David Guetta: "Je n'ai pas eu de chance avec Madonna".
Wednesday, June 2 2010, 11:12 BST
By Mayer Nissim, Entertainment Reporter
David Guetta has suggested that record label issues may prevent the release of his collaboration with Madonna.
The DJ and producer confirmed to The Guardian that he and Madonna recently wrote and recorded a track together.
Guetta said: "It's a tricky situation, because she's now out of a record deal. We don't even know what's going to happen with it. It's a huge record, so it's really frustrating.
"The track is part of the Warner deal, but it's not on the album, so why would they invest any money in it? I was really unlucky with that one."
Of his recent work on 'Scream' and 'Acapella' with Kelis, he added: "I wanted that song on my album, so we had a fight. But we're good now."
Guetta added that he respected Black Eyed Peas for seeking a collaboration with him rather than just imitating his records.
"They wanted my sound," he said. "Will.i.am is an incredible producer. He could've said, 'Okay, I'm just going to copy that sound'. But he called me to do 'I Gotta Feeling' and 'Rock That Body'."
Source: Digital Spy.
David Guetta: the man taking dance music into the US charts
The DJ de jour, currently making waves across the pond, explains how he went from playing small clubs to working with Black Eyed Peas, Kelis and Madonna
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 1 June 2010 16.00 BST
Dance music has always been a niche genre in the US. While it may top the charts in Europe, American mainstream radio has never been interested. But last year, David Guetta changed all that, after teaming up with R&B singer Akon.
"When I recorded Sexy Bitch with Akon, his label said: 'You're going to have to adapt yourself to the American market. What we've done won't work in the US because of the style of the beat.' I told them they were wrong," Guetta says. The fact that Sexy Bitch has only one verse, repeated throughout, made it even more unconventional. But Guetta's refusal to compromise paid off, and the track went to No 5 in the US charts. Less than a year later, Guetta has become one of music's most sought-after producers, working with Black Eyed Peas, Madonna and Kelis.
"At the time the four-to-the-floor beat didn't really exist in the charts, but now everyone is taking that direction. It happened fast, and now I've met almost every artist in the US," says Guetta, shaking his head as if he almost can't believe it himself.
So how did Guetta succeed where so many before him had failed? He says the key to his success was combining European electro with American urban culture. "I headline concert halls for 20,000 people, but I still play smaller venues. Everything I do comes from the clubs. If I lose that, I'm done," he explains.
Guetta claims his dance background has trained him to make pop music without respecting the rules. "The more melodies and chord changes, the less good it is for the clubs, but the better it is for radio, because it makes it really emotional." Emotional is a word he often uses. "Yet, what gives dance music energy and drive is that it's hypnotic and repetitive. My battle is to find the balance between the two."
Guetta had a long-time collaborator, but the relationship ended after a "disagreement" a couple of years ago. "That situation made me sad. But it also inspired my best album. I'd been working in a comfort zone. When you're too relaxed it's not good to create. It made me push myself."
The experience, however, didn't put Guetta off working with other DJs and producers; he collaborated with Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia and Dragan Roganovic (aka Dirty South). Wouldn't that be a clash of egos? "I know my name is bigger at the moment, but they're good friends and I admire them," says Guetta. "It's not about ego, it's not about publishing splits; what I want is to have the best song possible. That's what I respect so much with Black Eyed Peas. They wanted my sound. Will.i.am is an incredible producer. He could've said, 'OK, I'm just going to copy that sound'. But he called me to do I Got a Feeling and Rock That Body." It was a good move, as I Got a Feeling recently became the biggest-selling digital track ever with more than 5.5m downloads.
Unlike producers such as Basshunter, Guetta doesn't merely send tracks to topline writers and then pick the melody and lyrics he likes the most. "Writers are happy to work with me because I give them freedom, but I also give them a 'bed'. There's melody in my music already. For me it's all about emotion. Nothing makes me more emotional than a beautiful chord progression."
Kelis, who didn't know who Guetta was when he contacted her, took an instant liking to him once they were in the studio and the pair recorded two tracks, Scream and A Cappella. "I wanted that song on my album, so we had a fight. But we're good now."
Another high-profile Guetta fan is Madonna, who wrote and recorded a track with him, though we may never get to hear it. "It's a tricky situation, because she's now out of a record deal. We don't even know what's going to happen with it. It's a huge record, so it's really frustrating. The track is part of the Warner deal, but it's not on the album, so why would they invest any money in it? I was really unlucky with that one."
Dance music fans (and DJs) are often purists, and Guetta has been criticised for diluting the music with other genres. "When I started it was a bit difficult. People weren't used to a house DJ playing a rock track on top of a dance beat." But with new single Getting Over You (featuring Fergie from Black Eyed Peas) getting a million hits on YouTube in 48 hours, Guetta doesn't seem too bothered.
"They gave me the cover of Billboard and it said: 'David Guetta takes over – the man that is changing the American Top 40 and American Hip-Hop.' That was bigger to me than my Grammy."
Source: The Guardian.