Wednesday, July 7, 2010

David Guetta Says Timbaland Needs "Balls"

Producer David Guetta who is currently responsible for taking making Kelis' new album sound like every other poppy, "dance" album out there, recently had some choice words about Timbaland and Rihanna in a recent interview. Check it out:

A lot of pop and hip-hop artists are working with electronic producers these days. Why do you think there’s so much crossover right now?

I don’t want to sound conceited, but I think it’s very much because we did it with the Black Eyed Peas, and I did it with Akon and with Kelly Rowland—we’re talking about some of the biggest selling records ever. American people are very simple, they go for what’s number one, and they want to do the same thing. I’m not saying I’m the only one, because for example, there was that Crookers remix of Kid that was really influential, but that record wasn’t successful in America, it was successful in Europe. It did influence me, for sure.

There were some little signs. Like what Timbaland was doing, and Rihanna, but they were being shy, they didn’t have the balls to go 100%. What I respect in Will.I.Am for calling me, he was like, “We’re not going to try to emulate that sound, we’re just going to do it”. He loved ‘Love Is Gone’, and he asked for something that sounds a little bit like that. He’s a producer, so he could have done something similar, but it wouldn’t have been the same. Now this record is the biggest download seller ever, in history. So of course a lot of other hip-hop and pop artists are like, ok, there’s something happening right now. And also, in a way, it’s because of Lady Gaga. We don’t see Lady Gaga as dance music, but in America they do.

When I made ‘Sexy Bitch’ with Akon, it was interesting, because even though he loved the record, he and all his people were like, “This is great, David, we need to work together some more—but when we do Akon’s album, we need a different beat, because this kind of drums will never work on American radio.” And ‘Sexy Bitch’ is one of the biggest hits in America in a very long time!

This year, basically the biggest records were Lady Gaga, ‘I Gotta Feeling’, and ‘Sexy Bitch’. These are the three phenomena of the year. They gave me the cover of Billboard for, like, changing the face of American top 40, you know? I think that’s basically it. Everybody’s like, “Wow, there’s a new sound that’s exciting, and that sells records!” Every artist wants a new sound. I think that probably this urban music was going in circles a little bit, and then all of a sudden, we found a way to keep it urban—because I think ‘Sexy Bitch’ is a house music record, but it’s still urban music. So if you find a way that they don’t feel that they’re selling their soul, that it’s still their music, but at the same time, it has the energy of dance music, it’s great.

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Seems like Guetta's ego is pissed that Timbo didn't call him, as if Guetta is the only "electronic" producer out there. Rather he's just the flavor of the month and as soon as the dance music falls off you'll never hear about the dude again. Keep doin' your thing Tim!


  1. I totally disagree. He was just making an observation--and he's really referring to stuff like "Way I Are" and "Disturbia". And it's true, they were hybrids but not full on house or dance records.

    And what's funny, as we know, is that Danja was probably more responsible for that era of Tim's sound than anything.

    Also, even if dance fades in the US (and it probably will) Guetta is a vet in that scene over there (thought not as big as say, a Tiesto). He'll always have fans and be large in Europe.

  2. (That era of course not referring to Disturbia as a Tim production)

  3. Agree with Collins. Don't see the big deal here...


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