French DJ David Guetta performs at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards at Wembley Arena in London. November 12, 2017. Photo taken at the MTV Europe Music Awards website. Dylan Martinez, Reuters
IBIZA, Spain -- For French DJ and record producer David Guetta, the blockade was a welcome relief from punishment if it was a stellar career, and it gave him back some of the freedom he had as a teenager.
Speaking to Reuters before his virtual appearance at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) on Sunday, he said this "moment of incarceration" was in many ways positive, although he was very lucky not to have to worry about money.
"I started making music every day, which I don't usually do because I tour a lot," he said through Zoom.
"I just make music for fun, like when I was 17, you know, and, and it's amazing. It's one of the best times in my life when it comes to enjoying, making music and getting inspiration.
The nominee for the Best Electronics Awards recorded his performance at the EMA in Budapest. He described his set as "quite impressive" and said he was "very, very impressed" with the show.
This will be the last of several virtual shows since March, including two "United at Home" charity events in Miami and New York in April and May that raised $1.5 million to help fight the coronavirus.
Guetta admitted that it was difficult not to have a live audience. "I communicate a lot with the crowd, maybe that's what made me more successful than anything else in the world. So I lost that connection.
Known for his massive collaboration over nearly two decades with international artists such as Akon, Jay Balvin, Nicky Minaj and Kelly Rowland, he said his latest song was different from anything he had done in the past.
Let's Love", for which he has met with Australian singer-songwriter Sia, has been nominated for a European Music Award in the new category of Video for Good, as well as being a viral sound in TikTok.
The DJ said his children should show him how a social network of video sharing works, but now he sees the benefits. "It's really amazing how it has really impacted on the music markets today," he said.
The performances for the EMA, which will be presented by Little Mix, have been filmed in several locations in Europe. The band includes Sam Smith, Maluma, YUNGBLUD, and Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga lead the nominations this year with their family.