Ibiza party 2017 – New hot club Hï Ibiza is latest party destination – Daily Star

But the highlight of this new Ibiza institution has to be Wild Corner head there for an unforgettable bathroom experience, in fact, a toilet rave.

This is a unisex bathroom, lined with cubicles at the side and sinks at back.

So far, so normal – except there’s a DJ booth slap bang in the centre, a light-up ceiling and incredibly powerful speakers.

With a capacity of around 150 and a focus on disco tracks, this has to be the only toilet in the world with a dancefloor!

One of the staff explains how there’s not a club like this in Europe, and only somewhere like Las Vegas can really compare. “It’s a playground of adults,” she says.

“A place to come and have fun like no other.”

Check out hiibiza.com

Neymar parties on a boat in Ibiza with his friends… before the Barcelona striker bombs into the water – Daily Mail

  • Barcelona forward Neymar was pictured partying on a boat in Ibiza with friends
  • The Brazilian was in a relaxed mood, signalling and waving to the shore
  • He then cooled off in spectacular fashion, by bombing off the side of the boat
  • PSG are reportedly ready to pay Neymar’s £195million Nou Camp release clause

Matthew Smith For Mailonline

Neymar has become the subject of potentially the most expensive transfer in football history, but the striker’s cares seem to be elsewhere.

The Barcelona forward was pictured on Tuesday partying on a boat with his friends off the shore of the Spanish island of Ibiza.

The Brazilian was in a relaxed and playful mood, signalling and waving to the shore as he sat on the deck.

Barcelona forward Neymar was pictured on Tuesday partying on a boat in Ibiza with friends

Barcelona forward Neymar was pictured on Tuesday partying on a boat in Ibiza with friends

Barcelona forward Neymar was pictured on Tuesday partying on a boat in Ibiza with friends

The Brazilian was in a relaxed and playful mood, signalling and waving to the shore

The Brazilian was in a relaxed and playful mood, signalling and waving to the shore

The Brazilian was in a relaxed and playful mood, signalling and waving to the shore

Neymar has become the subject of potentially the most expensive transfer in football history

Neymar has become the subject of potentially the most expensive transfer in football history

Neymar has become the subject of potentially the most expensive transfer in football history

Neymar then decided to cool off in spectacular fashion, by bombing off the side of the boat into the Mediterranean Sea.

The striker was making a splash in the water, just as Paris Saint Germain were making a potential tsunami in the transfer market.

The French club are ready to pay Neymar’s £195million release clause at the Nou Camp, according to several reports in Spain. 

Neymar then decided to cool off in spectacular fashion, by bombing off the side of the boat

Neymar then decided to cool off in spectacular fashion, by bombing off the side of the boat

Neymar then decided to cool off in spectacular fashion, by bombing off the side of the boat

Neymar made the daring jump into the water, egged on by his friends on the side of the ship

Neymar made the daring jump into the water, egged on by his friends on the side of the ship

Neymar made the daring jump into the water, egged on by his friends on the side of the ship

The striker was making a splash as PSG were making a potential tsunami in the transfer market

The striker was making a splash as PSG were making a potential tsunami in the transfer market

The striker was making a splash as PSG were making a potential tsunami in the transfer market

It is reported that Neymar would be tempted by a £26.5million-a-year contract until 2022, and it is claimed midfielder Marco Verratti – a target of Barca – could be brought into consideration over any deal.

Neymar has been at the Nou Camp since 2013 and has won 10 trophies, including two La Liga titles and one Champions League. 

He has formed a fearsome striking line known as ‘MSN’, along with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

PSG are reportedly ready to pay Neymar's £195million release clause at the Nou Camp

PSG are reportedly ready to pay Neymar's £195million release clause at the Nou Camp

PSG are reportedly ready to pay Neymar’s £195million release clause at the Nou Camp

It is reported that Neymar would be tempted by a £26.5million-a-year contract until 2022

It is reported that Neymar would be tempted by a £26.5million-a-year contract until 2022

It is reported that Neymar would be tempted by a £26.5million-a-year contract until 2022

Neymar has won 10 trophies at the Nou Camp since 2013, including the Champions League

Neymar has won 10 trophies at the Nou Camp since 2013, including the Champions League

Neymar has won 10 trophies at the Nou Camp since 2013, including the Champions League


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Stephan Bodzin and Levon Vincent join Maceo Plex for Destino Ibiza party – Mixmag

The line-up for Mosaic’s next open-air party at Destino has been announced.

