Legend. It’s a word that’s bestowed far to easily these days. Like the word ‘love’, it’s used both freely and easily by many people to describe many things. But use those words when you’re talking about Bob Sinclar and they’re 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 it’s the discotastic 12” delights of ‘World Hold On’ and ‘Love Generation’, 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 – and it’s a relationship that’s 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 ‘The French Kiss’, it was after watching Philippe de Broca’s French spy movie ‘Le Magnifique’ 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 ‘Gym Tonic’. Released as part of his first album ‘Paradise’ this funked-up, pumping, vocal house track caught the world’s 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 ‘Paradise’ with his second album ‘Champs Elysees’ and from that came ‘I Feel For You’ and ‘Darlin’ – two instant classics that cemented his position as one of the leading artists in the huge house revival of that time. But it wasn’t 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 ‘Slave Nation’, ‘On The Drum’ and ‘Bisou Sucre’, showing off Bob’s rich understanding of beat, groove and vocal flow. At the same time, the disco vibe of ‘Cerrone’ 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 ‘Love Generation’ was released on Yellow, followed in 2006 by ‘World Hold On’. Quite simply, both tracks took the name and the music of Bob Sinclar stratospheric. Number 1s’ around the world, included on countless compilations and played on radio stations in every country, on every continent – everybody knew who Bob Sinclar was; and everybody wanted a piece of the action. His ‘Defected in the House’ album found its way into countless music collections; his ‘Night At The Playboy Mansion’ mix double disc CD became an instant collector’s item – 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 ‘Born in 69’, and to accompany it he further indulged his passion for the playboy lifestyle by producing his own tribute to Hugh Heffner’s seminal publication; Playbob. ‘Lala Song’, ‘Peace Song’ and ‘Love You No More’ 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 ‘Best of…’ album ‘Made In Jamaica’ a hugely creative twist.
November 2010 sees Bob unleash his latest collaboration, with the world’s biggest dance hall recording star, Sean Paul. ‘Tik Tok’, which samples quite possibly the most recognisable riff in the world, 2 Unlimited’s ‘No Limits’ has been taking the planet by storm, Sean’s unmistakable spit-fire lyrics cascading over Bob’s typically smooth and groove-laden production. Once again, Bob Sinclar is setting dance floors and airwaves around the world ablaze.
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 Bob’s 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 world’s 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.