DJ Bobo is a producer, composer, writer, singer and dancer in one
person. The artists whose real name is René Baumann, was born on the 5th
January 1968 as the son of a Swiss mother and Italian father in Kölliken
DJ Bobo is 1.73 m (5 ft,81/2 in) tall and has
green-brown eyes. He has no brothers or sisters.
DJ Bobo as well as members of his group do not smoke or drink
alcohol and are really into sport. As a mater of fact he hates smell of
DJ Bobo loves soccer, but than you have to remember that
soccer is the most popular discipline in Europe. Well...actually, he
not only likes to play soccer but also finds time to play badminton and
of course does skiing.
The biggest hobby of DJ Bobo is always music.
When time permits he listens Michael Jackson, Elton John and
DJ Bobo is a very gentle and polite guy. He likes being with his
fans, signing his pictures and posing for pictures. He is trying to be a
normal, preppy guy even if his popularity makes his life pretty tough.
He does not have a STAR mannier. When he is performing, one might
discover how much energy is in him. His hard work has been fully
recognized. He already received many gold and platinum records including
the title of BEST European male Singer of 1995. His favorite song from
his repertoire is "Let The Dream Come True". He has about 8 different
costumes he usually uses in concerts. When in tournee he prefers to use
buses over airplains. Why? Simply because he can sleep better in buses
and get some relax.
As you can easily seen from his pseudonym, the multi-talent previously
worked as a disc jockey. Using name "DJ Bobo" René Baumann quickly rose
to become one of the really big names in the Swiss club scene. It was
thereby obvious that he also uses this successful name as a producer.
The beginning of DJ Bobo career was not easy. Before his talent exploded
he was trying to get many labels interested in his music, without a
success. His first professional single recorded was: Let's Grove On.
In 1988 DJ Bobo participated in "Disco Queen/King Corporation" in
a Discotheque "Tropic" located in German city Memmingen. This annual
event takes place every year from 1979. DJ Bobo was nominated for a
Grand Prize. Based on this, he was invited to "Top 10 Disco King" in
Ibiza, where he received Third place in the category of: dance, look and
style. At that time he was still using his real name. DJ Bobo was also a
discjockey. Being a DJ he first gained success in Switzerland, but the
decisive breakthrough came with the superhit Somebody Dance With Me
(which is a cover-version of "Somebody's Watching Me),
which exceeded all expectations; released at the beginning of November
1992 it made the bound on Position 1 in the Swiss Single Charts. In many
countries the song reached the Top 10 and Bobo's extraordinary success
was awarded with several gold discs in Australia, Germany, Israel,
Sweden and of course in Switzerland.
But DJ Bobo prooved with his second hit that he is not a nine-day
wonder: Keep On Dancing became number 1 in Finland, reached the Top Ten
in many European countries and was awarded with Gold Discs for 250,000
singles sold in Germany. Switzerland awarded his long expected album
Dance With Me and it was to be found in the European Charts for some
time. Take Control - the next release - reached very high chart
positions and again got Gold in Germany.
In 1994 then Bobo got up to position 2 of the German Single charts with
his slow dance reggae Everybody, remained
there for many weeks and was
awarded with the Platinum Disc for 500,000 singles sold in Germany.
In Autumn of 1994 the second album There Is A Party was released
containing the whizz kid and smash hit
Let The Dream Come True which
also reached Gold. Love Is All Around was released in January 1995,
gained Top 10 positions in many countries and was awarded with sixth
Gold Discs in line in Germany!
In February and March of 1995 DJ Bobo was on tour in South America with
great response from the fans.
When he was in Sao Paolo he performed a
gorgeous dance-act in front of a 120,000 people and everybody
took active part in his lifely show.
At the beginning of May 1995 he got the World Music Award in Monaco for
being the "World's best-selling Swiss
recording artist of the Year".
The new single "There Is A Party" was climbing up the charts; together with
fantastic video which was produced in Caribbean by the Miami Vice
In Summer 1995 an extended Asia tour followed with stage acts in Seoul
(South Korea), Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Their next stay was the
promotion tour in Australia.
Also in 1995 DJ Bobo released an album in Argentina called "Best & New Remixes".
The "There is A Party Tour '95" started in September of 1995 with
25 people acting with a most costly tourequipment.
DJ Bobo performed
an extraordinary show with a livecrew of 9 people with a perfect choreography
and tramsformed each hall into one huge dance party. The success of this tour
set new standards in the European dance scene: more than 35 shows in Germany
alone, apparances in Eastern and Northern Europe, and as the high point, a
sold-out concert for 13,000 visitors in Zurich Hallenstadion! Hurrying
from stage to stage, giving interviews, press conferences and signing
autographs were the main occupation for DJ Bobo and his team last autumn.
As a reward for his efforts he received enthusiastic applause
and standing ovations after each concert but what made him most happy
were the allover happy faces of his fans and groupies. With his shows on
stage he filled his audience with enthusiasm. 90 minutes of pure Dance,
based on a perfect choreography, giant firework, light effects and even
a conjuring trick that really caused a sensation. During this
mega event the video "Live On Stage" was shot and here you can find
60 minutes of pure Dance Entertainment. No one should fail to watch it
as it really proves to be fantastic.
