David Guetta: Nothing But the Beat

David Guetta: Nothing But the Beat

2011, Performing Arts  -   53 Comments
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David Guetta: Nothing But the BeatDavid Guetta, popular French house music producer and DJ, tells the story of himself and the electronic music.

"I cannot look at myself in the mirror if I do not give 100 percent. My ambition is new each day, I have so much to learn and so much to achieve." - David Guetta

Nothing But The Beat reveals David Guetta's meteoric rise from underground house DJ to global superstar.

Featuring the likes of Will.i.am, Kelly Rowland, Ludacris and Snoop Dogg, the full-length documentary Nothing But The Beat offers fans a unique insight into the professional and personal life of David Guetta and chronicles one of the finest innovations in electronic music.

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Urbanicity aka Shannon Harris
Urbanicity aka Shannon Harris
8 years ago

Even tough I don't listen to radio or watch TV or follow pop culture I felt the documentary had some powerful things in it. For decades many debates have been presented locally and abroad about the origins of house music. Also the racial identity of its makers. David discussed those and didn't have to being at the level he is at. Also the discussion about the American music dilemma with dance music versus pop/hip hop that's been going on for such a long time was mentioned. Many people don't know what the term or style "House Music" is and I agree his sound isn't "house music". But it was derived from the origins of "House Music" which will lead people who are seeking more to seek and discover. His mention of Farley, Frankie, Pierre and so on will open the worlds eyes to Chicago and the origins of the sound and it's evolution. There's been tons of Dance music documentaries written and the history seems to always get skewed or misrepresented. At least he didn't refer to Europe as being the origins of this music which it is indeed the heart beat of its life line and support system on massive level. I haven't seen a doc on Tiesto and so on but I don't think they would take the time to talk about DJ culture in the perspective I mentioned above. Another thing that's power is having people like Usher saying "House Music" and glorifying it leads people back to finding out more about it. Snoop and Kelly describing the feelings from the experiences even though it's from his electronic sets "House Music" delivers the same vibrations to its fans. Lastly I felt that his persona was very laid back and he seemed to enjoy what he is doing. I know hundreds of House Music, Underground and Hio hop DJ's from big names to small names and they are not at ease, comfortable or project a loving/easy going vibration like David displayed in this documentary. I liked his energy for a person making that much money and with that much clout. He's having fun and maybe that's why people like him regardless of his sound. Hahaha.

shinyboy
shinyboy
10 years ago

a so so doc... in my opinion a good doc takes a stance of neutrality, not hype or favoritism as with good journalism... otherwise, it's a wank. in regards to electronica? hmmm, it's done well with high production, tho it's not inventive as the doc hypes... i couldn't get through 20 minutes and my attention wandered thru that short period.

Craig Baylis
Craig Baylis
11 years ago

What I dig about Guetta is his passion and vision. He's at inadvertent conflict with some, if not many about the #EDM genre and even #House, but I appreciate that his focus is on the art of music, which in itself is bigger than it's genre's.

Guest
Guest
11 years ago

What I dig about Guetta is his passion and vision to move people with music. Not sure about the references to house

Dan McClelland
Dan McClelland
11 years ago

since when does remixing shitty top 40 music make you an EDM DJ

Ralf Amok
Ralf Amok
11 years ago

rewriting music's history... this so called documentary is nothing more than a failed attempt at rewriting of music history. This guy had absolutely NOTHING to do with bringing electronic music to the states. How about people like Prototype 909, Frankie Bones, Lenny Dee etc... when these guys were touring stateside in the early 90s and pressing tracks in the 80s, this dude was still looking in his diapers for leftovers.... big corporate wigs are trying to feed the young people today their version of events, but all it takes is a quick look at the age of these new jacks like Skrillex or this guy to see that it's just a giant sham. Not to mention that it has absolutely NOTHING to do with house.

