Thanksgiving Eve is historically one of the most profitable nights every year for bars around the country. It has always created incentive for friends both old and new to come together to celebrate all they are thankful for, most often with a few libations in hand. Gypsy Bar in Boston this past Wednesday November 21st was no exception to this rule, as legendary Trance DJ and Producer ATB took to the decks in front of a packed house for a thumping hands-in-the-air two hour set. Never in my lifetime had we seen such massive events on the night before Thanksgiving, as it usually was an evening where we’d go back to our old high school stomping grounds to a local watering hole. This year, however, events such as ATB at Gypsy Bar, Hardwell at Prime, and Eric Prydz at NYC’s Roseland Ballroom made for fresh alternatives to the usual motions. ATB’s show in Boston was in support of his newest studio effort, ATB Sunset Beach DJ Session 2, a two disk mix compilation of some of the best Trance from around the world.
Appearing in the skybox-esque DJ booth (elevated above one of the bars, appearing through a window), the crowd went into a frenzy as ATB got right down to business by opening with his signature track, “Ecstasy”. The crowd instantly gave the world’s #21 DJ its full attention as everyone began singing along to, quite possibly, the best-known ATB song. Sometimes you take a risk by opening your set with a widely popular track because it sets the bar so high, but at the same time it sets the standard for the rest of the night to come. Once ATB began, the energy in the room never let up. Using his talented mixing skills, the German DJ gracefully stuck to melodic vocal tracks that filled the small club from wall to wall and ear to ear. As the night progressed toward its end, the unmistakable chords from “9pm (Till I come)” began appearing as samples over the last few tracks, before the song was ultimately played in its entirety. “9pm (Till I Come)” established ATB as both a DJ and Producer in 1998….To say the crowd was thoroughly impressed was an understatement and I certainly was one of those people with a smile stretched across my face. As the final beat played over the sound system ATB thanked the crowd for coming out – but not before his live rendition of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” which he sang over the mic. The entire night appeared to be deemed a success by the reaction of the crowd as the lights came back on and people began to funnel out into the chilly Boston air; it seemed to be the perfect way to cool down after such a high energy night.