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Despite David Guetta’s Space Out At Tomorrowland, A U.S. TomorrowWorld Music Festival Announced

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David Guetta recently played at the world renowned Tomorrowland music festival in Belgium over the past weekend, and seemed to be having a hard time keeping a smile on his face. In the following video, Guetta stares off into space while he’s turning knobs on his board and appears to be either under the influence or just plain bored.

Music Times reported on Guetta’s bizarre behavior, saying the following:

“It’s not clear if Guetta was simply exhausted, or tripping on molly, or coming to the realization that he’s absolutely sick of what he does for a living, but either way, it’s a fascinating watch.”

Even though the crowd doesn’t seem to mind Guetta’s space out, the video of him completely lost in his own world is already making the rounds in cyberspace. Don’t be surprised if memes and gifs pop up of the French-born EDM musician’s performance, or lack thereof, at Tomorrowland music festival.

In related news, Tomorrowland music festival drew in record breaking crowds, even catching the attention of Billboard magazine. This year would mark the 10th anniversary of the global dance party, which has included David Guetta as one of the main attractions for several of those ten years. Some other notable performers/DJs at the festival included: Teki Latex, Avicii, Hardwell, Tiesto, Gary Beck, Steve Aoki, and Paul van Dyk.

People traveled from all over the world to converge on the global dance festival. India, Australia, Russia, Germany, Chile, Canada, Spain, and even South Korea represented the crowd at Tomorrowland. BBC News reports one excited electronic music fan from Brazil as having the following to say about the Tomorrowland lineup:

“This is a dream come true, I feel like I’ve jumped inside my television because in Brazil my friends and I would always watch Tomorrowland’s videos and we always wanted to come here. I’m living a dream right now.”

More than 300,000 electronic music fans attended the three day long music event. Extra tickets were even released and sold out within the hour. BBC News also reports that the organizers of Tomorrowland intend on taking the concept to the United States. Debby Wilmsen, a press agent for the festival, told BBC the following:

“Now we have a new festival in the US called TomorrowWorld. It’s all gone very fast for us.”

TomorrowWorld will be in Septemberm and is a three-day festival beginning on the 26th and ending the 28th. This Tomorrowland spin-off will be held in Atlanta, Georgia this year.

[Photo credit: Mix Mag]

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130 Responses to “Despite David Guetta’s Space Out At Tomorrowland, A U.S. TomorrowWorld Music Festival Announced”

  1. Jim Wolfson

    He probably realized he's wasting his only life doing stupid crap for mouthbreathing boneheads.

  2. Joe Corrao

    1) how is this anything but noise
    2) have people not heard about drugs

  3. Joe Corrao

    1) how is this anything but noise
    2) have people not heard about drugs

  4. Gordon Freeman

    This isn't music.. This is some kind of looped sound effect being played over and over again at a certain BPM. I am not sure how anyone could listen to this garbage for more than 5 minutes. I guess you would have to be on some heavy drugs just to stand it.

  5. D.j. Mike Mielko

    Could be a number of things. When I was an active DJ there were quite a few nights where I was just not 'in sync' with the crowd. Could of been toothache, headache, my kid was sick, or had too much drinking pre performance. But his performance is spot on, and I would hope it is an outside influence. With that said, after doing the DJ thing for so long, there are times when you are burned out and you just are not into what you are doing anymore, the passion of the sport is gone, and the entheusiasm is shot down.

  6. D.j. Mike Mielko

    Could be a number of things. When I was an active DJ there were quite a few nights where I was just not 'in sync' with the crowd. Could of been toothache, headache, my kid was sick, or had too much drinking pre performance. But his performance is spot on, and I would hope it is an outside influence. With that said, after doing the DJ thing for so long, there are times when you are burned out and you just are not into what you are doing anymore, the passion of the sport is gone, and the entheusiasm is shot down.

  7. Sean McNally

    The article describes him as a "musician." Really? A musician? Last time I checked a musician actually played an INSTRUMENT. I guess I need to get out more.

  8. Sean McNally

    The article describes him as a "musician." Really? A musician? Last time I checked a musician actually played an INSTRUMENT. I guess I need to get out more.

  9. Sean McNally

    The article describes him as a "musician." Really? A musician? Last time I checked a musician actually played an INSTRUMENT. I guess I need to get out more.

  10. Sean McNally

    The article describes him as a "musician." Really? A musician? Last time I checked a musician actually played an INSTRUMENT. I guess I need to get out more.

