The earth may feel distant, but this Memorial Day Weekend, ATB will be up close at Marquee Nightclub on May 28th. We caught up with the DJ/producer to chat about his new double disc artist album, plus some sweet giveaways for his fans.
1. What or where did you get your inspiration from for Distant Earth?
When I’m on tour I experience so much affection from the people I meet, especially from the people dancing and smiling right in front of the DJ booth. I’m taking these moments of emotions home with me to the studio and use them for new tracks. So you can say much inspiration for the new album came from the people all around the globe and the album is part of this unique and fantastic moments we celebrated within the last months.
2. Describe the difference between the two discs of Distant Earth.
As on my last album Future Memories I wanted to show people also on Distant Earth the two musical sides of ATB. CD 1 represents the clubby, danceable side. CD 2 the quite, tranquil, ambient side, which invites you to relax.
3. How do you keep your productions fresh and new after so many years in the business?
Well, I really like to experiment with different instruments, sounds, vocals and of course music styles. I think it’s really important to develop your sound constantly and not to get stuck on one style. With every new album I want to present to the people something new and I think the people like and respect this development of ATB.
4. Which track on Distant Earth do you adore the most?
To be honest I adore every single one on the album in the same way. Every track has something special I appreciate and that makes it unique.
5. What are a few selections from the new album that we can look forward to hearing at Marquee on May 28th?
Well, this is really hard to say. I don’t like to decide the track list of my sets in advance, 'cause every audience is different. So I always use the mood and direct feedback of the people to decide what the next track of my set is. But what I can promise is that I will of course have the one or other track from the new album in my case.
6. Do you think any of the vocalists from the album might appear live with you sometime here in Vegas?
Don’t know. Maybe?
7. Not only in Vegas, but at festivals, you’ve been switching things up by throwing on the original version of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” It goes over amazing every time! How did that come about including the song in your sets and what other rock hits do you incorporate?
Yeah, I really like to include the one or other “rocking” track as a little break in my sets. Not only “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” For example at Ultra music festival I played “Du Hast” from the German rock band Rammstein. The feedback was amazing. So I have a couple of this kind of tracks in my case to let them off at the right second when the people don’t expect it. They are confused for the first seconds, but then nearly everybody starts to scream and to celebrate on the track. This moment is normally one of the peak points of my set and I really enjoy boosting the atmosphere this way.
8. Anything else we can look forward to from you besides the new album? Maybe a new video?
Just a couple of days ago I released the official music video for "Apollo Road," the track I produced with Dash Berlin for Distant Earth. It was filmed at my last ATB in Concert at the beginning of May in Poznan, Poland. I invited Dash Berlin to join me at the concert. He gladly confirmed and we performed the track together. We haven’t announced this in advance, so it was a really big surprise for the audience and an outstanding show. -Deanna Rilling
Want to win a very special limited edition deluxe ATB fan box 3-CD set, including the 2-CD Distant Earth album, plus a bonus CD, five selected postcards (including one signed by ATB), a unique ATB wristband AND special ATB sticker? Oh, and did we mention another ATB fan will get two platinum wristbands good for every single Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub event during Memorial Day Weekend, including ATB on May 28th? Here's your chance! Enter via the form below before 4 p.m. PST on May 26th, 2011. Two runner-ups will also receive a copy of Distant Earth.