Sunday School #31: David Guetta

By: Forward Musiq

Sunday School this week goes pop to chronicle the most sought after producer in the world, David Guetta

David Guetta is a house and commercial dance/pop producer and DJ born in 1967 from Paris France. He first started his music career at the age of 18 as an 80’s pop DJ. Guetta first made the move to spin house when he heard a track from Farley master Funk, who is one of his biggest influences. From 1987 to 1990 David Guetta hosted club events and was an important name in the Paris French house scene. Then in 1990 he released his first production called “Nation Rap”, a collaboration with rapper Sidney Duteil. Guetta then went on to play in clubs all around France including  Folies Pigalle, Le Centrale and Les Bains Douches, and in 1994 he released his second production “Up & Away”.

In the early 2000’s David Guetta really made his name known in the worldwide underground house scene. In 2001 David Guetta created Gum Productions with Joachim Garraud and released his first single to become a worldwide hit, “Just a Little More Love” featuring Chris Willis. “Just a Little More Love” was released in Virgin Records on 2002 selling over 300,000 copies. On the heels of this success Guetta released “Love Don’t Let Me Go”, “Give Me Something” and “People Come People Go” in the same year. Then in 2003 David Guetta released his first compilation, Fuck Me I’m Famous featuring “Just for One Day (Heroes)”, which became a staple for Guetta and has released later editions through the years. In 2004, his second album Guetta Blaster comes out with four singles; “Money”, “Stay”, “The World Is Mine” and “In Love with Myself”.

David Guetta’s third and most successful release to that point, Pop Life, was a hit in the UK, Europe and in the US it became a house music hit. Pop Life has sold to date a total of 530,000 units worldwide and its hit single, “Love Is Gone” reached the top spot in the American Dance Chart and broke through on the Billboard Hot 100 and holds to this day the unofficial spot as one of the most heard and well known house tracks before the resent EDM boom. Pop Life also took him all around the world in 2008 and in July of the same year David Guetta and his wife, Cathy create an event in Stade de France called “UNIGHTED” and performed with Tiesto, Carl Coz, Martin Solveig and Joachim Garraud to more than 40,000 people.

In August of 2009 Guetta’s fourth album, One Love, featuring smash hits like “When Love Takes Over” featuring Kelly Rowland, which reached #1 on the UK Singles chart, “Sexy Bitch” featuring Akon, which also peaked at #1, “One Love” featuring Estelle and “Memories” featuring Kid Cudi, and “Getting Over You” featuring LMFAO, Fergie and Chris Willis. One Love received a ton of accolades, including getting nominated as  “Best Electronic/Dance Album” at the 52nd Grammy Awards and “When Love Takes Over” won Best Remixed Recording – NonClassical. On its rerelease, One Love was promoted by its hit single “Who’s That Chick?” featuring Rihanna.

On the same year, David Guetta produced one of the most famous and chart topping pop singles of all time, The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling”. This is the most downloaded song of all time in the USA with more than 7.5 million downloads. Guetta also co-produced Kelly Rowland’s tracks, “Commander” and “Forever and a Day” and produced Flo Rida’s “Club Can’t Handle Me”.

In 2011, David Guetta releases his fifth album, Nothing but the Beat. This was a double album with one disc having all of the tracks with vocals and the other all of the tracks without vocals. This album, still decidedly commercial and house features a more diverse and rock influenced instrumentation. Featured hits from Nothing But the Beat include “Where them Girls At” ft. Nicky Minaj and Flo Rida, it’s first single, “Little Bad Girl” ft. Ludacris and Taio Cruz, “Without You” ft. Usher, the most famous and played on the radio track of the album and “Turn Me On” ft. Nicki Minaj. On Nothing But the Beat’s re-release, Nothing But the Beat 2.0, featured two more singles “She Wolf (Falling to Pieces)” ft. Sia and “Just One Last Time” ft. Taped Rai. Also, Guetta produced Rihanna’s seventh album, “Unapologetic”.

David Guetta has made his name with his legendary house productions and by being the life blood of house in France in the nineties. But for what he is lesser known is for producing some of the biggest pop singles of the second half of the 2000’s. Barely getting accredited for his work, now David Guetta has become a household name and the most sought after house/pop producer in the world.


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