's sleek house music with a pinch of electroclash's punch.
had been DJ'ing around France playing popular tunes, but his brain was particularly rewired in 1987 when he heard a
track on French radio. He taped the track, brought a copy to a gig, and promptly cleared the floor with it during one of his own sets. Things loosened up a year later when acid house came to France and
successfully promoted his own club nights. It was during one of those nights in 1992 that he met
, a Chicago-based house legend who was touring across Europe at the time.
picked one he liked enough to sing over. The result was "Up and Away," a minor hit that lurked in garage DJ crates for the next four years.
's carefree attitude -- that he only produces good music while he's having casual fun -- kept the DJ from releasing anything until 2001's "Just a Little More Love." The track featured American gospel singer Chris Willis
, who met Guetta
while on vacation in France. Another slow burner, "Just a Little More Love," kept popping up in sets for the next two years, first in an electro version and later in a pumped-up Wally Lopez
remix. During this time, Guetta
snuck out a bootleg remix of David Bowie
's "Heroes," retitled "Just for One Day." Bowie
gave the go-ahead to release the track officially, and Guetta
soon had a massive hit on his hands. Guetta
featured the liberated boot on his first mix CD, Fuck Me I'm Famous
, named after Guetta
's successful Ibiza-based party.
The fun-loving slacker DJ finally got around to releasing a collection of his own productions in 2004, Just a Little More Love
on Astralwerks. Guetta Blaster
arrived that same year, followed by Poplife
in 2007. Chris Willis
sang lead vocals on the latter album, which spun off multiple dance singles in multiple countries. Fuck Me I'm Famous: International, Vol. 2
was then released in July 2008, giving listeners a taste of the stylish sounds that orchestrated Guetta
's summer club events in Ibiza. A year later he released One Love, a platinum-selling album featuring the singles "When Love Takes Over" with Kelly Rowland, "Sexy Bitch" with Akon, and "Gettin' Over" with Chris Willis
In 2010, Guetta
received five nominations at the 52nd Grammy Awards, two of them related to the One Love album and the other three for his work on the Black Eyed Peas' massive worldwide hit "I Gotta Feeling." That same year, One Love was reissued as One More Love, featuring a bonus disc of remixes and new tracks. A superstar guest list -- featuring Akon, Lil Wayne, Flo Rida, Usher, Chris Brown, and others -- would figure into his 2011 release, Nothing But the Beat, but this time the DJ's songwriting was inspired by dramatic rock bands like Coldplay. In 2014, Guetta
released three singles on his own Jack Back label, all of which were rounded up on that year's Lovers on the Sun EP. Later that year Guetta
released his sixth studio album, Listen. Perhaps as a reaction to inadvertently finding himself a sort of unofficial godfather to the burgeoning EDM movement, the album saw him branching out of his electro-house comfort zone, experimenting with elements of hip-hop, alternative rock, R&B, and acoustic instrumentation, and featuring guest artists as diverse as Emeli Sandé, Sia, the Script, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.