KUDOS FOR JOE DUPLANTIER!
Guitarist/vocalist Joe Duplantier of extreme/progressive metallers GOJIRA was asked if he’s worried about how the GOJIRA fans will react to the band being involved with an organization like Sea Shepherd. “I am not worried at all,” he replied. “I don’t care about these reactions, really. What I care about is mostly where I put myself and what kind of energy in my life, why I do things.
“This is something very, very, very important to me, to do this, but it’s not on a political level… It’s also political, of course, but it’s more on a spiritual level. I like to feel that I am part of something that goes in the right direction, something that has sense. And being famous is really cool, having a lot of money is really cool — making money and all that — but it’s not the most important [thing] for me.”
“I don’t know… It seems like there is something super-important and there are laws [regulating shark finning], but there is no enforcement to make sure that they don’t catch the sharks. ”
“I’m talking about sharks, but it’s the same problem with whales and dolphins and tuna… All these species are just disappearing from the planet because everybody wants to eat them or catch them for their fat, skin, bones, fins, for makeup products or even for weapons… Some parts of the whales are used to build weapons.
“… and what I feel is when you are an artist and you start to have the attention of the people and people actually listen to you and what you’re saying, I think you have a responsibility towards the planet and towards the people. We have to think about what we are saying and what we are doing. And [when it comes to the new GOJIRA] EP, I feel exactly at the right place when I do this.”
“There’s a lot of confusion in the world in general. Everybody is in survival mode all the time. And we created this opportunity in our lives to stick the head out of the gutter and stop surviving and try to do something to live, really, like human beings.”