Page 14 - We Rave You Magazine | October 2023
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                                                                                                                                  Guetta understands the great importance of ensuring the   Tell us about the summer season at your Ibiza residencies
                                                                                                                                  electronic music scene is constantly evolving and growing   at Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza and the difference between them.
                                                                                                                                  for the better in all aspects, and whilst he dominates
                                                                                                                                                                                     It was probably the biggest season I’ve seen in Ibiza for 10
                                                                                                                                  commercial airwaves with instantly iconic tracks the likes of
                                                                                                                                                                                     years. The clubs were absolutely packed, and I’m not only
                                                                                                                                  ‘I’m Good (Blue)’, you can find him working tirelessly in the
                                                                                                                                                                                     talking about my shows, but in general. With the success of
                                                                                                                                  background on expanding his underground roots whether
                                                                                                                                                                                     ‘I’m Good’, I really embraced the love and positivity at my
                                                                                                                                  with Future Rave alongside MORTEN or his alias Jack Back.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Ushuaïa event F*** Me I’m Famous! when the crowd would
                                                                                                                                                                                     sing the words. Right now, melodic techno and Future Rave
                                                                                                                                  As we enter the final months of 2023, we sit down with the
                                                                                                                                                                                     are so big and everyone is playing darker music, so with
                                                                                                                                  man of the moment for an exclusive insight on his personal
                                                                                                                                                                                     F*** Me I’m Famous! I wanted to make it feel like a party in
                                                                                                                                  career developments of the last 12 months, and a deep
                                                                                                                                                                                     the sunshine where it was all about love and happiness,
                                                                                                                                  reflection on the music scene in its current state.
                                                                                                                                                                                     and it was very successful. I really think Ushuaïa and the
                                                                                                                                                                                     pool parties in Vegas are the best pool parties in the world.
                                                                                                                                  Your year started off with a hugely successful South
                                                                                                                                  American tour. Can you tell us a little bit more about it,
                                                                                                                                                                                     With Future Rave we had some very interesting bookings,
                                                                                                                                  and your connection to the South American fans?
                                                                                                                                                                                     and lots of very talented artists. Meduza and James Hype
                                                                                                                                  Years ago, South America used to almost be my priority,   were in the club room, and this room is amazing for DJs.
                                                                                                                                  as I’ve built so much in Brazil and in Latin America in   They have done a really amazing job. They’ve managed to
                                                                                                                                  general, and for a long time I couldn’t go back. It was really   build their own clientele with their own vibe, and it was very
                                                                                                                                  incredible for me to be back, and the shows were really   impressive, so I’m really happy that I involved them. For my
                                                                                                                                  fantastic. I even went back two weeks ago to Brazil and   sets, the Future Rave residency was a longer set compared
                                                                                                                                  that’s been crazy, too, because I was in the Amazon. I’m   to my Ushuaïa residency. Sometimes, I would play for
                                                                                                                                  usually a city guy, so it was really interesting to see that.   around 2 hours, sometimes even more, and I would go a
                                                                                                                                  There’s a special energy in Latin America in general. The   little darker.
                                                                                                                                  people are incredible and I was really missing it.
                                                                                                                                                                                     We need a good promoter to make us shine, and they’re
                                                                                                                                  How was your festival season? How did you find the   really doing an amazing job in Ibiza, especially Yann
                                                                                                                                  summer, touring and seeing your fans?              Pissenem and the whole team, and it’s really incredible.
                                                                                                                                                                                     They also happen to be French, so we have an even bigger
                                                                                                                                  The summer has been amazing. When, as an artist, you
                                                                                                                                                                                     connection there.
                                                                                                                                  have a massive hit like ‘I’m Good (Blue)’ and it’s completely
                                                                                                                                  out of the norm, it makes my DJ life very easy. The fans
                                                                                                                                                                                     How did you approach the choices of who would be
                                                                                                                                  that come to the shows are already almost programmed
                                                                                                                                                                                     involved in the lineups for both nights?
                                                                                                                                  to have a good time, and they’re so excited. During my
                                                                                                                                  career, I’ve noticed that I have my DJ fans where I would sell   I wanted to have more melodic techno DJs because that
                                                                                                                                  around 10,000 tickets, but then when I have a hit, everything   works well with Future Rave for Hï Ibiza, and then with
                                                                                                                                  flips and I can sell 20,000 or 30,000 tickets. The people that   Ushuaïa the lineup is focused more on artists that can
                                                                                                                                  come are not necessarily electronic music fans, they just   really run the crowd, and who typically play for crowds
                                                                                                                                  come because they love that record so much, they want to   like Ushuaïa and Tomorrowland, where there is this bigger
                                                                                                                                  discover more of me and they are younger. Maybe it’s the   commercialised party scene.
                                                                                                                                  first, second or third time they’re seeing a DJ and because
                                                                                                                                  of this, they go absolutely crazy. The energy that I get at   Not just when it comes to touring, his career has been
                                                                                                                                  shows when I have those pop moments makes my life so   stratospheric on the musical front. It’s hard to go anywhere
                                                                                                                                  easy. It’s also obviously very pleasant, because I just get on   without hearing the addictive lyrics of ‘I’m Good (Blue)’ but
                                                                                                                                  stage and everybody’s screaming already.           it isn’t just this single where he’s seen success.

                                                                                                                                  This year, Guetta had one of the biggest Ibiza seasons of
                                                                                                                                  his career so far, at the helm of not one but two different
                                                                                                                                  residencies: Mondays at Ushuaïa with F*** Me I’m Famous!
                                                                                                                                  and Fridays with Future Rave at Hï Ibiza, with multiple sold
                                                                                                                                  out shows.

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