  11. LW Dewhirst

    dj's are now musicians and photoshoppers are now artists –

  12. Jared Keller

    The time it takes to produce those sounds in a computer is significant. it's an electronic form of music, the computer is the instrument.

  13. Jared Keller

    he's a producer, actually. this is just him dj'ing his production.

  14. John Beck

    How many years do we have to pretend these seemingly "out of touch" people aren't on Heroin?

  15. John Beck

    How many years do we have to pretend these seemingly "out of touch" people aren't on Heroin?

  16. John Beck

    How many years do we have to pretend these seemingly "out of touch" people aren't on Heroin?

  17. Gerhard Wankel

    I really can't believe that people pay money to watch a balding, middle aged guy play a record and push some buttons. Performance of what? Does he play an instrument? Sing? This is sh!t. Rap music is sh!t. Techno is sh!t. Zero taste, zero imagination.

    If is doesn't involve a musician, it's not music. Proof positive the masses are asses.

  18. Gerhard Wankel

    Jared Keller Oh I get it! Being a pretentious, zoned out, bald guy on a three day bender and putting a record on a record player and playing some crap that he did on Audacity is "DJ'ing his production". Hey whatever pays the bills.

  19. Mike Heuer

    I'd be bored stupid, too, it I listened to that EDC crap all the time. I can't stand even 30 seconds of it. Call me crazy, but I like my music played by musicians.

  20. Bryan Elle

    does it have a key? a tempo? a beat? chord progression? if it looks and quacks like a duck…….gordon Freeman doesn't like EDM, guys…He can't stand listening to it for 5min and he wants to make sure that you know it!
    Everybody get the memo?

  21. Erik Williams

    He's watching the crowd, counting the beats. Why is this news… and why are you slandering him when you clearly see him pressing the beat machine.

  22. Mohammad Felafal

    Bryan Elle i got the memo that he doesnt like the music. I also got the memo that you are an asshole who cant tolerate people not liking what you like any more than he can. You are both judgemental assholes and should both kill yourselves.

  23. Tom Colandrea

    Some of 'em actually are; some even have a classical visual or musical art background; but yes, in general, you're right. Of course, we could also say by extension that not everyone with a violin or paintbrush is a musician or artist either.

  24. Sean McNally

    Jared Keller I was lead to believe that was called "programming." Oh well.

  25. Michael Carbone

    Maybe he was just tired.. it can happen to anyone.

  26. Anonymous

    1.) This is only a short clip and does not represent the entire performance. 2) I am 60 years old and my son is 16. We both listen to EDM. Everyone has their own tastes. I, for one could never listen to opera, could you? My suggestion may be to research these guys and find out more about them before being so critical.I sort of remember some of the same things being said about the Beatles and Elvis. I guess history does repeat itself.

  27. Don McCoy

    DJ Who!? He's on "Molly"?

    I'm getting old because I have no idea what this is about…

  28. Andy Reuter

    I would be just as bored if my music consisted of turning knobs and pressing buttons.

  29. John Price

    Bryan Elle With a rebel yell, she cried "More Cowbell"?

  30. Trent Dugas

    @Gordon Freeman – What have you done with your life? Exactly.

  31. Jon Incog Nito

    He seemed to me to be observing the crown and keeping time with the beats he was mixing. Nothing unusual there. Seems the media are trying to make news where there isn't any.

  32. John Allen

    Perhaps the fact that he is a talentless f**k hit him mid-concert and he had a panic attack….

  33. Guy Caruso

    HOLY CRAP PEOPLE ARE IDIOTS!! This is a few seconds of someone performing on a hot day.

  34. Doug Davis

    Tom Colandrea Yeah their talent is the hours and hours of production that they do in creating songs, they really are not djs at all, they bring pre-produced mixes to their gigs and Milli Vannilli the nobs and faders.
    Almost anyone can beat match and seamlessly segue two 128bpm tracks together, which is what the dj is doing in the club, along with maybe a faze effect and what not, the skill is in the production of the tracks and remixes, which is totally removed from these live gigs. You would think that people would understand all of this by now, it is 2014.

  35. Doug Davis

    Jared Keller …and 60 years ago grandpa screamed that the electric guitar was not a real instrument and what they were doing with it was not music.

    You have to love the crowd who believes that the only good music ever made was what was out in that 4 year window of their high school years. Those were the days!!!

  36. Ivan Thomson

    That moment in life when you realize how truly screwed up the world is and nothing means a damned thing.

  37. Mike Heuer

    Whoops. Make that EDM. EDC is that annual event that comes to Vegas and a few other cities and glorifies techno BS that has no melodies, no chords and no freaking musicians.

