Bob Sinclar

Biography

Ubiquitous house disc jockey Christophe Le Friant was born in 1967 in the small fishing town of Douarnenez, France. Though his diverse musical career spans multiple styles and pseudonyms (he has dabbled in genres as diverse as hip hop, acid jazz, and world beat music under the aliases The Mighty Bop and Chris the French Kiss, among others), Christophe is most well known for his work in the genre of house music under the stage name Bob Sinclar.

Sinclar started DJing in 1989, gaining popularity in the underground house music scene throughout the 1990's. One of the forerunners of the French house movement, much of Sinclar's work incorporates elements of euro disco and futuristic, spacefairing themes, much like French house contemporaries Daft Punk and Stardust. The popularity of his first major album Champs Elysees proved to be mostly endemic to his home country, but the worldwide surge in popularity that house music began to receive beginning in the early 2000's has since launched Sinclar's career into the international spotlight.

Though Sinclar has released over twenty albums since Champs Elysees on his personal label Yellow Productions, his most popular have been his two most recent, Western Dream and Soundz of Freedom. Western Dream, released in 2006, incorporates a reggae-inspired raggamuffin sound into his electronica style. Western Dream is his most successful album to date, topping the dance charts in over six European countries and spawning a whopping six hit singles: "Love Generation", "World, Hold On", "Rock This Party", "Tennessee", "Everybody Movin'". and "Give a Lil' Love".

Soundz of Freedom, Sinclar's most recent album, was released in mid-2007. Featuring successful singles "Sounds of Freedom", "Together", and "What I Want", Soundz of Freedom represents yet another successful foray into the field of house for Sinclar, who in addition to his recording projects continues do DJ worldwide and work closely with musicians on his Yellow Productions label.

From Discogs:

Born: 10 May 1969 in Douarnenez, Brittany, France. Grammy Award-nominated French record producer, house music DJ & remixer, and owner of the label Yellow Productions. The second name of this stage name, is pronounced "Sinclair" (like British computer/engineering brand named after Sir Clive Sinclair), and is often misspelt like this on releases and in publications. Noted French house svengali, head honcho of ultra-hip independent label Yellow Productions, and responsible of The Mighty Bop project. Chris lives in Le Marais, the gay quarter of Paris, the city in which he learnt to play his trade as a funk, rap and French hip-hop DJ in 1986, when he was 18. Chris 'Le French Kiss' got the name Bob Sinclar from a French spy movie ("Le Magnifique" directed by Philippe de Broca) and first adopted, to a certain extent, the attitude portrayed by the character in the film. In 1998, the release of Sinclar's first album "Paradise" sparked a storm of controversy. Thomas Bangalter's song "Gym Tonic", which was included on the album without Bangalter's consent, caused legal issues when it used an illegal sample of Jane Fonda. However, in 2000, Sinclar's second opus "Champs Élysées" confirmed his success with hits such as "I Feel For You" and "Darlin' ". Other releases from that period includes his collaboration with Disco artist Cerrone for a compilation of remixes, and the popular Africanism series, which was more deep house oriented. Dropping the original concept of "Bob Sinclar" after that, the release of "III" (2003) and of "Western Dream" (2006) established him as a popular/commercial DJ. His remixing skills are notable, as he worked for artists such as Ian Pooley, Jamiroquai, Dimitri From Paris, Moby, Fused, and Madonna. Related collaborators: Bob Sinclar's Philarmonic Orchestra, The BS's Angels.

From Lastfm:

Bob Sinclar, born in 1969, real name Christophe LeFriant, is a French record producer, DJ, remixer and co-owner (with DJ Yellow) of the label Yellow Productions. Sinclar started DJing in 1986, when he was just 18 years old, specializing in and music, with the name Chris The French Kiss. His first club hit was Gym & Tonic, a track produced by Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk, featuring vocals illegally taken from a Jane Fonda fitness tape. The Bob Sinclar persona was based on a character from Philippe de Broca's film Le Magnifique.

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From Wikipedia:

Bob Sinclar (born Christophe Le Friant, 10 May 1969), is a French record producer, house music DJ, remixer and the owner of the label Yellow Productions. He is known for popularising the "French touch" of house music with heavy use of sampled and filtered disco strings. He describes his musical style as inspired by "peace, love, and house-music".

Several of Sinclar's songs have became international hits, being particularly popular in Europe. Some of his most popular hits include "Love Generation" (with Gary Pine) and "World, Hold On" (with Steve Edwards).

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