David Guetta rants on selling out: "I am not trying to be credible, I am trying to be incredible"

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It’s no secret that the convergence of dance music on the pop landscape has bubbling up to a boiling point for some time now. Even recently we’ve seen heavyweight dance music producers from all fields court the mainstream with artists like Tiesto, Steve Angello, Rusko and Boys Noize get into bed with some of the biggest pop stars in the game, with none other than French house big gun David Guetta leaving the charge into the charts.

But whilst these manoeuvres towards pop have generally been met with disdain from the clubbing community – and with the varying results of these collaborations it’s no wonder – as feeling kinda soulless, Guetta himself has come out swinging in defense of the trend, knocking back biters guilty with tall poppy syndrome.

“Dance music is the only genre, until now, where being successful is a bad thing,” Guetta told The Guardian in a recent interview about his success in crossing-over to the American pop market thanks to his radio-friendly, star-studded collaborative tracks. “It puts someone on top and then slaughters them.”

Continuing to vent his spleen about the combative dance music culture, Guetta offered a pearler of a line, declaring “I have said this many times; I am not trying to be credible, I am trying to be incredible”, a comment which Guetta’s detractors would surely revel in.

“There is always going to be an underground scene and it’s really exciting. But what makes us strong is that there is some big names, some underground names, and the fact that we are all together makes the whole thing big,” Guetta acknowledged of the scene, before detailing how dance music is making inroads onto US radio. “[Before] dance music was for kids on drugs or gay guys. With the high tempo it was not the right format for radio and they said it would never work…[Now] American artists, they’re good … They are going to make dance music their own, and then they are going to see it with a different perspective.”

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JackT

JackT said on the 4th Jun, 2010

Such a good line. But he's right though - dance music does need the big guys and the 'underground' DJs/producers/etc. There's nothing really wrong at all with his kind of dance music doing big business in the US. It's not hurting the 'real' dance music.

ticketsplease

ticketsplease said on the 4th Jun, 2010

You make pop David, pop.

angy

angy said on the 4th Jun, 2010

Go Guetta - the more dance music actually shifts units, the more chance a few more struggling underground artists might actually be able to make a living out of it. Hating on successful commercial artists is just evidence of an insular dance community not

Weqster

Weqster said on the 4th Jun, 2010

I must sound like a bad record when i say that im glad David i doing pop, cause fucking Kayne sucked and my ears bled from that autogenerated shit.

Jarrod_s

Jarrod_s said on the 4th Jun, 2010

it's just hurting my ears when you walk into a once decent club and all you hear is remixes of remixes of sexy bitch or love takes over. you can't say it's not hurting 'real' dance music. Most clubs have followed this mainstream trend as opposed to the go

beaumont_music

beaumont_music said on the 4th Jun, 2010

there is nothing wrong with pop music. alot of his tracks are downright annoying, but music can be brash and commercial and still good. anyone heard of daft punk?

SlicyDicer

SlicyDicer said on the 4th Jun, 2010

Shut your face you dumb ass, stop trying to defend what you're doing it just makes you look like a spoilt baby. Accept what you're doing is selling out and nothing more and no one will hate you for trying to look credible. Fuck me, is it really that hard

polite_society

polite_society said on the 4th Jun, 2010

"Dance music is the only genre, until now, where being successful is a bad thing" bs. any 'underground' scene has the same issues. Commercial success = selling out, and you will get criticism. though you get criticized regardless of what you do anyway, so

angy

angy said on the 4th Jun, 2010

What the fuck are you talking about Jarrod_s? I haven't suffered a single Guetta remix while going out over the past year, you obviously don't have a clue and are going to shit clubs. Sux to be you! :P

matzta73

matzta73 said on the 4th Jun, 2010

David Guetta will come and go just like most DJs of today, get in make a quick name for yourself, make some quick cash and drop off the face of the earth. In a couple of years time we will be saying, David who?

bonfiglio

bonfiglio said on the 4th Jun, 2010

Don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining, and don't try and throw yourself in the same bag as "underground". He alienated one market for another, and complains that they don't like him no more? Lame. Lame. Lame.