Maceo Plex (pictured) will be joined by Stephan Bodzin, Levon Vincent, Javier Gonzalez, Asobitai and Angioma on July 20.

Normally taking place at Pacha on Tuesday nights, this event will see the DJs travel along the coast to the open-air venue for another night of musical adventure.

With Solomun, Sven Väth, Guy Gerber and Luciano having already played at the open-air venue that overlooks Ibiza Town, Destino has established itself as an important part of the Pacha empire.

Check out our review of Mosaic’s opening party earlier this year.

Buy your tickets here.

Party Report: Solid Grooves – Deep House Amsterdam (press release) (blog)


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Solid Grooves established itself as one of the leading places to go for fans of proper house and tech last year. As such it makes perfect sense that they are back once again in 2017 with bigger and better plans and a new home. That home is Benimussa Park, the famous outdoor space in the rolling green hills of Ibiza.

It boasts old seal pits and an amphitheatre like main stage where ravers stand and sit on a steeply inclined hill and gaze down on the action. And there has plenty of that, as there has been at clubs like Sankeys and Vista Club before now. What marks this party out is a dedication to fresh acts and no messing gravures that make you want to dance, and sweat, and plenty of them were served up here tonight.

With the sun blazing down it was co-founder PAWSA who was up first and he served up some warming grooves that were slick, well sequenced and seamlessly mixed. The slowly amped up thre pressure as went along and set it up nicely for Huxley.

Huxley is a big name and big time performer and his set was filled with hefty bottom end bounce, nice bass and plenty of fusions of hose, garage and tech. He dropped some of his own remixes and made the crowd really go wild.

Elsewhere, Spaniard Hector Couto served up a loopy and infectious set filled with Chicago tinged grooves and old school techno that was physical, in your face and just what was needed to carry ever more inebriated and tired dancers throughout the night.

Closing things down in the treehouse was Dennis Cruz, a leading producer who has turned out more hits than anyone else recently. His smooth sounds carrie don until the music had to be turned off and had plenty of people asking for IDs and Shazaming all the biggest cuts. On this evidence Solid Grooves looks set to be one of the best parties in Ibiza once again this year.

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David Guetta interview: Ibiza’s Peter Pan on his forthcoming album … – The Independent

For anyone who has ventured out to Ibiza, hopefully they will agree that the atmosphere is a kind of “Neverland for grown-ups” – if that concept makes sense at all.

And if that is the case, then David Guetta is undoubtedly its Peter Pan. 

The superstar DJ turns 50 later this year but you wouldn’t think it to look at him – or his Instagram account, which is littered with photos of him surrounded by models, celebrities and private jets. 

Few people who claim to have a discerning taste in music would admit to liking him, though you can guarantee they will have danced to one of his many hit singles at least once in their lives. It’s interesting that, shortly after I speak to Guetta, famed French electronic duo Justice – Gaspard Auge and Xavier De Rosnay – claim that he releases “really really good music under fake names”. 

In the video interview, De Rosnay is seen hesitating before making the statement about Guetta, as though wondering whether he should be revealing this. So maybe there’s more to the French artist’s music than even his harshest critics think. 

Alias or no alias, “2U”, Guetta’s latest single, is a club banger that features an impressive vocal performance from Justin Bieber, and recently made the top 10. 

Guetta’s remix of Bruno Mars’ “Versace on the Floor” showcased an altogether different sound, turning the 90s-inspired tune to more of a 70s funk jam, adding warm bass tones and vocoded lines to take it up a step. 

 

“‘2U’ is really like a David Guetta record, and the Bruno Mars collaboration, that was me getting into his world in my own world,” Guetta explains. “For me it was amazing to be able to show something different – I love that funky vibe but people don’t necessarily expect me to do it.” 

The “Versace on the Floor” remix was premiered at his Ushuaïa club residency in June. Ibiza’s party season has officially begun, and the French DJ is spending a lot of time hopping back and forth to the island. 

“I love being in Ibiza, it’s amazing,” he says. “Everybody is always speaking about the party, but there’s also a completely different side to it.

