Gojira drummer Mario Duplantier might be located all the way in the back of the stage when his band is performing, but for me, he is the star of the show. When seeing Gojira on their recent tour, I couldn't take my eyes off of him. He. does. not. fuck. up. He is constantly headbanging, double-bassing at ferocious speeds and the way he puts his whole body into playing, it's as if he is dancing with the drumkit on stage.
To put it succinctly, Mario is an artist. And his expression is not just through music, it's through visual means as well. I recently learned that Mario is a budding illustrator as well. Mario combines his love of art and music by drawing on his drumheads in between blasting them silly. I recently had the opportunity to email Mario a few questions about his artwork, and here is the conversation that spawned out of that email: