Revolver magazine recently caught up with Gojira guitarist/vocalist Joe Duplantier to discuss his recent decision to relocate from France to New York as well as life as a family man. A couple of excerpts from the chat can be read below.
Duplantier said that he had possessed a desire to live in New York City since he was a young boy: “I had posters of the Statue Of Liberty in my bedroom. When I was 13, my uncle took me to New York. It was crazy, full of action, full of people. Since that day, my goal was to live here and see the impact of this activity on me. It was never the right time, because I was working so hard on the band. I’m in my mid-30s now. I thought, ‘Maybe it’s time for me to do this now.’”
Duplantier now lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and baby daughter. He explained how his family life first began: “I met my wife a couple of years ago when we were on tour with Metallica in Europe. We had a day off in Lithuania, and I saw her twice in the city during the day. At the end of the night, Lars [Ulrich, Metallica drummer] invited us to a bar to drink some wine, and she was there. It was very strange, because it was the only day in my life in Lithuania, and I saw here a few times. We ended up talking and fell in love. Now, a few years later, we’re married with a baby.”
The birth of his daughter has helped Duplantier to put things into perspective: “…[being a father] is definitely something else, man. I feel like I’m less important than before. How I feel, my little concerns, it doesn’t count anymore. There’s something more important. I have to be here for someone.”
He added: “My life is more beautiful now. It was already great — she’s not a savior. It’s just everything is more beautiful.”