Ruskhouse

Ruskhouse said on the 4th Jun, 2010

is he still fucking alive

oooCharlyooo

oooCharlyooo said on the 4th Jun, 2010

Shut the fuck up Angy. You listen to breaks for fucks sake. Dated? That would be you buddy.

Wowk

Wowk said on the 4th Jun, 2010

I don't understand the "big guys sell units therefore underground guys get more exposure" argument. People who buy this trash wouldn't have the slightest bit of interest in the music being made by the smaller guys supposedly benefiting from dance music's

daveyac8881

daveyac8881 said on the 5th Jun, 2010

his music has always had an incredibly commercial sound, what difference does it make now that hes working with the 2dayfm army and is now rich?

Benis

Benis said on the 5th Jun, 2010

i dont understand why all of you jaded fucks complain about him yeah his songs are shit who cares..oh hes a sell out id like to see you u jerk offs say no to millions of dollars the only catch is nobodys bag you out over a internet forum in australia what

Edwin84

Edwin84 said on the 5th Jun, 2010

He should try and redeem himself by releasing tracks under another name, then he can make both solid tunes and make millions frm the cheese

angy

angy said on the 5th Jun, 2010

Wowky, I bet you $1,000,000 there will be hundreds of awesome dance acts who will be more likely to get gigs across the states now cause dance music is blowing up big there, let's just wait and see.

lanesra23

lanesra23 said on the 5th Jun, 2010

There have been successful dance acts that haven't had to resort to making shit pop music to get on top. There would be less hate from the dance music communities if people would stop wrongly referring to the stuff that Guetta and co make as 'dance' music

consensualrapist

consensualrapist said on the 5th Jun, 2010

doesn't matter what type of music he's producing. stating "I am not trying to be credible, I am trying to be incredible%u201D just proves how big a douche he really is. EAT A DICK GUETTA. EAT A MASSIVE DICK.

rossredman

rossredman said on the 5th Jun, 2010

%u201C[Before] dance music was for kids on drugs or gay guys. With the high tempo it was not the right format for radio and they said it would never work%u2026" bullshit. dance music was huge late 90's / early 00's with stuff like alice deejay, darude, et

liquidmethod

liquidmethod said on the 5th Jun, 2010

Does it count as 'selling out' if you've never made credible music in the 1st place?

dn-ul

dn-ul said on the 6th Jun, 2010

good work guetta, i agree with angy, guetta is exposing a form of dance music to a greater amount of people then ever before, an i think a % of those will search for similar artist and develop a taste for different dance styles, which will then be the bes

john blacks

john blacks said on the 6th Jun, 2010

Benis your a dick head. "Only for kids on drugs and gay"s, guetta an even bigger fuck wit

lanesra23

lanesra23 said on the 6th Jun, 2010

@dn-ul, there is good intention in what you're suggesting but to be honest, searching for a similar artist (based on sound only) to Guetta at the moment would land you somewhere in the realms of Timbaland, Cobra Starship, Kesha or Britney Spears. If he co

Suga05

Suga05 said on the 6th Jun, 2010

Wow how do u spell retard Davied Guetta

dlev0

dlev0 said on the 7th Jun, 2010

awesome point lanesra23

djbricksta

djbricksta said on the 7th Jun, 2010

Nice to see the ITM staff actually have a brain on their head unlike you jaded wankers. I agree with what Guetta has said and I think what he is doing is positive for the scene, its going to help the underground not destroy it because the scene is breakin

Jarrod_s

Jarrod_s said on the 8th Jun, 2010

Angy, Having just come back from QLD, Surfer's Paradise to be exact. i could express how often or how badly all the Guetta shit was. Heard it in every club and could not escape it. I thought there were decent clubs up there like at least the Bedroom but i

DJJohnBuckley

DJJohnBuckley said on the 25th Jan, 2011

Anybody that collaborates with Keenan Cahill is a sell out. No exceptions.