David Guetta

November 7, 1967

David Guetta Artistfacts

  • David Guetta, often referred to as the man who brought dance music to American mainstream radio, got his big break when Kelly Rowland saw him DJ in Cannes, France. They got together and recorded "When Love Takes Over," and from there, Guetta's career took off as Rowland helped spread the word.
  • "I Gotta Feelin'," by the Black Eyed Peas samples Guetta's "Love Is Gone."
  • When The Sun asked him what he likes to do in his free time, Guetta answered, "This is going to sound crazy but my hobby is music, that's what I do to relax. I'm a DJ so when I relax, I make tracks!"
  • He started pursuing his career as a teenager, playing records in his bedroom after school. He started organizing parties in his basement when he was 15, charging £1 to get in.
  • Guetta summed up his life to Billboard magazine in a 2013 interview as: "I make beats, eat, make beats, play beats, sleep, fly, then repeat. Doesn't matter if it's Vegas, China, Ibiza, wherever. That's my life. That's my indulgence. Making beats. Making people dance."
  • David Guetta's first recording was "Nation Rap," a 1990 hip-hop collaboration with French rapper Sidney Duteil. During the late 1980s he was a hip-hop DJ touring France, hosting competitions where rappers battled against each other. Guetta would DJ and scratch, and MC-wannabes would then rap on the top with a potential prize of being signed by Island Records.

    The tour was a success, and Island suggested Guetta lay down a single. Though he protested that he didn't know how to make a record, they put him in the studio. "I had no idea what I was doing," he recalled to Billboard. "I did manage to do something with this French rapper."

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