GOJIRA leader Joe Duplantier has his own signature guitar, the Charvel Joe Duplantier San Dimas Style 2, and in the video below, he talks about what makes it unique and perfectly suited to his needs, both live and in the studio. He also talks about what drew him to the guitar as a kid, and more.
Gojira will be taking part in one of the most exciting tours of 2014, a spring North American run with Mastodon and Kvelertak—find a show near you!
They’ll also be releasing a limited edition live CD/DVD/photo book, Les Enfants Sauvages, in March—pre-order your copy now from the Roadrunner webstore!
According to Roadrunner Records, ArtistDirect.com has published an exclusive joint interview with Gojira‘s Joe Duplantier and Slayer‘s Tom Araya. The two talk about balancing touring and parenting, how to run a smooth operation on the road, and more.
Gojira by Randy Blythe
Says Joe, “When you have the proper crew, they respect the support bands, and they make everything easier. If we have the smallest problem, we just talk to one of them, and it’s fixed right away. Everyone is helping one another. You know it of course, but you have a great crew. It helps.”
He also talks about being a Slayer fan, saying, “Someone gave me a cassette of Reign In Blood and one of South of Heaven. I had just discovered Metallica at the time, and that was the fastest and most evil music I was listening to [Laughs]. I heard Slayer, and I was like, ‘Holy shit! What is this?’ I remember looking through the window of the bus and seeing all of the buildings, houses, and people in the street, and all of a sudden, I was completely disconnected from reality. It’s a very precise feeling that I still have today when I think about it.”
Read the whole thing!
Find a Slayer/Gojira show near you!
According to Roadrunner Records, GOJIRA will be supporting SLAYER on that band’s upcoming tour, and the two frontmen—Joe Duplantier and Tom Araya—sat down for an exclusive conversation with ArtistDirect.com.
Joe compares the two bands, saying, “We use no effects, no computers, and no crazy samples. It’s like a raw, old school formula. It’s two guitars, one bass, drums, and a guy screaming in a microphone. It’s the mighty Slayer! …When we received the offer to be main support for Slayer in North America, we were like, ‘Yes!’”
He also talks about singing and playing guitar at the same time, saying, “It becomes almost natural. It’s like one effort into two different things, but it’s the same effort the body does. I find it’s a very physical thing. Now, when I’m in the studio tracking vocals, I feel a little lost without the guitar because I’m so used to doing both at the same time.”
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Gojira‘s tour dates with Slayer kick off October 25 and run through November 30; find a show near you!
ROADRUNNER has issued the following:
Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier will be guesting on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal, hosted by Jose Mangin, tomorrow, Tuesday, July 24 at 8 PM EST/5 PM PST. The one-hour conversation will cover Gojira‘s latest album, L’Enfant Sauvage (out now), Joe’s relocation from France to New York City, his passion for baseball, the band’s steady rise to the top after 16 years, their upcoming U.S. tour, his reasons for picking up the guitar in the first place, and how someday Joe wants to travel the U.S. from state to state exploring the unknown! The show will be re-broadcast on Wednesday, July 25 at Noon EST/9 AM PST and Thursday, July 26 at 5 PM EST/2 PM PST.
Gojira‘s L’Enfant Sauvage is available everywhere now; grab a copy from the Roadrunner webstore!