Having always dreamt of a world where dance music gets as much radio play as the other genres of music, Guetta has now become a producer who dominates the pop records chart himself. It’s certainly been a wild and inspiring run.
David Guetta was born as Pierre David Guetta in Paris, France, in 1967. Exhibiting a natural interest in mixing and producing from a very young age, he started working in local clubs as a DJ, playing covers and remixes. He began hosting DJ nights in his early twenties, and in 1990, at the age of 23, released his first single, ‘Nation Rap’, collaborating with rapper, Sidney Duteil.
He released his first studio album, ‘Just A Little More Love’, in 2002, at 25, through a record label that he co-founded himself. The title track was featured in the film, ‘Football Factory’. Its genre took influences from house and electro-house, and received more or less positive reviews, debuting at #11, and peaking at #6 on the French music charts.
His next album, ‘Guetta Blaster’, released two years later, featuring guest vocalist, Chris Willis, and Jamaican singer, Miss Thing.
Chris Willis, an American producer, would soon become a frequent collaborator with David Guetta.
‘Pop Life’, his third studio album, released in 2007, and achieved popularity in Europe, selling 530,000 copies worldwide. ‘Love Is Gone’, the first single from the album, went on to become a top-ten hit on the UK Singles Chart, and featured longtime partner Chris Willis, as the main vocalist, and guest stars Swedish DJ Steve Angello, who produced it, and pop stars Tara McDonald and Cozi. It was rated five stars by about.com and four and a half stars by AllMusic.
‘One Love’, his fourth studio album, was released in 2009, and was a commercial success, receiving a Grammy nomination. ‘When Love Takes Over’, a single from the album, won a Grammy in the ‘Best Remixed Recording’ category. The second single from the album, ‘Sexy Bitch’, featured famous R&B star Akon, and became one of his most popular singles, reaching top charts on thirteen different lists, and selling millions of copies worldwide. The album also guest starred British soul singer Estelle on its title track. R&B artists, Will.i.am, Akon, and Ne-Yo collaborate on some of the tracks.
He released a double album, ‘Nothing But The Beat’, in 2011, which featured a large number of famous musicians including Hip Hop And R&B artists like Usher, Afrojack, Will.i.am,
, Snoop Lion, and pop artists like Sia,
, and Jessie J. It sold more than a million copies all over Europe, and 400,000 copies in the US. It received average reviews from the critics.
His latest album, ‘Listen’, released in 2014, and was different than his original, identifiable sound from the ‘One Love’ days, and featured collaborators from a variety of genres. It featured rock artists like The Script, One Republic lead singer Ryan Tedder, Reggae and R&B artists Magic!, Ms Dynamite, and pop singers Sia, Skylar Grey, Jaymes Young, and
. It even took influences from classical and acoustic music, and debuted at number 8 on the UK Albums Chart. ‘Listen’ reached number 2 in the US, and number 1 on the Electronic Music chart. The Recording Industry Association Of America gave it a gold rating.
He has two sons, Elvis and Eric, and one daughter, Angie, with his first wife, Cathy Lobe, whom he married in 1990. He divorced her in 2014, and has called ‘Listen’, released the next year, his most personal album, having worked on it while dealing with the aftereffect of his divorce, simultaneously.
Adopting conscientious methods, and having to play multiple instruments to achieve his sound, David Guetta has had to work his way up right from the bottom. Believing that music is always about action-reaction, he feels that dance music is anything but stagnant at the moment, with one type of music always leading into the next, and with the people always looking for something fresh. He recently admitted to starting on a new track with Irish musician Hozier.
Dubbed by renowned television host Larry King as the ‘Face Of America’, in an interview, he certainly knows what he’s doing.