Being called the “Godfather EDM,” international superstar David Guetta is not just any DJ: He has been one the most important faces behind the mainstream popularity electronic dance music.
Guetta recently sat down with Billboard Radio China backstage at Hong Kong's Road to Ultra to talk about his recent single “Flames” with Sia, and he announced his upcoming studio album for the first time.
“I am very happy to come back. It is a beautiful city and a great crowd,” he said after his Hong Kong performance. He said he was very impressed with the crowd, and revealed that his set was improvised, playing around with a mixture bootleg and underground music, and going with the flow the crowd.
Guetta explained that while his latest release, “Flames” with Sia, doesn't have a huge chorus like their previous hit, “Titanium,” he still finds the song very interesting: “It's so vibey, and the beat is really funky, and I like it a lot.”
Many Chinese fans enjoy the action-packed music video for “Flames,” in which Guetta plays a kung fu villain. The video was directed by Lior Molcho. “It is so much fun making this video,” Guetta shared. “The director proposed four different ideas, and I personally picked this one.”
Over the past decade, Guetta's fame has gone global. One secret his success has been his range his collaborators, from Akon to Sia, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna.
Of all his collaborators, Guetta said multi-faceted Australian singer-songwriter Sia has been the most interesting and surprising to work with. “She was always here for me,” he shared. “She is like a loyal friend, especially in this industry, they tend to forget people easily.”
Before joining forces on “Flames,” Sia and Guetta had teamed up on a number successful singles, including “She Wolf,” “Bang My Head” and their multi-platinum 2011 hit, “Titanium.” “It is career-defining for the both us,” he explained. “Titanium changed both our lives and has also changed probably dance music and pop music too.”
Talking about upcoming projects, the DJ announced for the first time ever that he'll release his next studio album after the summer.
Check out the full interview on Billboard Radio China, and watch the interview highlights video here: