Ibiza, Greek islands all part of the mix for jetsetting DJ


For a lot of travellers, the Greek islands are the ultimate holiday destination.

The sun, the sand, the drinks and the music — it’s generally a once-in-a-lifetime proposition for young revellers who want a taste of the all-hours nightclubs and legendary hedonism.

But for international DJs such as David Guetta, it’s just another weekend in paradise.

“It’s very possible that one day I’ll stop touring because it’s so exhausting, but the one place I will always keep going back to is Ibiza,” Guetta said.

“I love this island, I have the fans that have known me forever and I also have DJ friends that I have known for many, many years and don’t expect me to only play my hits. It’s a place where I feel very free to play whatever music I want and whatever music I love.”

In addition to wowing the Ibiza party crowds for the past two decades, Guetta has created a musical back catalogue that speaks for itself.

Since hitting the mainstream 12 years ago with When Love Takes Over in collaboration with Kelly Rowland, Guetta has worked with every pop star you could imagine, with some of the biggest names including Jason Derulo, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Sia, and Justin Bieber. “Sometimes I choose them, sometimes they choose me, sometimes it’s really just an accident,” he said.

“In the case of Justin Bieber, it was an accident. He’s probably the most difficult artist to get in the studio with. In my case, we were thrown together with a common friend called Pooh Bear.

“He (Pooh Bear) played it to him without me knowing and Justin loved it. He recorded it in only 24 hours, which never, ever happens. It was crazy.”

With all these big names under his belt, you would be forgiven for thinking Guetta has ticked all the boxes and is satisfied with his achievements.

But there’s always another project or plan on the horizon for this 51-year-old French superstar.

“I’m a big Adele fan, so I would love to do that one day,” Guetta said. “To be honest, it’s also cool to find undiscovered talent.

“When I first worked with Sia, she was not the superstar she is today, so if I could find a new Sia, that would actually be my ultimate dream.”

If Guetta hits up Australia this festival season, who knows?

Any one of us could be his next Sia. It might be worth warming up the vocal chords and heading to open mic nights across regional WA this summer.

Guetta’s seventh studio album, 7, is in stores now through Universal Music.



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