David Guetta’s Sixth Studio Album Is His Most Diverse Yet [Interview]
David Guetta has joined forces with some incredible new talent for the release of his sixth studio album, Listen. The long awaited LP, set for worldwide release on November 24 via Atlantic/Parlophone Records, marks the return of the French producer since releasing his 2011 Grammy-nominated album Nothing But The Beat. In preparation for the release, fans had the option to receive the album early through a promotion by Chase Bank, simply by signing up for Apple Pay using a Chase Visa card to obtain the album at no charge until November 23.
The 14-track record Listen is a showcase of today's biggest music trends, experimenting with exciting new boundaries and a range of production styles. Having already scored his first international chart hit from the album with "Lovers On The Sun," a track that hit #1 in the UK, France, and for a record-breaking seven weeks in Germany, the tremendous success and skill is owed to brilliant artistry in special collaborations.
“Creating combinations between genres that are not supposed to mix together has been my success,” David Guetta told EDM.com in an interview at TomorrowWorld in September. “I am coming with a new album that’s completely different than that, and people are going to be surprised.”
Listen is crafted with striking guitar, piano, and vocals, fused with electronic elements. Introducing the world to a beautiful blend of creative expertise, the record joins forces with remarkable artists from a multitude of different musical backgrounds. “I think for me, it’s more about everyone participating and building a stone to create this big beautiful house,” Guetta said discussing his opinion on the current state of dance culture talent. “I’ve been through a moment where this music was not getting enough attention, so I’m still in that state of mind like ‘okay, if many of us are successful, then it makes all of us stronger because our music stays relevant and big.’ That’s what I want.”
Pleasing an enormous fan base while opening the hearts, minds and ears of others, Listen embodies a spectacular evolution in Guetta’s work. Presenting captivating vocalists, rising star Sam Martin featured in "Lovers On The Sun" and "Dangerous," demonstrates disco, funky guitar chords and mid-tempo synth pop. Uniting with former "Titanium" partner Sia, the duo exhibits a sophisticated ballad in "The Whisperer," a sentimental and powerful piece. Then, in "Band My Head," a fresh and invigorated vibe is explored, building to an upbeat rhythm.
Concluding a phenomenal summer in Ibiza, Guetta further explained to us his humble approach with showcasing the new talent during his resident parties at Ushuaïa. “I always want to use the success of the night [at Ushuaïa] to show new talents or DJs that I love. I think it’s really important for the people to have other music than just me; it’s good to show them something else.”
A slight change in style from his usual realms, a collab between Guetta and Showtek on “No Money No Love,” reveals an urban-feel with exotic vocalists Elliphant and Ms Dynamite. Diving into another glorious collab with a track we expect to hear on the mainstage, “Goodbye Friend” featuring The Script, demonstrates a limitless ambiance with an uplifting beat and vocals. Somewhere between pop and trap, “Hey Mama” featuring Afrojack and scandalous rapper Nicki Minaj pumps with lyrics she raps, “I like the dirty rhythm you play.” Connecting with superstar John Legend for the album’s title track, “Listen” is guaranteed to be a radio hit, ravishing with John’s soulful vocals that integrate with a prominent piano and violin, unleashing an electronic bliss.
Despite the controversy that happened when Guetta’s "spaceout" video went viral online from Belgium’s Tomorrowland festival, we favored his humorous attitude towards the mainstream matter: “I think it happens to everyone to be in his own thoughts for thirty seconds,” Guetta said. “I thought it was really funny and ridiculous. Yes, I am in my thought for a minute and yes, I am probably very tired, like I am right now, because I do 150 shows a year and I am making an album. I do not sleep much.” We respect Guetta's hard-working, multi-talented devotion to this new, bold album.
Discussing the motive behind his most sophisticated and unexpected work, Guetta said, “It’s my most personal album lyrically, which is why I called it Listen. Dance too, but really it’s from the heart.”
Listen is available for purchase on iTunes.
Catch David Guetta on Tour:
12/4 - Marquee – New York
12/5 – LIV – Miami
12/6 – XS – Las Vegas