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David Guetta told Something About during our exclusive interview with the Paris born music mogul, “I think Ibiza is still the mecca of dance music, there’s nothing close to that” . David Guetta, the DJ, record producer and TAG Heuer ambassador, who himself has long been an Ibiza party favourite, was invited to the White Isle as a guest of the watch brand. TAG Heuer was celebrating both the launch of the new Aquaracer Black Titanium timepiece and its on-going partnership with La Liga. Read below to learn about David Guetta’s musical biography, David Guetta’s love for Ibiza and his dream collaboration – spoiler alert: it’s a certain London songstress! Leading the conversation was Andy Dean, the mastermind behind music production company The Boilerhouse Boys and Emerging Ibiza, the event for emerging electronic music artists.

Andy Dean: David Guetta, I was a DJ back in the day, the late 80’s early 90’s, I wrote Can I kick it. I was one of the Boilerhouse Boys.

David Guetta: Oh nice, wow, amazing! Good times in London

Your roots were in vinyl as a club DJ in Paris and then promoter; how has house music developed from where you started to where you are now in your career?

David Guetta : You cannot even compare it to be honest. At first it was an evolution. And now it’s a different job. Yes I’ve been from DJ-ing to the best clubs in Paris, the DJ booth was not even in front of the people. I was playing La Palace, a French Studio 54. I was playing in the basement of the club that only had a little hole to see the feet of the people.

No way!

David Guetta : Yes, I promise. That’s when I was 18, I was also playing this other little club La Bains Douches that was also very very famous and the DJ booth was in a different room, so every time I played a record, I would open the door, go out and look at the dance floor and see if it was working. From this to the stage at Ushuaïa, when I do stadium shows! Club owners saw that he’s playing good music so I’m going to make more money at the bar, but also if I book him I will sell more tickets. This was the first step of the evolution. Then we started to create our own music. Then we became not only people playing other people’s records but artists performing their own music on stage and that’s a whole different game. And this is where the game is now because I come from this real DJ background. But most of the DJs today – superstar DJs – come from the bedrooms. They’re amazing producers and they learn how to DJ to 30,000 people at a festival. This is kind of weird. I’m not complaining because the level of production is so high now it’s incredible, I feel like it’s more entertainment now and maybe less [real]. That’s why I play Pacha because it’s a real club. And sometimes I miss that because when you do a concert it’s really a concert, when you play to 100,000 people it’s a show. I’m still trying to interact a lot with the people but it’s a show with a level of production

Andy Dean : How has Ibiza changed David? How important is it to electronic dance music globally?

David Guetta : I think Ibiza is still the mecca of dance music, there’s nothing close to that. There’s a little bit in Vegas in America, you could more or less compare but I feel that people who go to Vegas one weekend go to go crazy. People that come to the island here, really love Ibiza. So I don’t think anything compares to Ibiza when it comes to music in our world. It’s still for me the most amazing place. I love the fact that the market is more and more high end but still there is always every year a new underground party that is pumping somewhere and that’s pretty amazing. And if you look at the big global underground movements they always start in Ibiza. You know not necessarily created in Ibiza. Like that minimal techno a couple of years ago from Berlin – what made it trendy was Ibiza!

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Andy Dean : How do you stay in touch with what’s going on with a younger audience?

David Guetta : The thing is I get older but my crowd doesn’t. So the people I hang out with are young. I don’t need to search what’s cool because that’s my life. I keep on living the way I was living when I was 20. I don’t have any other choice and it’s perfect. I get on with young people. Martin Garrix is like a friend, we eat together. He’s 18 or 19. It doesn’t involve any kind of effort to adapt. My thing is when I’m with people my age then it feels strange because I still have that kind of club life.

You’ve collaborated with some of the biggest names in music and you’ve worked with many people across the world and credited with breaking dance music in the US by involving urban artists and so on. Is there anyone that got away that you really wanted to work with and didn’t?

David Guetta : Yes of course

Andy Dean : Who would you still like to work with David?

David Guetta : I’d love to do a titanium type of record with someone like Adele. That is something I would really love to do!

Andy Dean : And I think it’s something she’d really like to do

David Guetta : I don’t know, if she’s reading you!

Andy Dean : You heard it here first Adele! How do you feel about radio vs streaming?

David Guetta : It’s kind of funny as I was a little bit controversial. My label asked me to express myself against any form of piracy and for me I always felt flattered people would listen to my music. And there’s countries in South America where there’s no record market at all so they need YouTube and any form of piracy. So a few years ago they would never know my music. I was never mad for people not buying my music but if feels that now streaming is the answer. It’s cheap and accessible to anyone. I use it. I’m on Spotify all the time. Additionally it’s good income for people creating the music and the labels [so] everyone’s happy again.