Our email chat with Marquee resident ATB
Mon, May 23, 2011 (5:03 p.m.)
Photo: Philip Rathmer
How would you assess your residency at Marquee so far?
This club is very unique in the U.S. The $3 million DJ booth with LEDs sets itself apart from the rest. I like the whole club and the party people there, who are really open to different kinds of electronic music. And I love Vegas! The city is pulsating day and night. There’s no other city like this on this planet.
Vegas is quickly becoming a global dance music capital. Is it a good fit?
Las Vegas is becoming a more and more interesting spot for electronic music over the last years. I really like to play in the U.S., and the mentality of its party people, so I’m very happy to see that Las Vegas turns into another pilgrimage site for electronic music.
Are you playing Electric Daisy Carnival this year? What do you think of the festival’s move from LA to Las Vegas?
We are working on it and look forward to being a part of the first EDC Las Vegas edition.
What were the motivations and inspirations behind your latest album, 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 using them for new tracks.
- ATB at Marquee
- With Laidback Luke
- May 28, doors at 10 p.m.
- $100 men, $50 women
- Local ladies free until 11 p.m.
- Marquee at the Cosmo, 333-9000
As the title of the album already reveals, the music on the album should make people forget the world around. From dreamy through trancey to progressive sounds, I think there is something for everybody who likes electronic music. And of course there are also a lot of new things to discover, from unknown vocals you won’t have heard before on one of my albums to completely new sound elements. My challenge was to give the listener this partly new “sound ambiance,” always the feeling that it’s 100 percent ATB. And I think I have succeeded in this.
As on my last album, Future Memories, I also wanted to show people the two musical sides of ATB on Distant Earth. CD 1 represents the clubby, danceable side, CD 2 the quieter, tranquil, ambient side, which invites you to relax. I’m really happy with the album and hope the listeners like it as much as I do.
What do you enjoy most about DJing?
For me, my family and friends are very important. So I spend with them as much time as possible, trying to relax and collect new energy for upcoming shows.
You often collaborate with fellow DJs and other artists. Who’s someone you haven’t worked with but would like to, and why?
This kind of dream already came true with Jean-Michel Jarre. He was, and still is, one of my biggest inspirations over the years. I got the opportunity to remix his track “Vintage” in 2005. This was one of the greatest experiences of my whole life.
With 20 years of being in the business, you’ve really seen electronic dance music evolve. Where do you see it going next?
Electronic music is getting more and more important all around the globe within the last years and deserves its standing as an inherent part in the international music scene. I am really happy to see that, especially as the electronic music community in the U.S. grows. I am very happy to be a part of it and to assist this ongoing growing.
Las Vegas is going to be a top DJ hub for Memorial Day Weekend. With all the talent in town, why should EDM junkies head to Marquee on Saturday?
Of course due to the music and an unbelievable show. ;o)
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.