“It’s changed a lot in terms of clubs. I think what’s interesting in the last couple of years is how underground parties became trendy. There were always a very big underground scene in Ibiza … but now it’s very interesting to see the VIP customers, the money-spenders, the models… they were always coming to my parties at Pacha. But now they’re also going to Solomun or to Marco Carola. There’s a trend there, and it’s very surprising.” 

 

He says that it’s funny to see how an “underground” scene in Ibiza is becoming the new favourite sound for people who usually favour what most would deem “commercial” music. 

“There’s a way bigger awareness of that side of music on the island than there was a few years ago,” he says. “I’m going to be honest, in the two last years that same 128bpm EDM was starting to make me tired. Everybody was playing it. So now I’m happy, I think it’s amazing moment for music because it’s the end of a cycle, but that also means the beginning of another one. And I think we can all be experimental, people want new sounds and they’re ready for new ones.

“This is what dance music is meant to be, and I love it. I can remember when I started to make house music, it’s because I didn’t like that pop music was so formatted. When EDM became more formulaic than pop I thought ‘This is crazy!’.” 

That’s why my party @ushuaiaibiza is called BIG

A post shared by David Guetta (@davidguetta) on Jun 29, 2017 at 12:07pm PDT

Guetta often speaks about the huge influence of Daft Punk on his music. Regardless of whether you like their music, Daft Punk and Guetta are two of the most recognisable names in music to emerge from France, and they have achieved a level of success that past French musicians struggled to reach. This seems to be changing, albeit very slowly, and the country has seen a particular boom in electro-pop in the past five years.

“I’ve been thinking about this a lot because we have a lot of talented people in France,” Guetta says. “It’s a bit addictive, to have world hits. And of course it would be possible to make some French songs, but then you only speak to France. And for me, part of the magic about what I’m doing, what touches my heart so much, is when I’m travelling to Australia, or Africa, to South America, and the people that are so different from where I live, singing my songs, this is one of the most touching things.

“I always wanted to share my passion for music with more and more people, so of course, limiting myself to a country… this is not where I fit. Music is that universal language, but of course if you use a language that is only spoken in one of two countries, it’s limiting, and I want to share it with everyone.” 

During his set at Isle of Wight festival this summer, Guetta made a poignant call to music fans who were, perhaps, still on edge after the Manchester attack: “No one can stop us from living the way we want to live.”

david-guetta-2.jpg

“I’m always trying to bring people together,” he says. “I’m always creating bridges between different worlds. I’m the type of person who loves this idea of unity. It’s beautiful to see people coming from different cities, different countries, feeling like one. And I love that, I never want it to stop. Even after everything that happened… very often we’re questioning ‘should we do this event?’. But I don’t want to change my habits, to me this would be losing the battle, changing our life because of being scared.” 

Suffice to say he doesn’t seem bothered about criticism of his music, having pioneered the crossover EDM hit with tracks like “Sexy Bitch” and the Black Eyed Peas song “I Gotta Feeling”, which he produced, and which led to artists such as Calvin Harris and Avicii being able to reach mainstream radio in the United States. Forbes cited his annual earnings last year at around $37m, and he can boast a plethora of number one singles with some of the biggest artists in the world.

“At the beginning of house music, it was all about being credible,” he says. “When I started to make music and cross over I started to receive some criticism. So I said, ‘look, I’m not trying to be credible, I’m trying to be in-credible’. I think anybody that is going to do something a bit out of the box is always going to be criticised, but at the end of the day that’s the only thing that matters.

“You can be a good little boy who follows the rules, but you’re never going to do anything interesting with your life. I make the music that I believe in, the music that I love, that I wanna share with people. And I’m not forcing anyone to listen to it.” 

Guetta is currently working on a new album, and while he says there’s a real question “in terms of business” of how relevant it is to make a record today, it’s something he wants to do anyway.

“As an artist I can tour on my singles and people will create their own playlists. But I still love the album as an artistic statement, telling a story, making sense. When you put singles out it’s also like you almost have an obligation to get results.

“Making an album also allows me to put songs on that, maybe they’re not the most obvious radio single – but at the same time I love them. If I only thought of the biggest hits, maybe I would not have released “Titanium”. Because today that’s one of the biggest records of my career, but when we released it, it was single number five or something on the album. We never thought it was going to do that well.”

