The hardest-working man in music chats Will.i.am, the social networking revolution — and he’s even thrown in a New Year’s Eve Party playlist for you.
Metro: How would you describe your relationship with Will.i.am?
Guetta: He’s a friend. We’ve known each other since I produced “I Gotta Feeling” and anything that he comes out with is always genius, so I kind of trust him with closed eyes.
What’s he like to work with?
He’s like a bit of a crazy scientist who has difficulty in only doing one thing at a time.
We just open the mics up and he doesn’t write anything – it just comes out of him –and it’s impressive to see that. He’s a party guy and that’s my life.
What do you think of the i.am+ and social networking?
You know, I started organizing raves when I was very young and it was against the law. Radio and TV were not playing our music in France and the only way to have events and DJ was to keep tight with the people who were from the scene. It was text messages, phone numbers, flyers, stuff like this, you know. So now of course with technology, it’s evolving but it’s the same principle, only it’s not just my city but the world. Literally anything that allows me to share my passion and get closer to the fans is great.
So you think that the internet and YouTube are a positive for the industry?
Amazing, absolutely. It’s made music so democratic because it’s cheap to produce music to a professional quality and you can also market it through a laptop. Nowadays, it’s about creativity, the music itself and it’s not like the head of the record company, the head of a TV channel and the head of a radio channel are going to sit down over lunch and decide who’s the next star.
Do you think that there are more talented DJs today?
I don’t think that there are more talented people around now but there are more opportunities for them to expose their ability. Talent is about continual good ideas and a career. It’s way more competitive. Everything is so fast. It’s easier to rise and also quicker to fall.
You played to 3 million people last year on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Do you prefer bigger venues?
Hmm, not necessarily, I love both. I really love playing Pacha in Ibiza but now those kind of venues are a little small for me. This New Year, I’m going to play Mamita’s Beach, Playa del Carmen in Mexico, which isn’t as big but I love Latin and South America.
Which venue gives you the biggest buzz and why?
Creamfields Argentina [in Buenos Aires] is really insane. Like last time, 50,000 people were in front of me and during the breakdown of a song, I got everyone to sit down and then there was the build-up and when the kick came in everybody jumps in the air and it was so crazy. I’m like a kid in a garden; I love doing stupid stuff.
What do you have planned for 2013?
I’ve just repackaged my album “Nothing But the Beat 2.0” and I’m working on a couple of singles, one of which is with Taped Rai on “Just One Last Time”. I want to improve my show visuals. I have a very unique relationship with the crowd because I make special versions [of releases] and I want to take this to the next level.
Also, it’s been almost four years non-stop, so for once, I want to enjoy a bit of time not having to deliver – just make music without any pressure, for fun.
When was the last time you had New Year’s Eve off?
I’ve worked every New Year since I was 17 – it’s a big party day and that’s what I do.
David Guetta’s ultimate NYE playlist
01. David Guetta ft Taped Rai – Just One Last Time (Extended Mix) (What A Music)
02. Ludacris ft Usher & David Guetta –Rest Of My Life (Extended Mix Edit) (Def Jam)
03. Rihanna ft David Guetta - Right Now (Def Jam)
04. Alesso – Clash (Refune)
05. David Guetta & Nicky Romero – Metropolis (Jack Back)
06. Thomas Gold – MIAO (Fly Eye)
07. Daddy's Groove - Turn The Lights Down (David Guetta Re-Work) (Jack Back)
08. Chuckie & Junxterjack – Make Some Noise (Cr2/Big Beat)
09. Tony Romera – Pandor (Protocol)
10. David Guetta ft Ne-Yo & Akon – Play Hard (Edit) (What A Music)