With over 23.5 million likes on his Facebook, David Guetta is undoubtedly the most popular dance music DJ in America. I’ll admit that I may not have been the biggest fan in the past, but that has changed after seeing his biographical documentary Nothing but the Beat (trailer below), set to follow the release of his new album of the same name. More than an in-depth look at David Guetta’s musical aspirations and shows, this also stands as a powerful documentary about the rise of EDM in America.
The dominant and driving theme throughout Nothing but the Beat is David Guetta’s passion for dance music. I recall a scene where he expressed his frustration growing up and wanting the music he loved to be as popular and respected as hip-hop and rock ‘n’ roll. It also conveyed his outstanding commitment to producing when he’s not dropping bombs on enormous crowds, like the 80,000 who attended his recent performance in Paris. Additionally, a lot of support came from many well known DJs who appeared in the film, including Avicii, Afrojack, Laidback Luke, Fatboy Slim, Pete Tong, and 2ManyDJs. The pop side also had some cameo appearances, including Kelly Rowland, Snoop Dogg, Will.I.Am, Flo Rida, and gospel/dance vocalist Chris Willis.
Letting us in on the real David Guetta, his movie takes fans on a tour of his life and rise to fame. Although many haters have dismissed Mr. F**k Me I’m Famous, the man is clearly one of the friendliest, most modest, and approachable DJs int he world. It smoothly documents his early days of being dirt poor and being lucky to get a gig spinning at a gay dance club in Chicago or New York. There were also many historical details unveiled to the audience, including a history lesson of how house music was born in the 1980s with drum machines and sampled disco records.
Recently, we’ve seen a few EDM-related films with the Swedish House Mafia producing Take One, Justice making A Cross The Universe, and even one for the Electric Daisy Carnival. However, this one takes the cake, with not only the greatest production values, but also a good deal about David Guetta’s personal life and the growth of EDM that I did not expect. More than that, it underlined the fact that he built and is continuing to cement the bridge that united pop and dance music. A must see for anyone interested in EDM, be sure to see Nothing but the Beat when it hits theatres.