Last night Ushuaïa was BIG again!

A post shared by David Guetta (@davidguetta) on Jul 4, 2017 at 12:24pm PDT

As we wrap up, talk returns to his forthcoming birthday. It takes place, fittingly enough, in November, around the time Ibiza season ends. “You can bet it won’t be your average 50th birthday,” he says.

“I think it’s gonna be a year of celebrations. I don’t wanna do just one party, I wanna do a year of craziness.”

“I’m living in the present right now,” he adds. “It’s an exciting time!”

David Guetta’s new single 2U ft. Justin Bieber is out now. His BIG residency at Ushuaïa Ibiza runs from now to 28 August

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David Guetta interview: Ibiza’s Peter Pan on his forthcoming album, EDM, and the island’s changing club scene – The Independent

For anyone who has ventured out to Ibiza, hopefully they will agree that the atmosphere is a kind of “Neverland for grown-ups” – if that concept makes sense at all.

And if that is the case, then David Guetta is undoubtedly its Peter Pan. 

The superstar DJ turns 50 later this year but you wouldn’t think it to look at him – or his Instagram account, which is littered with photos of him surrounded by models, celebrities and private jets. 

Few people who claim to have a discerning taste in music would admit to liking him, though you can guarantee they will have danced to one of his many hit singles at least once in their lives. It’s interesting that, shortly after I speak to Guetta, famed French electronic duo Justice – Gaspard Auge and Xavier De Rosnay – claim that he releases “really really good music under fake names”. 

In the video interview, De Rosnay is seen hesitating before making the statement about Guetta, as though wondering whether he should be revealing this. So maybe there’s more to the French artist’s music than even his harshest critics think. 

Alias or no alias, “2U”, Guetta’s latest single, is a club banger that features an impressive vocal performance from Justin Bieber, and recently made the top 10. 

Guetta’s remix of Bruno Mars’ “Versace on the Floor” showcased an altogether different sound, turning the 90s-inspired tune to more of a 70s funk jam, adding warm bass tones and vocoded lines to take it up a step. 

 

“‘2U’ is really like a David Guetta record, and the Bruno Mars collaboration, that was me getting into his world in my own world,” Guetta explains. “For me it was amazing to be able to show something different – I love that funky vibe but people don’t necessarily expect me to do it.” 

The “Versace on the Floor” remix was premiered at his Ushuaïa club residency in June. Ibiza’s party season has officially begun, and the French DJ is spending a lot of time hopping back and forth to the island. 

“I love being in Ibiza, it’s amazing,” he says. “Everybody is always speaking about the party, but there’s also a completely different side to it.

“It’s changed a lot in terms of clubs. I think what’s interesting in the last couple of years is how underground parties became trendy. There were always a very big underground scene in Ibiza … but now it’s very interesting to see the VIP customers, the money-spenders, the models… they were always coming to my parties at Pacha. But now they’re also going to Solomun or to Marco Carola. There’s a trend there, and it’s very surprising.” 

 

He says that it’s funny to see how an “underground” scene in Ibiza is becoming the new favourite sound for people who usually favour what most would deem “commercial” music. 

“There’s a way bigger awareness of that side of music on the island than there was a few years ago,” he says. “I’m going to be honest, in the two last years that same 128bpm EDM was starting to make me tired. Everybody was playing it. So now I’m happy, I think it’s amazing moment for music because it’s the end of a cycle, but that also means the beginning of another one. And I think we can all be experimental, people want new sounds and they’re ready for new ones.

“This is what dance music is meant to be, and I love it. I can remember when I started to make house music, it’s because I didn’t like that pop music was so formatted. When EDM became more formulaic than pop I thought ‘This is crazy!’.” 

That’s why my party @ushuaiaibiza is called BIG

A post shared by David Guetta (@davidguetta) on Jun 29, 2017 at 12:07pm PDT

Guetta often speaks about the huge influence of Daft Punk on his music. Regardless of whether you like their music, Daft Punk and Guetta are two of the most recognisable names in music to emerge from France, and they have achieved a level of success that past French musicians struggled to reach. This seems to be changing, albeit very slowly, and the country has seen a particular boom in electro-pop in the past five years.

