UG: In 2008 you joined Cavalera Conspiracy and played bass on their Inflikted album. How did that all happen?
Duplantier: "I loved it and it was an amazing experience for sure. I don't know exactly how it happened but it was a combination of Max and Igor and they wanted to try something new and have an original combination of musicians. They could have asked like a famous bass player to do it but I know that Roadrunner Records (Cavalera Conspiracy's label) had something to say about that. They actually gave this advice to Max and Igor and said, 'You should pick someone from Gojira because it's like a rising band and it's interesting. They could bring something interesting on the table.'"
UG: What was that like being in the studio with Cavalera Conspiracy?
Duplantier: "It was very fast and very quick and it was almost like a dream. We composed and recorded the album together in a little more than two weeks. That was really unexpected and very new to me in this way of working."
UG: Max and Igor Cavalera worked totally differently than the way you and Mario work in Gojira?
Duplantier: "Yeah, I was completely blown away. We would just jam in the afternoon and put some riffs together and at night we would record everything. It's like, 'OK, one song in the books and we don't even know what's going to happen tomorrow.' We wouldn't even compose the whole album before recording. This to me was completely insane but somehow it worked. Like with Gojira we can talk about a song for two months and breakdown the song and do it again until it's perfect. But with these guys it was very different and more of a punk rock attitude. Very interesting."
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As previously reported, Gojira is teaming up with the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT for a North American tour in 2013. The dates are as follows:
14 - Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
15 - Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB
16 - Odeon Events Centre – Saskatoon, SK
17 - MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB
19 - Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC
20 - Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
21 - Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
23 - The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
24 - Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
25 - Henry Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
28 - Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
29 - Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
31 - Granada Theatre – Dallas, TX
1 - White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
2 - Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
4 - State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL
5 - The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
7 - Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
8 - Irving Plaza – New York, NY
9 - Mr. Smalls – Millvale, PA
12 - House of Blues – Chicago, IL
13 - Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
14 - Le National – Montreal, QC
15 - The Palladium – Worcester, MA
16 - Theater of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA