Legend. Itâs a word thatâs bestowed far to easily these days. Like the word âloveâ, itâs used both freely and easily by many people to describe many things. But use those words when youâre talking about Bob Sinclar and theyâre far from taken out of context. Bob Sinclar is the man who put the groove back onto the dance floor. A man who marches to the beat of his own tune, whether itâs the discotastic 12â delights of âWorld Hold Onâ and âLove Generationâ, the deep and soulful beats of his Africanism movement, or the near-obsession with reggae and dance hall that has filled his production work of late. For many, Bob Sinclar is one of the few legendary DJ/producers that we love to listen to â and itâs a relationship thatâs far from over.
The name Bob Sinclar, as many correctly guess, is in fact the alias of one Christophe Le Friant. Originally known as Chris âThe French Kissâ, it was after watching Philippe de Brocaâs French spy movie âLe Magnifiqueâ that the artist known as Bob Sinclar was born. He quickly rose to fame on the back of his 1998 co-production with Thomas Bangalter, the Jane Fonda sampling âGym Tonicâ. Released as part of his first album âParadiseâ this funked-up, pumping, vocal house track caught the worldâs imagination and even though, to this day the track still remains a stand-out piece of work any house fan worth their salt can instantly conjure up.
Bob followed âParadiseâ with his second album âChamps Elyseesâ and from that came âI Feel For Youâ and âDarlinâ â two instant classics that cemented his position as one of the leading artists in the huge house revival of that time. But it wasnât just house music that attracted Bob. From the black roots of reggae, hip-hop, funk and acid-jazz, he began to craft out his own sound and along with other French up-and-coming artists such as Martin Solveig, David Guetta, DJ Gregory, NaSSau, Julien Jabre and more, formed the celebrated Africanism movement. Bob and his fellow artists produced tracks like âSlave Nationâ, âOn The Drumâ and âBisou Sucreâ, showing off Bobâs rich understanding of beat, groove and vocal flow. At the same time, the disco vibe of âCerroneâ further underlined his versatility and relentless passion to create music. He was unstoppable and on the back of his passion, his critically acclaimed label Yellow Productions swiftly rose to the top ranks of independent electronic imprints. Then in 2005, a track called âLove Generationâ was released on Yellow, followed in 2006 by âWorld Hold Onâ. Quite simply, both tracks took the name and the music of Bob Sinclar stratospheric. Number 1sâ around the world, included on countless compilations and played on radio stations in every country, on every continent â everybody knew who Bob Sinclar was; and everybody wanted a piece of the action. His âDefected in the Houseâ album found its way into countless music collections; his âNight At The Playboy Mansionâ mix double disc CD became an instant collectorâs item â at the same time linking Bob into an institution he closely identified with. He was the head of House and the whole world knew it. But yet more was to come from the feverishly innovative producer. 2009 saw Bob release âBorn in 69â, and to accompany it he further indulged his passion for the playboy lifestyle by producing his own tribute to Hugh Heffnerâs seminal publication; Playbob. âLala Songâ, âPeace Songâ and âLove You No Moreâ were just some of the tracks from the album to be released and saw Bob shift back towards the sound of his Africanism genre. In 2010 Bob travelled to Kingston, Jamaica to work with world renowned producers Sly & Robbie, giving his biggest hits a reggae-flavoured reworking that gave his âBest ofâŚâ album âMade In Jamaicaâ a hugely creative twist. November 2010 sees Bob unleash his latest collaboration, with the worldâs biggest dance hall recording star, Sean Paul. âTik Tokâ, which samples quite possibly the most recognisable riff in the world, 2 Unlimitedâs âNo Limitâ has been taking the planet by storm, Seanâs unmistakable spit-fire lyrics cascading over Bobâs typically smooth and groove-laden production. Once again, Bob Sinclar is setting dance floors and airwaves around the world ablaze. VIDEO With all that production behind him, Bob Sinclar has equally and easily carved out a reputation as one of the most talented DJs anywhere on the planet. From the States to South America, Europe, Asia and down under in Australia, the demand for Bobâs smooth disco-tinged house sets is unwavering. His flair for blending vocals, instrumentals and rhythms into one soaring, euphoric house set still rock clubs to their very foundation wherever he touches down. With all this in mind it really feels like the story has only just begun for one of the worldâs most energetic and prolific performing artists. A brand new album with some surprising collaboration ensues and so with it further demand as the world holds on.