David Guetta is undoubtedly one of the most well-known DJs and producers in the world today. For anyone who doesn’t know anything about electronic music, if you mention David Guetta’s name, there is still a pretty high chance that they know who he is. The French artist jumped prominently into the scene back in 2002 with his first studio album, Just a Little More Love. He has had collaborations with many famous artists, such as Usher, Nicki Minaj, The Black Eyed Peas, Akon, Sia, and even Justin Bieber. In 2011, he was voted as the number one DJ in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll. In 2013, Billboard crowned “When Love Takes Over” as the number one dance-pop collaboration of all time. So yea, you can say David Guetta is a pretty big deal.
Such a big deal, in fact, that ABC Nightline crowned him the “grandfather of electronic dance music” on their segment the other night, crediting him with bringing house music to America. He was on the show celebrating the release of his seventh studio album, appropriately titled 7, as well as his general success within the music world.
While no one is questioning the Guetta’s talent and accomplishments thus far, we’re balking at the title bestowment. Detroit? Chicago? Where are the original house and techno rave fans from then? How about some of the acts that were prominent in the decades before Guetta, like Yellow Magic Orchestra? Their reign began in Japan in the 1970s and they also floated over to the U.S. Even Daft Punk has been around longer than Guetta. David Guetta has made a huge impact on electronic music, but we can never forget where it all actually came from.
Closing opinion? Leave the royalty dubbing for a queen.