David Guetta interview: 'My music doesn't all sound the same'
Published Jun 1 2012, 09:00 BST | By Robert Copsey
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Those who thought David Guetta
's urban-dance sound on 2009's One Love
was a flash in a pan were proved unequivocally wrong when he put out last year's Nothing But The Beat
The LP has spawned six global hits to date, and with cut number seven - a collaboration with Chris Brown and Lil Wayne - starting to scale the charts, he's far from finished with it yet.Digital Spy
caught up with the French DJ ahead of his shows at London's Alexandra Palace this weekend to find out whether he still suffers from stage fright and what we can expect from his next record. You're playing London's Alexandra Palace this weekend. Do you still get nervous about those kinds of gigs?
"Listen, I'm really nervous, but I'm really excited too. We're doing it this Friday and Saturday. Saturday we're going to have a really big, big surprise for people."But you play shows all the time; what makes it scary?
"Oh, well you know, it's London. There a few cities that you're always nervous to play, like Ibiza, London, Paris - because it's my hometown - and New York. It's mostly because I'll have lots of friends that are coming to those shows. When I play in England I always remember going to the Black Market and buying my records because I couldn't find that kind of music in France."Will you be showcasing any new material?
"I'm producing a lot at the moment. And I have a lot of new pieces that I want to try on Friday and Saturday."That sounds exciting. What have you been working on?
"Whilst I've been doing all these big crossover records, I've been working on my own label for underground DJs. There's a song coming out of the project soon called 'Metropolis' that I've done with one of the most talented DJs and producers of his generation. I've also just finished the production of a record for Ludacris, and Usher is really insane."It must be difficult diving your time between music for the charts and music that's just for the clubs.
"I'm always standing in the middle a little bit so it sometimes makes my career difficult but exciting. I always refuse to be in a box - I just love music. I can enjoy making dark, interesting electro beats and also beautiful songs. For me it's not a problem, it's just beautiful music."
So you're working on your next mainstream release as well?
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"I'm always working on it. The way I live, I occasionally go to the studio but I'm always making music on my laptop. I have a portable studio which we can set up anywhere in the world. I don't really do anything else apart from make beats. For me, it's like my favourite hobby and also there's nothing more fun for me." You've worked with loads of big names already. Is there anybody left on your wish list?
"One of my favourite records I've made ever is 'Titanium'. Sia was not necessarily the most famous artist on my album, but at the moment what's really exciting for me is to find really talented people who are not necessarily the most famous. Of course I'm happy to work with really big stars - it's a huge honour for me - but I'm also happy to discover new people and I think that's going to be a big challenge in the next few years." 'Titanium' is an amazing song. Would you work with Sia again?
"Yes, she's amazing! Definitely, 100%. We worked together on 'Wild Ones', you know, and also we've been playing other records together and she's just incredible." There's a lot of dance-pop with guest rappers in the charts imitating your sound these days, and a lot of people are complaining it's become samey.
"Firstly, I'm never annoyed by people being inspired by me because it's an honour and I've been inspired by other people too, so I've no problem with that. The only thing I can do in response is try to reinvent myself. In the same way that kind of urban-dance sound that was always typical for me became so standard on the radio, I kind of reinvented myself by doing 'Titanium' which I think is totally different from anything else.
"My music isn't all the same. I have to keep on doing this because that's the role of a producer... [it's] also the role of a DJ to give people a good time but also to also take them somewhere unexpected."David Guetta's latest album Nothing But The Beat is out now. His new single 'I Can Only Imagine' is available to download now.
Listen to 'I Can Only Imagine' below: