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underground, but not giving the crowd the energy they need, or delivering this energy to the crowd, but sounding outdated by playing classic EDM.”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!”
Voting is now open for DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll. The annual vote – now in its 26th year – is the world’s largest publicly-voted music poll, receiving over 1.2 million votes from over 180 countries last year, with votes in 2019 set to eclipse this figure.
The Top 100 DJs poll has grown alongside the global electronic music scene and is a definitive annual snapshot of the popularity and visibility of international DJs.
Charity fund-raising from our annual Top 100 DJs poll has now raised £69,289 for Unicef. With this money, Unicef has been able to provide enough vaccines to protect 815,175 children from tetanus.
Unicef works in over 190 different countries around the world from the Middle East to continental Europe and beyond. Since its inception in 1946, the charity has continued to provide vital services to children such as education, emergency relief, water, sanitation & hygiene and vaccinations, and currently provides 80% of the world’s life-saving food resources.
Claptone has won the Highest House award in this year’s DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll. The masked DJ/producer landed the No. 57 spot overall.
Martin Garrix took the No.1 spot at the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs awards ceremony at AMF Festival during Amsterdam Dance Event on Saturday (20th October) night. You can check out 17 snaps from the party below.
Over 1.2 million votes in this year’s poll, an increase of nearly 200,000 on 2017. The most votes came from the USA, followed by the UK, Brazil, Mexico, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Spain.
DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll award ceremony takes place at the Amsterdam ArenA tonight (Saturday 20th October), with the countdown going on right here, from 9pm (BST).
The DJ Mag Top 100 DJs party takes place at AMF Festival. You can follow the liveblog below for the full DJ Mag Top 100 DJs list, as well as insights and analysis live from Amsterdam ArenA.
DJ Mag Top 100 DJs award ceremony takes place on the penultimate night of ADE week, where over 400 events and 2,000 artists take place across the city over five massive days of electronic music.
For our final UNICEF auction of 2018, Don Diablo has donated a super-limited edition HEXAGON box containing a USB of his album ‘FUTURE’ and a personal video message from Don to the winning bidder.
With only five of the HEXAGON boxes ever produced this is chance to own a genuine collector’s item, which will also be signed by the future house pioneer.
To top off the prize, Diablo will record a personal message of y our choice onto the USB, creating a genuine one-of-a-kind prize for one lucky bidder.
The sixth in our series of Top 100 DJs charity auctions launches today, offering one lucky reader the chance to hang out with NERVO at a show near you!.
If you are a super fan of the Australian duo, this is your chance to meet them at a show near you. The winning bidder can select any show from their ongoing global tour, where they will receive free tickets and get to meet NERVO!
The second in our series of Top 100 DJs charity auctions launches today, offering one lucky reader the chance to own a bundle of signed Afrojack merchandise.
The highest bidder will take home a snapback cap, t shirt and sweatshirt, all signed by Afrojack. If you win the auction, you'll also get the bonus of 50 entries (usually £5 each) into our prize draw for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to the Top 100 DJs Awards Ceremony in Amsterdam!