Posted by Scott Willats
I find it funny yet completely absurd the amount of hate that has been thrown David Guetta‘s way. Yes, with success comes the haters: ask any successful person and they’ll vouch for that. But in the world of electro, it seems that once you make it to radio, “electro heads” label you as finished.
That’s the wrong attitude, in my opinion, to feel toward these superstar DJs. After going to a typical underground DJ set featuring Fake Blood, and then going to the overglamorized Labour of Love, I find that there aren’t many differences between indie darling DJ’s and Big Room “sellouts.” Even the crowd for these shows is most commonly the same. We all crave seeing a live set that creates emotion, whether the DJ is playing his (or her) own songs or other artists. I remember not too long ago Mr. Guetta released an album that everyone in the electro world fell in love, and killed at both Labour of Love and the smaller Circa, proving definitively that he could make just about any fan love his music.
“Sexy Bitch” and “Memories” were songs that broke boundaries, and all of a sudden the hip-hop world found it very cool to be on a track with David Guetta. The incredible success of “I Got A Feeling,” his collab with The Black Eyed Peas, really turned against Guetta when it came to the loyal, underground electro fan. That type of fan couldn’t handle a Guetta beat being used in a Pixar flick or a McDonald’s commercial. And so the hate began. Doing songs with Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida wasn’t exactly going to get him back in the good books, either.
Still, the amount of dislike being heaped upon his new album is somewhat shocking for a house music fan like me. Listen, I’ll admit that I am not much better. Never been a huge trance fan, and when I see Tiësto sell out the Ricoh Center while Eric Prydz barely sells out The Guv, I begin to wonder what’s wrong with people. However, I don’t hold it against Tiësto: he’s earned his stripes and, after all, has made some very good music. So I refuse to follow the tide and I try to follow my main mentality, which is that good music is good music.
Believe it or not, the songs on the radio are usually there because they appeal to a large audience. As much as that underground fan doesn’t want to relate, once in a while you’ll have to give in. I’ve incorporated two new Guetta tracks on my list for you today — and I dare you not to like them. I double dare you.
So that’s the message for you, the fan who use to love these artists but just can’t stand their poppy feel anymore: let’s take it easy on the hate. After all, we helped create them.
David Guetta: Metro Music
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David Guetta: The Alphabeat
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These Tracks Are Hot! xx
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