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Words: JOSHUA STEPHENS


Back to JackOn the set of David Guetta’s new video


Whether you’re a fan or not, you have to admire the tireless work ethic of David Guetta. Jetting from festival to festival to entertain crowds of thousands, and sharing studio time with a dizzying array of artists from chart topping vocalists to up-and- coming producers, it seems like there’s very little time to squeeze much more in. But with the recent launch of his new label, Jack Back Records, which aims to present a tougher side to his sound, he’s further centralising his power and position as one of the biggest forces in EDM.


Last month, we were on hand to experience him combine this with yet another ambitious project, the ‘Burn curate’ event, organised by Burn energy drinks at a huge central London warehouse space, where David teamed up with critically acclaimed Los Angeles-based pop artist Mr Brainwash (who appeared in Banksy documentary ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’), to film the video to ‘Metropolis’, his collaboration with rising Dutchman Nicky Romero and Jack Back’s first release. A joint art show and party for an audience of


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competition winners and selected VIPs, we arrive to find the giant venue filled with everything from Burn-fuelled King Kong installations, the monkey king surrounded by hundreds of empty cans, to paint covered Darth Vaders and full-sized, paint smeared rearing horses, the main stage itself emblazoned with the words ‘Music is my Art’.


After a quick Q&A, in which the pair show a teenage enthusiasm for what they do that’s been untarnished by either fame or criticism, Nicky Romero doesn’t waste any time weighing in with beefed up, protein-shake guzzling versions of Chemical Brothers’ ‘Block Rockin Beats’ and Faithless’ ‘Insomnia’, the excitable crowd primed for lift off by the Burn cocktails on offer. Part Dirty Dutch bleeps and squeaks, part euro-trance rift euphoria, it’s has everyone as buzzing as the club- friendly combination of alcohol and caffeine.


With his guns out on display, David is equally keen to put on a muscular display, fidgety bass sounds that owe more to Ed Banger of years gone by than


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the pop of his most familiar anthems, tearing from the towering speaker stacks. Grinning from ear to ear, and leaping aloft the decks alongside Nicky as the cameras appears, he premiers his latest Sia collaboration, interspersing the industrial strength heaviness with more obvious crowd-pleasers like a remix of White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’, a track inexplicably sung by European crowds at the end of DJ sets.


“Last night was incredible, unlike any event I have played before,” beams David the day after. “It’s cool to do stuff that’s a bit different and give something back to my fans. Burn have been brave enough to give me the opportunity to experiment and create through a unique video concept and I can use my platforms to share something I am super passionate about, street art.”


Watch out for the finished video to witness what happens when art, music and a carbonated caffeine drink collide.


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