David Guetta Had No Idea His Songs Would Become Part of American Pop Music [AUDIO]
Dance producer and DJ superstar David Guetta stopped by “On Air With Ryan Seacrest” on Thursday to talk about his new album, his collaborations, and how he became an American sensation.
Black Eyed Peas hit single, “I Gotta Feeling” was 5th on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade and it became the first song in digital history to sell over 7 million digital copies in the United States, this was no an accident.
“Will.i.am one day sent me a text message, I was really not famous in America, but because he was spending time in Europe he heard my music and I heard after that he was looking for me. There is a record shop for DJs, called Beatport, he met with them and said ‘Do you know this guy David Guetta and how to reach him?’ So, imagine I am just a European DJ and I receive an email, ‘Hi, this is Will.i.am, do you want to make music for Black Eyed Peas?'”
Guetta continues, “At the time hip-hop artists working with electronic artists did not exist. It’s kind of weird because I wanted to do this, I had record with Kelly Rowland “When Love Takes Over,” and this record with Akon, almost at the same time as “I Got a Feeling.” So, I said ‘That is it, that is what I want to do! I want to create that bridge between urban culture from America and electronic culture from Europe,’ but I had no idea it was going to become this thing of American pop music.”
Guetta’s collaboration with Akon on smash hit “Sexy Chick” literally happened overnight, “We were playing on the same stage in London and he came to me and said ‘I love your music,’ ‘I love your music too, let’s go into the studio,’ and we made the song.” Guetta says.
Guetta’s new album Nothing But The Beat drops August 30th, it will feature collaborations with 50 Cent, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Timbaland and more.
Guetta’s current single “Where Them Girls At” is climbing up the American Top 40 chart. Guetta, 43, happens to be the oldest artist on the American charts, but yet he is able to stay plugged into the sounds, energy, and pace of that youthful culture.
“I’m a DJ first. I do like 150 gigs a year and the people that I have in front of me, their 20-years old. Even the DJ’s and young producers that inspire me, this is their age and I still work with new guys all the time. It is very important to me, so we can learn from each other.”
“I discovered a guy called Afrojack, 2 years ago. This is an example of me staying in contact with the younger generation, and the underground DJ’s and parties. I still play on a regular basis in clubs. Because I still want to be able to also play underground music and see what is going to come next. Because this is my inspiration, the real clubbers.” Guetta explains.
David Guetta’s single “Where Them Girls At” is available on iTunes and the new album Nothing But The Beat comes out August 30, 2011.
Listen to the full interview below.