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Bob re Bob

DJ Bob Sinclar speaks about his admiration for Hugh Hefner, music and more in a gabfest with Abishai Fernandez.

music Updated: Oct 16, 2008 19:16 IST
Abishai Fernandez

I believe you’re staying in Paris now.
Yeah, I live in a district called Le Marais. It’s a beautiful place full of trendy designers.

I believe you crave for the lifestyle of a playboy, admire Hugh Hefner and want to play at the Playboy mansion.
Yup. Hugh Hefner is a genius. I love the Playmates (laughs). I would like to meet him and take his place some day. It’s amazing how he has built his life around sexy girls. His life is about sex, style and attitude. He lived with three girls at the same time and no one cared.

Okay, so has the change from The Mighty Bop and Africanism to Bob Sinclar reflected in your mixes?
Of course, you can always feel some hip-hop and African beat influences in my sets. I play along with the emotions of the crowd, make them travel through different beats.

Why don’t you ever use your real name Christophe Le Friant?
I just wanted to create a nice name.. something like Mo Wax and Talking Loud in the U K. These labels’ rosters were full of amazing artistes.

When I started my label, I had no artistes, so I created different projects under different names such like Mighty Bop, Reminiscence Quartet and La Yellow 357.

Then I wanted to produce more up-tempo projects under the name of Bob Sinclar. I got the name from a 1974 French movie and I imagined someone who resembled James Bond. Bob Sinclar is more glamorous than my real name, no?

Why did you start your own music label?
Yellow Productions started in 1993, because no one wanted to sign me on then and promote my style of music.

But why call it Yellow Productions?
I am a fan of the label Blue Note. So why not Yellow?

You once wanted to be a sportsman?
Yeah. When you’re a kid you have dreams and heroes. When I realised that I couldn’t fly like Superman, I took to tennis but I wasn’t talented enough. At 16, I began chasing my music dreams.

What’s the highpoint of your career?
The FIFA World Cup song Love Generation. I was on top of the charts.. across the world. In Germany it became the FIFA anthem during the World Cup.

What’s the story behind World hold on?
I worked on the instrumental version of World hold on.. and thought I’d find a high-pitched Jamaican singer. Then, I added a whistling tune.

Recently, your track was allegedly copied in Mission Istanbul by Chirantan Bhatt.
No, they took our permission before using it in one of their songs.