Love him or not, it is safe to say that the dance music industry owes a lot to David Guetta. A producer who often receives some unnecessary criticism for collaborating with some of world’s biggest mainstream artists, the Frenchman has catapulted dance music into the spotlight in the process. From the early days of working with the likes of Joachim Garraudand Chris Willis at the beginning of the 2000’s, to his breakthrough album ‘One Love‘ in 2009 and follow-up chart-topping album ‘Nothing But The Beat‘ in 2011, Guetta’s rise to stardom has been nothing short of spectacular, and since reaching the top he has maintained his position as one of dance music’s biggest attractions for nearly a decade.
Today, Guetta celebrates his 50th birthday, and to mark the occasion, we are throwing things back to 2005 – when Guetta’s career had not reached the heights of the past 10 years, as he performed a phenomenal Essential Mix on BBC Radio One. Back when his predominant focus was on house music and electro, the two hour set features many dance tracks that modern day dance listeners may not even recognise, but which paved the way and inspired the producers of today. The mix will surely bring back some nostalgia with some hidden gems from the likes of Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, The Source, and of course Guetta himself.
Check out the mix in full below.