From the moment I am ushered into a suite at the W Hotel in Leicester Square, my eyes are drawn not to the two DJs sat comfortably chatting on the giant revolving chesterfield sofa – despite their global superstar status and instantly recognisable faces – but instead, to the near-absurdity of the room itself. Martin Garrix and David Guetta are kings of commercial dance music, this suite a party palace. From the mega bar and DJ booth to the ostentatious mirrored disco ball-style ceiling, the interiors are a reflection of how the EDM scene has changed over the last 15 years. What was once an underground movement that Guetta calls “just a bunch of friends around the world who like this music” is now a glamorous enclave of eye-watering excess, laser shows timed to thumping baselines and audiences tens of thousands of fans strong.
At the forefront of it all are Guetta and Garrix, with a 29-year age gap between them, two hugely successful collaborations already in the bag and a combined social following of over 121.5 million people. Fifty-year-old Guetta, known as “the grandfather of EDM”, is one of the pioneers of the current scene, having paved the way for producer/ DJ types to become pop icons in their own right. Garrix, who at just 21, is ranked the No1 DJ in the world (the youngest person ever to have reached this publicly voted accolade), shares management with Justin Bieber and recently closed the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
Together, the friends and collaborators have produced one of the most successful hits of 2018, “Like I Do”, which has racked up 92m streams on Spotify alone. Yet for all the glitzy hotel suites, headliner slots and frankly astonishing stats, on the day of this interview I am met with warm smiles, relaxed vibes and the kind of amusing back-and-forth banter only true friends could bounce through with such ease.
Covering everything from how they became friends in the first place to the time Garrix almost crashed a yacht into Guetta’s house, the pair talk age in the EDM scene, challenging haters and what it is that makes their relationship is so special.
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