A tweet from the French superstar DJ/producer brings Jabbawockeez and other revelers to studio, in new clip.
By Akshay Bhansali, with additional reporting by Matt Elias and Damian Vaca
Dance-music superstar David Guetta was beaming when we caught up with him this weekend at KIIS-FM’s Wango Tango festival in Los Angeles. The concert event marked the French DJ/producer’s inclusion in what has now become an annual West Coast tradition showcasing the best of the best in popular music. This year’s roster boasted the likes of Adam Lambert, Ke$ha, Ludacris, Akon, Usher and Justin Bieber.
“I live in Paris, so I have no idea. I arrived and didn’t even know what the Staple[s] Center was,” Guetta said. “Then I arrived to the rehearsal and I was like, ‘Wow! This is big!’ I saw all the artists that were performing and it’s amazing. I’m really happy and honored to be part of that.”
Guetta has collaborated with Akon and Kelly Rowland, on “Sexy Chick” and “When Love Takes Over,” respectively, and they, along with singer Chris Willis, joined Guetta onstage for a rocking show on Saturday. Now, he’s followed that with the premiere of his latest video on Tuesday morning (May 18). The clip for “Gettin’ Over You” features Fergie, party-rockers LMFAO and Willis, who all guest on the track.
In an interview with MTV News last month, Guetta set up the concept for the visual.
“The video is the story of what happened to me when I came to produce ‘I Gotta Feeling’ for the Black Eyed Peas,” Guetta explained. “So, the inspiration for my video is we’re in recording sessions — me, Fergie, LMFAO, Chris Willis — and then more and more people are partying in the studio. We party in the streets. Partying in the area … partying in the city.”
Indeed, “Gettin’ Over You” is just as he described. The clip opens in a recording studio with Guetta behind the boards as he declares, “So guys, if you’re ready, we’re gonna do it one in one take. Let’s go.” Fergie (sporting a hair poof and dramatically lined eyes) and Willis launch into the verses, as Guetta is seen tweeting that he’s in the studio. Just after LMFAO’s Sky Blu and Redfoo step up to their mics, a passerby hears the music from outside and sneaks into the session.
The newcomer rounds up some friends, who carry speakers into the streets and patch into the soundboard, and lo and behold, the neighbors hear the music and flock to the studio. Soon a large crowd makes its way to Guetta’s recording session-turned-party, which spills into a nearby alleyway, where everyone dances it out to the rest of the song. Somehow, “America’s Best Dance Crew” alums the Jabbawockeez find their way to the bash — and take things to the next level.
Guetta may well have delivered another summer pop-dance music hit, in the vein of “I Gotta Feeling,” a song he co-produced for the Peas and that went on to top the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks last year.
“I think ‘Gettin’ Over You’ has that power of ‘I Gotta Feeling,’ ” Guetta said. “It’s actually kind of the same vibe. I’m really confident in this record.”
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