The name David Guetta is synonymous with DJ music and has been for over a decade. Even though some people may not be able to pick him out from a crowd, they’ve definitely heard at least one of his tracks somewhere.

David Guetta has been releasing music since the early 2000s in his home country of France where he initially built a huge reputation for being a leading figure in DJ music. It would be almost a decade before he broke in the United States however as he came upon his commercial peak in the United States, he would be celebrated under the moniker of the “Grandfather of EDM”.

David Guetta’s most recognizable tracks include collaborations with Akon’s Sexy Bitch (2009, reached #5 on the Billboard Top 100), Kid Cudi’s Memories (2010, #46), Chris Willis’ Getting’ Over You (2010, #31), Rihanna’s Who’s That Chick? (2010, #51), Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj’s Where Them Girls At (2010, #14), Usher’s Without You (2011, #4), Sia’s Titanium (2011, #7), Nicki Minaj’s Turn Me On (2011, #4), Rihanna’s Right Now (2013, #50), Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha, and Afrojack’s summer hit Hey Mama (2015, #8), and Justin Bieber’s 2U (2017, #16).

Delving back into his early start in the music industry, you’d have to go all the way back to 1984 when he began DJing in Paris. David Guetta’s rise in France’s DJ music scene happened slowly throughout the 1980s and up through the 1990s. To this point, a big part of Guetta’s journey that may be inspiring for younger musicians who are struggling is that it took nearly 25 years before he had saw his major commercial breakthrough.

There is a lot of hard work and luck in David Guetta’s career, and it’s largely the relationship between these two that have spawned the success he’s had. Even outside of the dozens of hits he’s had, David Guetta has also written songs, produced records such as the Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling, and is a prominent remixer. As a stylist, he has not been afraid to jump into electronic dance music and other forms of DJ music as they have come and gone in popularity. He has been fortunate in the sense that the type of music he makes is exactly the style that has been increasingly on trend in the past decade. That is not to discount the years of work he has put into building a career which, based on his output, is something he can be very proud of.

The best way we thought to answer the question of ‘Who is David Guetta’ is to recommend the playlist above.

Today, David Guetta is one of DJ music’s biggest artists, alongside Avicii, Calvin Harris, and Daft Punk.

There are those who may dislike David Guetta, the EDM scene in general, and/or the lifestyle that seems to come with it. The success of the music commercially and in connecting with young people is undeniable though, and something that needs to be commended.

This past November, David Guetta just celebrated his 50th birthday and it is rumoured that he is prepping for the release of his upcoming 7th studio album which is tentatively scheduled for release in 2018.

Contributed by: Jason Leblanc