Beat master is back
SIA Furler’s star continues to rise, thanks to the support of French superstar DJ David Guetta ( pictured).
The Australian indie pop star has landed a credit on Guetta’s forthcoming album, Nothing But
the Beat, having written the lyrics and lent her vocals to his track
While others spend years trying to crack the competitive US market, the Adelaide ARIA Award-winning singer is a quiet achiever.
Furler has written tracks for Christina Aguilera and appeared on the US reality show The Voice.
Guetta hand-picked Furler after discovering her music online.
Her track appears on the album alongside songs from some of the world’s biggest artists, including Jennifer Hudson, Timbaland, Snoop Dogg, Akon, Taio Cruz, Kelly Rowlands, Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida.
‘‘ I was totally amazed by Sia,’’ Guetta says from Los Angeles.
‘‘ This has made me more curious to study her music more because I was really impressed.
‘‘ I have the biggest people on the album and she has a different profile, more like an indie kind of artist and it makes her song even more special. It makes it stand out, I think.’’
Guetta is a guaranteed hitmaker, with his new album almost certain to sell millions of copies worldwide.
A song written by Australian twins Mim and Liv Nervo, When
Love Takes Over sung by Kelly Rowland, provided Guetta’s breakthrough to mainstream commercial radio success in April 2009. The song was the first single from One Love, Guetta’s fourth studio album, which sold more than four million copies and featured hit after hit from artists including The Black Eyed Peas, Estelle, Akon, Kid Cudi and will. i. am.
‘‘ It’s almost an accident,’’ he says. ‘‘ I was always successful as a DJ, so I was always happy, but to be honest I am not a pop music guy really.’’
Guetta, 43, has been making music for more than 20 years. But it was only One Love that elevated him to mainstream fame. One of the world’s most in-demand DJs, who makes sure he visits Australia every year, Guetta says he appreciates the success more now than he would have if it had come earlier.
‘‘ I really appreciate every moment of it,’’ he says.
‘‘ That this didn’t happen to me when I was 18 is probably a good thing.’’
The married father of two is determined to keep life as normal as possible despite spending much of the year criss-crossing the globe.
‘‘ When you are 20 and you have 20,000 people in front of you screaming your name like you’re God, it is very easy to go a little crazy,’’ he says.
‘‘ That won’t happen to me. I am a very normal guy.’’
Nothing But the Beat
To be released August 26.
Little Bad featuring Taio Cruz and Ludacris, is out now.