Claude Challe

Genres: Dance
Decades: 1990s 2000s
Links: discogs official homepage viaf wikidata wikipedia


Tunisia. Challe claims to be not quite a DJ, not quite a producer and not even a mixer. Rather, the Tunisian-born Frenchman has asserted his music making occupation as simply doing ‘atmospheric decoration music’. This self-perception is fitting in terms of his flamboyant aesthetic and eccentric dress sense. Challe can count Madonna and Jack Nicholson as regulars at his Parisian club/restaurants Les Baines Douches and The Buddha Bar (Challe had previously opened the club Le Privé and the restaurant Le Centre Ville). The DJ apparently also made compilation tapes for the late Princess of Wales, and was commissioned to arrange the music, cocktails, dinner, and dancefloor for Celine Dion’s wedding.

The son of a Rabbi, Challe became Paris’ first unisex hairdresser in the 60s and was dubbed ‘the man with the golden scissors’. As of his subsequent careers as a photographer, musician and club-owner, Challe claims...

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