All Axess recently sat down with Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier to talk about the new Gojira album ‘L’Enfant Sauvage’ and ask him what the secret to the band’s longevity is. Part one of the interview can be found in the video below.
Since forming in 1996, Gojira has released five albums and toured the world over, all the while keeping intact its original members: Duplantier (guitar/vocals), Mario Duplantier (Drums), Christian Andreu (Guitar) and Jean-Michel Labadie (Bass).
Duplantier explained why he thinks Gojira’s original lineup is still together. “I guess we try to communicate when we have tension in the band. I think the key is communication. We talk a lot, sometimes too much probably.”
Duplantier said that while the individual members of Gojira had different tastes in music, they also had a common bond, which has kept them playing together for more than fifteen years. “We all love music. We all love what we do, so there’s no reason to break up.”
As would be expected after having played alongside the same musicians for so long, Duplantier understands why so many bands have failed where Gojira has succeeded and disbanded before they have reached their prime. “When bands split, it’s either [because] they were doing too many drugs…or they don’t have the same needs anymore. One wants to play blues and one wants to play hip-hop, for example… Somehow we find a balance…I guess we are lucky that we found each other.”