Pierre David Guetta (born 7 November 1967) is a French DJ, record producer, and songwriter. He has sold over nine million albums and thirty million singles worldwide.
In 2011, Guetta was voted as the number one DJ in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll. In 2013, Billboard crowned “When Love Takes Over” as the number one dance-pop collaboration of all time.
Born and raised in Paris, he released his first album, Just a Little More Love, in 2002. Later, he released Guetta Blaster (2004) and Pop Life (2007). Guetta achieved mainstream success with his 2009 album One Love which included the hit singles “When Love Takes Over”, “Gettin’ Over You”, “Sexy Bitch” and “Memories”, the first three of which reached number one in the United Kingdom. The 2011 follow-up album, Nothing but the Beat, continued this success, containing the hit singles “Where Them Girls At”, “Little Bad Girl”, “Without You”, “Titanium” and “Turn Me On”. He has been called the “grandfather of EDM”.
Pierre David Guetta was born in Paris, France. Guetta’s father Pierre Guetta, was a Franco-Italian sociologist from a Moroccan Jewish family. His mother is of Belgian descent. Through his father, David Guetta is the younger half-brother of the prominent French journalist Bernard Guetta and of the Franco-Italian actress Nathalie Guetta.
Guetta began to DJ at the Broad Club in Paris. He first played popular songs, and he discovered house music when he heard a Farley “Jackmaster” Funk track on French radio in 1987. The next year, he began hosting his own club nights. In 1990, he released “Nation Rap”, a hip-hop collaboration with French rapper Sidney Duteil.
In the mid-1990s Guetta played in clubs including Le Centrale, the Rex, Le Boy, and Folies Pigalle. Released in 1994 Guetta’s second single, a collaboration with American house vocalist Robert Owens titled “Up & Away”, was a minor club hit. In 1994, Guetta became the manager of Le Palace nightclub and he continued to organize parties there and in other clubs, such as the “Scream” parties in Les Bains Douches.
In 2001, Guetta along with Joachim Garraud founded Gum Productions, and in the same year Guetta’s first hit single, “Just a Little More Love”, featuring American singer Chris Willis was released. Willis was vacationing in France when he met Guetta. Guetta’s debut album Just a Little More Love was released in 2002 on Virgin Records and sold over 300,000 copies. The follow-up singles, (“Love Don’t Let Me Go”, “People Come People Go” and “Give Me Something”), were released in 2002. Guetta released a compilation, F*ck Me I’m Famous, in 2003, named after his party in Ibiza. It included “Just for One Day (Heroes)”, a remix of David Bowie’s song “Heroes”. Later in his career, Guetta continued recording compilations under that title.
On 24 March 2017, Guetta released “Light My Body Up”. The single was Guetta’s fourth collaboration with American rapper Nicki Minaj and also featured fellow American rapper, Lil Wayne. The following month, on 28 April, David Guetta released his collaboration with Dutch DJ Afrojack entitled “Another Life”. The song featured American singer-songwriter, Ester Dean. On 9 June 2017, Guetta’s single “2U” featuring Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber was released, this song was featured on Worldhit and marked the Top 200 in over 40 countries as well as certifying Gold to Multi-Platinum in many European and Oceanian countries. The end of the month saw Guetta release a remix version of “Versace on the Floor” by Bruno Mars and served as the third single from Mars’s highly successful album 24K Magic.
During the summer, David Guetta headlined Tomorrowland, providing the main stage performance for Night 3 on both weekends. In addition, Guetta was a guest during Martin Garrix’s closing set, during which they debuted their yet to be released single “So Far Away” which featured vocals from Jamie Scott and Ellie Goulding. David Guetta also had Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike join him on stage to premier their new song “Complicated” which was released on the Friday of the festival’s second weekend. During this time Guetta, Vegas, and Mike also performed the latter two’s long-awaited single with W&W: “Crowd Control”.
On 3 November 2017, Guetta and Afrojack released their single “Dirty Sexy Money” featuring Charli XCX and French Montana. This song is David Guetta’s 3rd single from his upcoming 7th studio album, which was released in 2018. He performed a live-version of his new single at the NRJ Music Awards and the MTV Europe Music Awards.
On 1 December 2017, Guetta released his long-awaited single “So Far Away” being released on Garrix’s label STMPD RCRDS. The single version contained vocals from Jamie Scott and Romy Dya. Ellie Goulding’s vocals were cut from the song as her label was pushing back the release. That is the reason why the two DJs decided to replace her and use the vocals of Romy Dya. On 25 January 2018 Guetta released a remix version of Sia’s Helium along with Dutch DJ Afrojack. This marks Guetta’s and Sia’s sixth collaboration.
On 16 February 2018, David Guetta released his new song “Mad Love”, together with Sean Paul and Becky G. A few months before the release Sean Paul reported that Shakira would be the singer of the song, but she has been replaced by Becky G. A week later, Guetta released his second collaboration with Martin Garrix and Dutch DJ Brooks entitled “Like I Do”. Guetta’s seventh collaboration with Sia, “Flames”, was released on 22 March 2018.
On 29 June 2018, Guetta announced in an interview with Billboard China that he was almost finished working on his seventh studio album and that it would be released after the summer of 2018. On 23 August, Guetta confirmed the album’s title as 7 and revealed its tracklist, including the singles “2U”, “Like I Do”, “Flames” and “Don’t Leave Me Alone”. The album also included the Bebe Rexha and J Balvin featured single, “Say My Name”. In December 2019, Guetta led a DJ set at an Avicii tribute concert where he previewed a previously unheard collaboration with Avicii, Giorgio Tuinfort and Afrojack. In Guetta’s own words, he played the “Before I Say Goodbye” for the first and probably only time during the concert. It features British singer-songwriter, Amanda Wilson.
- Just a Little More Love (2002)
- Guetta Blaster (2004)
- Pop Life (2007)
- One Love (2009)
- Nothing but the Beat (2011)
- Listen (2014)
- 7 (2018)
Guetta married night club manager Cathy Lobé in 1992. They have two children: son Tim Elvis Eric (born 9 February 2004) and daughter Angie (born 23 September 2007). After twenty-two years of marriage, the Guetta’s got divorced in a Paris court in March 2014. Neither party was present at the hearing and the reason for their divorce is unknown. In a 2018 interview, Cathy indicated that David Guetta was the one who initiated the divorce, stating: “We were together 25 years, married 20 years. But David decided he wanted to change his life. I respect his decision.”
In 2015, Forbes estimated that Guetta’s annual income was $37 million.
In 2015, Guetta and Nicki Minaj sparked controversy with their stage design for the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas by copying the artwork “HYBYCOZO” without permission, a three-dimensional LED-lit laser cut steel polygon sculpture created for Burning Man by Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu.