As the drummer of Gojira, Mario Duplantier needs no introduction. His reputation for pulverising beats layered with intricate sequences have seen him nominated for best drummer in various metal awards, currently Revolver’s Golden Gods. And when Mario has finished beating the proverbial out of his drumheads he likes nothing better than to paint on them, using them as a unique canvas to document his experiences. These works of art are fast developing a reputation of their own, particularly among his ever growing legion of fans. Initially these were seen popping up in Gojira’s merch stall on tour but such is the collection now that they have their own section in his new online gallery.
When we meet he’s clutching his laptop and a couple of his latest drumskins, one completed the day before and one that is a work in progress. There’s no chance of that being finished today; it’s the second show of the Jägermeister Tour and preparations inside the venue are in full swing so we’re relegated to the back lounge of the tour bus to have a chat about his art.
So when did this novel idea originate? It goes without saying that as a drummer and an artist it’s both relevant and unique to himself, an extension of his creativity. Mario’s explanation is a little more simple. It’s like putting a child in front of a blank page – he just can’t help himself!
“You know, during rehearsal when we practise or prepare for a tour I am always behind the drums, and there is this white bit in front of me, this snare, it’s always like a piece of paper. I have a marker sometimes and I just want to do something!” He adds, “but I do use this snare space for a lot of things, for ideas when I’m composing. I also put some notes on there which help me during the show, for example when I play very fast I have some mental techniques that I use and I note those on my snare, then I can remember when to breathe, let my left leg relax and so on. As a drummer it’s just a good way to connect to all these works when I practice.”
MARIO DID POST NEW ARTWORKS ON HIS SITE!!! CLICK THE BANNER BELOW TO VISIT HIS GALLERY!
Also check the interview with Mario on HeavyMetal Artwork below: