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Gojira’s Joe Duplantier talks Metallica, Vegetarianism and NYC Dreams on the Culture Creature Podcast

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This interview with Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier was conducted on the stage of Saint Vitus shortly before the band’s July 14th show at the Brooklyn venue. During the wide-ranging interview, Joe discusses plant-based diets, fatherhood, Metallica’s Ride the Lightning, his recurring childhood dreams of New York City, and much more. Listen to the full Gojira interview above or in iTunes.

Gojira Interview Highlights

Joe Duplantier’s reply when asked for his advice on how to help the environment: “Quit meat. Quit dairy products…. I don’t wanna talk about it too much because people get annoyed, but at the same time, I wanna talk about it. So maybe one first step is to get informed. Look on the internet, read books, watch documentaries and see what’s happening…. According to a lot of people, [meat-based diets are] the number-one cause of destruction of the environment.”

Joe’s reply when asked what album he’s listened to more than any other: “I’m gonna say Ride the Lightning…. My cousin was listening to Metallica at the time and to me it was just noise. I didn’t understand it at the time, but he kind of forced me to listen carefully. It’s funny, it’s like what I was saying about eating meat: one day you get it and you just switch – as an example, for people that take the step. Or change their ways and start working out and lose a lot of weight. For me, discovering Metallica was a bit like that. Something clicked for me, and all of the sudden, I wanted to be in a band.”

Listen to the complete Gojira interview above.

Gojira interview Joe Duplantier

Dan Redding and Joe Duplantier onstage at Saint Vitus, 7/14/16

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