David Guetta is one of the biggest DJs the world has ever seen. Collaborations with worldwide known superstars like Usher, Nicki Minaj, Black Eyed Peas, Sia, Akon, Flo Rida and multiple Grammy nominations speaks for themselves. In order to be aware of techniques you need, here we share what you need to know to learn how to DJ like David Guetta.
Equipment you need to DJ
It’s hard to imagine any of worldwide known EDM festival David Guetta hasn’t yet played. Therefore it’s not a big secret his favorite DJing hardware solution is golden standard of modern DJing - pair of CDJ2000 NXS and DJM900 NXS.
Before you go to store and grab a deck for 6000$, it would be recommended to consider an entry level DJ controller for around 100$. When paired with virtual software it can do wonders as you have all basic DJing features to create a Pro set.
Producing to become successful
Another effective way to become a superstar DJ is to produce your own records, promote them and later play them to the crowd. Time spent in the studio pays off well, when 50000 people in the stadium are singing along to your tracks.
When it comes to composing, David Guetta’s favorite VST plugins are Sylenth1, Massive, Workshop Circle, Sonic Academy ANA and Nexus2. When it comes to audio processing he use Overtone DSP EQ, Brainworx V2, IS Drop Effects, Cable Guys Volume Shaper 3, NR’s Drum Sythesiser and Kickstar Sidechain Compression plugin.
If you are a beginner, you don’t need any of these advanced software plugins. All you actually need is a DAW of your preferred choice and you can easily record the music, mix it down and master it with built in VSTs and audio processing plugins.
What genres to produce
David Guetta is worldwide known for his pop influenced dance tracks. His hits like Titanium, When Love Takes Over, Gettin’ Over You, Without You, Where Them Girls At have one thing in common for their success. It’s the catch or the so called “hook“.
The hook is usually the vocals, but if you are a beginner with no strong vocal abilities, you can try to find it with writing some catchy main melody. Try to keep it simple and effective. The key is to create something you can’t get out of your head.
Other things to succeed
French DJ-superstar is the perfect example of how collaborations can bring you the recognition. Try to send out some demos for your favorite vocalists. Don’t aim the Grammy nominated artists at the first day as you will most likely been rejected.
All the fame of his music is not gathered in one day, week, month or a year. David is currently 44 and his success is the result of hard work for decades. If you want to reach that level of recognition, you probably have to dedicate the whole life for the music.
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