“I’ve been thinking about this a lot because we have a lot of talented people in France,” Guetta says. “It’s a bit addictive, to have world hits. And of course it would be possible to make some French songs, but then you only speak to France. And for me, part of the magic about what I’m doing, what touches my heart so much, is when I’m travelling to Australia, or Africa, to South America, and the people that are so different from where I live, singing my songs, this is one of the most touching things.

“I always wanted to share my passion for music with more and more people, so of course, limiting myself to a country… this is not where I fit. Music is that universal language, but of course if you use a language that is only spoken in one of two countries, it’s limiting, and I want to share it with everyone.” 

During his set at Isle of Wight festival this summer, Guetta made a poignant call to music fans who were, perhaps, still on edge after the Manchester attack: “No one can stop us from living the way we want to live.”

david-guetta-2.jpg

“I’m always trying to bring people together,” he says. “I’m always creating bridges between different worlds. I’m the type of person who loves this idea of unity. It’s beautiful to see people coming from different cities, different countries, feeling like one. And I love that, I never want it to stop. Even after everything that happened… very often we’re questioning ‘should we do this event?’. But I don’t want to change my habits, to me this would be losing the battle, changing our life because of being scared.” 

Suffice to say he doesn’t seem bothered about criticism of his music, having pioneered the crossover EDM hit with tracks like “Sexy Bitch” and the Black Eyed Peas song “I Gotta Feeling”, which he produced, and which led to artists such as Calvin Harris and Avicii being able to reach mainstream radio in the United States. Forbes cited his annual earnings last year at around $37m, and he can boast a plethora of number one singles with some of the biggest artists in the world.

“At the beginning of house music, it was all about being credible,” he says. “When I started to make music and cross over I started to receive some criticism. So I said, ‘look, I’m not trying to be credible, I’m trying to be in-credible’. I think anybody that is going to do something a bit out of the box is always going to be criticised, but at the end of the day that’s the only thing that matters.

“You can be a good little boy who follows the rules, but you’re never going to do anything interesting with your life. I make the music that I believe in, the music that I love, that I wanna share with people. And I’m not forcing anyone to listen to it.” 

Guetta is currently working on a new album, and while he says there’s a real question “in terms of business” of how relevant it is to make a record today, it’s something he wants to do anyway.

“As an artist I can tour on my singles and people will create their own playlists. But I still love the album as an artistic statement, telling a story, making sense. When you put singles out it’s also like you almost have an obligation to get results.

“Making an album also allows me to put songs on that, maybe they’re not the most obvious radio single – but at the same time I love them. If I only thought of the biggest hits, maybe I would not have released “Titanium”. Because today that’s one of the biggest records of my career, but when we released it, it was single number five or something on the album. We never thought it was going to do that well.”

Last night Ushuaïa was BIG again!

A post shared by David Guetta (@davidguetta) on Jul 4, 2017 at 12:24pm PDT

As we wrap up, talk returns to his forthcoming birthday. It takes place, fittingly enough, in November, around the time Ibiza season ends. “You can bet it won’t be your average 50th birthday,” he says.

“I think it’s gonna be a year of celebrations. I don’t wanna do just one party, I wanna do a year of craziness.”

“I’m living in the present right now,” he adds. “It’s an exciting time!”

David Guetta’s new single 2U ft. Justin Bieber is out now. His BIG residency at Ushuaïa Ibiza runs from now to 28 August

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David Guetta interview: Ibiza’s Peter Pan on his forthcoming album … – The Independent

For anyone who has ventured out to Ibiza, hopefully they will agree that the atmosphere is a kind of “Neverland for grown-ups” – if that concept makes sense at all.

And if that is the case, then David Guetta is undoubtedly its Peter Pan. 

The superstar DJ turns 50 later this year but you wouldn’t think it to look at him – or his Instagram account, which is littered with photos of him surrounded by models, celebrities and private jets. 

Few people who claim to have a discerning taste in music would admit to liking him, though you can guarantee they will have danced to one of his many hit singles at least once in their lives. It’s interesting that, shortly after I speak to Guetta, famed French electronic duo Justice – Gaspard Auge and Xavier De Rosnay – claim that he releases “really really good music under fake names”. 

