Popstars want to work with him, DJs want to be him and the ladies… Well, let’s say they can be found on the first row for his sets surprisingly often. Every track Guetta touches turns into gold or platinum, and you’d need a calculator the keep count of his hit singles. The top 5 of the charts is what he calls home. Even so, he is looking forward for some big revolutions within the music scene he’s dominated for so long.
Read his full interview with Tomorrowland Live below:
DAVID, YOU’VE AT PLAYED NEARLY EVERY EDITION OF TOMORROWLAND. DOES THE FESTIVAL ACTUALLY STILL HOLD ANY SURPRISES FOR YOU?
“I must say I love playing Tomorrowland, it’s always a big honour. I performed here from the beginning when the festival just started. I saw it grow each year, year after year it got better and better. The festival has the perfect balance between production and branding while inviting the greatest DJs. I myself try to make it crazier each year and – to my surprise – that seems to work every time. The crowd never disappoints me.”
DO YOU FEEL AS IF TOMORROWLAND CHANGED THE FESTIVAL WORLD?
“I do! Tomorrowland is big. What I try to do with my music, Tomorrowland does with concepts and the sheer production size of it all. It’s really amazing. I honestly believe that Tomorrowland has set the bar really high for other festivals and keeps doing so.”
YOU RECENTLY SAID THAT YOU’VE NOTICED HOW SOMEHOW A RATHER UNDERGROUND SCENE IN IBIZA IS NOW ALSO REACHING PEOPLE WHO USUALLY FAVOUR MORE COMMERCIAL MUSIC. IS THAT A TREND YOU ALSO SEE ON THE FESTIVALS?
“Well, everything did change a lot. Underground parties became trendy in the last couple of years. There always has been a very big and strong underground scene in Ibiza, but now it’s very interesting to see the, let’s say, VIP customers, the money-spenders, the models… they used to come over to my parties at Pacha, but now they’re also going to Solomun and to Circo Loco at DC10. There’s definitely a trend there, and I think it’s good for people to educate themselves with different kinds of music styles.”
DO YOU FEEL AS THOUGH THE DJS ARE FOLLOWING THE AUDIENCE’S HUNGER TO DARE TO EXPERIMENT WITH MUSIC AGAIN?
“That’s what dance music is meant to be, and that’s why I love it so much. When I started making house music, it was because i didn’t like the fact that pop music was so formatted. When EDM suddenly became more formulaic than pop, I thought: this is crazy!”
SO WHAT YOU’RE SAYING IS THAT EDM SHOULD GO ON TO THE NEXT ERA. WHAT WOULD THAT BE LIKE?
“I don’t know yet, and that makes me very happy. In the last two years I’ve been getting tired of the same 128 BPM EDM. Everybody was playing it. But now, we’re on the verge of an amazing moment for music because it’s the end of a cycle, which also means the beginning of a new one. And what that will be doesn’t matter: I think we can all be experimental because people want new sounds and good music. That will never change.”
YOU OFTEN WORK TOGETHER WITH SOME NEW OR UPCOMING NAMES IN MUSIC. WHAT ARE THE QUALITIES THESE PEOPLE NEED TO HAVE? WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN THE PEOPLE YOU WORK WITH?
“I think the technical aspect of music is very important, but what makes a record a hit is not only the execution – it’s the original creative idea. And of course it’s also about the vibe in the studio. Most people I work with already know what they’re doing, but what will make our song better is something that you can not define. It’s just the vibe that was there at that moment in the studio. And I always try to take people out of their comfort zone, because that’s when you can capture something really special from them.”
YOU’VE RECENTLY RELEASED YOUR NEW SINGLE ‘2U’. IS THERE AN ALBUM IN THE WORKS? AND RELATED TO THAT: IN THE PRESENT MUSIC BUSINESS CLIMATE, IS THERE STILL A NEED TO RELEASE A FULL ALBUM OR DO YOU SEE A NEW ‘SINGLES’ TREND RISING?
“Yes, there is an album in the works. I don’t care about the relevance ‘in terms of business’. Making an album is something I really want to do anyway. As an artist I can tour off of singles and people will create their own playlists. Nowadays it’s way easier for people to do that. But I still love the album as an artistic statement, as a way to tell a story. Making an album also allows me to release songs beyond the most obvious radio singles – songs I nevertheless love just as much. If I were only in it for the biggest hits, I might have never have released ‘Titanium’. Today that might be one of the biggest ones of my career but back when we released it, it was single number five. We never thought it would do so well.”
Source: Tomorrowland Live