Joe Duplantier On New Gojira Material: “‘We’re Just Sending A Few Ideas To Each Other Here And There”

During a recent interview with Overdrive, Joe Duplantier offered an update on Gojira’s new music plans. According to him, the band are currently “sending a few ideas to each other here and there.”

Duplantier said the following:

“Actually, Mario [Duplantier] was very busy recording drum patterns, and song structures over the pandemic period, and I have a few new things also, but we’re not really in a ‘writing the next album’ situation right now. We’re just sending a few ideas to each other here and there.

Right now, I feel like I squeezed myself like a lemon for ‘Fortitude’, and I have nothing left in the tank. I believe that the slow process is best for us. Some bands just pump out new music with lightning speed, and from what I’ve seen with a few bands, it’s not a good vibe. In fact, it’s very stressful and can cause bands to implode. I don’t want that to happen to Gojira. I want to take it slow and do the very best that we can do when it comes to writing music and lyrics.”

Duplantier also added the following about having his own recording studio:

“Building the studio was one of the best decisions I have ever made. For me, it’s mandatory to have a place where I can work and not be interrupted. I can just be there feeling miserable and trying to come up with ideas, and it’s okay if they don’t come at once. Silver Cord is a place where ideas are born, nurtured and grow into bigger things, or perhaps not at all. [Laughs] Either way, it doesn’t matter because I can just leave and come back tomorrow.

Before Silver Cord, we had a studio in France [we recorded three albums there], and when I moved to New York in 2009-2010, I was between creative places, and away from the rest of the band… which was a really weird time. But that’s when I started thinking about building a studio, and Mario moved over for a few years and helped me build Silver Cord.

I am notoriously slow when I work, because I like to go through everything with a fine-tooth comb, and then after a while, there might be a creative explosion where lots of music or lyrics are written in short period of time, so just being able to have this special place to do all of that, is absolutely vital for me personally.

I’m not very organized. I know people who prepare all their demos, go the studio, record, and then that’s that. For me, I’m kind of all over the place. [Laughs]. Sometimes, I may start the writing process by mixing before I even have one song. For example, I have recorded an entire demo in the past, just to research how it sounds and how we are gonna do things going forward.”

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