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jeanbatman 


Age: 42
Joined: 13 May 2007
Posts: 1513
Location: Lille, France
Posted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:14 pm   Interview questions

If you don't mind, folks, answering my fan interview questions*:

1- Under which circumstances did you discover Jarre?
2- When since do you consider yourself as a fan?
3- What are your three favorite albums?
4- Do you collect Jarre items and if so, which kind (discs, merchandising,...) ?
5- Did you ever want to make your own music?
6- Did Jarre ever change your sight on things outside music like architecture, photograph, environment, painting?
7- Do you speak about Jarre to your fellow mates of family and what are the most usual reactions?
8- What do you search by being on Jarre forums?
9- Has there been a moment when you wanted to drop it all?
10- If you had to describe Jarre to a person that does not know Jarre at all, what would you tell him first?
11- If you could meet Jarre one-to-one for five minutes, what would you tell him?
12- What other artists (electronic artists) do please you?
13- What is, in your opinion, the greatest concert of Jean Michel? And why?

Greets!

* This is for my Jarrefan page I get very little time to fulfill with my three other websites.
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lahavana 


Age: 34
Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 297
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:01 am   

1- Under which circumstances did you discover Jarre?

The discovery wasn't actually my own - the first listening of Oxygene (or maybe Equinoxe, I cannot know for sure) happened when I was only a few days old, since my folks used the old Unitra reel-to-reel to soothe me into sleep.

2- When since do you consider yourself as a fan?

I think that there are 2 stages of being a fan: 1. the stage when you are not as much interested in the person but the music and you keep listening and listening, sometimes without even knowing if the composer is male or female (in the case of a more ambiguous name...). this is the stage when you simply live the music, you interpret it in your own way, it is, more or less, "yours" (one might say, a more passive stage); 2. the stage when you've pretty much "consumed" the music and you go deeper - discover the mind behind the music and try to guess the way that music was intended/created/thought out (a more active stage). So, having in mind these 2 stages (which are usually very much age-related, as well, and also, depend on how many years you've spent dwelling on the artist's music) I think I've been a fan in stage 1 (not counting the early years, when I was simply a child responding to nice music) since around 1991 or 1992, when the La Defense concert was aired on Romanian TV. That's the time when I actually got to hear new music of JMJ (I had only listened to Oxygene and Equinoxe until then) and I judged for myself (or rather felt) whether I like it or not. And then, for stage 2 - last year, 2008, when JMJ suddenly "popped out" in the Romanian media and I got the bright idea to start looking for news on the internet. There had been 0 news about him in RO since 2000 and his Giza concert, so I simply lingered in a passive "stage 1" attitude.

3- What are your three favorite albums?

Oxygene, Equinoxe and Metamorphoses.

4- Do you collect Jarre items and if so, which kind (discs, merchandising,...) ?

I suppose I collect media :) interviews, pictures, articles, videos - anything I can find.

5- Did you ever want to make your own music?

No, never. I am not musically inclined.

6- Did Jarre ever change your sight on things outside music like architecture, photograph, environment, painting?

Yes, actually in architecture - I took a Scenography class and the final project asked us to "design" a concert (sets, coregraphy, costumes, images, anything we thought appropriate) for a musical artist of our choice and preference. I chose JMJ, of course, and during the first stage of the project, I studied his concerts closely from a visual point of view and I must say I've learned quite a lot.

7- Do you speak about Jarre to your fellow mates of family and what are the most usual reactions?

My family - the highest degree of complicity on the subject was between me and my father. Mother simply enjoys the music (stage 1 fan ;) ). Friends? None of my close friends have any real liking for his kind of music, but he is known to them, just not their cup of tea. I have made some new acquaintances lately (through the official forum), who share the same liking for their music, and they all have similar stories to mine - having been introduced to his Oxygene at an early age and then growing into liking his music in general when they got old enough to pass judgement.

8- What do you search by being on Jarre forums?

On a subconscious level, perhaps trying to be closer to the mastermind behind the music? - I am a member of only one other musician's forum (a band), and they are my "other great love" as a friend so nicely put it - perhaps these two names I hold (personally) as the best in my musical preferences, so there :) Of course, forums are great to keep updated in a nice and quite human way - by word passed from one human to another :)

9- Has there been a moment when you wanted to drop it all?

