A Different Beat

Guetta discovered house music and became one of the first DJs in France to play the genre.

Written by Zaira Arslan | Published: February 27, 2012 12:06 am

The countdown begins for celebrity DJ-musician David Guetta’s first India tour

A fortnight from now,the world’s number one DJ (according to DJ Mag,a popular British magazine) will begin his first tour of India. Born Pierre David Guetta,but known to the world as David Guetta,this Frenchman’s brand of house music has won him millions of fans the world over,and number one singles one after the other. Headlining the second edition of the Eristoff Invasion music festival,he will begin his tour in Delhi on March 9,continue to Pune the day after and finish with a performance in Bangalore on March 11.

At the age of 18,Guetta discovered house music and became one of the first DJs in France to play the genre. Then,he went to London and watched the British DJ Danny Rampling play at his club,Shoom. The experience of listening to house music there,he says,changed his life.

“House music was a revolution for the music scene,but also socially because it opened people’s minds,” he explains,adding that this was primarily because it was a genre that was born in gay clubs. This being the ’80s,house music wasn’t being played on the radio yet,so when people started going to raves and clubs to listen to it,it became something of a “secret code”,he says.

Since then,however,house music has come a long way and in recent years,Guetta has been one of the leading pioneers. In August last year,he released his fifth studio album,Nothing But The Beat,featuring a number of popular musicians such as Usher,Nicki Minaj,and Chris Brown. While the music on this album,true to Guetta’s style,continues to fall under the broader spectrum of dance music,there are some interesting,different sounds. This,Guetta attributes to influences from other artists. “My roots are firmly in dance music but artists such as Kings of Leon and Coldplay influence me too,” says the 44-year-old. Titanium,which,last week,became Guetta’s fourth number one single in the UK,is a ballad featuring Australian recording artist Sia that combines elements of pop music with house.

Guetta fans in the country,have another reason to look forward to his performances. Not only is he slated to play his biggest hits,but he is also travelling with his festival set — a set up of lights and stage decor that has accompanied him to some of the biggest festivals around the world. UTV Bindass,one of the organisers of the festival,is running a competition on their Facebook page that will give two fans from each city the chance to meet the DJ and producer and attend the concert.

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