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Couldn't Guetta any better

With the halo of being the world’s number one DJ, David Guetta took the city by storm. Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

With the halo of being the world’s number one DJ, David Guetta took the city by storm. Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.  

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French DJ David Guetta was definitely a crowd pleaser. Perhaps, too much so. While the song selection might have been fun, it lacked flow, writes Karunya Keshav

The sun hadn't quite gone down when the strobe lights kicked in. “Nothing but the beat,” said the large scrolling text on screen. And for a good few minutes, there was in fact only the beat, holding promise of good things to come.

David Guetta, French music producer and DJ, took the stage to a collective cheer as he began his set in Bangalore on Sunday, headlining the last of a three-city Eristoff Invasion festival.

Opening with the almost prophetic “Sweat” from his latest “Nothing But The Beat” album, the man voted the world's number one DJ in DJ Magazine's reputed annual poll, set the tone for two hours of high energy, hands-in-the-air, electronic dance music.

He pulled out all his popular hits, the chart toppers you automatically groove to in any club in the city. There was “Getting' Over You”, “Turn Me On” and “When Love Takes Over”.

There was also the slightly older “Love Is Gone”, the most recent monster-hit “Titanium”, and the rather sweet “Without You” that had everyone swaying. While Pune got a surprise visit from Akon, Bangalore had to make do with an interestingly slowed-down remix of “Sexy B**** (Chick)”.

Guetta sampled The Chemical Brothers and remixed Pitbull and Ne-Yo's “Give Me Everything”, and got some of the evening's biggest cheers for a remix of Avicii's “Levels”. He knew just where to cut the volume and adjust the faders, and the crowd was happy to oblige and sing along. You can't go wrong when you play music that people love, and play it well.

Earlier, Delhi-based Dualist Inquiry and Anish Sood opened the event, the latter's mixes of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Adele greeting people as they trickled into the concert area.

Admittedly, the 10,000-odd people at Palace Grounds took a while to get warmed up. With the main act starting as early as 6.30 p.m. and gates opening at 3 p.m., they had to weather long queues and the hot afternoon sun – some brave souls in dangerously high heels – with only ice-cream, drinks and watermelon keeping them cool. But as Guetta took over and the sky grew darker, coloured wigs, whimsical hats and truly fantastic large-frame glasses with blinking blue lights could be seen bouncing non-stop. Glow sticks were waved with an infectious energy, and when the crazy graphics behind the deck on stage asked the crowd to “make some noise”, nobody said no. The dancing never stopped.

Guetta was definitely a crowd pleaser. Perhaps, too much so. While the song selection might have been fun, it lacked flow. For those used to the DJ mix or ‘mixset' with no breaks, the concert seemed “too commercial” and “repetitive”, to some concert-goers, and rather start-stop. A dubstep interlude and few minutes of heavy baseline showed just how much wizardry Guetta was capable of, but these were too short and too few.

“I Got a Feeling” (with the Black Eyed Peas), another dance floor regular, wrapped things up, a little shy of 8.30 p.m. There would be no encore, no last requests. As the organisers rather apologetically reminded people that the rest of the city was still open, the “Tonight's gonna be a good night” ringing in people's ears as they inched towards the exits seemed a consolation for an evening that had ended too early.

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