David Guetta describes DJing from USB sticks as ‘doing it really old school’

The superstar DJ recalls a mishap that recently occurred at Coachella festival

French DJ David Guetta has recalled an unfortunate incident that according during his recent Coachella festival set, which forced the electronic artist to use USB sticks to complete his performance.

Guetta, whose latest single ‘Hey Mama’ was released in March, told Beatport (via Fact) about the mishap.

Guetta recounted: “Something crazy happened to me on the [first weekend of Coachella]. I’m using Rekordbox and Pioneer to play, and before I saved my playlist to my SD card, my computer crashed.”


The DJ continued: “So I just had to put all my music in a random order on USB sticks at the last minute, doing it really old school, scrolling to look for the records I wanted to play next.”

David Guetta recently said that he was “honoured” to have his music played on British soap Eastenders. The DJ’s collaborative track with Emeli Sande, ‘What I Did For Love’, was played during the closing scenes of the soap’s live 30th anniversary episode earlier this year. “My music played at the Queen Vic is a great honour,” Guetta told the Metro.

Meanwhile, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top confirmed last year that he had recorded an album worth of material with Guetta. The unlikely duo met up for a recording session in Ibiza and laid down 10 completed tracks.

Discussing what went on inside the studio, Gibbons said: “I wanted to know how they did certain things, and of course they were badgering me to bring the guitar to the forefront. They said, ‘Y’know, the only thing missing in dance music is a good guitar player.’ I said, ‘Let’s see if we can bring the two together and make it shake.'”