Fact: French DJ David Guetta has more pop collaboration songs and lyrics than almost any other artist. With hundreds of collaborations with names such as: Flo Rida, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Mikky Ekko, and more, this 48 year old is the definition of discography.
Once upon a time electronic music was reserved purely for the club and rave scenes. Without a doubt, if you wanted to make high-quality electronic music, then you needed access to state of the art dj equipment. Even as house and electro reached their peak of success in the early 2000s, electronic music in pop was a relatively niche idea, and even when it was present it complied heavily to pop conventions. Today the lines are more blurred and genres from hip hop, to rap, and even heavy metal have at points infused electronica into their sound. Music producers today composing from their computers with digital audio workstations also try to incorporate different styles to blend electronic and organic sounds together using Virtual Studio Technology (VSTs) that allows them to compose with piano sounds, for example.
David Guetta is a French house artist who has been popular in the club scene for over three decades, but he’s also one of the biggest pop collaborators. His last two albums have featured popular artists heavily, while incorporating driving house beats and structures that would make as much sense in the club as they would sitting in the Top 20 charts.
David Guetta’s 2011 album Nothing But The Beat featured pop and hip hop artists exclusively on the first disc, and you’ll hear Guetta’s signature synth and house beat productions underneath artists like Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Akon, Will.I.Am, Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj, and that’s not even the entire list!
Guetta has done more to bring electronic music to a mainstream popular music audience than almost any other artist, and has received recognition at the highest level with 2 Grammy awards and 6 nominations. He has been around the scene for a long time starting out as a DJ in nightclubs back in the 1980s. He is currently 48 and tours with his wife. He has a net worth of $30 million according to Forbes.