David Guetta wasn’t chasing a monster hit when he crafted songs like the Kelly Rowland-assisted When Love Takes Over and the Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling.

The French DJ-producer was relatively unknown to most Americans, and he didn’t feel much pressure to make the tracks Grammy-winning, international smashes — though that’s what the songs went on to become.

“(I had to get) in the mindset of before, when we were just partying, without thinking, ‘Is this going to be a hit?’ (I was) trying to just have a good time,” he said. “It worked (and) I think this album is better than the previous one.”

Guetta’s double album, Nothing But the Beat features one instrumental offering, and a second with top acts like Nicki Minaj, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, will.i.am, Sia and others.


Was it hard to not feel pressure creating this album?

It’s just that now it’s different because I have a name, so when an artist comes to work with me, maybe they’re thinking, ‘This will be big.’

But even with Usher, for example, we’ve been trying to work together for a long time. We had one or two sessions, and it was good, but not ‘Wow. Amazing.’ And we said, ‘Let’s wait till we have that ‘wow’ record.’ And now we have this huge record that everyone thinks is one of the biggest records of my life and Usher was really excited about it.

Nicki Minaj appears on two songs. What was it like working with her?

Oh listen, I am so proud of her on Turn Me On. She’s huge here and known for her rapping, but I don’t think people thought she could deliver in terms of singing like on Turn Me On. It’s crazy. She sounds amazing.

This is like top, top level singing. And when I worked with Jennifer Hudson, I was also taking her out of her box because it was like a very different style for her, but everybody knows that she has that huge voice.

But I think for Nicki Minaj to show this — it’s really big.

Did you work with her twice because the first session went so well?

Exactly. That’s what happened: it went so well I was like, ‘Wow.’ I wanna work more with her, too, producing for her album. I think she’s really amazing.

Was there anyone you didn’t get a chance to work with?

Not really to be honest. I feel very lucky.

Do you sing or rap?

No (laughs). I’m really, really terrible. I don’t have enough ears to be the perfect singer, but I have enough ears to know that I’m not good.

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