  38. Mike Heuer

    Sean McNally , I seriously doubt the guy can read music, much less write it. Any idiot can loop existing sounds, as these EDM goofs demonstrate. Try learning to play a freaking brass wind or stringed instrument. I did.

  39. Doug Davis

    Mike Heuer Could the hate be based upon the fact that we make in 4 hours what you make in an entire month? Yup, that's what it is. If anyone could do it as effectively we certainly wouldn't get 5k a night and more.

  40. Bryan Elle

    Mike Heuer hehehe get a load of you…no I like 1st amendment just fine thanks…keep working on your material though it really was only half as clever as you believe it to be…"watch out everybody"…priceless…

  41. Doug Davis

    The ignorance of those who just have to hate against what they don't understand and don't have the talent to do is quite amusing.
    How dare they make 5k and more a night, my brothers amazing band that plays Skynyrd covers in a bar to 10 drunk hicks only gets 50 bucks, my brother can play 3 chords and spews a distorted mess into a microphone, now he is a "performer", the world is so unfair!!!

  42. Brian Scott Switzer

    25 years under my belt in the booth…..yes there are nights, but wow. When you are that out of it….almost looks like he is mocking the lost flock. But its not for us to judge so get let next mix into the next preselected set

  43. Victor A Nieto III

    No Talent DJ'S!! Button Pushers !! This Crap Calls For Drugs And More Drugs!! Listen To Real Music KRAFTWORK ART OF NOISE LED ZEPPELIN PINK FLOYD STEVIE WONDER DEVO !!!

  44. Mark Feemster

    So he is a record player,player? what a fucking talent.

  45. Jeff Jenness

    Yea and the Beatles and Elvis were…AND ARE…still more controversial! EDM doesn't even have lyrics LOL!

  46. Jeff Jenness

    Yea and the Beatles and Elvis were…AND ARE…still more controversial! EDM doesn't even have lyrics LOL!

  47. Michael B-Kuzelka

    It's not a 'concert'. He's not 'playing' an instrument. He is not a musician.

  48. Don Mayes

    Wow, he needs to concentrate that hard to push a button? I'm guessing he is an excellent case for an anti-drug advertisement

  49. Michael B-Kuzelka

    Tom Colandrea , so? A person can have a musical background and still fix a car. While he's fixing a car, he's not 'playing music'. These untalented goobers aren't playing instruments. In this capacity, they are not musicians.

  50. Don Mayes

    Nah, he looks to be too stupid to ever come to realizing the truth of his existence. I vote drugs and an ass itch he couldn't scratch

  51. Michael B-Kuzelka

    Jared Keller lol, spoken like someone who cannot play an instrument.

  52. Michael B-Kuzelka

    If he picks up a guitar and strums me a 3 chord easy as pie song I'll be impressed.

  53. John Fox

    " DJS is not musicians " ……….Crazy man ….Poor guy you don't what these the music
    David is again the number one of Dj's in the Woeld and it's not for nothing

  54. John Fox

    Return at your games or movies for child's "HARRY PO…." lol

  55. Alan Farva

    This isn't news but thanks for the bouncing breasts footage.

  56. Tony White

    Mike Heuer I know string musicians who can't even boot a computer. It goes both ways. Playing an instrument doesn't give you automatic authority on the legitimacy of music. You're not all that special. Still learning like all the rest of us.

  57. Bruce Jandrey

    Bryan Elle – so this is what it has come to? Thousands gather to watch an idiot play pre-recorded musc? What a lame genre.

  58. Elliot Delicioso Kahen

    Bruce Jandrey If you think most arena artists are doing everything live, I have a timeshare in Pensacola that is the deal of a lifetime.

  59. Elliot Delicioso Kahen

    In other words: "Damn kids and their hippy hoppy beepy boppy music, IN MY DAY…"

  60. Brent M Nelson

    John Fox Yeah, being number one at something that isn't real music isn't anything to be proud of. Do you think this guy is as talented as, say Jimmy Hendrix?

  61. Elliot Delicioso Kahen

    Mike Heuer I've played tuba, guitar, and piano for 18 years. Producing electronic music can be just as laborious if you actually put the time in to create your own sounds and samples. Moreover, it absolutely requires that you understand music theory as you are literally composing everything on a staff, depending on the software. Have you ever dabbled in Ableton? FLStudio? Even Garage Band? If it's so easy, when's your album coming out?

  62. Elliot Delicioso Kahen

    Everyone being so critical of electronic musicians have no idea what they are talking about.

