Perennially present and forever BIG, David Guetta is one of dance music’s most potent superstars. Highly responsible for crossover dance-pop hits throughout the 2010s. Or so they said. In the meantime, he spent the decade headlining every major festival on the planet, collaborating with pop royalty like Rihanna and Justin Bieber while spending his summers playing to packed-out crowds at his F*** Me I’m Famous parties on the White Isle.
His Ibiza party was and is one of the island’s most popular — its move to Hï from Pacha in summer 2019 complemented his BIG parties across the road at Ushuaïa for a one-two Guetta punch on Mondays and Thursdays. In more recent years, he’s released less commercial collabs, focusing more on his DJ sets and new projects and aliases.
Guetta himself recognised his own impact on the commercial end of electronic music and returned to his underground roots in 2018, with a new project — Jack Back — focusing on the more bass-heavy, stripped-back vibe that also brought with it a new label. It’s a tone that he carved and crafted in his early days as a DJ in Paris, throwing his own parties, playing various gay clubs across the city and collaborating with the likes of house hero Robert Owens.
Fast-forward 25 years and 2019’s been spent collaborating once more, this time with one of his top picks for the future, Morten. “My main project is the new sound I have created together with Morten and I’m super-excited about this,” the Frenchman says.
The new approach has clearly given him some clarity as the EDM train begins to grind to a stop, but the festival headline slots keep coming. “I feel like there is a big gap during festivals between playing underground or classic EDM. A lot of festival DJs don’t know what to play since the option is either being cool and playing underground, but not giving the crowd the energy they need, or delivering this energy to the crowd, but sounding outdated by playing classic EDM.”
Guetta reckons his new collab has the solution: “We have created that new, sexy rave sound that is the answer to this problem.”
Former Top 100 DJs poll No.1, one of dance music’s unquestionably biggest stars, and with a career that’s spanned over three decades, Guetta’s influence on dance music means different things to different people. For some he’s the antithesis of what the industry represents, for others he’s the pinnacle. Having been a mainstay in the top ten since 2007, it’s clear Guetta’s appeal isn’t waning any time soon.
Do you submit your DJ setlists to the relevant royalties collecting society?
What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?
“Try to live a healthy life as much as possible and take good care of your body as well as your soul. Also, enough sleep is very important. By programming your tour in a clever way you can avoid jetlag as much as possible.”
Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?
“I’m open to book girls as much as I’m open to book guys for my nights.”
What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?
“I honestly do have to make more efforts for the environment. I did stop using plastic bottles and try to reduce my overall use of plastic, but I really want to improve myself here.”
What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?
“When I was a kid, I went to the music store every weekend to look at the Technics 1200 Mk2. When I turned 15, I finally bought one and it’s been my favourite toy ever since.”
What’s your guilty pleasure?
“Being a couch potato and doing nothing at all besides watching movies. I do this twice a year and I’m doing it right at this very moment because my Ibiza season has just ended. It’s just so good!”
David Guetta has remixed Avicii's 'Heaven'.
Originally recorded with Chris Martin in 2014, the late Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, completed the final version of the track in 2016 before its release on album 'Tim' this year.
David Guetta, who previously received a grammy nomination alongside Avicii for their collaborative track 'Sunshine' in 2011, has teamed up with Danish DJ and producer Morten to work on the remix.
The 2019 flagship edition of Electric Daisy Carnival, AKA EDC, went ahead last weekend in Las Vegas.
Over three days attendees witnessed performances from the likes of DJ Mag's current cover star Armin van Buuren, Skrillex, Above & Beyond, Alesso and many more, spanning EDM, trance and dubstep.
With Electric Daisy Carnival having returned to Las Vegas over the weekend with some of the biggest names in dance music, recordings of a number of the sets have now begun to surface online.
Amongst those whose sets were captured from the festival were David Guetta, Tiësto, Don Diablo, Alison Wonderland, deadmau5, Salvatore Ganacci, Alesso and Gorgon City & Camelphat.
You can relieve all of their sets below.
Ibiza mainstay David Guetta has today announced he’ll be returning to the White Island for a huge summer residency at Hï Ibiza.
For the residency, Guetta will be debuting his Jack Back alias on the island, taking over the Club room with resident Idris Elba each Friday from 7th June to 4th October 2019, while F*** Me I’m Famous! will rule the Theatre room.
David Guetta is reportedly being sued for copyright infringement over his 2017 collaboration with Sia, 'Light Headed'.
The South African pop artist Daniel Baron is claiming plagiarism for his track 'Children Of The Sun', which he argues Guetta would have almost certainly heard on the radio during the French house icon's stint in the country for Ultra South Africa in 2017.
David Guetta will return to Ushuaïa Ibiza this summer as a resident DJ.
His 'BIG' residency at the Ibiza venue will kick off on 10th June and run until 30th September, with Guetta set to play weekly alongside "state-of-the-art production."
The season-long residency will see Guetta continue his relationship with Ushuaïa which stretches back eight years, with the 'BIG' parties themselves launching at the venue back in 2016. You can find more information and grab tickets here.
David Guetta’s F*** Me I’m Famous! party is moving from Pacha to Hï Ibiza this year.
After four years at Pacha, and his six-year BIG residency at Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel. Guetta will set up shop at Hï Ibiza every Friday from 7th June to 4th October.
“I’m super excited to bring F*** Me I’m Famous to Hï Ibiza for the first time this year,” said Guetta in an official statement. “We will bring you the same crazy party, but with some new surprising elements. I can’t wait to return to Ibiza to party with everyone!”
Tomorrowland has finalised their headliners for 2019, locking Amelie Lens, David Guetta, Richie Hawtin and more to join the bill.
Elsewhere Alesso, Loco Dice, Black Coffee and Solardo also join the line-up. You can see the full announcement below.
Tomorrowland takes place at De Schorre park in the city of Boom and spans two weekends in July. The first runs from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July while weekend two takes place from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th.