David Guetta can check Akon, Rihanna and Flo Rida off his list of superstar collabos, but the next possible high-wattage team-up in the works for the producer/DJ may be much more than the clubs can handle.
The French behind-the-boards whiz recently told MTV News that he's been speaking with pop-rock icon Bono about putting his hit-friendly touch on the next U2 project.
"We met with Bono, and I was really excited, really honored because he proposed me to maybe produce some tracks for the next U2 album," Guetta said. The architect of smashes like the Akon-assisted speaker-crusher "Sexy Chick" and the ubiquitous Black Eyed Peas anthem "I Gotta Feeling," Guetta added that he's more than ready to broaden his professional horizons beyond the main-room bangers and R&B-tinged tracks that have netted him tons of fan acclaim and status as a dance-music demigod.
"I've been more and more open to different styles of music, and obviously electronic music is still my main thing, but I just love music. If it's good, it doesn't matter what style," he said. "After those collaborations with all these urban artists, I thought it would be a real challenge for me to try to go in that direction." But what would a Guetta-helmed U2 jam sound like? The quartet has spent decades blowing minds with their epic yet intimate pop-rock cuts, but how does one marry the fist-pumping, booty-rattling throb of Guetta's body of work with the Dubliners' sensibilities? The DJ told us that's he's already trying to figure that out.
"That's done already," Guetta smiled, admitting that he started tinkering with some sounds in the studio. "I started a few ideas already, yes."
Bono said late last year that U2 are actively exploring a dancefloor-friendly sound in some of their new music, and have also enlisted Broken Bells producer Danger Mouse, Lady Gaga soundsmith RedOne and the Peas' will.i.am to craft some tracks.
"U2's remixes in the 1990s were a real treasure," Bono explained to Australian newspaper The Age in October. "So we wanted to make a club-sounding record. We have a pile of songs."