    I have experience both with physical and electronic instruments. I've played tuba, guitar, and piano for 18 years. Producing electronic music can be just as laborious if you actually put the time in to create your own sounds and samples. Moreover, it absolutely requires that you understand music theory as you are literally composing everything on a staff, depending on the software. Have you ever dabbled in Ableton? FLStudio? Even Garage Band? If it's so easy, when's your album coming out?

    Listening to his stuff, he makes his own instruments. I can tell they are not stock samples. Creating synthetic instruments requires understanding how frequencies blend in the oscillators you have going. Low-frequency oscillators that modulate everything from pitch, and more interestingly cut and resonance, have to be precisely tuned or else the sound literally just explodes in a bunch of noise in your headphones. Deciding to put filters in a series or in parallel, equalizers, effects… any EDM artist who makes anything worth listening to sculpts every element of their sound.

    That bass sound he has going probably took about 3 hours all-in-all to perfect. 3 hours of painstakingly listening to the same damn thing over and over and fine tuning every detail. Some musicians go as far to make every individual note have unique dynamics/pan/effects. Maybe live it's as simple as pushing a button, but it's a hell of a lot easier to record a song with an instrument than it is to make a finished electronic song with any merit.

  63. Jordan Simms

    He's stands there twitching disconnected knows that are props while pre recorded music plays.

  64. Mark Wilke

    Whatever that is it sucks…. and turning knobs does not make you a musician. In fact, if you get paid for it some might call you a prostitute lol

  65. Anonymous

    Elliot Delicioso Kahen –"There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me—because they want to give something back. They know they didn't—look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own… If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business—you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." If you've got 'music' don't think you invented it. Somebody else…

  66. Mike Rios

    Young people have set the bar so low for what they pay for as supposed music that a juggler and a well trained dog could be passed off as the latest hot rock and roll act!
    That guy is a musician? My mutt Oreo is an Arabian Stallion too. If I would have gone to a rock concert in the 70's and some goof ball got up there and made screechy noise on a turntable and synthesizer and touted himself as a rock star or the media said he was a musician I would have demanded my money back and would have probably gotten it.

  67. Stuart Lee Thomas II

    To be fair, this is quite different from and presumably a good bit more demanding than being a radio DJ or just playing other peoples music. He is actually "making" the songs he is playing, in some sense.

  68. Brian Kihneman

    Mike Heuer I hope others read this, but informing one music lover is better than none…You must realize what you're referring to is all mainstream pop-trash that caters to the tasteless masses. The real underground music is staggeringly complex and beautiful (example given in other reply). I'm repeating myself on this board, but only because it's disheartening to see trashy DJ's like David Guetta and Tiesto giving EDM a bad name, and then read the flood of misinformed generalizations. Many of the true artists are traditionally trained in classical and jazz music — and it reflects in the quality of their music. Some of the most magnificent chords/progression is heard in progressive/deep house music. The melodies/harmony, arrangement, complexity etc. is all impressive and it's usually written and created by a single person, not a collaborative band. Trust me when I say you have no idea what quality of underground music I'm referring to, because it takes concerted effort just to gain knowledge of it. It's NOT what you hear in public, on the radio, or on TV — so please don't judge an extremely diverse genre based on that. The quality/maturity is orders of magnitude greater. Many legendary DJ/producers are transplants from musical eras of 70's and 80's (punk rock and Motown for example) and/or have classical/jazz upbringings. I'm a fan of a wide range of world music (rock, jazz, classical, ambient) so my taste in music isn't biased. The argument you're making, which has been perpetuated countless times, is sort of akin to saying "I can't stand the trite sitcoms on network TV b/c it's all stupid crap" (when there is a plethora of deep, intelligent shows in existence elsewhere).

  69. Charlotte D. Piper

    Thank you, Elliot. I personally love EDM and find it to be quite entertaining. Apparently I'm not the only one, either, if you consider the kind of attendance these types of events bring in.

  70. Charlotte D. Piper

    Sean, would it be safe to say that based on what you just said, a vocalist who doesn't play a physical instrument isn't a "real" musician? I'm just trying to understand. If that's true, many of the greatest vocalists of all time who are considered to be musicians would be left out of the category of "music maker". For me, a musician is defined by much more than simply a guy in a band playing a guitar. But that's just me.

  71. Steven Hatfield

    What a ridiculous non story. Either people have never seen a large techno event or Drudge just didn't have much to report on. He appeared perfectly normal to me,in fact, I'd be more concerned if a rave dj didn't have a catatonic look on his face. That would mean the drugs weren't working and the music would then run the risk of sounding repetitive…(that's a joke).