In the video interview, De Rosnay is seen hesitating before making the statement about Guetta, as though wondering whether he should be revealing this. So maybe there’s more to the French artist’s music than even his harshest critics think. 

Alias or no alias, “2U”, Guetta’s latest single, is a club banger that features an impressive vocal performance from Justin Bieber, and recently made the top 10. 

Guetta’s remix of Bruno Mars’ “Versace on the Floor” showcased an altogether different sound, turning the 90s-inspired tune to more of a 70s funk jam, adding warm bass tones and vocoded lines to take it up a step. 

 

“‘2U’ is really like a David Guetta record, and the Bruno Mars collaboration, that was me getting into his world in my own world,” Guetta explains. “For me it was amazing to be able to show something different – I love that funky vibe but people don’t necessarily expect me to do it.” 

The “Versace on the Floor” remix was premiered at his Ushuaïa club residency in June. Ibiza’s party season has officially begun, and the French DJ is spending a lot of time hopping back and forth to the island. 

“I love being in Ibiza, it’s amazing,” he says. “Everybody is always speaking about the party, but there’s also a completely different side to it.

“It’s changed a lot in terms of clubs. I think what’s interesting in the last couple of years is how underground parties became trendy. There were always a very big underground scene in Ibiza … but now it’s very interesting to see the VIP customers, the money-spenders, the models… they were always coming to my parties at Pacha. But now they’re also going to Solomun or to Marco Carola. There’s a trend there, and it’s very surprising.” 

 

He says that it’s funny to see how an “underground” scene in Ibiza is becoming the new favourite sound for people who usually favour what most would deem “commercial” music. 

“There’s a way bigger awareness of that side of music on the island than there was a few years ago,” he says. “I’m going to be honest, in the two last years that same 128bpm EDM was starting to make me tired. Everybody was playing it. So now I’m happy, I think it’s amazing moment for music because it’s the end of a cycle, but that also means the beginning of another one. And I think we can all be experimental, people want new sounds and they’re ready for new ones.

“This is what dance music is meant to be, and I love it. I can remember when I started to make house music, it’s because I didn’t like that pop music was so formatted. When EDM became more formulaic than pop I thought ‘This is crazy!’.” 

That’s why my party @ushuaiaibiza is called BIG

A post shared by David Guetta (@davidguetta) on Jun 29, 2017 at 12:07pm PDT

Guetta often speaks about the huge influence of Daft Punk on his music. Regardless of whether you like their music, Daft Punk and Guetta are two of the most recognisable names in music to emerge from France, and they have achieved a level of success that past French musicians struggled to reach. This seems to be changing, albeit very slowly, and the country has seen a particular boom in electro-pop in the past five years.

“I’ve been thinking about this a lot because we have a lot of talented people in France,” Guetta says. “It’s a bit addictive, to have world hits. And of course it would be possible to make some French songs, but then you only speak to France. And for me, part of the magic about what I’m doing, what touches my heart so much, is when I’m travelling to Australia, or Africa, to South America, and the people that are so different from where I live, singing my songs, this is one of the most touching things.

“I always wanted to share my passion for music with more and more people, so of course, limiting myself to a country… this is not where I fit. Music is that universal language, but of course if you use a language that is only spoken in one of two countries, it’s limiting, and I want to share it with everyone.” 

During his set at Isle of Wight festival this summer, Guetta made a poignant call to music fans who were, perhaps, still on edge after the Manchester attack: “No one can stop us from living the way we want to live.”

david-guetta-2.jpg

“I’m always trying to bring people together,” he says. “I’m always creating bridges between different worlds. I’m the type of person who loves this idea of unity. It’s beautiful to see people coming from different cities, different countries, feeling like one. And I love that, I never want it to stop. Even after everything that happened… very often we’re questioning ‘should we do this event?’. But I don’t want to change my habits, to me this would be losing the battle, changing our life because of being scared.” 

Suffice to say he doesn’t seem bothered about criticism of his music, having pioneered the crossover EDM hit with tracks like “Sexy Bitch” and the Black Eyed Peas song “I Gotta Feeling”, which he produced, and which led to artists such as Calvin Harris and Avicii being able to reach mainstream radio in the United States. Forbes cited his annual earnings last year at around $37m, and he can boast a plethora of number one singles with some of the biggest artists in the world.

