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Nicola Sirkis
Nicola Sirkis at the 2014 Vieilles Charrues Festival
Nicola Sirkis at the 2014 Vieilles Charrues Festival
Background information
Birth nameNicolas Henri Didier Sirchis
Born (1959-06-22) 22 June 1959 (age 64)
OriginAntony, Paris Region, France
GenresNew wave, Alternative rock, pop rock
Occupation(s)Singer-Songwriter, Musician
Instrument(s)Vocals, Guitar
Years active1981–present
LabelsSony BMG

Nicolas Henri Didier Sirchis (French pronunciation: [nikɔla ɑ̃ʁi didje siʁkis]; born 22 June 1959), better known by his stage name Nicola Sirkis, is a French musician, primarily known for his work as the frontman and singer of the French rock band Indochine. He is the only remaining member of the original line-up of the band which he formed in 1981 with a friend, Dominique Nicolas, soon to be joined by his twin brother Stéphane and Dimitri Bodianski.[2]

The band has been active for 38 years, and Nicola Sirkis saw critical and wide appeal and success in 2002 with the release of Paradize. The group received further critical acclaim with their album 13. Upon its release in 2017, the album topped the charts in France, Belgium and Switzerland,[3] and they are hailed as the top rock group in France.[4]

In 1992, Nicola Sirkis released a solo-album, Dans la Lune, covering a few of his favourite songs, in French or English.

Nicola Sirkis is also the author of the collection of short stories "Les Mauvaises Nouvelles", published in 1998.[5] And "Les petites notes du Meteor Tour".[6]

In 2023, Sirkis was a guest celebrity judge in the episode of the Season 2 titled A Lé-Gen-Daire Return of the French language reality television series Drag Race France broadcast on France.tv Slash.[7]

Personal life

Nicola Sirkis has two brothers, his fraternal twin Stéphane (22 June 1959 – 27 February 1999) and elder brother Christophe (born 6 April 1957). Stéphane joined Indochine in 1982, playing synthesizers and guitar, and remained with the band until his death from hepatitis C after years of struggling with drug addiction. Their elder brother wrote Starmustang, published in 2009, recounting his point of view and blaming Nicola for Stéphane's death.[8] Nicola does have a close relationship with Stéphane's daughter Lou (born 8 August 1990) who has founded her own band Toybloïd. She sometimes joins Indochine on stage, most recently with her cousin Théa to celebrate Nicola's 60th birthday on 22 June 2019.[9][10]

Nicola married twice in the 1990s, first to graphic designer Marion Bataille who designed Indochine's album covers from 1982 to 1989 and second, in 1995, to actress Marie Guillard. They divorced in 1998.[11][citation needed]

In 1996 he met Gwenaëlle Bouchet (known as Gwen Blast), the bassist for the band Madinkà. They married in 2003 and eventually separated and divorced in 2009. They have a daughter, Théa (born 25 October 2001).[12] His daughter is the inspiration for several of Indochine's songs: Bye Bye Valentine, Memoria, 2033 and Mao Boy .[13][14] Written before Théa's birth, Mao Boy is a song celebrating the impending joys and fears of becoming a parent. The last stanza begins with, "You are my life, the rest of my life, so be it. You taught me how to save my life" referring to his grief after his brother's death, and now finding joy in the birth of this new life.[15]

Nicola also has two sons, Alice-Tom (born October 2008) and, with his latest girlfriend, Jules (born January 2016).[16]


(For discography with Indochine, refer to discography section on that page)


Year Album Peak positions Certification
2014 "Hexagone" 198 La Bande à Renaud


  1. ^ [1], Official Website.
  2. ^ [2], Indochine's biography on the cultural web review Ados.fr (French).
  3. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums – SNEP (Week 37, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Archived from the original on October 4, 2017. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  4. ^ "Nicola Sirkis: Indochine, le plus grand groupe de rock Français – Clique Dimanche – CANAL+" (Video) (in French). Clique TV. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  5. ^ "Les mauvaises nouvelles (édition augmentée)". Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  6. ^ "Les Petites Notes Du Meteor Tour". Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  7. ^ "Drag Race France S2 E1 : Un retour LÉ-GEN-DAIRE". www.france.tv (in French). June 30, 2023. Retrieved 2023-07-02.
  8. ^ "Starmustang : le livre qui déchire la famille Sirkis, du groupe Indochine..." purepeople.com (in French). Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  9. ^ Olivier, Jade (November 16, 2018). "Indochine : 5 choses que vous ne saviez peut-être pas sur Nicola Sirkis". programme-tv.net (in French). Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  10. ^ "Indochine + Garde Republicane – Electastar (avec Lou) + Joyeux Anniversaire Nicola – 22/06/2019" (in French). Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved September 23, 2019 – via YouTube.
  11. ^ Média, Prisma. "Nicola Sirkis – La biographie de Nicola Sirkis avec Voici.fr". Voici.fr (in French). Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  12. ^ "Nicola Sirkis : "Je suis toujours amoureux de la mère de ma fille"". purepeople.com (in French). 28 April 2017. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  13. ^ "Nicola Sirkis : "Je suis toujours amoureux de la mère de ma fille"". purepeople.com (in French). 28 April 2017. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  14. ^ "Nicola Sirkis, bouleversé : Je regrette d'avoir fait pleurer ma fille". purepeople.com (in French). Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  15. ^ "Mao Boy – Single". Indoprisme (in French). December 24, 2017. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  16. ^ "Nicola Sirkis : "Je suis toujours amoureux de la mère de ma fille"". purepeople.com (in French). 28 April 2017. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  17. ^ "Nicola Sirkis discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 20, 2014.