  72. Shelley Neidich

    Who cares. A bigger question is why some guys like a chick on their shoulders and I am not taking about an 80 lb twiggy. I could see it if they were front to back not back to front. Don't get this whole scene.

  73. Brian Kihneman

    This post is intended for EDM haters. I hope to expand the horizons of some of you. Educate, not convert. First, I'll agree that David Guetta and the like are a joke! But you must realize what you're criticizing is mostly mainstream pop-trash that caters to the tasteless masses (Guetta knows this b/c he's been in the scene for decades and shifted towards mainstream marketing). Guetta, considered to be "world-class", doesn't even remotely qualify for the standard I'm trying to promote! Think about that. The real underground music is staggeringly complex and beautiful. It's a bit disheartening to see trashy DJ's like David Guetta and Tiesto give EDM a bad name, and then read the usual flood of misinformed generalizations…

    Many true underground artists are traditionally trained in classical and jazz music — and it reflects in the quality of their music. Some of the most magnificent chords/progression, and incredibly layered soundscapes, are heard in progressive/deep house music (and other subgenres). The melodic harmonies, arrangement, complexity etc. is all impressive and it's usually written and created by a single person, not a collaborative band. Extensive use of instruments, especially the piano and bass instruments (and flutes and brass), are found in deep soulful house music. And when the producer is classically trained, he has the musical taste to accentuate (modulate/synthesize) the traditional sounds to give them a unique, cutting-edge intensity. The basslines in deep house music are among the grandest, most awe-inspiring in all of music — thanks to modern technology AND the creativity of the mature artist. The freedom of expression in house music is undeniable, and that's why many classically trained musicians gravitate towards producing it. I love rock music like many of you, but very few bands can compare to the masters of EDM in terms of the sheer creativity and synthesis of sounds. You cannot question the artistic merit of some of these producers! They even put the best hip-hop producers to shame with their phenomenal feel of rhythm and groove (one example given below). Please try to diminish any preconceived notions as you read further..

    Trust me when I say most commenters here have no idea what quality of underground music I'm referring to, because it takes concerted effort just to gain knowledge of it. It's NOT what you hear in public, on the radio, or on TV — so please don't judge an extremely diverse genre based on such. The quality/maturity of the standard I'm referring to is orders of magnitude greater. Many legendary DJ/producers are transplants from musical eras of 70's and 80's (punk rock and Motown for example) and/or have classical/jazz upbringings. They gravitated towards EDM because the freedom of expression in house music is incredible. I'm a fan of a wide range of world music of the highest quality (rock, jazz, classical, ambient, reggae) so my taste in music isn't biased! I've also been an avid fan of EDM since 1996. The argument a typical hater makes, which is perpetuated countless times, is sort of akin to saying "I can't stand the trite sitcoms on network TV b/c it's all stupid crap" (when there is a plethora of deep, intelligent shows with superb acting/writing in existence elsewhere).

    The trolls will argue w/ me persistently over technicalities, but unless an actual sharing of music samples from certain artists is allowed, there will be misunderstanding and conflict of interest (one example given below). It's almost always the case that EDM haters are judging based on their exposure to mainstream pop-crap (30 seconds here and there), despite their complete lack of experience with the real world-class sounds of the underground. If you walk into a prestigious vinyl shop in NYC or SFC, for example, you will find all kinds of people — young, old, white, black, asian, euro, nerdy, whatever! You think they go to these massive trance festivals and are searching for the latest Guetta track? These are music aficionados, just like you!

    Here is a timestamp of a track that exemplifies the complexity of groove and harmonic melodies found in underground EDM. The subgenre of this track is called "deep tech house": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVNPExDut-o#t=3m50s (notice the melodic climax at 4:50).

  74. Richard Henkle

    As others have said, Guetta is a producer, not a DJ. There is a big difference and if you don't know what that is, you should look it up. What you are seeing in this video is Guetta playing a pre-recorded set, similar to what you would see at a pop concert, ie: lipsyncing for producers. A lot of 'big names' do this these days, unfortunately. Within the world of EDM there is a very large variance in what is termed a DJ. If you want to see someone make 'music' from pre-recorded sound then look up a turntablist such as Kid Koala. If you want to see a DJ move the floor of a club, then Funky Techno Tribe is good place to start.

    tl;dr – Guetta, and the like, are pop for EDM. Try finding the good artists out there before making broad generalizations about a massive music culture.

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