“At the beginning of house music, it was all about being credible,” he says. “When I started to make music and cross over I started to receive some criticism. So I said, ‘look, I’m not trying to be credible, I’m trying to be in-credible’. I think anybody that is going to do something a bit out of the box is always going to be criticised, but at the end of the day that’s the only thing that matters.

“You can be a good little boy who follows the rules, but you’re never going to do anything interesting with your life. I make the music that I believe in, the music that I love, that I wanna share with people. And I’m not forcing anyone to listen to it.” 

Guetta is currently working on a new album, and while he says there’s a real question “in terms of business” of how relevant it is to make a record today, it’s something he wants to do anyway.

“As an artist I can tour on my singles and people will create their own playlists. But I still love the album as an artistic statement, telling a story, making sense. When you put singles out it’s also like you almost have an obligation to get results.

“Making an album also allows me to put songs on that, maybe they’re not the most obvious radio single – but at the same time I love them. If I only thought of the biggest hits, maybe I would not have released “Titanium”. Because today that’s one of the biggest records of my career, but when we released it, it was single number five or something on the album. We never thought it was going to do that well.”

Last night Ushuaïa was BIG again!

A post shared by David Guetta (@davidguetta) on Jul 4, 2017 at 12:24pm PDT

As we wrap up, talk returns to his forthcoming birthday. It takes place, fittingly enough, in November, around the time Ibiza season ends. “You can bet it won’t be your average 50th birthday,” he says.

“I think it’s gonna be a year of celebrations. I don’t wanna do just one party, I wanna do a year of craziness.”

“I’m living in the present right now,” he adds. “It’s an exciting time!”

David Guetta’s new single 2U ft. Justin Bieber is out now. His BIG residency at Ushuaïa Ibiza runs from now to 28 August

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David Guetta interview: Ibiza’s Peter Pan on his forthcoming album, EDM, and the island’s changing club scene – The Independent

For anyone who has ventured out to Ibiza, hopefully they will agree that the atmosphere is a kind of “Neverland for grown-ups” – if that concept makes sense at all.

And if that is the case, then David Guetta is undoubtedly its Peter Pan. 

The superstar DJ turns 50 later this year but you wouldn’t think it to look at him – or his Instagram account, which is littered with photos of him surrounded by models, celebrities and private jets. 

Few people who claim to have a discerning taste in music would admit to liking him, though you can guarantee they will have danced to one of his many hit singles at least once in their lives. It’s interesting that, shortly after I speak to Guetta, famed French electronic duo Justice – Gaspard Auge and Xavier De Rosnay – claim that he releases “really really good music under fake names”. 

In the video interview, De Rosnay is seen hesitating before making the statement about Guetta, as though wondering whether he should be revealing this. So maybe there’s more to the French artist’s music than even his harshest critics think. 

Alias or no alias, “2U”, Guetta’s latest single, is a club banger that features an impressive vocal performance from Justin Bieber, and recently made the top 10. 

Guetta’s remix of Bruno Mars’ “Versace on the Floor” showcased an altogether different sound, turning the 90s-inspired tune to more of a 70s funk jam, adding warm bass tones and vocoded lines to take it up a step. 

 

“‘2U’ is really like a David Guetta record, and the Bruno Mars collaboration, that was me getting into his world in my own world,” Guetta explains. “For me it was amazing to be able to show something different – I love that funky vibe but people don’t necessarily expect me to do it.” 

The “Versace on the Floor” remix was premiered at his Ushuaïa club residency in June. Ibiza’s party season has officially begun, and the French DJ is spending a lot of time hopping back and forth to the island. 

“I love being in Ibiza, it’s amazing,” he says. “Everybody is always speaking about the party, but there’s also a completely different side to it.

“It’s changed a lot in terms of clubs. I think what’s interesting in the last couple of years is how underground parties became trendy. There were always a very big underground scene in Ibiza … but now it’s very interesting to see the VIP customers, the money-spenders, the models… they were always coming to my parties at Pacha. But now they’re also going to Solomun or to Marco Carola. There’s a trend there, and it’s very surprising.” 

 

He says that it’s funny to see how an “underground” scene in Ibiza is becoming the new favourite sound for people who usually favour what most would deem “commercial” music. 