At the press conference after the show he presented his special album
"Just For You" containing Dance Remixes of already known productions as
well as the special X-Mas Song "It's Time For Christmas" and "Love Is
The Price". While singing this ballad 13:000 fascinated fans were
lighting their sparklers and the Hallenstadion was transformed into an
ocean of little lights.
In January '96 DJ Bobo was awarded in Davos in Switzerland with his 8th
Golden Record in line for Germany.
His success can be understood easily
when reviewing 7 brilliant singles and the gorgeous album "There Is A Party".
Especially with the single "Love Is The Price" he is proving his unbelievable
creativity. It is a ballad which he was
presenting to the world in the biggest
and most famous game show "Wetten Dass..?" in Bremerhaven in front of
millions of viewers watching DJ Bobo and his group. But the Dance Floor
King does not even think of making a pause
and is working again to improve his
show and choreography. At the moment he is on the "Love is the price tour" which
began in Switzerland, was continued in Germany and was finished with a
performance at the charity concert
"Hand in Hand for Children" in Frankfurt
on April 7th.
The little time between his shows DJ Bobo seizes to work on further
productions in the studio as a new album:
"World in Motion" is planned
for release on October 7th. Of course there will be a single release
before and each of
us is waiting excitedly on the song titled "Pray"
DJ Bobo was presented on September 2nd.
In September 1997 the album "World in Motion - Winter Edition" was released.
DJ Bobo released the single "Where Is Your Love" on March 30, 1998
and the album called "Magic" was released on April 27, 1998.
In the summer of 1998 the single "Around The World" was released.
In the fall of 1998 the single "Celebrate", a typical eurodance song, was released.
In March 1999 a cd called "The ultimate Megamix '99" was released . It's a 45 minutes long megamix
with all the hits, for example "Pray", "Freedom", "Let The Dream Come True" and many others.
In April 1999 the double album "Hits & Remixes" was released. The first cd contains the
hits and the second cd contains remixes by for example Robyx and Dakeyne.
DJ Bobo released a single called "Together" on the 30 August, 1999 and
album called "Level 6" was released on the 4th October, 1999.
Dj Bobo released a single called "Lies" in November 1999.
Dj Bobo released a video of the "Mystasia" tour. It's available in both VHS and DVD.
On Monday 17. April 2000 the DJ BoBo Video/DVD - THE VIDEOS & MAKING OF was released.
All 18 DJ BoBo-Video-Clips on one VHS / DVD including unreleased "making of" sequences with a total
running time of 161 minutes!. The VHS/DVD can be ordered on
René Baumann more known as DJ Bobo released a book called
"Gestatten, René Baumann. The Book by DJ Bobo".
The book is an exciting
portrait and was created on 144 pages with more than 200 color photos.
The first single from the DJ Bobo's new album is a duet with Irene Cara.
The single is entitled "What A Feeling" and was released on January 22, 2001.
The name of the new DJ Bobo album is "Planet Colors" and was released on
February 5, 2001.
On May 14th, 2001 the single "Hard To Say I'm Sorry" with as many as six different
versions was released.
The third and last single from DJ BoBo's album "Planet Colors" is his personal
favorite - "Colors Of Life".
In June 2001 DJ BoBo went to the studio and
produced this track over again and the date of release was
August 6th, 2001.
On March 25th the single "Celebration" was released and on the 15th of April the
album also called "Celebration" was released.
DJ Bobo also went on tour to celebrate 10 years as a successful artist.
DJ Bobo released a VHS & DVD called "DJ BoBo - Celebration - The 10th Anniversary Show".
It's 160 minutes long and contains several bonusmaterials. It was released on June 10th 2002.
"Chihuahua 2002", the summerhit from DJ BoBo known from the Coca-Cola campaign from Spain 2002.
DJ Bobo released a VHS & DVD called "DJ BoBo - Celebration - The 10th Anniversary Show".
It's 160 minutes long and contains several bonusmaterials. It was released on June 10th.
DJ Bobo released the single "I Believe" on January 20th and the album "Visions"
was released on February 24th.
The single "Chihuahua" was released in several countries during the spring/summer and has
become a hit in several of them.
The album "Chihuahua - The Album (Special Summer Edition)" was released on July 11th.
DJ Bobo released "Chihuahua - The Remixes" in Schweiz, it's also available on
the official DJ Bobo site.
DJ BoBo released a CD/DVD/VHS called "Live in Concert" on September 8th.
DJ Bobo released the single "Chihuahua" in England on the label "Fuelin Records" on September 29th.
The australian edition of "Chihuahua" was released on March 21th.
The single "Pirates Of Dance" was released on January 10th and the album with the same name was released
on January 31th. The album was released in 3 editions: Basic Edition, Regular Edition and Premium Edition.
The single "Amazing Life" was released on April 11th.
The DVD Pirates Of Dance - The Show was released on October 20th.
DJ Bobo released a CD+DVD, Greatest Hits on March 17th. The DVD contains videos and a karaoke-function.
DJ Bobo & Sandra released the Maxi-CD Secrets Of Love on March 3rd.
DJ Bobo was selected to represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki, Finland.
Unfortunaly he didn't qualify for the finals.
The album Vampires was released on May 11th.
The single We Gotta Hold On, released on July 6th.
New from DJ Bobo is the single Because Of You on October 19th.