Joe Duplantier

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Joseph Duplantier
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Joe Duplantier at Rock im Park in 2017.
Background information
Born (1976-10-19) October 19, 1976 (age 41)
Genres Thrash metal, groove metal, progressive metal, death metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, flute
Years active 1996–present
Labels Gabriel Editions
Boycott Records
Next Music
Listenable Records
Prosthetic Records
Roadrunner Records
Associated acts Gojira
Cavalera Conspiracy
Car Bomb
Devin Townsend Project

Joseph "Joe" Duplantier (born October 19, 1976) is a French musician best known as the rhythm guitarist and vocalist of metal band Gojira. He is also the former bassist of Cavalera Conspiracy, to which he was invited by Max Cavalera.


Joe and his brother Mario wrote their first song, titled 'Victim,' in 1996. Their band, initially called Godzilla, was later renamed Gojira.[1] Gojira's debut studio album, Terra Incognita, was released in 2001.

Joe Duplantier's influences include bands such as Meshuggah, Metallica, Morbid Angel, Sepultura[2] and Slayer.[3]

He was also in a band called Empalot with his brother Mario Duplantier from 1999 to 2004.[4]

Max Cavalera and Igor Cavalera initially asked Jean-Michel Labadie, bassist of Gojira, to do bass duties for their band, Cavalera Conspiracy; however, Labadie was busy with prior commitments, including Gojira. Instead, Duplantier ended up being the band's bassist.[5] He has stated that Gojira is his main priority and that is the reason he has not done extensive touring with Cavalera Conspiracy.[2] In 2008, he was replaced by Johny Chow on bass duties for Cavalera Conspiracy. Duplantier did not appear on the band's second album, Blunt Force Trauma.

Joe is the owner of Silver Cord Studio, a recording studio located in New York, which he designed himself.[6]

Joe also plays drums occasionally during live performances when he and his brother Mario Duplantier switch places.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Joe was raised in Bayonne, France. He started playing his mother's beat-up classical guitar, which only had 3 strings. His mother played and sang country music, having grown up in Wisconsin and California. Due to this, Joe has dual citizenship of France and the USA.[8]

Some of the lyrical themes of Gojira reflect Duplantier's personal beliefs in preserving the environment.[9][2] He is part of the environmental corporation Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.[10] Joe is a vegan. [1]

Though he was born and raised in Bayonne, France, he now resides in Brooklyn, New York City where he lives with his wife two children.[11]


Joe Duplantier (right) performing at Hellfest in 2013.

When playing with Gojira in 2009, Duplantier's equipment was listed as the following:[12]

  • Charvel Joe Duplantier Signature San Dimas Style 2
  • Charvel Joe Duplantier Signature Pro Mod San Dimas Style 2
  • Jackson SLS Guitar
  • EVH 5150 III amplifier head
  • EVH 5150 III 4x12 Cab
  • Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner pedal
  • Noise Suppressor pedal
  • Dunlop .88 millimeter tortex picks
  • DiMarzio ClipLock black strap



Cavalera Conspiracy[edit]

  • Sanctuary (single, 2008)
  • Inflikted (full-length, 2008)


As a guest or session musician[edit]


  1. ^ a b Redding, Dan. "Gojira's Joe Duplantier talks Metallica, Vegetarianism and NYC Dreams on the Culture Creature Podcast". Culture Creature. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Gojira: Some Kind of Monster 2008-10-14. Retrieved on 2009-008-11.
  3. ^ "Slayer Stories from Pantera, Slash, Slipknot, Korn, Rob Zombie, Johnny Knoxville, Deftones, Gojira, and more". Retrieved October 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ Interview with Joe Duplantier of Gojira 2008-11-10. Retrieved on 2009-08-10
  5. ^ Gojira Interview With Joe Duplantier 2009-07-05. Retrieved on 2009-08-11.
  6. ^ "SILVER CORD Studio - Constructing SILVER CORD STUDIO". Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Radio 1's Rock Show with Daniel P Carter". BBC. Retrieved 2018-08-22. 
  9. ^ Gojira's Joe Duplantier: The Official Metalsucks Boner Fest Interview MetalSucks. 2009-01-13. Retrieved on 2009-08-10.
  10. ^ Gojira's Joe Duplantier Orders You to Support Sea Shepherd in the Antarctic MetalSucks 2008-12-09. Retrieved on 2009-08-10.
  11. ^ "Joe Duplantier Talks 'Magma' Album, NYC, Changing Direction". Loudwire. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  12. ^ "Gojira - Joe Duplantier Guitar Rig Gear and Equipment". 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-12-06. Retrieved 2017-10-05. 
  13. ^ Greg Kennelty. "GOJIRA Frontman's Appearance On A TREPALIUM Song Is Just Perfect - Metal Injection". Metal Injection. Retrieved 2015-02-12. 

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