“There’s a way bigger awareness of that side of music on the island than there was a few years ago,” he says. “I’m going to be honest, in the two last years that same 128bpm EDM was starting to make me tired. Everybody was playing it. So now I’m happy, I think it’s amazing moment for music because it’s the end of a cycle, but that also means the beginning of another one. And I think we can all be experimental, people want new sounds and they’re ready for new ones.

“This is what dance music is meant to be, and I love it. I can remember when I started to make house music, it’s because I didn’t like that pop music was so formatted. When EDM became more formulaic than pop I thought ‘This is crazy!’.” 

That’s why my party @ushuaiaibiza is called BIG

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Guetta often speaks about the huge influence of Daft Punk on his music. Regardless of whether you like their music, Daft Punk and Guetta are two of the most recognisable names in music to emerge from France, and they have achieved a level of success that past French musicians struggled to reach. This seems to be changing, albeit very slowly, and the country has seen a particular boom in electro-pop in the past five years.

“I’ve been thinking about this a lot because we have a lot of talented people in France,” Guetta says. “It’s a bit addictive, to have world hits. And of course it would be possible to make some French songs, but then you only speak to France. And for me, part of the magic about what I’m doing, what touches my heart so much, is when I’m travelling to Australia, or Africa, to South America, and the people that are so different from where I live, singing my songs, this is one of the most touching things.

“I always wanted to share my passion for music with more and more people, so of course, limiting myself to a country… this is not where I fit. Music is that universal language, but of course if you use a language that is only spoken in one of two countries, it’s limiting, and I want to share it with everyone.” 

During his set at Isle of Wight festival this summer, Guetta made a poignant call to music fans who were, perhaps, still on edge after the Manchester attack: “No one can stop us from living the way we want to live.”

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“I’m always trying to bring people together,” he says. “I’m always creating bridges between different worlds. I’m the type of person who loves this idea of unity. It’s beautiful to see people coming from different cities, different countries, feeling like one. And I love that, I never want it to stop. Even after everything that happened… very often we’re questioning ‘should we do this event?’. But I don’t want to change my habits, to me this would be losing the battle, changing our life because of being scared.” 

Suffice to say he doesn’t seem bothered about criticism of his music, having pioneered the crossover EDM hit with tracks like “Sexy Bitch” and the Black Eyed Peas song “I Gotta Feeling”, which he produced, and which led to artists such as Calvin Harris and Avicii being able to reach mainstream radio in the United States. Forbes cited his annual earnings last year at around $37m, and he can boast a plethora of number one singles with some of the biggest artists in the world.

“At the beginning of house music, it was all about being credible,” he says. “When I started to make music and cross over I started to receive some criticism. So I said, ‘look, I’m not trying to be credible, I’m trying to be in-credible’. I think anybody that is going to do something a bit out of the box is always going to be criticised, but at the end of the day that’s the only thing that matters.

“You can be a good little boy who follows the rules, but you’re never going to do anything interesting with your life. I make the music that I believe in, the music that I love, that I wanna share with people. And I’m not forcing anyone to listen to it.” 

Guetta is currently working on a new album, and while he says there’s a real question “in terms of business” of how relevant it is to make a record today, it’s something he wants to do anyway.

“As an artist I can tour on my singles and people will create their own playlists. But I still love the album as an artistic statement, telling a story, making sense. When you put singles out it’s also like you almost have an obligation to get results.

“Making an album also allows me to put songs on that, maybe they’re not the most obvious radio single – but at the same time I love them. If I only thought of the biggest hits, maybe I would not have released “Titanium”. Because today that’s one of the biggest records of my career, but when we released it, it was single number five or something on the album. We never thought it was going to do that well.”

Last night Ushuaïa was BIG again!

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As we wrap up, talk returns to his forthcoming birthday. It takes place, fittingly enough, in November, around the time Ibiza season ends. “You can bet it won’t be your average 50th birthday,” he says.

“I think it’s gonna be a year of celebrations. I don’t wanna do just one party, I wanna do a year of craziness.”

“I’m living in the present right now,” he adds. “It’s an exciting time!”

David Guetta’s new single 2U ft. Justin Bieber is out now. His BIG residency at Ushuaïa Ibiza runs from now to 28 August

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  • David Guetta
  • Daft Punk
  • French Music
  • Justin Bieber
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