There is nothing exactly to drop - perhaps the situation will change now, just as my JMJ fandom has acquired brand new responsibilities - the Romanian site and forum we've started. However, I think not, because (at least with me), such things are like friends - I never forget/drop/throw away something that I like/liked. Might become less active about administrative things on the forum and site in the distant future, might even pass the job on to someone else, but everything else still remains. It's like I might quit my job in an architecture studio, but that doesn't change the fact that I am an architect and that's what I do - that's my craft and trade.

10- If you had to describe Jarre to a person that does not know Jarre at all, what would you tell him first?

Well, to a Romanian (someone around my age): "French, electronic music, Oxygene, the concert in 91 with the big skeleton"
To a younger Romanian: "Here, watch/listen to this - that's Jarre - he's invented music a little, you know?"
To anybody else: "French, electronic music, Oxygene, go listen"
... And of course, would direct them to our site ;)

11- If you could meet Jarre one-to-one for five minutes, what would you tell him?

I've long given up on preparing the "5-minute-speech", merely because I'd probably load it with too much, take too long to say it and end up not saying the really important things. Therefore, I shall simply speak whatever I feel is important at that moment - hopefully, that's the right thing to do :)

12- What other artists (electronic artists) do please you?

Strictly speaking of electronic artists... well, in order of preference: Depeche Mode, Daft Punk, and a bit of Kraftwerk (more out of nostalgia - de gustibus). Also, Vangelis - and I've set him apart because, from my point of view, he's in a separate category in itself (just like JMJ, actually, tho they are generally viewed and referred to as electronic music artists), a separate category in both the music he creates and my level of preference.

13- What is, in your opinion, the greatest concert of Jean Michel? And why?

That is indeed very hard to tell, because there are so many factors. Some concerts were simply HUGE, others were plain beautiful, some had a very strong emotional charge, others had a big significance, and some were musically flawless, other were innovations in terms of lighting and surround... so you see, very hard to choose, so I will name the one that holds most importance to myself - Debrecen, Hungary, May 2009.

Hope these will help you and please forgive my talkativeness - I simply enjoy talking about this subject very much :)
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Jon 


Age: 49
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Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:36 pm   

1- Under which circumstances did you discover Jarre?

It began in 1977 when I was looking for something in my attic. I tripped over something hiding in the corner and when I looked, it was JMJ. I said "hello, what you doing up here?" and he replied something in French which I could not understand because at this point I had not started to learn French at school.

2- When since do you consider yourself as a fan?

I considered myself a fan in the summer of 1997. Our electric rotary fan broke down at night and the shops were closed so I couldn't go out a buy a new one. So I picked up booklet and started waving it up & down to create air.

:wink:
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Kanta 
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Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 1:05 pm   

Your answers are really quite funny, Jon. :punch:

Very interesting answers, Iulia. 8)

My answers are sent to you, Jean-Baptiste. :D
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Concerts attended:
Thtre Marigny, Paris - 2007
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RAH, London - 2008
Wembley Arena, London - 2009
NIA, Birmingham - 2009
POP Bercy, Paris - 2010
NIA, Birmingham - 2010
O2 Arena, London - 2010
Znith Arna, Lille - 2010
Port Hercule, Monaco - 2011
TUI Arena, Hannover - 2011
Festival International de Carthage - 2013
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham - 2016
 
jeanbatman 


Age: 42
Joined: 13 May 2007
Posts: 1513
Location: Lille, France
Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 1:46 pm   

I love all your answers... And that gave my the will to auto-interview myself :

1- Under which circumstances did you discover Jarre?

My parents had bought "The essential Jarre" and "Cities in Concert" audiotape. The effect on my 10-year old self was tremendous. Atmospheric synths, tasty backing effects and sharp and catchy melodies, it was pure enjoyment. They used to play the music in summer, on holiday breaks, inside our motorhome when I was living in Raleigh, North Carolina and travelled to Grand Canyon and Yellowstone Park.
The music of Jarre is associated with these beautiful landscapes forever in my spirit and my mind. When I went back to France, I discovered Equinoxe which I "stole" from my older brother who was playing synth himself. As far as I can remember, I think my bare emotion listening all alone to a Jarre tune is modern waltz Equinoxe 3. I shut off the lights, wear a cheap headphone on, and basically "flyed away" from whatever reality could be. But at that time, I did not know who Jarre was exactly and didn't care.

