Mario Duplantier

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Mario Duplantier
Gojira live - Nachtleben, Ffm - 2009 - JD - 3.JPG
Background information
Born (1981-06-19) June 19, 1981 (age 33)
Genres Progressive metal, technical death metal, groove metal, thrash metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Drums
Years active 1996–present
Labels Gabriel Editions, Boycott, Next Music, Listenable, Prosthetic, Roadrunner
Associated acts Gojira, Empalot

Mario Duplantier (born June 19, 1981) is a French musician and artist who is the drummer of the technical death metal band, Gojira.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mario Duplantier grew up in a family where arts played a significant role. He developed his drawing, painting, and music skills in an environment of freedom and creativity. In 1996, Mario and his brother, Joe Duplantier, created the band Gojira (formerly known as "Godzilla"). He was crowned as being the best drummer of modern metal by MetalSucks in April 2012.[2] In an interview published in May 17, 2012 by Art-Scenics TV, he said "that his mother is American".

On tour[edit]

While touring with Gojira, he has decided to transform each trip into a painting and drawing session. The artistic material that came out of these trips became very crucial to him, which is why making art has turned into a daily activity. Unconsciously, Mario creates random surrealistic paintings made of hybrid characters and animals that tell stories. He also likes Hot Pockets.


Mario is endorsed by Tama and Zildjian cymbals.

  • Drums – Tama Superstar Custom, Custom Charcoal (CCC)[3]
    • 18"x22" Bass Drum (SLB22E)
    • 18"x22" Bass Drum (SLB22E)
    • 5.5"x14" Snare Drum (SLS55)
    • 10"x13" Tom Tom (SLT13A)
    • 11"x14" Tom Tom (SLT14A)
    • 16"x16" Floor Tom (SLT16A)
    • 5.5"x14" Snare Drum (SLS55)
    • 5.5"x14" Snare Drum (SLS55)
  • Cymbals – Zildjian[4][5]
    • 13" A Custom Hi-Hats
    • 21" Z Custom Mega Bell Ride
    • 18" A Custom Projection Crash (×2)
    • 10" A Custom Splash
    • 19" Z3 Ultra Hammered China
    • 21" Z3 Ultra Hammered China
  • Other
    • Tama Mario Duplantier Signature Sticks[6]