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David Guetta Interview
We managed to get 10 minutes in the back of a cab with David, to chat about this new album, his residency in Ibiza, what he does when the missus is away and his love of London gadgets...
Hey man, what have we just interrupted you from doing for this interview??!
I was just doing a special mixed version of my new artist album for iTunes. I’ve added some new remixes and extended versions that I’ve been playing in clubs all around the world this summer. It’s weird to be in Paris – I haven’t slept in my own bed for so long! It’s only for one night though. I’ve been on tour now for months. It’s pretty exhausting but I’m not complaining – I’m living my dream right now.
You’re about to drop 3rd album Pop Life. Has David Guetta gone Pop?
Hey, I’ve called the album ‘Pop Life’, so take a guess! I love Pop music – especially 80’s. I’ve tried to create a quality record that will hopefully appeal as much to clubbers as it will to people who just love music. As a producer, this is the next stage for me – writing real songs and melodies over dance beats. I worked for the first time with professional songwriters – Cathy Dennis and Karen Poole, who write with everyone from Kylie to Lily Allen, but kept grass-roots singers like Chris Willis and JD Davis. I also worked with Juliet, Tara Macdonald and an LA punk band. Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso and Tocadisco also contribute.
What’s the overall vibe of the album and what’s your favourite song off it?
I’ll never go Pop as a DJ – but what works in a club isn’t necessarily the same as on radio. It’s like walking a tightrope, but I think peoples minds are much more open to all kinds of influences and experiences than when Dance music was ghetto – or its success a sin. My vibe is always positive! Its music for good-times and the high life.
How long did it take you to record the album and where did you record it?
I recorded most of the album in Paris with Joachim Garraud in our studio. We make tracks together then work with the singers and sometimes songwriters on the melodies and lyrics. I did the demo for ‘Baby When The Light’ with Cathy Dennis in Pete Tong’s studio in London and also worked in Sweetie Irie’s studio in Ladbroke Grove. I worked on ideas for a long time, playing tracks out.
If you had to choose between being a DJ or being a Producer, which one would you choose?
DJ! No question. The biggest buzz in the world, is getting a huge reaction to one of your own records, so I’d miss that, but I could never quit clubs. Even the question makes me cold.
You’re bringing your Fuck Me I’m Famous brand to Pacha, Ibiza again this summer... what can we expect?
FMIF is every week in August and has been running now since June. I know it’s my party, but it’s honestly really amazing how its working. Packed every week with a very international crowd. The guest DJs have been fantastic – from 2manyDJs to Bob Sinclar and the clubbers are just the best. Apart from Turnmills of course!
We can’t wait to have you back at Turnmills to play at Together. What is it about the club that you love so much?
Turnmills is definitely one of my favorite gigs – anywhere. The crowd is totally with the DJ and you can really feel the energy. They really know their music and you can take a journey with them. It can be hypnotic underground tracks – but they aren’t shy to let themselves go and enjoy a big record either. Which is just perfect for me!
Also on the bill at ‘Together’ are fellow French musicians Para One and The Teenagers. With the whole Ed Banger wave of music and other labels like Institubes and Kitsune doing such great things, it’s fair to say the French are on fire at the moment... discuss?!
I really rate Para One and what he’s doing at the moment and I’m really pleased to see them on the same bill as me. In Paris, we’ve got a really healthy underground scene and a great influx of new talent coming through all the time. It’s also still great to see some of the French stars like Bob (Sinclar) reaching global success.
We had Joachim Garraud make his UK debut at Turnmills recently... are there any other hot new DJs from France we should know about ;0)
I spoke to Joachim about this night and we said he was surprised to see so many people wearing his ‘Space Invaders’ T-shirts!! But hey, there’s huge buzz on Justice in France... but nothing quite compares to the Daft Punk concert in Bercy – yet!!
The good people of London are very clued up on the club scene. How does the city compare musically, to say Ibiza?
It’s the same thing isn’t it???!?!?!! I love london. The people are so informed and into their music, which is great.
When you’re in London, what do you like to do to relax?
Life’s so crazy at the moment, but sometimes when’s the wife’s away I’ll treat myself to an extra night at the Sanderson and watch some DVDs!!
I love Phonica Records and all the gadget shops on Tottenham Court Road!!
Usually when I’m in the UK, I only ever grab something from one of the lovely service stations... maybe next year?!
And finally, what tunes are rocking your world at the moment?
Joachim Garraud’s ‘Street Sounds’ is a big track right now. I’ve also been road-testing my next single ‘Baby When the Light’ – which is very different kind of record for me, with a delicate female vocal. It’s had a great reaction at Pacha this summer, so fingers crossed!