Musically, there has been the occasional toe-back-in for Andre. Aside from plenty of studio time, he performed and streamed a second Under The Stars show. Recorded at (his local) Bochum Planetarium, the astrologically themed set was once again released as a limited edition mix-compilation. By and large though, in 2020 Andre (and the now expanded Tanneberger clan) have taken their stay-home luck where they’ve found it.
“My wife, my son, and the new Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.”
“I believe that the dance music scene stands for openness and tolerance. These are the roots of the scene, with no place for racism in such an environment.”
ATB’s accomplished a lesser-achieved distinction in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll. A few from his bloc have managed to hit its loftiest time after time. Most though bounce up, down, out and sometimes even back in. Andre, however, has done both of the former, but neither of the latter, notching now 15 consecutive years in the poll. That, as they say, is staying power.
Despite a quieter release period over the last 12, he’s had another strong showing in 2019. Indeed “getting closer and closer to my perfect work/life balance” is one of the accomplishments he highlights most swiftly. Others include founding his own label — Ruhrtone Records. “My first release was the single ‘Heartbeat’,” he says, “my first outing together with my good friend Markus Schulz.”
He’s spent a considerable part of his year studio-sequestered, writing the follow-up to his ‘neXt’ album. The first fruit from that will drop “in November when my new EP ‘A New Life’ comes out,” he says. Gig-wise, Andre concentrated on the bigger picture shows. “During the summer I played many festivals,” he says — Mysteryland, Nature One, Parookaville and Untold among them.
What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?
“Health is the most important thing and when you’re on stage 80% of the year’s weekends, it leaves a mark. After 25-plus years of stage experience, I think I can judge that quite well! After a few weekends on tour I just need a break.”
What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?
“I actually got myself an e-Smart [car] that accompanies me on most of my routes. It runs on green electricity and is really fun to drive.”
What’s your guilty pleasure?
“Sweets... especially Marzipan Ritter Sport!”
DJ style: “Emotional and energetic dance music.”
Best known for: “‘9PM (Till I Come)’.”
Fave tune of 2018: “Post Malone ‘Rockstar’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Vintage & Morelli.”
German superstar ATB’s marriage to wife Laura this summer, who he honeymooned with in Greece, marked yet another chapter in his ongoing success. Almost twenty years since his global smash ‘9PM (Till I Come)’ (insert joke about wedding night here), it’s Laura who he credits with helping him avoid the industry pitfalls that have claimed so many now-forgotten names who rose up alongside him during trance’s heyday.
Andre Tanneberger, to use his given name, is still a globe-trotting headliner, touring the world from America to Eastern Europe and headlining huge events such as S2S in Manchester and numerous Awake events across his home country. These days it’s balanced with his private life. There have been weekends off to savour in South Germany and Italy, the sign of a man who knows that his reputation was assured long ago. Following up 2017’s ‘neXt’, fans will also be ecstatic to know that for the rest of the year he’ll be working on a new album. Expect this in the early part of 2019.
Words: JOE ROBERTS
Andre Tanneberger, aka ATB, has come a long way since his UK No.1, ‘9PM (Till I Come)’. In the almost 20 years since the smash hit, that additionally found fame after being featured in cult Ibiza rave flick Kevin & Perry Go Large, the German producer has repackaged himself as a big room killer, playing sets like Ultra USA and Europe, EDC and Tomorrowland.
His productions have undergone a similar metamorphosis, though he’s still staying true to the excellent studio standards that first helped garner him respect in the early noughties.
“I think I can't hide my influences from the past, but it's very important for me to get into today's culture with my sound. However, I also think that my experiences from the past have shaped my unique sound — so I am grateful for all of this,” he told Ministry Of Sound back in July.
No matter what style he's producing — ATB has also released multiple times on Armin van Buuren's A State Of Trance imprint thanks to his roots in prog and trance — the German shows no signs of slowing down.