CAVALLI, HOLD ON!

French pop-house su­per­star Bob Sinclar is back in Dubai, this time play­ing at Cavalli on April 23. We caught up with the ‘World Hold On’ DJ to talk Beiber, French fash­ion and hip hop…

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You've achieved most things in your ca­reer – what's your goal in Djing and dance mu­sic now?

My goal is to make the planet dance with my mu­sic. The first time I saw a DJ I knew in­side me that it was go­ing be my life. My en­tire body had a chem­istry re­ac­tion with this mu­sic and the way a DJ com­mu­ni­cates with the crowd was as­ton­ish­ing. Noth­ing is hard when you have a pas­sion.

What have been the high­lights for you?

‘ Love Gen­er­a­tion’ was a mas­sive rev­o­lu­tion in my ca­reer. I am very proud of this song as it doesn’t sound like any­one else. All the DJs gave their sup­port to this song when I re­leased it on vinyl in April 2005 and then it made the cross­over all over the world.

Dance mu­sic has be­come a huge global cul­ture, and you were one of the ear­lier stars to hit the main­stream – could you feel that the world was get­ting the dance mu­sic bug?

I have al­ways been fas­ci­nat­ing by Hip hop cul­ture from NY in 1987. Step by step I dis­cov­ered how DJs were creat­ing their mu­sic by re­cy­cling sounds from the past, like sam­pling. This is how I learned to make mu­sic. My dream was to share my pas­sion for black mu­sic with a crowd and then I dis­cov­ered that pro­duc­ing beats in the studio was also very ex­cit­ing. I never fol­lowed any mu­sic trend, I have al­ways fol­lowed my feel­ings. When I did ' Love Gen­er­a­tion' I knew in­side me that it was the right time for me to cross­over af­ter 10 years of un­der­ground club mu­sic. To­day, dance mu­sic is ev­ery­where, DJs are a large part of the mu­sic busi­ness and ev­ery pop artist wants to be pro­duced by a DJ. And I am very proud of that.

How much has the rise of EDM in­flu­enced what you play?

EDM was strong for 5 years, but it’s re­ally hard to find good stuff to play, I didn't re­ally like the ag­gres­sive en­ergy, apart from a few guys like the Swedish House Mafia who re­leased good tunes with a bit of soul. I like the fact that to be a DJ is cool, I think I was a part of this ex­cite­ment but when all of them fol­low a trend it cre­ates a mess and you get noth­ing creative. With the ex­plo­sion of the deep house un­der­ground move­ment, I can feel a house mu­sic re­nais­sance com­ing back, which is very promis­ing for this sum­mer.

You met Justin Beiber re­cently – what did you two chat about? And how did you like the young pop star?

I was very sur­prised by his friendly and warm wel­come, he is a sweet kid. We didn't have a lot of time to chat as we were to­gether on stage for a charity event, but he loved my out­fit and we ex­changed our taste for French fash­ion de­sign­ers like Bal­main and Yves Saint Lau­rent.

You look in­cred­i­bly fit and healthy, de­spite all your years play­ing in clubs – what's the se­cret, is house mu­sic good for you?

I’ve al­ways had a pas­sion for sport, I wanted to be an ath­lete but I had no skills, but I al­ways kept the ath­lete lifestyle: healthy food, I never drink al­co­hol or any­thing else, I play ten­nis, box and try to find time to re­lax. I dis­cov­ered quickly that my job needs that kind of at­ti­tude to last longer be­cause trav­el­ling and get­ting no sleep are some­times hard to han­dle. Bob Sinclar, Cavalli, Thurs­day April 23

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