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DAVID GUETTA: The Beat Goes On

David Guetta’s new autodocumentary, “Nothing But the Beat”, traces the House DJ and super producer’s whirlwind life on tour and the evolution of Dance music.

Words: Aimstar

David Guetta is ambitious (he’s a beast). David Guetta is passionate. David Guetta is relentless. And David Guetta never sleeps. At least that’s what you’ll come to understand after watching Nothing But the Beat, a documentary that captures intimate behind the scenes moments of Guetta’s life as he tours the world, prepares for a mega arena performance in front of thousands, produces hits with the best of Urban music and the camera even catches him taking a break to kiss his wife and business partner, Cathy.

The film presented by Burn/Coca Cola and produced by (my good friend Pardeep Sall and) Partizan Films is setup chronologically, with Guetta telling his own story of how he came to be the most grandiose figure in Dance music that we’ve seen yet. A few of his “friends” and long-time collaborators join the procession to explain why Guetta is so important to music now. “What David Guetta symbolizes,” Will.I.Am says within the first 10 minutes of the film, “is like translation to people who might now know House culture, Dance music culture.” Snoop, Kelly Rowland, Ludacris and Usher follow, adding their own anecdotes from their individual experiences with Guetta to flesh out what this film tries its best to answer, “Who is David Guetta?”

Sure, if you’re a music lover you’ve probably seen documentaries of this type, where Artist A supposedly gives you an exclusive ticket into a day of his or her life. If that is the case, Guetta’s Nothing But the Beat is more akin to Hip-Hop’s The Show, Jay-Z’s Fade to Black, Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never, and less Madonna’s Truth or Dare. Guetta’s Nothing But the Beat provides just enough to salivate hungry fans fiending to know more about the ever-working DJ, but not nearly as much as he gives on stage.

Viewers do get a glimpse of archival footage from Dave’s early days as the resident DJ in one of Paris’ Gay clubs. But what’s ironic is that this film seems less to do with Guetta (although he appears in nearly 95 percent of the film) and more to do with his involvement in the worldwide Dance scene overall. Let’s face it: Dance music has been here, albeit underground, for a very long time. This film, however, does an excellent job of bringing the genre above ground, while sticking a flag into the timeline of popular music in its honor. Just as impactful is the break down by various House music mavericks (from Detroit to Japan) on the evolution of Dance music. Citing Guetta as the best example of the genre’s prowess, DJs (fairly unknown to those outside the scene like Grammy award-winning DJs and producers AfroJack and David Morales) elaborate on how House music grew from nothing into a self-sufficient industry all its own…And perhaps that’s the film’s biggest message and something that should be noted and appreciated by independent artists everywhere.

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