Joe Duplantier

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Joe Duplantier
Joe Duplantier at Rock im Park in 2017.
Joe Duplantier at Rock im Park in 2017.
Background information
Birth nameJoseph Andrew Duplantier
Also known asJoeGira
Born (1976-10-19) 19 October 1976 (age 44)
Paris, France
GenresDeath metal, thrash metal, progressive metal, groove metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, drums, flute
Years active1996–present
LabelsGabriel Editions
Boycott Records
Next Music
Listenable Records
Prosthetic Records
Roadrunner Records
Associated actsGojira
Cavalera Conspiracy
Car Bomb
Devin Townsend Project
WebsiteSilver Cord

Joseph Andrew Duplantier (born 19 October 1976 in Paris) is a French-American 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.


In high school, Duplantier formed his first band, named Eclipse.[1]

In 1993, at the age of seventeen, he started his second band named P4[2][3] and had already acquired a reputation as a composer.[3]

Duplantier and his brother Mario wrote their first song, titled "Victim" in 1996. Their band, initially called Godzilla, was later renamed Gojira.[4] Gojira's debut studio album, Terra Incognita, was released in 2001.

Duplantier's influences include bands such as Death,[5] Metallica,[5] Morbid Angel,[5] Sepultura,[5] and Slayer.[6]

He was also in a band called Empalot with his brother Mario Duplantier which toured from 1999 to 2004.[7][8]

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.[9] He has stated that Gojira is his main priority and that is the reason he has not done extensive touring with Cavalera Conspiracy.[10] 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.

Duplantier is the owner of Silver Cord Studio, a recording studio located in New York, which he designed himself.[11]

Duplantier also plays drums occasionally during live performances when he and his brother Mario Duplantier switch places.[12]

In 2016, he gave an interpretation of the thematic in his songs: "My lyrics speak above all about the liberation of the soul, encourage to see the beauty of things."[13]

Personal life[edit]

Duplantier was born in Paris but raised in Ondres,[14] South-West France near the Basque country.[14] He started playing his mother's classical guitar, which only had three strings. His mother, Patricia Rosa Duplantier, an American, played and sang country music, having grown up in Wisconsin and Los Angeles,[15] Due to this, Duplantier has dual citizenship of France and the USA.[16][17]

When he was young, he distinguished himself by picking up trash on a beach and scattering it in a parking lot, attracting the attention of the local media.[16] Duplantier said, "I found it so weird; people aren't bothered by what's on the beach, but when it's in a parking lot, it becomes a problem".[16]

His mother was a yoga instructor,[18] his father, Dominique, is a French architectural drafter/painter,[19] and his sister Gabrielle is a fine-art photographer.[20] Duplantier went to university for two years and spent four years in an art school, after which he started working as a graphic designer. Later, he decided to live in a cabin that he had previously built. He lived with his girlfriend in this cabin in a forest for two years without income or electricity. Terra Incognita was written during this experience.[1][21][22]

Some of the lyrical themes of Gojira reflect Duplantier's personal beliefs in preserving the environment.[23][10] He supports and he is part of the environmental corporation Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.[24] Lyon's Radio Metal asked him what he would do in life if he wasn't in Gojira – or even if he wouldn't make music at all, he responded, "I would be an activist in Greenpeace or Sea Shepherd, an action that defends the planet or the animals. Without any hesitation."[25] Joe is a vegan.[16][4][13]

Duplantier no longer believes in politics, saying that "people spend too much time thinking about politicians", wondering "what they can do for them." He said, "I believe in revolution, but the revolution must come from each individual, from within".[16]

Though he lived in the outskirts of Bayonne, France, he now resides in Brooklyn, New York City, where he lives with his wife and two children.[26][27]


Joe Duplantier (right) performing at Hellfest in 2013.

When playing with Gojira in 2009, Duplantier's equipment was listed as the following:[28]

  • 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



  • Victim (as Godzilla) (1996)
  • Possessed (as Godzilla) (1997)
  • Saturate (as Godzilla) (1999)
  • Wisdom Comes (as Godzilla) (2000)
Studio albums

Cavalera Conspiracy[edit]

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


As a guest or session musician[edit]

  • Eros & Thanatos by Manimal (on "Dead Meat") (full-length, 2004)
  • Through the Absurd by Trepalium (on "Sauvage") (full-length, 2004)
  • Contraires by MyPollux (on "Coffre à Souhaits") (full-length, 2006)
  • Demi Deuil by Aygghon (on "La Terre Dolente") (full-length, 2006)
  • All Seeing Eyes by Klone (on "All Seeing Eyes") (full-length, 2008)
  • For Death, Glory and the End of the World by Kruger (on "Muscle") (full-length, 2009)
  • 7th Symphony by Apocalyptica (on "Bring Them to Light") (full-length, 2010)
  • Deconstruction by Devin Townsend Project (on "Sumeria", alongside Paul Masvidal of Cynic) (full-length, 2011)
  • w^w^^w^w by Car Bomb (on "Third Revelation") (full-length, 2012)
  • Damballa's Voodoo Doll by Trepalium (on "Damballa's Voodoo Doll", alongside Matthieu Metzger of Klone(full-length, 2015)[29]
  • Meta by Car Bomb (on "The Oppressor") (full-length, 2016)
  • MCID by Highly Suspect (on "SOS") (full-length, 2019)[30]

As a producer[edit]


