The man behind hits like I Gotta Feeling and When Love Takes Over, David Guetta is considered as one of the first DJs to open up the world of electronic dance music to global audiences. Read on to know more about the dance music maestro.
If you weren’t a DJ or music producer, you would’ve been...
I’m a DJ at heart; music is my vitamin pill. I love to make people dance; it’s a great way of bringing people together regardless of religion, nationality, sexuality or belief.
The first time you realised you wanted to become a DJ.
While strolling down Parisian streets barefoot at the age of eight.
Your favourite music festival.
Every time I play a track at Ultra (in Miami), it brings me luck!
Your most memorable award moment.
MTV’s European Music Awards in Belfast; I was the only electronic music artist invited.
Playing in a club and at a music festival, how are they different?
When I play in a club, it’s like going back to my roots as a resident DJ. I try more experimental stuff there. At a fest, when you play to 20,000 or 50,000 people, they want to hear your records. That’s more like a show, like a concert.
Fashion for you is...
Definitely Louboutin shoes. Shoes are my new obsession. I used to have a collection of sneakers, but no brand made me go, "I want to buy all the pairs" like girls do.
A side of you no one knows about.
I don’t drink or smoke.
Ten years from now…
I’ll be DJing on the moon, maybe!
Adventure for you is...
Playing in new cities and experimenting with my sound.
Being French, what’s your secret to wooing women?
Don’t try too hard. The French are a little laidback. But there are different kinds of women, so you can’t have one rule.
One tip for beginners getting into DJing or music production.
The application of knowledge is more important than the name one makes. Collaboration is healthy; be an eternal learner.
Many of the old school believe electronica is not real music.
We are the laptop generation. We make computer music.
If the party’s flagging, what’s your go-to record?
Smack My Bi*ch Up. It works every time.
What does 2015 hold for you?
Lots of experimentation and collaborations.
The best place to make new music.
I love being on planes; I make a lot of music on flights because there’s no phone, no Internet, no meetings.
What kind of music did you play when you were starting out as a DJ?
It was a mix of funk and new wave. It’s funny because it’s what I do today, a mix of dark electronic sad sounds with happy groovy songs. I’m actually producing the music today that I was playing when I was 17.
What is your favorite music-related meme?
Harlem Shake, for sure. I love the way the dance became owned by everyone.
The best place in the world to party.
Ibiza is the mecca of house music. It was once the only place where underground music was mainstream.
What does it take for a song to catch your attention?
Melody, rhythm, emotion, energy.
Any artists from other genres you listen to?
If I’m home, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.
Home is where…
The party is!
From HT Brunch, December 21
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