Tatana Sterba (born October 7, 1976 in Uherské Hradiště, Czech Republic as Taťána Štěrbová, in 1980 the family emigrated to Switzerland) is a dance and trance producer better known under her alias DJ Tatana.
Tatana is one of the most successful artists of the 2000s in the Swiss charts, with several successful trance albums since her debut album 24 Carat was released in February 2000.
After having the adorable voice of Jael (Lunik, Delerium, Mich Gerber) singing on her last years smash hit 'Always on my mind', Tatana chose to collaborate for her new single 'All that I feel' with another star of the Swiss music scene. Pee from the band Dada ante Portas! The single is taken from Tatana's forthcoming 8th mix-album 'Peace & Love' (Sirup/TBA), follow up to her number 1 album 'Neonlights' (2004). The cd includes numerous new songs by Tatana. Therefore she cooperated again with Swiss producers Franky Fonell/Chris Reece. The leading Swiss DJane presents with 'Peace & Love' a typical DJ Tatana trance mix.
DJ Tatana, winner of the Prix Walo 2003, has been hugely successful for years. Internationally as well: her Versus-Project with The Mystery (aka Ron van den Beuken) led to the release of the single "Soul Cry" in January 2004, which set dance floors ablaze around the world. With "Neonlights" Switzerland's top DJane has created another signature album: the listener can dive into full, beautiful electronic harmonies and is sent to the seventh heaven of Trance.
DJ Tatana had her final breakthrough in Switzerland in 2002. Her album "Superpop" (2002) reached number two of the Swiss Album Charts and received the Platin-Award for 46.000 records sold. "Words", the single released from this album, turned into a national hit and remained in the top ten of the Swiss Single Charts for more than 15 weeks. The video clip was one of the most frequently requested in the history of VIVA! She is not only a star at home in Switzerland, but also in Peru where she has already appeared as the headline act to crowds of around 4000 people. Her Mix CDs were copied onto tape in Peru whilst travelling through, and were passed around and the word soon spread. An events organiser got to hear about her and had her fly in. Seldom does she have to sign as many autographs after these kind of events as she does in Peru, where she is even recognised on the street.
Ever since Tatana Sterba mixed the "Live At Street Parade" CD in 1998 she has been the icon of Switzerland's Trance scene. Whenever this 27-year-old Djane from Zurich is behind the turntable at raves such as "Energy" or in clubs like OXA in Zurich and MAD in Lausanne, she gets a grip on her audience like none other. Her true fans can always be found on the front row, with their homemade Tatana banners. As female producer of hits such as 'Dream Off', 'End Of Time' (with DJ Energy) and 'Words', she's a member of Switzerland's premier trance league. English magazine 'M8' enthusiastically wrote: 'The way she builds up her sets is wonderful, to see Tatana mixing is the dream of every music knower'.
The self-made woman was born on 7th October 1976 in former Czechoslovakia. Whilst at school she played various different instruments and was already developing a sensitive feel for music. She also attended dancing schools for ballet and jazz. At the beginning of the Swiss techno and house movement, Tatana was dancing the night away at parties and so came into contact with many influential people in the industry. In May 1994, at the tender age of seventeen, she first had the opportunity to impress everyone with her talent during a party at Groodonia in Rümlang. Some small gigs in and around Zurich followed, and in the same year she had the opportunity to prove herself at bigger events such s Futurescope, Evolution, Magic Kingdom and Metropolis.
In 1997 Tatana produced her own first record, released on Liquid Records, in Frankfurt's Polaris-Studio, along with the German star producer Torsten Stenzel (Taucher, DJ Sakin & Friends, Redlight District, York). On 8th August 1998, she did a set for the Street Parade and at Energy '98, the biggest event of its kind in Switzerland. Her second production, 'Tatana - The second Chapter E.P' followed at the end of August 1998 on Liquid Records.
In November 1998, Tatana's first own Mix-CD, 'Tatana The Mix Vol. 1' (Warner), was released.
In 1999 she produced the single 'End of Time' along with DJ Energy signed to Data/Ministry of Sound. In April she mixed the 'Goliath' CD. In the summer, she was offered the chance to produce the official main CD for Street Parade in Zurich, along with its anthem, 'More Than Words' (Position 13th / Sales Charts).
In 2000 she released her Mix-CD '24 Karat', which reached ninth place in the official Swiss charts. Together with the band M.O.P.E she developed a live act totally new to the trance scene. With this she was able to inspire the crowds at 'Heitere Open Air' in Zofingen and the Energy 00 in the Hallenstadion. In November, she managed to conquer the Swiss market straightaway with her next Mix-CD, 'Pure Elements'. The follow-up Mix-Album, 'Pink Punk' (released May 2001) made number five in the album charts and paved the way for the decisive success of 'Superpop' (Platin Award/Position Nr. 2) and the most successful swiss dance hit ever 'Words'. Words has been released worldwide and got awarded with a gold award. Beside that, she walked off with a platinum award for the 'Energy 2001' Compilation, and gold for 'Energy 2002'.
"Wildlife" (2003) which featured the single "Moments" rocketed to the number one spot of the Swiss Album Charts, Marco Guardia (S.H.O.K.K., Flutlicht, Reverb) did co-produce the first nr. 1 album of the swiss djane. Not less successful were DJ Tatana's mixes for the 'Energy the annual' compilation (01, 02 and 04), the platinum selling 'Energy 03' double-cd (together with DJ Energy) and the 'Street Parade 04' compilation (platinum award for over 50,000 units sold). With another club burner 'soul cry' together with hit producer Ron Van den Beuken in his project The Mystery, Tatana could release her first record on Spinnin' Records.
Summer 2004 Tatana produced a remix for Trance god himself Tiesto on his hit 'love comes again' together with BT. For the Swiss trance princess and Switzerland's most successful DJ ever, 2005 will be without a doubt another phenomenal year full of success. A number 1 Album followed with 'Peace & Love'. Also her remixes for trance-classic 'Greece 2000' from dutch duo Three Drives, Armin Van Buuren's "Shivers" or One More Angels (aka Ian van Dahl) 'Breathe' show her international talent and quality. In Summer 2005 she delivered with "Today Is Tomorrow" again a summer hit on position 10 of switzerland airplay charts and sales charts for the biggest dance festival street parade, followed also by the platin awarded Street Parade Compilation.