Leader of the Palast Orchester, Max Raabe is known for his loyalty to a style long past -- that of dance and film music of the 1920s and '30s.
With the Palast Orchester, Max Raabe created his own style within that genre, reshaping modern tunes (such as "Sexbomb" by Tom Jones) into the retro sound of pre-World War II European dance halls. He also starred in a number of musical theater roles, including “Kurt Weill: The Threepenny Opera” from 1999 which saw him share the stage with fellow German performer Nina Hagen. In 2008, Max Raabe & Palast Orchester released their well-received 2007 Carnegie Hall performance on CD and DVD, entitled “Heute Nacht oder nie” (or, for those keeping up in English, "Tonight or Never"). The solo album “Übers Meer” followed in 2010 before Raabe worked with fellow German and front-woman of seminal Neue Deutsche Welle (German New Wave) act Ideal, Annette Humpe. The two first collaborated on 2011's “Küssen kann man nicht alleine”. They teamed up again for 2013’s “Für Frauen ist das kein Problem”, which debuted on the German sales charts at number three. The live album, “Eine Nacht in Berlin”, appeared the following year. In 2017, he delivered “Der perfekte Moment... wird heut verpennt”, which he wrote together with various German artists, such as Annette Humpe and Rosenstolz. In 2019 Max Raabe & Palast Orchester produced an MTV Unplugged, featuring Herbert Grönemeyer, Samy Deluxe, Lars Eidinger, LEA, Namika, Pawel Popolski and Mr. Lordi.