David Guetta (pronounced GET-uh, born on 7 November 1967 in Paris) is a French DJ. In 2005, his single "The World Is Mine", which contains a sample of Simple Minds "Someone Somewhere In Summertime", topped European dance charts. Vocals for his songs have been performed by a variety of notable artists including Chris Willis, Cozi Costi, Kelly Rowland, Akon, and will.i.am.
In 2009, Guetta produced the Black Eyed Peas song "I Gotta Feeling" for their album The E.N.D. A remix of the song is also included on his most recent album One Love. He also made 2 remixes of another single from the album, "Boom Boom Pow", as "Boom Boom Guetta" and "Boom Boom Wow".
In 2008, he was elected as World DJ No. 5 and best house DJ by the British DJ magazine.
David Guetta was born and raised in Paris into a Moroccan Sephardi Jewish family. His father was a restaurateur. In the early 1980s, at the age of 13, Guetta began mixing his first vinyls at home and then at 14, he started organising parties in his basement.
David Guetta's career started at the age of 17, when he began playing hip-hop and house music in the nightclubs of Paris. Originally influenced by the hip-hop DJs he heard on France's Radio 7 station, he began DJing at Broad, a gay club in Paris. From 1988 to 1990, Guetta was a DJ playing house music on Paris's Radio Nova. In 1990, he released "Nation Rap", a hip-hop collaboration with French rapper Sidney Duteil.
In the early 1990s, he was influential in the rise of house music and acid house in Paris, playing in clubs such as Le Central in Champs Elys?©es and the Rex Club. It was during this time that Guetta met American singer Robert Owens, who was touring in Europe, and played him one of his own demos. The singer liked one so much that he decided to sing the vocals for it. Released in 1994, Guetta's first single, "Up & Away", was a minor club hit and is considered as one of the pioneering records of the French house genre. Also that year, David met his wife Cathy Guetta DJing at Les Bains Douches and together they organised parties at the Bataclan theatre in Paris. In 1995, David Guetta became the artistic manager at Le Palace nightclub and he continued to organise successful parties there and in other clubs, such as the "Scream" parties in Les Bains Douches.
Since 1996, David Guetta has also held events in Ibiza. "We were the first French to organise in Ibiza" he remembers, "It was different back then. The English DJs were laughing at us, but I was friends with Daft Punk and Cassius and one day they became famous".
Debut album and success
In 2001, David Guetta and Joachim Garraud founded Gum Productions and in the same year Guetta's first hit single, "Just a Little More Love", featuring American singer Chris Willis and produced by Garraud, was released. Guetta's debut album Just a Little More Love was released in 2002 on Virgin Records and sold over 250,000 copies. The follow-up single, "Love Don't Let Me Go", was released in 2002. Other singles from the album include "People Come, People Go" featuring Chris Willis and "Give Me Something" featuring Barbara Tucker.
Guetta's second album, Guetta Blaster, was released in 2004 and contained the US Dance number 1 "The World is Mine" featuring JD Davis. In 2006 "Love Don't Let Me Go" was released as a mash-up with the Tocadisco remix of "Walking Away" by The Egg. The single, "Love Don't Let Me Go (Walking Away)" charted higher than the original release of the song.
In 2007, Guetta's third album Pop Life was released. The album was successful in the UK and Ireland as well as in mainland Europe. The lead single "Love Is Gone" reached Number 1 on the American Dance Chart and charted on the Billboard Hot 100.
He played in many countries around the world to promote the album. He played in Mauritius in January 2008, accompanied by French rapper JoeyStarr of the French rap group NTM. In the same year, he and his wife Cathy also planned a new event which took place in the Stade de France on 5 July 2008. He performed with Ti?ęsto, Carl Cox, Joachim Garraud and Martin Solveig in front of 40,000 spectators.
David Guetta's fourth studio album, One Love, was officially released onto the iTunes store on 21 August 2009, and was released on CD on 24 August 2009 in Europe and 25 August in the United States.
David Guetta is married to Cathy Guetta, and the couple have two children, Tim Elvis (born 2004) and Angie (born 2007). He is also the half-brother of the journalist Bernard Guetta.