mit Mario Duplantier vom 2. Oktober 2013 beim Wacken Open Air, in Wacken
Fast alle Komponisten schwerer Klänge, die wir bisher gesprochen haben, erzählten uns, dass ihnen Auszeichnungen - egal, wie prestigeträchtig sie auch sein mögen - eigentlich schnurzpiepegal seien. Manche Kapellmeister lassen diese Ehrerbietungen völlig kalt, einige beschweren sich darüber und den damit angeblich zusammenhängenden Kommerz. Nur die wenigsten trauen sich wirklich zuzugeben, dass ihnen solche Auszeichnungen etwas wert sind und als eine Bestätigung der vielleicht ganze Dekaden umspannenden Arbeit betrachtet werden.
Doch warum ist das so? Ist diese Einstellung noch ein Relikt aus alten Tagen, wo man als Rocker aufmüpfig gegen die Eltern, gegen die Gesellschaft und gegen die Politik rebellierte, wodurch eine offizielle Auszeichnung für diese Musik eigentlich die dahinter steckende Intention irgendwo ad absurdum führt? Oder liegt es einfach an der Mentalität dieser Szene und der Musiker, die eine gewisse Härte und ein Desinteresse an der öffentlichen Meinung als "guten Ton" an den Tag legen müssen? Vor der Presse mokiert man sich über die Ehrung, aber zu Hause steht schon die gläserne Vitrine samt Hermelin-Auspolsterung bereit?
Auf dem Wacken Open Air 2013
trafen wir einen Mann, der von einer Website sogar zum aktuell größten/wichtigsten/talentiertesten Drummer gewählt wurde. Viele wird es nun vielleicht wundern, dass da kein Name, wie Bill Ward
, Nicko McBrain
oder Herman Rarebell
fällt. Nein, es handelt sich um Mario Duplantier
von der französsichen Death Metal-Band Gojira
Im Interview verriet uns Mario, was es mit dieser Auszeichnung auf sich hat, was sie ihm bedeutet und was sein Spiel an den Drums so besonders macht.
Viel Spaß beim Lesen!
Adrian: Hey Folks, this is Metal Trails and today we're at the Wacken. Next to me sits Mario Duplantier, the drummer of Gojira.
Mario: Hello guys!
Adrian: I really enjoyed your show...
Mario: Thank you! It was pretty intense. I had a lot of fun, but it was pretty hot on stage!
Adrian: And loud I gues s...
Mario: Oh yeah, it was really loud. I'm glad we got ovations by the crowd, it was really a pleasure to play on this stage.
Adrian: I learned that you're half american and half french. What do you feel like?
Mario: Well, my mother was born in the US and came to France when she was 25. I was born in France and went to school there, I was raised in France. I definitely feel like a french guy.
Adrian: I also learned that you have a special relationship to nature.
Mario: Yeah, I was raised far from the big cities in between mountains and forests and seas. I guess this influenced me in some way. I'm also still living there, I never moved to a big city, because I love the way of live there between the forests and far from the ocean.
Adrian: In what way does that influence your way of playing?
Mario: I live near to the Atlantic Ocean, a really wild sea, not like the mediterranean sea. The bascian country contains also high mountains, both are signs of high power. I guess that Gojira has also this kind of power. I like the sound of big waves, sometimes we try to redo them. (laughs)
The lyrics aren't about problems in the cities or politics, we write about nature because it's what we see at home.
Adrian: Did this also influence "L'enfant sauvage"?
Mario: Yeah, of course!
Adrian: Your opus was critically acclaimed. Are you satisfied?
Mario: On the one hand yeah, but on the other hand ... You know, I'm a perfectionist, the other bandmembers too. We always try to do our best, but after the records are done we think: ''Awww, we could have done this better!'' But now we try to think about future and make an even better record.
Adrian: Your music is primarly based on your drumming and I heard that you got chosen as the best drummer in the world.
Mario: Yeah, one website chose me and I was nominated for the Golden God Awards in LA, but I didn't win. Of course I'm very proud, I work a lot on my drums, I practice a lot. Sometimes we also start writing songs based on a drum riff!
Adrian: When did you start playing?
Mario: Twenty years ago, I was about twelve years old then.
Adrian: Who are your drumming idols?
Mario: Igor Cavalera (Sepultura), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Gene Hoogland (Death). I mix their style and try to use everything!
Adrian: Well, I think your style isn't too much similar to Lars Ulrich's ...
Mario: No, but he has a really unique style to play. You know, on the Kill'em All record you hear that he doesn't do the crush on the first beat. And of course the way he plays the snare... He's a genious!
Adrian: You also met hin on the World Magnetic Tour. What kind of guys are Metallica?
Mario: They are very busy! They have schedules that would blew your mind, they are always giving interviews or are travelling. But they are also very polite, down to earth. We sometimes had a dinner together, one time we even surfed. Real gentlemen, really a good lesson. It's also a big influence. When you tour with Metallica, you try to watch everything you can. They have a crew of about 80 people, for everything there's a guy: Light, mixing and so on.
Adrian: What music are your currently listening to?
Mario: Yesterday I discovered a guy called James Blake who combines Pop-Electro-Music, he's really good. It's a bit melancholic, really experimental. It hit me like a shock yesterday when I listened to it for the whole day. We had a travelling day ...
Adrian: I never heard of that guy!
Mario: I guess he must be famous, we are playing on a festival in Belgium next week and he's also on the main stage. I listen also to a guy called 'Ron' who makes Electro-Music. I aslo love Meshuggah, I'm listening to them at times.
Adrian: I'm a little bit surprised about you listening to electronic stuff, how does that work for a nature boy?
Mario: I love every kind of music and also artworks like paintings!
Adrian: Are there any shows you are going to watch at the Wacken?
Mario: Motörhead. I heared that there are rumours that they wont play, but I've seen the drummer and so I'm pretty sure that they will take the stage. I would also like to check out Soilwork, because I'm friends with the drummer. He's the best one in Europe!
Adrian: Better than you?
Mario: Yeah! (laughs)
Adrian: But you are the best one in the world?
Mario: Sometimes he comes an says you are so good and then I say you are the best man. Of course it's a pretty subjective question. (laughs)
Adrian: It is for sure. What are your future plans with the band?!
Mario: We will be touring Europe in August and going over to the US for October and November, then we will maybe also go to South America. We have big touring plans for this area, but we cannot reveal with which band we are going to tour, because it's not official yet. But it's a big name!
Adrian: Is it Slayer?
Mario: Yeah, you rule! (laughs)
Adrian: Fine, I've got a question about them! Jeff is dead, Dave is also gone. Is it still Slayer or more like a Kerry King supergroup?
Mario: Tom Araya is in the band, Kerry King of course, Paul Bostaph had an important role in the band. Then there's Gary Holt. I don't want to judge on them, I think it's a good line-up. Gary is amazing on guitars, we also toured together. I only wish the best to them!
Adrian: This is a good sentence to close, I also have no more questions left. Thank you for giving me your time!
Mario: Thank you, too. I had a good time!
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