The world’s biggest DJ talks with Metro in a one on one.
Whether or not electronic music is your thing, you know of David Guetta. The French House music producer and DJ is arguably the world’s biggest DJ right now, knowwn for his combinations of hip-hop and urban artists and house beats. Songs like “Getting’ Over You” featuring (featuring Chris Willis, Fergie & LMFAO) and “Sexy Bitch” (featuring Akon) have put him on the top of international charts and made him a club favorite.
This summer, Guetta took time out of his busy schedule to aid in training some promising new DJs from around the world. Burn studios Residency, a initiative to help new talented DJs get global recognition, selected eleven finalists, sent to Ibiza to participate in a DJ bootcamp where top electronic music artists, including Luciano, Richie Hawtin and Guetta, mentored them. The three winners (from Spain, Poland and Slovenia) won the coveted prize of a two-month residency at three of the top clubs in Ibiza, not to mention the world: Privilege, Café Mambo and Sankeys. The perks come with accommodations near their new job, a monthly salary and a great resume booster.
Metro World News caught up with Guetta while he was helping mentor the burn studios Residency DJs turned students.
How is Ibiza right now?
Ibiza is amazing. Ibiza is a miracle because it’s supposed to be an international crisis, and this island is packed. Every show is packed, and this seems like the kind of place, I’m really wondering, I think people are coming to a different planet to party here.
I know you’re working with burn studios Residency program. Why was it so important for you to help out with this program?
Burn studios have been amazing to me. We did a movie together called “Nothing But the Beat.” Of course I was happy to participate and come here for such a positive thing. They are helping DJs to achieve their dreams. To me it’s wonderful to be part of it, so that’s the reason why. I don’t feel like, of course, they’re up and coming in that context, but their the same passionate people. I feel like I’m one of them, and we’re making music together.
You’re such a big superstar, and you’re the top DJ of 2012 according to the DJ Mag 100. Why did you want to help younger DJs?
We also share the same passion so for me it’s not about how famous you are. I did it also before with people like Afrojack and Nicky Romero… I do this because if someone is talented and I think they deserve to be in the spotlight, I’m happy to help. It’s not like I’m afraid of competition. The better music is the more happy I am so I’d try this with burn and also without burn.
How has the electronic music scene changed since you first started at 17?
First I started to DJ before house music. (Chuckles) I know it sounds crazy but there was a moment where there was no house music! And, then I started rising from the underground with the parties that I was doing was like underground gay parties because house music was born in gay clubs at the beginning and then it became the cool hot thing and then it became trendy and then it became popular. That’s where it is right now. It makes me very happy. I always tell people it was underrated. I never understood why the global community was not as big as rock, pop and now it’s happening. We’re becoming the biggest musical movement on the planet.
The more you listen to electronic music, the more you can hear influences from rock and hip hop. Do you think it’s so popular because it’s influenced by all these styles of music?
You know, we’re just trying to make the people dance so there’s many ways. Even inside my own community there’s drum and bass and different styles of music. But if you ask me probably, the moment I started to becoming really successful is when I started to create the twist between hip-hop and electronic music, and this is also the moment that not only did I start to be successful, but our music started to explode in the U.S. More people listened to it, and yes, I love electronic but I listen to different kinds of music and lots of different jams. I believe there’s good music and there’s bad music. I don’t believe in other genres really.
Who is someone that people would be surprised you enjoy listening to?
I don’t think that people would be surprised, but a few years ago, when I said I would listen to hip-hop when I was at home, that was surprising because before I made those jams we were supposed to be enemies, which I think is crazy.
How do you pick your collaborations?
I just work with people I love. I’m a DJ, and that’s a job. I make music as a hobby, it’s a craft I’ve been very successful (at).
What was your favorite all time moment in your DJ career?
There was a few ones. Playing for the Carnival in Brazil or seeing our music exploding in the U.S., you know and really witnessing this. Creating my own parties in Ibiza and being successful there, and playing these concers that make House music. All those moments are wonderful.