House music’s not from Chicago? David Guetta dubbed ‘grandfather of electronic dance music’ by ABC
David Guetta appeared on ABC’s Nightline, celebrating the release of his seventh studio album, 7, along with his countless chart-topping accomplishments and star-studded collaborations with Usher, Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida, Bebe Rexha, Justin Bieber, Sia, and many more. The segment then goes on to celebrate one of Guetta’s most popular tracks, “Titanium,” featuring Sia, released in 2011. Guetta’s rise to the top began in 2009 with electronic-pop crossovers such as “Sexy Bitch” with Akon and “I Gotta Feeling” with The Black Eyed Peas.
Early on, the segment dubs Guetta as the “grandfather of electronic music,” citing no source and brushing over the hyperbolized title like a wide-eyed stan. While doing the math, a 9-year-old grandfather seems young. Judging from his first studio album, Just a Little More Love, released in 2002, viewers should wonder what happened to the previous 20 years of electronic music. The piece’s title and URL claimed [they’ve since edited the copy] Guetta brought house music to America, recklessly abandoning Chicago and Detroit’s house and techno scenes in the mid 1980s.
Prominent “grandfathers” might include actual grandfathers such as Chip E, Steve Hurley, Frankie Knuckles, Phuture, Mr. Fingers, Kym Mazelle, Afrika Bambaataa, Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, and Yellow Magic Orchestra.