David Guetta has worked with pretty much every pop artist in the business: Britney Spears, Madonna, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Usher, Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas… and that’s just to name a few.
David keeps the collaborations coming on new album, Listen, so when I sat down with David I tested him on how well he knows his famous friends! You can watch the video interview here:
Listen features artists like John Legend, Ryan Tedder, Sia, Emeli Sande and The Script. David calls this album more personal and emotional, but he says “it’s still a David Guetta album, it’s a DJ album. It’s something you would dance to.”
Doing something slightly different doesn’t exactly put him at ease. “It’s always very scary because you don’t know how people are going to react,” David jokes. “It’s three years of my life. I want a few people to listen to it. If I work for three years, and only my Mom and my cousins are buying the album, then that’s a problem!”
On the album, David is reteaming with Sia (who he collaborated on the massive hit “Titanium”) and Nicki Minaj (after their previous hit “Turn Me On”). When it came to Nicki and David’s new song, “Hey Mama”, David says Nicki was a perfectionist, “I was under pressure. I had a deadline from my record company. And she was like ‘can you change this? can you add a little bit of this?’, which is completely normal.”
Even though he worked for three years creating the album, it all came down to the wire. “The last three weeks, I did ‘What I Did For Love’ with Emeli Sande, I finished ‘Hey Mama’ with Nicki Minaj and Afrojack, and ‘Bang My Head’ with Sia.”
The latest video off the album, “Dangerous” featuring Sam Martin, has David playing a race car driver, but in real-life, he says he’s “like a Grandpa on the road.” David admits that it’s actually professional race car driver Romain Grosjean who is doing all the dangerous stunt work: “When you see me doing the donut, it’s actually him wearing my helmet. I’m not that good.“
And don’t expect David to pull his music off Spotify like Taylor Swift anytime soon. David admits that he loves the streaming service. “As a consumer, that’s how I listen to music,” David admits, “I can’t complain about people doing the same that I do. Streaming is definitely the future of music.”