This morning on Good Morning America, French superstar DJ David Guetta performed his hit single "Dangerous" featuring the vocals of American singer/songwriter Sam Martin from his chart-topping album Listen. For the occasion he brought an orchestra, guitarist and bassists to play the various string elements that come into play throughout "Dangerous." Sam Martin sat in on the piano and to sing vocals live.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) December 4, 2014
Despite it being at 8:50 a.m., the crowd was into it and was able and willing to dance to David Guetta and his group of instrumentalists. GMA wisely took the party inside, creating an intimate club atmosphere, since it was apparently 25 degrees Fahrenheit outside, according to ABC's thermometer, via Do Androids Dance. It was probably the smallest audience Guetta has played to in years, as he is used to massive festival crowds and large, packed clubs.
Guetta ditched his traditional DJ setup, instead opting for launchpads to trigger certain sounds in the song that would not be played by Sam Martin or the orchestra. Sam Martin shines on the piano, playing the topline from the track and singing the vocals with impressive style. The orchestra seemed slightly out of place with the whole set-up, but it was a good first attempt at doing it live.
David Guetta spoke to Rolling Stone about possibly doing a live show and seemed rather hesitant to try it out:
"This album would be amazing with, like, a live band, but that's not really what I want to do. I know how to DJ and I think many, many people are better than me when it comes to performing with a band, so I don't want to go in competition with amazing rock bands that can do this better than me. Why do something average when I can be really good at what I'm doing? I don't want to say, 'Oh, I want to be an artist, and I don't want to be a DJ anymore.' I spent my life working for DJs to be respected as much as artists, so now that I'm successful, I'm not gonna say, 'Oh, now that I'm big, I'm just gonna stop being DJ.'"
With this performance, it appears he may have changed his mind about using a band, though this could be a one-time only type of show. We will see in the coming months what he decides to do.