David Guetta is a household name in France, with two gold albums to his name, but it’s only in the past few years that he has captured the world’s attention as both a super-star DJ and acclaimed producer. He crafts hook-laden but cool pop songs with cutting-edge electronic beats. David drives himself to make Dance music that reaches beyond clubbers and takes the essence of his late night indulgences into the hearts and homes of everyman.
Guetta was a pioneer of French house from ’88 – initially as a DJ, then producing his first track with vocals by Robert Owens in 1992. Like fellow Frenchman and friend Laurent Garnier, David started off his career in the gay clubs around Paris’ Les Halles district in the mid-80s, going on to champion early acid-house and hip-hop.
However, he really made a name for himself in the mid-90s as one of the key catalysts of Parisian nightlife by promoting evenings at such renowned Paris hot spots as Folies Pigalle, Queen, Bataclan, Palace and Les Bains, where he invited DJ icons like Little Louie Vega, David Morales, DJ Pierre and Roger Sanchez to join him on the decks.
Thankfully, in 2001, he returned to his first love: making music.
Launched by the single “Just A Little More Love”, an electro-funk-house cocktail featuring Chris Willis on vocals, David Guetta’s first album was released by Virgin Records in June 2002 and went on to sell 250,000 copies. This resounding success carried through in the album’s second, even more devastating single with Willis, “Love Don't Let Me Go”, a track reminiscent of Moroder‘s techno-disco style crossed with Depeche Mode’s new-wave sound that went multi-platinum..
But was never fully available outside of France… Until now, four years later.
Guetta regularly makes his own DJ tools/edits of his favorite records to spin out. When he and production partner Joachim Garraud took the Tocadisco remix of The Egg’s, “Walking Away” and layered the incredible Chris Willis vocal over it, they knew they’d re-created something very special.
The mash-up has blown to be the hottest dance track of the Ibiza season and crossed pop to be a No 3 smash in the UK. And with equal success second time around in France, “Love Don’t Let Me Go” has proved itself to be a song with timeless, classic appeal.
The success of Guetta’s first album heralded the beginning of a new DJ career – this time on a global level. Now Guetta headlines throughout Europe on a regular basis and, more and more often, in the United States, Australia, Japan, Singapore and beyond. It’s this unrelenting passion to spin live in the clubs every weekend which sets him apart from your average pop-stars. He’s humble too, which makes him so accessible to his fans. You will often find him swapping tune-talk with clubbers after his set.
In 2005 David won DJ of The Year at the House Music awards in London, Live Set Of The Year and Event of WMC for the first F*** Me I'm Famous event to hit Miami. He was the highest New Entry in the DJ Mag Top 100 Poll - and nominated for a prestigious Grammy for his Flashdance remix.
Though he does only a few mixes of other peoples work, Guetta has earned the respect of some of his idols along the way. Bowie rated Guetta’s version of “Heroes” (another “club tool”) so much he gave his blessing for a full release. And David couldn’t say no to Kylie, Cassius or The Eurythmics.
David’s second album, GUETTA BLASTER, released in 2005 was even gutsier than the first. David and Joachim Garraud (co-composer and co-producer) created real songs modeled on electro-pop classics of the 80s by such masters as Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Dead Or Alive and New Order, but all original compositions. The gospel sounds of Chris Willis remain most present along with guest vocalists JD Davis, James Perry and Britain’s Stereo MCs and Jamaican darling Miss Thing.
Incredibly, David still finds time to promote parties, albeit led by his fabulous wife, Cathy. Born in Ibiza and now calendar staples in Paris, Cannes, London, New York, Miami and beyond. ‘F*** Me I’m Famous’ is an indulgent and decadent mix of both the music and fashion scenes with crazy-cool clubbers. They are unique - rock and film stars; moguls and models mixing with die-hard Dance fans. The mix CDs of the same name are collectables and are helping to establish FMIF as one of the world’s coolest brands. And it’s a DJ driven record label too.
And with releases of the single confirmed all over the planet this autumn, “Love Don’t Let Me Go” should blast Guetta’s music as far as his weekend manoeuvres.
David Guetta is currently in the studio recording his third artist album for Virgin Records.
www.davidguetta.com for more info or www.fmif.fr for F*** Me I'm Famous.
7/11 1967 Born in Paris.
1984 At the age of 17, David works as a DJ at club Broad in Paris.
1988-90 David spins house music on Radio Nova (Paris’s famous indie radio) & plays house, hip-hop and garage music at various clubs in Paris (Palace, Les Bains, Le Centrale and Le Rex). With Laurent Garnier, he is credited as being the first House DJ in France.
1990 David plays at former cabaret Folies Pigalle, the only Parisian club besides Le Boy to play house music.
1992 David’s first single, Up & Way, with Robert Owens on vocals, is released through FNAC Music. The cut is featured on the ART OF FRANCE compilation. David, now a club promoter too, opens the infamous club Le Queen on Champs Elysées, where he DJs for two years alongside various international DJs, including Little Louie Vega, Roger Sanchez, Morales and DJ Pierre.
1994 Leaves Le Queen to promote and play at the Bataclan, a club that he packs in more than 2,500 people on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
1995 As “French touch” is sweeping the coolest clubs in the world, David returns to Le Palace, where he organizes the hip "Happy House" nights and books his friends Daft Punk to play the Cigar Room.
1997 Les Bains Douches: The first "Scream" – The party that since become one of the most reknowned ever in Paris.
2001 David signs to Virgin France and releases his first single, Just a Little More Love, a No. 1 hit on the French club scene.
2002 The release of his first album, JUST A LITTLE MORE LOVE. Highlighted by the hit song “Love, Don’t Let Me Go”, which sells 650 000 copies and is the most-aired video of the year in France. The album goes platinum.
2003 F*** ME I’M FAMOUS compilation - which includes a David Bowie remix by David Guetta, “Just for One Day” (Heroes) - goes Gold in France. Two F*** ME I’M FAMOUS parties take place at club PACHA in Ibiza for the seventh year. He has the club smash of the season with and his first Top 20 single in the UK with “Just a Little More Love”.
2004 Release of his second album GUETTA BLASTER. David’s DJ profile has rocketed and when he holds his F*** ME I’M FAMOUS party in Ibiza this season, he is greeted by hundreds of hysterical clubbers are chanting his name.