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David Guetta: New Artist Alert
He’s a French house music pioneer who hosts the most cheekily named party in Ibiza. That’s two thumbs up for this DJ/producer right away – and then there’s his summer hit Love Is Gone, the explosive dance track that really got our attention. Ladies and gentlemen, make way for David Guetta.

He was one of the pioneers of house music in France

Guetta began his DJing career in the mid-80s at the age of 17 at a club in Paris. He began by playing funk, disco and new wave records and slowly got introduced to electronic music. Soon he was deeply into house music and was making a name for himself as one of the first house music DJs in France, playing in clubs in Paris’ Les Halles district and on radio stations like the indie Radio Nova.

In 1992 he released his first single, a song called Up & Way, which was featured on a French compilation. That same year he opened a club called Le Queen on the famed Champs Elysées, where not only did he play himself, but he also invited guests - a rare occurrence in those times. International DJs like Little Louie Vega, Roger Sanchez, Morales, Morillo and DJ Pierre were a few of the names that Guetta invited to play. It was hard at the time to generate publicity and get crowds for these parties because people were not aware of who the DJs were. But Guetta was determined to have this new music reach the listeners and he managed to kickstart the nightlife hubs in a way that hadn’t been seen before.

He sure knows how to pick a name for a party!

After making a name for himself in Parisian circles, Guetta found himself in party paradise Ibiza. English and American DJs were popular there but French DJs were getting little interest. So in classic Guetta style, he and his friends printed some cool t-shirts and gave them away to people there. A buzz started building and soon the first David Guetta party in Ibiza was underway. The parties, now legendary, were hosted under a name – F*** Me, I’m Famous – a joke about the attitude of the ‘cool people’ in a party lifestyle.

The aim of the party was to bring together people that didn’t normally hang out in the same circles. Social barriers were broken and it became all about the music. The parties were huge hits and have been packed ever since. Just like in the early Paris days, Guetta still invites guest DJs over and famous names that have played there are Laurent Garnier, Daft Punk, Cassius and Bob Sinclar. According to Guetta, who organises these parties with his wife, they are all about music, fashion and glamour coming together. Everyone that loves music comes in and has a good time. Sometimes the dance floor will have famous folk on it too – for example none other than rap mogul P Diddy who made a surprise appearance at one of the nights and blew Guetta away. The parties also translated into a successful record release titled F*** Me I'm Famous: Ibiza DJ Mix which featured Guetta’s remix of the David Bowie hit Heroes.

You can read the rest of our feature David Guetta: New Artist Alert in the August 2007 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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