At age 17, Guetta began DJing at the Broad Club in Paris. He first played popular songs, and he discovered house music when he heard a Farley Jackmaster Funk track on French radio in 1987. The next year, he began hosting his own club nights. In 1990, he released «Nation Rap», a hip-hop collaboration with French rapper Sidney Duteil.
In the early 1990s, Guetta played in clubs such as Le Centrale, the Rex, Le Boy, and Folies Pigalle. Released in 1994, Guetta’s first single, a collaboration with American house vocalist Robert Owens titled «Up & Away», was a minor club hit. In 1995, David Guetta became the manager of Le Palace nightclub and he continued to organise parties there and in other clubs, such as the «Scream» parties in Les Bains Douches.