You’ve been to South Africa before, how does it feel coming to SA on the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange to represent German music and culture?
As you can imagine it is a real honour and a pleasure to come to such a beautiful country like South Africa, and to be allowed to represent the music and culture of my home country, Germany. I trust in music to get into direct contact with the people and to spread emotions, because music is such a universal language. In addition to my gig, I will also film the music video for my next single in Cape Town during this weekend. I’m sure there will be beautiful pictures and that I will have a great time in South Africa. I’m really looking forward to it.
That guitar riff you became famous for in your early tracks is something people are always searching for in your music- do you feel people want you to keep on making that sound, and you keep trying to move away from it?
Well, I think I proved more than once that ATB is much more than just the “9PM” sound. Of course this is a very significant part of my life, but for me it’s really essential to continuously develop my sound. I’ve been in this business for more than ten years now and have released seven albums, so it would be very boring for the people to always hear the same from me. If you don’t move forward, you go backwards. Furthermore the person Andre Tanneberger also develops over the years, which affects my sound, but beneath all development I always take care that my sound is authentic to ATB and represents me.
It’s no secret that the USA is one of my favourite countries when touring in the world. I like these tremendous landscapes, unbelievable skylines of the big cities, mixed culture and club scene. But of course there are also many other great places in the world I really like to play. From Zouk Club in Singapore, to Kristal Club in Romania, Club 139 in Poland…
Do you have a worst song in the world?
Beneath much good music, there is unfortunately also a lot of bad music…
If you could tell us to buy one album that represented good music in 2010- what would it be?
ATB THE DJ 6 J (Released on 31.12.2010)
What do you love about playing the piano- it’s one of your favourite elements in your productions?
The Piano is a very emotional, sweeping element of music. With its sound, it can express joy, sorrow, love, hustle and bustle, rush and silence in a very unique way. I really like to use this element to bring the people into a specific mood or to express my own feelings to the audience.
Currently I’m working on my next studio album. I’ve blocked the whole of November, December and January so that I can fully concentrate on the production and will just make a short break to come to South Africa for the show on 27th of November and Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve. I think the new album will be released in April 2011. Furthermore, I will release the next edition of my ATB THE DJ compilation already mentioned above on 31.12.2010. For me this compilation will also be a very good conclusion to my very successful year 2010, including three CDs packed with best music. Maybe I will present the one or other track from the compilation during my gig in Cape Town. Stay tuned!
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