Music Monday with Bob Sinclar
Christophe Le Friant born 10 May 1969, better known by his stage name Bob Sinclar, is a French record producer, DJ and remixer. He is the owner of the record label Yellow Productions.
A native of Paris, Le Friant began DJing in the 1980s under the name Chris the French Kiss. During this time he was more influenced by hip-hop and jazz music and created music projects such as The Mighty Bop and Reminiscence Quartet, the latter with an ensemble of musicians and where Le Friant used the alias Desmond K.
In 1998 Le Friant adopted the name of Bob Sinclar after the titular character from the 1973 film Le Magnifique. He became 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”.
In the 2000s, several of Sinclar’s releases became international hits, being particularly popular in Europe. Some of his most popular hits include “The Beat Goes On” (2002), “Love Generation” (2005, featuring Gary “Nesta” Pine) and “World, Hold On (Children of the Sky)” (2006, featuring Steve Edwards). In 2006, Sinclar received the TMF Award Best Dance International (Belgium) and released the song “Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now)”, which samples the 1990 C+C Music Factory’s song “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)”, under the label Defected Records. In 2008, Sinclar also recorded, along with Steve Edwards, “Together”. In 2009, he released “Lala Song” with the band The Sugarhill Gang, a remix of the band’s 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight”, which was one of the very early hip hop songs and the first to hit the top 40 charts.
Bob Sinclar in 2009
In the 2010s, Sinclar became a very prolific music producer. In 2011, he released a song with Italian showgirl Raffaella Carrà called “Far l’amore”, a remixed version of Carrà’s 1976 song “A far l’amore comincia tu”. In 2013, Sinclar released a single called “Summer Moonlight”, while in 2015 he collaborated with Dawn Tallman for a track titled “Feel the Vibe”. In 2016, he released the track “Someone Who Needs Me”, under the label Spinnin’ Records, with whom he also released a collaboration with Akon, titled “‘Til the Sun Rise Up”. In June 2018, he released a single called “I Believe”, that was very popular, particularly in Italy and other parts of Europe. In May 2021, he collaborated with the vocalist Molly Hammar to produce the song “We Could Be Dancing”.
Sinclar has produced dozens of official remixes over his long career, including those of songs by artists such as Jamiroquai, Moby, James Brown, Madonna and Rihanna.