Cameron Park
Cameron Park
11 years ago

why is he talking about house? he's not house, he's pop

Houston Cleaver
Houston Cleaver
11 years ago

I hated David Guetta 1h 6m 17s ago

ShaunLF08
ShaunLF08
11 years ago

A producer with integrity produces tracks that they like and are proud of and not based on how much money it will make, that is the problem with guetta. Please do not be so ignorant and believe that he is true representative of modern day house music! To all the older people saying that house isnt what is used to be you couldn't be more wrong! I appreciate that there was some fantastic music produced back in the day when it sprung up in Chicago and in fact ive been to see many DJ's like Dyed Soundorom, Derrick Carter, Kerri Chandler etc who will play tracks from the late 80's that still rock the dancefloor today. But there are many talented producers such as Guy Gerber, Maceo Plex, Davide Squillace, Maya Jane Coles etc producing music with integrity and a blend of so many cultures which have just as much feeling and groove as the old tracks but are also pushing the boundaries of creativity. This is why real dance music fans resent this man so much, comparing his commercial trash to real house music is like comparing '50 shades of grey' to 'To kill a mockinbird'!

BDilla
BDilla
11 years ago

The haters are missing the point. Who ****** cares whether the guy can Dj or not, He's not so much a Dj but more a producer. It's the fact that he revolutionized the Urban music with the House music. All your favorite Dj's have love for the dude, and if your hating on him cuz he's "top 40" then your clearly an id**t and need to appreciate, the level this guy brought a bunch of Genre's into one. I've been Djing for 4 years and I'm going to school for Audio Engineering and all i gotta say is appreciate what he did cuz he's changed music a lot, in a postive way . . .

Gerry Groia
Gerry Groia
11 years ago

I´ve seen Sasha, Digweed, Seaman, Oakenfold, Cox, Kraftwerk and a bunch of other electronic music geniuses, David Guetta doesn´t even start. He´s the perfect example of mass media profits. I´ve seen him closing the last UMF and he can´t even mix.

Jarrod Valliere
Jarrod Valliere
11 years ago

Fraudetta gives electronic music a bad name.

kanan abdul kader mohamed ali
kanan abdul kader mohamed ali
11 years ago

if you're young, drunk and in a club you'd prefer to hear david guetta or the prodigy rather than portishead or david bowie. there is a time, a place and an age for any kind of music... embrace all!

Earthwinger
Earthwinger
11 years ago

I tend not to hate on music, there's no point. You take from music what you want, and what a boring world it would be if we all wanted the same thing. ;)

Having said that, house music like most other popular genres before it, seems to have become a bit of a victim of it's own success, and to my mind this film illustrates that.

Good old Bristol sound, trip-hop for me please....Tricky, Portishead, Massive Attack, etc. I don't think those tunes will ever sound old. :)

For all the old coffin dodgers who long since lost touch, go to Youtube and type the words “Tricky-Overcome”. You can thank me for it later. ;)

mitchmiller
mitchmiller
11 years ago

Looks like I'm one of the few that liked the flick, even though it was a bit shallow... more about promotion of David Guetta. Maybe it was a reminder of fond memories from my days as a weekend dance warrior... beginning in the 70's to the early 2000's when my engines finally shut down!

LOL I'm nearly 56 and even I've heard of David Guetta!! I would call him a "commercial" DJ/producer, and his sound is pretty much ubiquitous now on commercial radio. However, I do think that sound is really well suited to a giant close-cover arena.

Currently I'm liking the blend of retro 70's & 80's with today's electronic dance and a hint of hip-hop, a la Kraak & Smaak and Groove Armada.

John Tripp
John Tripp
11 years ago

this is awful, I'm getting sick from this a--hole's fauxness. Give me Masters at Work any day.

Benjamin
Benjamin
11 years ago

Not sure how I feel about this. Yes, I think it's great what David Guetta has done but I feel this is music is still a distant cousin of true dance/house/trance music. I am happy for him that he is doing what he loves, but I miss the days when dance music felt like it was 'mine'; maybe selfish of me - but I guess that's how life is sometimes.

leaksy
leaksy
11 years ago

thats what happens when you mix music with money. you end up with crap

John Tripp
John Tripp
12 years ago

Never heard of this guy, who the **** is he?

Julie
Julie
12 years ago

Music is all about how it makes you feel, if you can't relate..don't hate aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...that was a good one for me lol

dan young
dan young
12 years ago

the magic has gone out of the dance / electronic scene. Its all about commerce. dj sets are mundane, dj's are pretty boys touting fashion and the music is whateveris forced out by the big stables. there are a few acts around still preaching the old ways, but not many. the superclub, and superclub dj mentality ruined the dance scene. if you get the chance, check out early Sasha, and Digweed Sets Or Sets from the likes of the Dope Smugglaz, danny Tenaglia, carl cox. A decent club night was like a journey, taking you though a mix of music and a mix of tempos and feelings. from what i see today, it may aswell be a computer mixing a list of records that have roughly the same BPM.

