Regardless of what you think of David Guetta
, there is no denying that he is, by far, the most successful and popular DJ on the planet. Now, depending on what you think is "success," will depend on your take of what that accolade represents. He has more Facebook followers than President Obama
and blows every other DJ out of the water in terms of social media followers and world recognition when you mention his name. To take it further and REALLY push the buttons of everyone who is reading this; if it wasn't for Mr Guetta, this huge "EDM" boom we've seen here in the U.S.over the past four years would never have happened. And that's a fact.
Like it or not, David Guetta
is responsible for building the bridge here in the U.S. between a scene which was pretty much underground and frowned upon by the masses, and the mainstream music scene which resulted in said "masses" falling in love with DJs and EDM. He started the ball rolling by collaborating with pop stars, hip hop artists etc and brought electronic dance music to the radio and nightclubs and the rest, they say, is history. Does anyone else remember when you would have to ask a DJ in a club to play electronic dance music? I do. And it wasn't that long ago.
You can argue with me and throw all the insults you want, but it is a fact. You can also ask any DJ or promoter out there and they will -- behind closed doors of course -- agree with it. David Guetta
launched the U.S. club scene into what we see today.
Now, does he still carry that weight and still as much as a "pioneer" in the scene? Well that's another argument
discussion to be had. But never the less, he's not lost any traction in his career and is still selling stadiums out all over the world, touring with some of the biggest music artists in the music industry, as well as having the biggest -- and busiest -- club night in Ibiza
So keeping all of the above in mind, it's a shame that some of the younger generation of music fans are oblivious that the reason they're experiencing some of the greatest nights of their lives, and seeing DJs from all over the world -- who you used to be lucky to see once a year, mind once a month in a club near you -- is largely due to him. It's even sadder that some of the people set to make money in the scene can be so disrespectful.
Take Lorde for example. Now, if you haven’t heard of her then I suggest you catch up with popular culture and the current music scene. She is a teen star who is making a huge impact on the music industry with her single, "Royals," and is one of the youngest people to release a single and go to number one in twelve countries. Recently, David Guetta had expressed an interest in working with the 16 year old and and when she was asked about it, she immediately replied, “F*ck no… He is so gross.” She did mention that she wanted to work with Major Laser and Diplo, blissfully unaware that they have their success due to the road paved by Guetta.
As much as we can all giggle at such an outburst, maybe Lorde
's handlers should inform her that, first of all, she's only sixteen years old and should be thinking before she answers like that and, most importantly, when one of the most successful figures in the music industry shows interest in working with you, you should show a bit of respect and feel honored to be on their radar. And if you don't want to work with them, you politely decline.