David Guetta has spoken out about a lack of inventiveness that was rife in the EDM scene over the last two years, and that the music is now ushering in a new era.
In a new interview with The Independent, where he was speaking about the scene in Ibiza, Guetta said, "There’s a way bigger awareness of that side of music on the island than there was a few years ago.
"I’m going to be honest, in the two last years that same 128bpm EDM was starting to make me tired. Everybody was playing it.
“So now I’m happy, I think it’s amazing moment for music because it’s the end of a cycle, but that also means the beginning of another one. And I think we can all be experimental, people want new sounds and they’re ready for new ones.
“This is what dance music is meant to be, and I love it. I can remember when I started to make house music, it’s because I didn’t like that pop music was so formatted. When EDM became more formulaic than pop I thought ‘This is crazy!’."
Guetta also opened up about how he received criticism when he started to change his sound, making tracks like his Justin Bieber collaboration, ‘2u’.
"At the beginning of house music, it was all about being credible," he said. "When I started to make music and cross over I started to receive some criticism. So I said, ‘look, I’m not trying to be credible, I’m trying to be in-credible'.
“I think anybody that is going to do something a bit out of the box is always going to be criticised, but at the end of the day that’s the only thing that matters.
"You can be a good little boy who follows the rules, but you’re never going to do anything interesting with your life. I make the music that I believe in, the music that I love, that I wanna share with people. And I’m not forcing anyone to listen to it."
Last week (14th July), Justice's Xavier De Rosnay suggested that David Guetta also releases "really, really good music" under secret aliases.
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