The Day The Music Died!

KingGeorgeIV
KingGeorgeIV
12 years ago

I have always held the opinion that no matter what kind of person you are, IT would be nearly impossible to be a humble, world class DJ. Having all those people bounce on your command, lights behind you, it really is like he said, "A church preaching to a different kind of people." Only difference is, you take God out of the picture, and you become one to those people. I love house, dislike a lot of other electronica including about 98% of dubstep. Started loving on it in high school. I just cant tease myself the way these people do on the dance floor where you forget everything except the music. I've been to a few big name shows here and there, and I couldn't help over analyzing the scene and the people only to be disappointed with the childish way of life I was getting involved in. Drugs or not, the music is good. However, I dont see how people can make this a lifestyle and be at rest or satisfied with their life. Grew up in America by the way (Atlanta, GA) and its a huge hit, especially in the last 5 years its exploded over here.

Guest
Guest
12 years ago

Last year at the Shambhala Music Festival i got a taste of what it is to be in a crowd spellbounded by a beat. Spending 5 days camping near the 5 stages surrounded by more than 12,000 day and night, the funkiest camp settlements, great food, the mountains...wow!
The wave that is created by the dancing uphoric crowd at all hours of the day and night is totally crazy.
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Scald Rougish Vallade
Scald Rougish Vallade
12 years ago

what a delusional world they created..

Jordan Kaatz
Jordan Kaatz
12 years ago

I particularly enjoyed this movie because it centered around a DJ in the electronic dance music genre (my favorite genre). There are plenty of documentaries on hip hop artist and rock bands, but only a handful on EDM DJ's.

I've seen David Guetta perform twice here in southern California. His first first show was amazing, but I became extremely disappointed at the second show because his set was almost completely identical (song selection, song order, transition styles). When I go to electronic shows and raves, I expect the DJ to bring something new to the table, even if they are trying to showcase their iTunes top 10 bangers.

On a second note, I like how he is trying bridge europe and america (and blacks and whites) by molding different music styles. I just hope he doesn't drift to far into the american pop/hiphop culture. I liked his older stuff because it sounded unique, but nowadays his new stuff sounds like every other damn song on the radio.

Ash NA
Ash NA
12 years ago

This answered a lot of questions for me. For one I'd never heard of David Guetta, two - I now know the guy from Air has a stunt-double, but more importantly I know why it's so hard to find 'soulful house'. On the other hand, there's no mention of Gus Gus or Naked Music, Trentemoeller and so on, it's very narrowly focused on things that matter in a commercial sense to a particular group of electro artists. It's a trade doco really.

I had no idea that Americans don't listen to this sort of music en masse, or that 'black' people over there don't get involved in it. I grew up with this and it's the most listened-to music in the entire world, so I guess I just assumed. I mean, rave parties, the Berlin Love Parade. I hardly listen to dance music anymore, but is America really that insular?

And I have to say this music reminds me so much of Les Rhythms Digitales, or early Royksopp which was also pretty sub-standard.

John_Dread
John_Dread
12 years ago

Now this is interesting. There are sh*tloads of things to learn about and from yet this is made into a "documentary". Says a lot about our priorities, doesn't it. If at least it was about music...

rich ro
rich ro
12 years ago

i'm a professional dj and i not sure to watch this or not

i hope i am wrong when this is not done as a promotion tool to get this dj to and keep on the top, its all a race for many of the promotional teams backing these 'super' djs to achieve maximum sales in the corporate pig world

djing for me is creating good vibes ad having fun and projecting that to people its kinda spiritual but dj's like like are just as bad as marketing consulants and celeb stars, much more talent if u go looking for it

peace x

Sacco Svd
Sacco Svd
12 years ago

They talk as if they were inventing the wheel....what a crap really.

dmxi
dmxi
12 years ago

i'ld love to pay 50-60 quid to see him live.....maybe the only chance to poke him in the eye with something uncomfortable!"guet-ta-hell-outta-here,ye-one-eyed-frog-impregnator"!no offence,i love the french!

Ian Harrigan
Ian Harrigan
12 years ago

Your wrong leewebster.

leewebster
leewebster
12 years ago

the worst music imaginable