GOJIRA Drummer's Advice To New Bands: 'Love What You Do And Work On Your Songs'

GOJIRA Drummer's Advice To New Bands: 'Love What You Do And Work On Your Songs'

Grasser Production conducted an interview with drummer Mario Duplantier of French progressive metallers GOJIRA before the band's March 30 concert in Munich, Germany. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked what piece of advice he would give a new band that is just starting out right now, Mario said: "I would say just the communication is very important. The four members of the band, we communicate a lot, because there's always tension, like in all… it's a condition of human being. It's how to communicate with each other. And so the four of us, we have the same idea of… it's very important to stay healthy, to communicate a lot. So that's the main rule. Don't do drugs, don't do too much alcohol, and work very hard on the music. That's my advice. Love what you do and work on your songs — more than than on the visual and the band pictures. Work on the songs. That's my main advice."

When pressed about how much of a "businessman" he is when it comes to GOJIRA, Mario said: "We were very bad businessmen, and now we understood it's very important to take care of the economy, of the image of the band, so now we learned how to do it a little bit. But the most important [thing] is to really work very hard on the songs. If the songs are bad, you can work on your image, on your Facebook account, on your Instagram… And after that, of course, now we have a great management — the same as SLAYER and MASTODON. We have a great record company, so they're all doing the job also."

GOJIRA's latest album, "Magma" was released last June via Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2012's "L'Enfant Sauvage" was recorded at frontman Joseph Duplantier's Silver Cord Studio in Queens, New York.

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).