David Guetta has played a pivotal role in turning dance music into the chart-topping juggernaut it is today. His impact has been impossible to ignore, or to underestimate. He can be considered among the elite group of super-producers whose sound is synonymous with an era – such as Trevor Horn, Rick Rubin or Dr Dre.
It was in 2009 that Guetta, a successful DJ and dance-music producer with three albums and a residency in Ibiza, became a trailblazing artist. He did it by fusing dance music with urban artists on fourth album – his first in terms of global mainstream success – ‘One Love’. By teaming up with some of the biggest names in hip hop and R&B, and reinventing their sound for the electronic dancefloors, Guetta created pop alchemy. The ensuing hits – such as ‘I Gotta Feeling’ with Black Eyed Peas, ‘When Love Takes Over’ with Kelly Rowland and ‘Sexy Bitch’ with Akon – propelled him to superstardom. They also set a new template for the sound of commercial radio, especially in the US. This was instrumental in turning EDM into the biggest youth movement since hip hop.
At the helm of it all, David has established himself as arguably the world’s biggest and most successful DJ of all time. From the trailblazing success of ‘One Love’, the Launchpad for taking his vision for dance music worldwide, he has scaled unprecedented heights. David was verified as (and remains) the most Shazamed artist of all time, played live to over a record 1.5 million people across the world during the course of 2014, his iconic, long-standing Pacha Ibiza residency continued to go from strength to strength and he became the first DJ in history to amass over two billion streams via Spotify in 2015.
Back then “I’d always felt frustrated: why were radio stations not playing dance music? Why was the media not giving us more attention, when hundreds of thousands of young people are coming to hear us every weekend? I desperately wanted to get to where we are now… I guess these records did this for me and helped open doors for our music.”