“Total bullsh*t” called on David Guetta fake DJ accusations
UPDATE: Tomorrowland have responded to the accusations, explaining: “To be clear on this, David Guetta has grown together with the festival since the very beginning, and every year he has amazed the crowd with an even bigger live DJ mix and performance than the last. During the years, Tomorrowland – together with the artist – has developed an unseen high quality show. The massive fireworks display that only occurs in the very last minutes of the set need weeks of programming, so as to get everything perfectly synced in order to create an experience never seen before.”
After the respective Peter Hook, Chase & Status and Steve Angello teacup-storms, an official anthem (complete with DJ Sneak remix) and even an ITM-penned brief history, we’re all pretty well-versed in the makings of a ‘fake DJ’ ruckus. So with the ‘exposé video/photo followed by comment-outrage and the DJ’s own defence’ formula down pat, regular subject of internet indignation David Guetta is back in the spotlight.
Keyboard warriors have pointed the fake-DJ-finger (again) at Guetta after a video surfaced of the Frenchman’s performance at Belgium mega-festival Tomorrowland. A shot in the below video (at about the 13:10 mark) allegedly shows Guetta’s mixer with all four volume faders down, while music continues to play out.
While social media channels did their thing, Sander Landsaat – representative to the likes of Guetta offsider Nicky Romero and Marco V – has responded on a story from Mixmag. “This is total bullshit,” Landsaat’s response begins. “David played every track and mixed them on the spot LIVE! Why would I say this? I was in the DJ booth with him. [I’m] saying this just to illustrate that I was witness.
“The reason why all faders were down as claimed is because there was a power outage and a moment of silence for a good 10 mins if I remember correctly, could have even been longer. If this happens and the power comes back on you don’t want the music to start playing again where it left off or at a later point in the track abruptly, because that would also create ammo for all those critics and negative people out there. This is a question of editing out the moment of silence out of the video footage, nothing else.”
While Landsaat’s got plenty to say (read the full retort in Mixmag’s comments section), Guetta himself is yet to respond to the mini-furor. And, let’s face it, he probably won’t bother. Our man at Tomorrowland had this to say about the headliner’s set: “David Guetta is the main drawcard at the mainstage tonight, and love him or hate him, it’s like he was born to play Tomorrowland amphitheatre at its bubbling peak. Anyone who watched last year’s ‘after-movie’ will certainly remember the moment where he stages his own giddy version of the ‘Mexican Wave’, and tonight he brings a similar amount of beaming, wide-smiles and energy, and it’s clear the crowd have just a little bit of energy left to draw on for the last few hours of the festival.” Read the full epic review right here.