David Guetta is a double Grammy winner, a seven-time Grammy nominee, American Music Award winner, multiple-time World Music Award winner and has been voted No. 1 DJ in many polls. He has more than 45 million followers on Facebook, 15 million on Twitter and more than a billion views on his videos. He aims to promote love and unity — and is now trying to share it with as many people as he can.
Interviewer: Maranda Pleasant
MP: What makes you come alive?
DG: Music. I live it and breathe it. It wakes me up in the morning, puts me to sleep at night and is with me all day. I can’t imagine my world without music. It’s the universal language; what I make comes from my heart. What I listen to from others stirs it. I love to make people dance; it’s a way of bringing people together regardless of religion, nationality, sexuality, belief. Even in ancient times, people would unite to a beat. Now we have the internet and events worldwide, our frequency can be shared. Everyone can express themselves to the planet.
MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?
DG: Not so much now; I’m comfortable in my skin. When I was a teenager, I had the angst; it was could I become who I am meant to be? I always knew I wanted to make music and share music. I followed my dreams and my passion. And now it means not just me, but our community, has a voice. There was no internet, Twitter or Facebook or Instagram back then; now people with shared passions can unite and use their voice to share their values and thoughts. Be heard. And make a difference. It’s amazing — everyone can have a voice — and, as one, it can be incredible.
MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?
DG: Be love. There is nothing greater.
MP: What causes and issues are you most concerned about?
DG: I want to see unity. I want to see peace. I want people to be free to speak, be educated. I want people to be able to feed themselves. What most people want, I guess? I want the individual to know that if we unite, we are not powerless. So most of all, I want to support the United Nations who can share our voice and make us heard. What they do makes the world a better place; if each of us can just give a word to their cause, it will only get better. Inclusion.
MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?
DG: My routine is fly, play, sleep, record. My center is the music I am making; when I see people together wherever it is on the planet, that we connect, that’s what keeps my heart beating.
MP: What’s been one of you biggest lessons so far in your life?
DG: Take care of yourself and do unto others as you would have done to you.
MP: What truth do you know for sure?
That we are one energy. Together we can make a change.
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