Tanneberger, better known by his stage name ATB, is mixing it up in Vegas with his month-long residency at Rain at Palms every Saturday night through the end of August. He’s taking the place of Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto, which occurs on Saturday nights at the club on almost every other weekend during the year.
A German musician and producer ATB has been providing people all over the world with heart-thumping, body-shakin’ dance music since 1998 when he started his career as a solo artist. That same year he released his debut solo album “Movin’ Melodies,” which featured the mega hit “9 p.m. (Till I Come).” It topped the United Kingdom music charts and is widely regarded as the area’s first No.1 trance music single. Since then, ATB has continued to release chart-topping albums. Outside of the studio he has established himself as one of the top DJs in the industry headlining at clubs and events all over the world.
His newest album “Sunset Beach DJ Session” was released in July 2010 and contains the single “Could You Believe.” Along with fresh club tracks, the album features ATB’s take on beach lounge music, contemporary tunes and timeless classics. VEGAS.com had a chance to interview ATB about what it’s like performing in Vegas and how the city compares to other popular nightlife destinations around the world.
Q: What can partiers expect to hear from you at your Saturday performances at Rain inside the Palms?
A: “One hundred percent ATB, meaning unforgettable nights with great music, good moods and people who love to celebrate.”
What do you think of the Vegas party scene compared to some of the other places where you have performed?
“Las Vegas is a really unbelievable city. It’s not my first time in Vegas, so I have come to know the unique shine that emerges from within the city. I think that Vegas is the city with THE highest quality of entertainment all around the globe, and I am very proud to be a part of this for my four-week residency at Rain at The Palms.”
Do you do anything different with your set to accommodate club goers in Vegas versus when you perform in other locations?
“Of course my residency gives me the possibilityto experiment a little bit with my sound. My play times will be longer than I normally play, so I will have the chance to experiment a little bit with my sound and maybe to influence it a little bit with my musical passion, French house music.”
Recently more and more mainstream artists in the United States are incorporating techno and house beats into their music. Why do you think this is?
“Today it’s getting really hard to create a new sound and this especially is a challenge for many famous artists again and again. To get inspiration from other music styles is usual in many musical genres. Due to this crossover, a new and fresh sound can be born, especially since house beats are inspiring the people to dance. So it is no wonder that we are hearing these beats also in mainstream acts.”
When it comes to club music in the U.S., hip-hop used to be the big thing but now you hear electronic dance music everywhere you go. What do you think brought on this change, and do you think it’s here to stay?
“As in every music style there is a coming and going in popularity. Eight years ago electronic music was very present on radio stations in Germany, today most radio stations play only a minimum of electronic music tracks.
I think this is due to the overflow, which was present in the media at this time. In my opinion hip-hop has been very present in the USA for a long time. So after such a long time the people are searching for a new sound, and this is the chance for electronic dance music.”
How has your music changed over the years?
“All in all I’m thinking that the music I am playing is getting a little bit slower. Six, seven years ago it was normal to play around 137 to 140 BPMs (beats per minute.) Today the sounds are pretty pumping, but also can come around to 128 to 132 BPMs.”
You’re a hugely successful DJ all over the world. What do you think is the key element to creating good dance music?
“Well, the most important quality of music is to share emotions. It doesn’t matter if it’s dance music, rock, hip-hop or another music style, emotion is always the most important element a track has to contain and which influences the creation of tracks.”
What do you plan on doing in Vegas when you’re not DJing?
“The last months were really stressful, so I will try to see my stay in Vegas also a little bit as a holiday and try to relax. But of course I will travel a little bit through the U.S. and have in addition to my residency some further gigs, for example at Heat in Anaheim, Fluxx in San Diego, the Electric Zoo Festival in New York and the Nocturnal Festival in Austin.”