There are few DJs in the world that create the reaction that David Guetta sparks. Whether it’s 50,000 fans singing along to his hit records at a stadium, or dark rooms of clubbers locked in the groove during his set, Guetta gets passions flowing. That’s because he uniquely and boldly treads a tightrope most DJs wouldn’t dare to traverse: the line between being an underground DJ and having huge crossover success.
“I’m not trying to be credible,” Guetta admits with a smile broadening across his soft, open face. “I’m trying to be incredible. It’s very easy to be underground because you just have to obey a set of codes. It’s very formulaic. But it’s also very easy to be totally pop, because it’s very formulaic too. I’m trying to do something different.”
“At the Brazil carnival I spun to two million people and I’ve played to up to 200,000 a few times,” he says with pride but without arrogance. “It feels very good, of course, because of the energy you receive from the people. At first I wanted to play only to the biggest crowds possible, because it’s like a drug. Now I balance the big shows with more intimate club gigs where I can play more new sounds. The big venues are great but sometimes playing to so many people forces you to repeat the same tricks.”
That explains a lot about David Guetta. He’s wants to entertain as many people as possible – show everyone a great time – but never at the expense of being a DJ. Of all the parts of his renaissance life it’s this that is key – he’s a DJ first, everything else follows.
“Everything I’m trying to do – in my DJing, my production – is about sharing emotion. When I’m making music in the studio that’s all I’m looking for. It’s what matters the most. I’m just a nice person really, you know!” [from David Guetta biography]
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