DANCE MUSIC MAESTRO DAVID GUETTA TOUCHES DOWN FOR CREAMFIELDS
FRENCH Dj/producer David Guetta roped in his young son to help mix Repeat, the track he recorded with singer Jessie J.
‘‘Of course he didn’t do it right so I corrected it, but he now thinks it’s his record,’’ Guetta says.
Such is the demand for the 43-yearold’s thumping production skills that Guetta Jr could well be called on again.
His ‘‘papa’’ – who headlines the Creamfields dance music festival at Parklands Showgrounds this weekend – has been responsible for a slew of global hits in the past two years, including 10 Australian Top 20 singles and two No. 1 hits.
While he’s enjoying plenty of chart success with his current release, the double album Nothing But The Beat, Guetta’s star truly soared after writing The Black Eyes Peas song I’ve Got A Feeling, one of the biggest-selling digital tracks ever, with more than 5.5 million downloads.
Guetta has since produced records with Rihanna, Akon, Snoop Dogg, Madonna, Kelis, Usher, Chris Brown, Flo Rida, Nicki Minaj, Taio Cruz, Jennifer Hudson, Ludacris and more.
‘‘I invite them into my world and we create together,’’ he says.
‘‘I love music that makes you dance, but at the same time makes you want to cry, emotional music that still had the drive.’’
For all his chart domination, Guetta seems remarkably grounded and talks about how fame could disappear any time. He lives in the moment and refuses to let success go to his head.
‘‘I wasn’t always famous and if I’d asked artists then they wouldn’t have picked up their phones because no one knew who I was,’’ he says.
‘‘It just so happened that my first big production was for The Black Eyed Peas . . . and that was a pretty big start. Now people pick up the phone.’’
Guetta identified early the potential to fuse electro and urban music, to make house music the new hip hop, a sound rapidly replicated around the world and now dominating the charts.
By earning the slavish respect of pop music’s elite, Guetta has revolutionised the idea of the superstar DJ to become the biggest-selling former club jock of all time. So why him? ‘‘Production has become really important over the years,’’ he says.
‘‘You can become famous with your DJ skills, but it’s limited to a certain level. ‘‘That was the difference.’’
The term ‘‘superstar DJ’’ was not coined when Guetta began cutting his teeth on the Parisian club circuit back in the late ’80s.
He reminisces about a venue where he played in the basement and monitored the crowd by peering at their feet through a gap.
Another had him spinning records from a separate room.
‘‘It’s crazy to think it today, but there was no fame or money or even a stage for the DJ then; you just did it for the passion and the love,’’ he says.
‘‘I do this today for the same reasons, to party with the people and share my passion for the music,’’ he says.
‘‘My life is not so much different now; it’s just instead of playing to 500 people I play to 20,000 and instead of practising my mixing I produce records with people like Akon and Nicki Minaj.’’
Guetta is determined to stay grounded, especially for the sake of his two children aged seven and four. Growing up with modest means encouraged him to fight for his life’s goals and he wants the same for his kids.
‘‘Sometimes they ask for candy and I tell them ‘no it’s too expensive we can’t afford it’ because I want them to feel like money’s not coming so easily.’’
Guetta Jr need not worry too much about going hungry.
He can always demand his slice of Jessie J’s Repeat.
David Guetta, Above and Beyond, Dirty South, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Bombs Away and more play Creamfields, at Parklands Showgrounds, on Sunday.
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