Funkagenda’s unenviable defence of David Guetta

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There’s been no shortage of talk across the internet and especially on inthemix about dance music’s ballooning profile on the global stage and how it got there thanks in part to the efforts of French house veteran turned go-to dance-pop producer David Guetta. And needless to say a lot of that talk has been unflattering. At best.

But while the ‘heads might turn their noses up at Guetta and his famous mates on speed dial, it seems as though that feeling isn’t shared by all in the dance community, with EDM don Funkagenda coming to the Frenchman’s defence this week.

As pointed out by Data Transmission, Funkagenda’s Adam Walder this week penned a blog entry sticking up for a barely concealed “French and the complaints of commercialism is saying that yes, he is “selling out”, but he’s selling out “stadiums and festivals”.

While Funkagenda doesn’t mix his words about the “mainstream” crowd falling at Guetta’s feet, the DJ and producer insists that his towering presence in pop-culture consciousness serves as a gateway for new fans into the larger EDM scene, something which Funkagenda sees as a positive.

Check out the whole spiel below and let us know whether or not you agree with the defence.

Just doing a little post after a convo I had on twitter with an EDM fan. He claimed that a certain French DJ had “sold out” and “bastardised” dance music. On the surface you might think he had a point, but you have to look a little bit deeper to realise what utter poppycock that is. True, the un-named Parisian artist in question now makes what is closer to pop music than house music. But is it selling out? Of course not. And I know this to be true because of the following:
I could play my favorite seminal Sasha set, recorded at Privilage in 2002, to one of these new wave of ‘dance music’ fans and they would look at me like I was just playing them brown noise. “Where’s the vocals?”. “How do you dance to it?”.

But play one of monsieur’s tracks to them + they will bounce around the room like a spastic woodpecker on Adderall.

See, the thing is, this person would have NEVER liked the set that I played him/her, because they just aren’t wired that way. They want to hear simple riffs, hooky repetitive vocals and commands telling them to “Throw Their Hands Up” or “Rock The Party”. Does that sound like a Sasha and Digweed fan to you? No, me either.

So then ask yourself this question: Would I have gone to a club to listen to pop music before HE started making it? The answer In my case is a resounding no (unless I was VERY drunk and thought I had a chance with some college girl possibly).

So my conclusion is thus:

I don’t like pop music. I would rather listen to the wealth of more ‘intelligent’ dance acts out there…

Pop fans DO like this particular person’s music but will probably NOT be attending gigs or buying music of the aforementioned more ‘intelligent’ dance acts…

Hmmm… So… What exactly has changed? NOTHING, that’s what. He will continue to delight pop fans worldwide, and on rare occasions, will be a helpful gateway for newcomers to the EDM scene who might wanna do more than scratch the surface. However the more highbrow listeners out there will NOT be listening to him + will instead be prattling on about how things were better in the 90s, how everything is commercialised these days and generally dishing out vehemence about anything that anyone else likes…

Sounds like the same old EDM scene to me so you can all relax. Mr Guetta did NOT kill dance music…

Dammit… I was doing him anonymously wasn’t I? Oh poo.


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Dj Funkshun

Dj Funkshun said on the 16th Jun, 2011

As much dribble as this guy spits on a hourly basis I have to agree...


Tim-BO said on the 16th Jun, 2011

i have to 100% agree. tbh if it wasnt for guetta i wouldnt be on this forum its because of im that im into edm, yeah my tastes were pretty crappy to begin with but they have come a long way from that.

and i would see him live, the atmosphere looks incredible


phillter said on the 16th Jun, 2011

Well said! These arguments have gone on for millennia (well since rock/rnb/disco) Didn't our parent (or grandparent in some ITM'ers case) have the same thing to say about Elvis, the Beatles, Motown, Disco, New Wave, Madonna, Stock Aitken Waterman, Kylie Minogue, Full Intention, TV Rock.. Need I go on.

It's called crossing over and at the end of the day - the individual making the music makes the choice to cross over, appeal to masses and make a substantial amount more income to pave the way for their own future. It's called looking after number 1 and number 1's future.


lawlietskyy said on the 16th Jun, 2011

so true - until guetta collaborates with Paris Hilton - then i'd like to see funkagenda defend the statement "Guetta likes to bathe the EDM in shit"


SlicyDicer said on the 16th Jun, 2011

funkagenda is doing all right for himself anyway so of course he doesnt care


robbz_69 said on the 16th Jun, 2011

guetta use to make quality respected music, now he makes cheese pop music which a blind baboon could do with the contacts he has...

no one from his music background could honestly be passionate about such drivel, it's blatantly obvious he's doing it for the money...

THATS why he's sold out... it's not difficult to understand.


daverh said on the 16th Jun, 2011

One thing that I've learned studying the creature that is Guetta is that he is overly, even charmingly sincere about his music.


wherescarmin said on the 17th Jun, 2011

that sasha 2002 manumission set is amazing


bonfiglio said on the 17th Jun, 2011

Are we concluding that Guetta is pop?

Will I stop seeing his name scattered around ITM?

*le sigh*


ticketsplease said on the 17th Jun, 2011

dude, come on. Next you'll be saying the BEP didnt sell out.

He didnt kill dance music he raped it.


Suspekt said on the 17th Jun, 2011

The problem is when it becomes skewed toward the commercial ends of things and the heart of the music is left behind. That's happening at the moment, and good music is suffering for it (you only need to look at Funkagenda's latest releases to know he's heading that way too).


stevie_fms said on the 19th Jun, 2011

For me, the issue lies in the fact that more clubs than ever are now playing music that can be heard straight off the radiowaves. I used to appreciate the fact that going clubbing or raving was almost like walking into a different realm of music culture. Now days, that feeling is becoming increasingly more difficult to find, and it's mostly thanks to the extremely cheese loving music taste of pop-music fans.


macc4 said on the 19th Jun, 2011

Australia's scene is fractured from the global one. ITM killed it here. They are our Guetta.


Weqster said on the 19th Jun, 2011

I rather Guetta do pop music then Kayne to dance music.


daverh said on the 19th Jun, 2011

ITM killed it? Laughing!


BMoney said on the 22nd Jun, 2011

A well written blog evenly disecting both sides. However, FK Guetta and the horse he surrendered to.


DHindahouse said on the 28th Jun, 2011

dont tell me Guetta wants to make that music? Thats not the crap he listened to, played or liked when he first got into it. He's now selling his musical soul (or has sold) it so that he can make lots of cash and ride the fame badwagon all the way to another shitty Grammy ceremony. Selling out stadiums playing that utter turgid nonsense is not real house music. And he knows it. I dont consider him associated with house music in any way shape or form.