  1. ^ a b Grow, Kory (2 September 2012). "Gojira's Joe Duplantier: My Life Story". Revolver Magazine. Archived from the original on 21 December 2020. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  2. ^ Gazus (12 October 2008). "Entretien avec Joseph et Mario Duplantier" [Interview with Joseph and Mario Duplantier]. Les Eternels (in French). Archived from the original on 24 December 2020. Retrieved 7 April 2020. Staff writer
  3. ^ a b Arno (n.d.). "Gojira - Possessed". XSilence (in French). Archived from the original on 22 December 2020. Retrieved 7 April 2021. Staff writer
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ a b c d Grow, Kory (29 June 2017). "Gojira's Joe Duplantier". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 27 February 2021. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Slayer Stories from Pantera, Slash, Slipknot, Korn, Rob Zombie, Johnny Knoxville, Deftones, Gojira, and more". Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  7. ^ Interview with Joe Duplantier of Gojira Archived 6 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine Culture Bully 10 November 2008. Retrieved on 10 August 2009.
  8. ^ "Gojira: l'enfant sauvage né dans le magma" [Gojira: the wild child born in the magma]. Proximus. Brussels. 17 April 2019. Archived from the original on 27 November 2019. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  9. ^ Gojira Interview With Joe Duplantier 5 July 2009. Retrieved on 11 August 2009.
  10. ^ a b Gojira: Some Kind of Monster 14 October 2008. Retrieved on 11 August 2009.
  11. ^ "SILVER CORD Studio - Constructing SILVER CORD STUDIO". Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  12. ^
  13. ^ a b Soenen, Marie-Hélène (24 June 2016). "Gojira, du zen dans le metal" [Gojira, Zen in metal]. Télérama (in French). Paris. Archived from the original on 12 December 2020. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  14. ^ a b Soenen, Marie-Hélène (8 July 2016). "Gojira, une affaire de famille" [Gojira, a family affair]. Télérama (in French). Paris. Archived from the original on 12 December 2020. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  15. ^ Barnes, Chris (26 June 2017). "Gojira's Mario Duplantier reveals all about his astonishing technique". MusicRadar. Archived from the original on 8 November 2020. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  16. ^ a b c d e "Gojira, des metalleux français aux Grammy Awards" [Gojira, French metalers at the Grammy Awards]. Le Point (in French). Paris: Le Point Communication. 11 February 2017. Archived from the original on 4 February 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  17. ^ "Radio 1's Rock Show with Daniel P Carter". BBC. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  18. ^ Brannigan (22 May 2016). "'We can change the world' An audience with Gojira". Louder Sound. Archived from the original on 29 January 2021. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  19. ^ Penin, Pierre (18 May 2012). "Il s'est 'encré' à Bayonne" [He is 'inked' in Bayonne]. Sud Ouest (in French). Ondres. Archived from the original on 14 March 2021. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  20. ^ "Mario (interview)". Fisheye Magazine (in French). No. 19. Paris: Be Contents. 2016. ISSN 2267-8417. Archived from the original on 30 March 2021. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  21. ^ "Joe Duplantier talks Metallica, Randy Blythe, environmentalism, pizza and more". 1 March 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  22. ^ "Shifting into interstellar overdrive with Gojira". The Austin Chronicle. 15 February 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  23. ^ Gojira's Joe Duplantier: The Official Metalsucks Boner Fest Interview MetalSucks. 13 January 2009. Retrieved on 10 August 2009.
  24. ^ Gojira's Joe Duplantier Orders You to Support Sea Shepherd in the Antarctic MetalSucks. 9 December 2008. Retrieved on 10 August 2009.
  25. ^ "Gojira: Entretien avec Joe Duplantier" [Gojira: Interview with Joe Duplantier]. Radio Metal (in French). 11 October 2008. Archived from the original on 12 December 2020. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  26. ^ Renaud, Philippe (16 July 2016). "Gojira: le calme après la tempête" [Gojira: calm after the storm]. Le Devoir (in French). Quebec. Archived from the original on 20 March 2021. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  27. ^ "Joe Duplantier Talks 'Magma' Album, NYC, Changing Direction". Loudwire. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  28. ^ "Gojira - Joe Duplantier Guitar Rig Gear and Equipment". 2009. Archived from the original on 6 December 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  29. ^ Greg Kennelty. "GOJIRA Frontman's Appearance On A TREPALIUM Song Is Just Perfect - Metal Injection". Metal Injection. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  30. ^ a b Large, Megan Lily (23 October 2019). "Highly Suspect interview: 'If we've alienated you, that's a good thing'". Louder Sound. Archived from the original on 12 November 2020. Retrieved 19 February 2021. Joe Duplantier and I were neighbours in the same apartment complex in Brooklyn for almost five years. ... I rolled up at his personal studio one day just to chill out – his studio is a mile away from mine ... Then we rolled a couple and got incredibly stoned and the song was finished that night
  31. ^ Kilroy, Hannah May (6 April 2017). "Gojira at The Forum, London - live review". Louder Sound. Archived from the original on 24 January 2021. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  32. ^ "Decatur Announce Debut Album 'Badder Than Brooklyn' Produced By Gojira's Joe Duplantier". The Rockpit. 9 September 2017. Archived from the original on 27 July 2020. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  33. ^ Faure, Laurence (30 July 2018). "Rise of The Northstar Un deuxième album en octobre" [Rise of The Northstar A second album in October]. Hard Force (in French). Archived from the original on 24 January 2021. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  34. ^ Godla, Frank (22 November 2019). "Lithuanian Rockers McLoud Release New Album Produced by Joe Duplantier Of Gojira". Metal Injection. Archived from the original on 20 December 2019. Retrieved 24 January 2021.

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