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Poll 2023: ATB

From: Germany

DJ style: “Emotional and energetic dance music.”

Best known for: “‘9PM (Till I Come)’.”

André Tanneberger, aka ATB, has had a year of two distinct, but equally rewarding, halves. Following the birth of his daughter in the Spring, the German DJ and producer took time away from touring to spend precious time with family, before returning to the studio from June to work on his upcoming album. It’s a balance he’s learned to honour throughout a more than two decade career, during which he’s graced the Top 100 DJs poll a staggering 21 times.

ATB’s release schedule might have slowed in 2023, but he’s still released two mighty tracks on Virgin Records in the past 12 months — ‘That Feeling’, featuring TRAVYP, and ‘Highs and Lows’, with Au/Ra and York. Both dreamlike trance anthems with bouncy percussion and uplifting vocals, the Freiberg-born artist shows he’s truly the master of blending “emotional and energetic dance music” in his productions. It’s not yet clear whether these singles will feature on ATB’s upcoming 2024 album — and first since 2017’s ‘neXt’ — but they’re a sign of the quality fans can expect. In November, the DJ is also jetting off on the US That Feeling tour, rounding out a year of special moments both in and out of the booth. 

Hero of 2023: “My wife and my kids.”

Fave tune of 2023: “Skrillex & Boys Noise ‘Fine Day Anthem’.”

What was the most exciting tech development of 2023? “Izotope Ozone 11 because the AI implementation makes it an absolutely innovative tool.”

Rising star DJ/producer of 2023: “Barkley.”