Standing Up For Guetta, Maybe He Isn’t That ‘Gross’ After All?

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Standing Up For Guetta, Maybe He Isn’t That ‘Gross’ After All?

The whole world is pretty enamoured with New Zealand’s overnight sensation/starlet/pop-princess Lorde. Credit where credit is due. She’s obviously insanely talented beyond her years. She’s also reassured fans of pop-music that not all hope is lost – pop-music doesn’t necessarily have to be indistinguishable in structure and production for commercial success. #1 in 12 countries is quite an accomplishment – especially from a 16 year old!

At the opposite end of the spectrum is David Guetta. The Frenchman, cut his teeth for over a decade on the decks before turning his attention to production and gradually pumping out hit after hit after hit. In many respects, Guetta is an easy target- he’s become the quintessential face of afore mentioned mindless, cheesy-house-based pop-music that we so strongly detest; it’s easy to characterise the dude as a sell-out for working with some of the biggest names in show biz; his “live” show is somewhat questionable; and he’s got a really annoying face to go along with his annoying hand gestures. But again credit where credit is due – whether you like him or not – he has definitely changed the nature of dance music; is heavily responsible for turning dance music into a commercially viable export; ranked #1 in DJ Mag top 100 in 2011 (despite questionable “live” show); and worked his ass off to get where he is.

If there’s one way that Lorde can tarnish her good standing amongst music producers, fans and critics is by making inane, spoilt little brat comments. The other day old mate Guetta mentioned that he wouldn’t mind teaming up with the fresh-faced kiwi… her response;

“F#*k no… He’s gross”

C’mon man. I appreciate the fact that you’re still a teenager, but surely there’s a more civilised and mature way of dealing with the proposition. Sure, your EP is regarded as being pretty solid – but as it stands you’re still just a one-hit wonder, with an EP and album under your belt, which doesn’t give you a great deal of leverage in this situation. He’s carved his way into dance music relevance through years of hard work and persistence. You’ve just cracked the market – the last thing you want to do is alienate yourself from the wider dance and pop community by making throwaway disrespectful remarks. These type of producers have the ability to further your career, not destroy it.

We agree that it may not be in your creative interest to work with the producer because musically your styles differ significantly, so why not cite creative difference as the primary reason for your opposition. But dudes like Guetta have collaborated with some talented artists like Aussie gal Sia and we certainly don’t think any less of her. If anything you should be grateful that someone of Guetta’s standing appreciates your talents and wants to collaborate with you. Saying you don’t want to work with someone you’ve probably never met because you think they’re gross is downright rude.

Let’s hope she can keep her ego in check, cause there’s certainly a lot to like about her. We like the fact that she’s opinionated, because it makes for interesting reads. But we’re not a fan of her arrogance. The mention of potential collaborations with Diplo and Flume is enticing to say the least – but a little less enticing if you keep running your mouth.


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