André Tanneberger (ATB) is a mastermind of the international music scene. For almost 20 years he has not only been one of the world’s finest and most successful DJs, but also a highly talented producer and songwriter. With seven acclaimed studio albums, a greatest hits CD and DVD collection and seven DJ mix compilations, as well as countless singles to his name, ATB can justifiably claim to have developed his career as musician and DJ in the most successful manner imaginable.
“What drives me is the constant desire to create something new. I think my creative spirit is nourished by the fact that I travel so much, as this represents a break from my studio sessions. It’s so important to take a step back from songwriting and producing now and again” – ATB
ATB’s latest album, ‘Distant Earth‘ is no exception, as ATB once again delivers an array of fantastic new songs, which transcend the genres of dance, trance and pop. Album number eight also features collaborations with renowned artists – something of a trademark for ATB as his studio work has progressed. Guest appearances on ‘Distant Earth’ range from two of the hottest properties in trance music, the pioneering figures of Armin van Buuren and Dash Berlin to a remarkable team-up with Rea Garvey, who came to fame as lead singer of the international star act Reamonn.
The album title ‘Distant Earth’ is a reflection, in the broadest sense, of how André Tanneberger likes to experience music.
“I aim to maintain a certain distance from daily life and the usual problems it entails. It feels good to close your eyes, step onto the dancefloor and forget everything around you. If this is how you feel when you listen to my album, then I have done what I set out to do”
The original version of “Redemption” was an absolute bomb, the progressive sound combined with some beautiful vocals from Rosie Henshaw made this song repeat worthy. Alex Lamb adds some crafty synths and provides us a big drop. This remix was definitely built for the big room and to get the energy flowing. I know the original is tough to beat, but do you think Alex Lamb pulled off the feat? Listen below!
In case you have been living on a small remote island in the South Pacific (‘Lost’ reference) you should know that EDC has been moved from the Los Angeles Coliseum to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Why the change you ask? The Las Vegas venue holds approximately 142,000 people while the coliseum holds only 75,000. Almost double the capacity and more importantly double the SPACE. For all the energy that raves bring, it is always nice to have a little breathing room. Moving away from California to Las Vegas also increases our rage potential, we avoid California state laws (which currently allow raves to continue till only 2 AM PST) and embrace Nevada’s laws. EDC is rumored to last until the sun comes up. For the first time ever EDC has been extended to three days. We all would choose 72 hours of mayhem over the standard 48.
NOTE: I am glad EDC decided to continue allowing the purchase of single day general admission tickets. This provides people the opportunity to enjoy the show, but still make their other commitments whether it be work or school. Hopefully, UMF (Ultra Music Festival) follows in Insomniac’s footsteps.
On Saturday, April 2nd, I ventured down south into Los Angeles for what turned out to be quite the crazy and memorable night. Subs that pumped thousands of watts of goodness were spread throughout the Palladium venue located along Sunset Boulevard. When is the last time you set foot in a venue capable of hosting over 4,000 attendees? Insomniac, the innovators of the legendary party massives thrown in California yearly, aimed to throw an enhanced concert series event consisting of Sweden’s Dada Life, Netherland’s Bart B More, Los Angeles’ own PeaceTreaty and Steve Aoki.
Introducing Third Party…two young producers with a passion for creating emotionally charged house music. The journey started when they hooked up after discovering their mutual interest for producing music at school and then went on to study at a music technical college for a year, funding themselves with part time jobs along the way. The acclaim they received from both students and tutors alike for the new and exciting tracks made during their spare time encouraged them to reach out to a wider audience. They started by cutting their DJ teeth in and around some of the London clubs whist the emphasis remained on continuing to hone their skills in the studio. Lot’s of remixes followed with the most notable being Kelis’ “Brave” for Interscope records.
Their big break came when they caught the ear of Steve Angello with their mega track ‘Release’. The structure of its distinctive and evocative sound also proved them to be highly technical and full of feeling and was put out for consumption under Size Records, its subsequent success and popularity meant it found its way onto DJ mix albums and Tiësto Club Life 193. And so 2011 is set to be the break through year for Third Party on the big stage. It kicked off in March with the massive jump to Swedish House Mafia’s Masquerade Motel in Miami and continues with this sizzling new release for Size Records. You will hear a lot more about Third Party in 2011 and beyond!
Roger Sanchez and Chris Moody rocked New York a little more than a week ago from one of our favorite hotspots, Pacha NYC. If you haven’t heard this latest mashup by Sanchez, give it a listen. It’s sure to please. The Swanky Tunes “Oh Yeah” vocal sample is a delight at the 5:43 mark.
Journey‘s “Don’t Stop Believin” is an anthem in every sense of the word: Karaoke singers wail it. Air guitarists jam to it. DJ’s always spin it. And despite knowing all the lyrics, people hate to love it and love to hate it.
Whatever it is that makes this song so iconic, the sheer recognizability of “Don’t Stop Believin” has thwarted many a DJ from producing an EDM remix of comparable anthem status. Felix Voya, a talented Avicii-sounding DJ from Sweden, opted to take on this Journey challenge and has delivered in highest progressive house fashion.
The way this remix opens by gradually stacking peripheral house elements atop the original without losing integrity of the classic is just stellar. If you want a taste of severe nostalgia, start listening at 2:00 when the vocals kick in. But my dear God, what makes this track pure trouse gold is the MASSIVE drop at 2:45 that just keeps on giving.
BOTTOM LINE: Click the play button. I’ve officially broken mine.
Sidney Samson moves away from his usual crazy electro feel and creates an uplifting progressive track. Max C pushes this tune to a whole new level with great vocals and well crafted lyrics. He may actually be the best male vocalist in the business (maybe John Martin has something to say about that). Give it a listen and pick up your copy at Beatport!
Sidney Samson & Max C – Panorama (Don’t Mean A Thing) [Vocal Mix]: