RS: On Guetta Blaster you have several vocalists, how do you
choose the singers for your songs?
David Guetta: I make a song first and then depending on the vibe, I choose the voice. It's difficult to explain. Chris Willis, for example, is one of the best singers I've met. He's very powerful and very emotional. Sometimes I need something a little more rock and roll so I go more for JD Davis who has a kind of big game attitude. Sometimes I need somebody with a very fragile voice, then I can take maybe a girl that has this kind of teenage feeling in her voice. So it all depends on the feeling I want to give, but Chris Willis definitely is my man.
RS: The mash up of "Love Don't Let Me Go" with Tocadisco and The
Egg. What was your reaction when you first heard it?
David Guetta: We made it.
RS: Where did the idea come from?
David Guetta: It's the same chords. We heard it was the same chords so we just put the voice on the track and were like wow, this is magic. I make a lot of bootlegs and mash-ups just for myself, but I don't release them. It's just that now everybody has access to music because of the net so when you're a DJ and you want to be special and you need to do your own stuff. So that's what I did and as a favor, I gave it a few friends – Erick Morillo, Deep Dish and Pete Tong last year at WMC and it just became huge. So one day I was playing in London and the guys from The Egg came and they had never heard the track. I said hey, wait a minute, I'm going to show you something. I played the mashup and everyone was singing along. They were like OK, maybe we should do something with that and we decided that we were going to release it. It's been in the top three everywhere and a very big record.
RS: What your song in the Conference this year?
David Guetta: I have no idea. It is a little bit strange. There's so much going on now that you can't say like ten years ago that there's one track that everybody plays. I don't know, there's a lot of great tracks and I can't say what is the song of the Winter Music Conference. Do you have any idea about what it is?
RS: Everyone's said something different.
David Guetta: That's what I'm saying, we all love different songs.
RS: You said before about how French DJs weren't taken seriously,
do you think that's changed over time?
David Guetta: Oh of course! Since then we've had Daft Punk and all the guys like Bob Sinclar and me.
RS: When you're in the studio do you work with Logic or Nuendo?
David Guetta: Unfortunately I don't find one that can do everything. I use ProTools for recording, mixing, and editing. I use Logic when I need a groovy bassline because it has the best groove quantization, and I use more and more Ableton Live. Ableton Live is almost the one but there is a problem with the midi quantize so I need to go back and forth with Logic, which is kind of a pain in the ass, but it's OK.
RS: Is there anything you'd like to say to all your fans?
David Guetta: Well if they're my fans, it's just to say thank you.
RS: How about the American audience hearing about you for the first time?
David Guetta: This is what is incredible. I'm so happy about how American people have welcomed me. I was really nervous about starting to work on this territory and it's been incredible, really good.
Interview posted - April 9, 2007