When you are a performer of Bobby French’s caliber, and one of the most highly sought after DJ’s in Hollywood and Las Vegas nightlife, you can often find your self in situations where you are at a loss for words. “‘Puffy wants to talk to you.’ I was doing an event in Texas and I got hit up to do a party for him. You answer the phone, ‘Hey Puffy,’” French laughs. “It’s sort of those weird and surreal moments.” But as a DJ, French’s body of work speaks for itself. Born in France but raised in LA, he became “obsessed” with scratching and battling at fifteen. It wasn’t until after becoming a prominent face in the battle communities that he discovered playing for crowds. “I learned to mix on my college radio station. I came to DJing in a kind of backwards way, I learned to scratch before I learned to mix.”
It is precisely that “backwards” evolution that French prides himself on. He has become known for his flawless mixing and technical scratching, transcending genres with a seamless mix of hip-hop, house, 80’s, oldies and everything in between. He is a true open-format DJ. Outside of regular gigs at Warwick, Nightingale Plaza, Hyde and countless other LA venues, Bobby is a favorite in Las Vegas, Miami and New York.
Celebrity clients include Janet Jackson, Angelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Alessandra Ambrosia, and Johnny Depp, to name a few. French has been named one of ‘LA’s Best DJs’ by CBS.com and featured in The Los Angeles Times, Flaunt Magazine, and US Weekly. Bobby French tours nationwide and has opened for notable acts that include Miguel, Macklemore, Kelly Clarkson, and Demi Lovato. And has appeared on prime-time mainstays like the Katie Couric show.
Bobby is a fixture in the hospitality industry as well, spinning tracks for SBE’s private events, Viceroy Hotels, The Roosevelt Hotel, and more. Corporate events include: Microsoft, Activision, HBO, Relativity, Panerai, Vevo and Intermix. He has played SXSW, Paris Fashion Week and many high profile weddings in LA, Mexico, Santa Barbara and Palm Springs.
Despite his success he has not forgotten his roots in scratching. “There is still an incredible subculture of that stuff, and I still incorporate a lot of it. There’s this line you figure out. I try and do small subsets where I weave back and forth to a coherent flow. You want to build an audience up and keep them there.”