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Fred Rister

Songwriter & Producer
Published October 2018
By Paul Tingen

Fred RisterPhoto: Jeaneen Lund

Together with David Guetta, French producer and composer Fred Rister created the hits that made EDM a global phenomenon.

A couple of weeks after SOS’s interview with Fred Rister takes place, a small parcel arrives. Inside are two bracelets bearing the inscription “He made the planet dance. ♥ FR.”

These words are both pertinent and poignant. Pertinent because the world did dance to tracks that Rister co-wrote and co-produced; we’re talking blockbuster mega-hits like the Black Eyed Peas’ ‘I Gotta Feeling’ and many of David Guetta’s biggest hits, amongst them ‘When Love Takes Over’ (featuring Kelly Rowland), ‘Love is Gone’ (ft Chris Willis), ‘Memories’ (ft Kid Cudi), ‘GRRRR’, ‘Without You’ (ft Usher), ‘Who’s That Chick?’(ft Rihanna), ‘Lovers On The Sun’ (ft Sam Martin), and more. As Guetta’s main collaborator for many years, Rister played a central role in the creation of the three multiple-platinum Guetta albums from which these songs were culled: One Love (2009), Nothing But The Beat (2011) and Listen (2014).

The poignant aspect of the inscription is reflected in the fact that it is written in the past tense, and that Rister’s output since 2014 has become sporadic. Earlier this year, Fred Rister released a single under his own name. Called ‘I Want A Miracle’ and featuring Chris Willis and Sam Martin, the song contains the lines “I want a miracle, show me a sign / ‘cause I don’t feel ready now, to say goodbye”, and all proceeds go to the Kidney Cancer...

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Published October 2018