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…
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