2- When since do you consider yourself as a fan?

In 1993, when I got my first bank account and credit card, the first thing I bought was Chronologie. I can recall myself wating for the opening of the "Virgin megastore" underneath the pyramid du Louvre to buy my precious item. Back then, I listened to the album until the tape got worn out. I bought some of Jarre's album twice and made copies of the rest of it all, so that I could prevent from erasure to some extend. I also did new visuals for the album for each and every album. My family often teased me on naming me "Jarre's greatest fan". That annoyed me on the long run.
I missed the Eiffel Tower concert in 1995, but got to see it on TV. In 1997, I did a presentation in front my graphic design classroom speaking of Jarre's music with extreme passion. Stepping back in time, I think I really was a hardcore fan (none of Jarre would do could be criticized) in that year 1997.
Then I began to gain interest in other artists, like Peter Gabriel and the prog bands (ELP, Vermillion, Yes, Gentle Giant, Genesis, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Magma, Van der Graaf Generator, Heldon, Camel, Triumvirat and so on), and lost contact with Jarre for a few time. When Aero came out, I was thrilled again. In 2006, I finally decided to launch my own website to give details on every aspect of his work. In 2007, I came friend with Christophe, who knows Jarre very well, and I got furthermore involved in Aerozone, the french fan-club. I spend lots of time chatting with Jarre fans in France and now I think I am a slightly "cleverer" fan by listening to other fans.

3- What are your three favorite albums?

Equinoxe, Chronologie, Oxygène.

4- Do you collect Jarre items and if so, which kind (discs, merchandising,...) ?

Well, despite what I wrote about my 1993-95 frenetic period, I never considered myself as a fetish. I did not run in the bigger-than-life poster, rare records or what so ever. Plus I never collected magazines or interviews, even though I never missed watching a TV show with Jean Michel troughout the nineties. I lacked interest into collecting items, barely because I already collected enough stuff when I studied arts in Paris.

5- Did you ever want to make your own music?

Well, I got a little program I played with for quite a while, but you can't call that making music. I think music is something else or maybe "more" than "playing" with a computer. I layered my MIDI program to up to 30 tracks at the same time, but that ended up to being far too repetitive, even on a two minute length. I did short music for some video games (on of which was published in France), but that was just for fun. I have awful sense of rythm, so I couldn't play the piano good enough to pursue music. So I pulled off from music.

6- Did Jarre ever change your sight on things outside music like architecture, photograph, environment, painting?

Well, I think Jarre albums' cover are something that are very recurrent in my pratice of graphic design. For instance, I did paintings while listening to Jarre's music. One of the things I dream most of is to meet Michel Granger and to show him the artwork his paintings inspired me. My theory is that part of Jarre is what others make of Jarre's music and with which degree of intensity. For instance, I couldn't make a graphic design out of Vangelis' music because lots of images already exist out of the motion pictures (Ridley Scott and co.).

7- Do you speak about Jarre to your fellow mates of family and what are the most usual reactions?

Well, I talk about Jarre around myself, but as you may know, Jarre has a pretty bad image in the trendy Paris I am accustomed to frequent.There's nothing more exciting than to change the prejudices around his work, and to avoid slipping on his private life. French people think Isabelle Adjani's love affair with JM had much bad impact on his image. French medias don't care for Jarre or dislike him beacause of the mass hits of his outdoor concerts.
There's nothing more frustrating than people who don't know the very basis of his career and critize him with very poor cases. That's mainly whu I want to make more and more websites about him. Though I have the chance to meet a lot of musicians from various styles, and all do recognize he is very talented, but isn't as great as he used to. I think it would be much more fair to consider Jarre tries not to repeat himself. You can think both.

8- What do you search by being on Jarre forums?

Well, this question is very tough. First query is that I like to feel I'm not isolated on the music world. If the french forum I spent most of my time on would reduce to - let's say - less than a hundred person, then I would think I am a real alien (like goes the Sting song), cut-off from the mainstream tastes, and feel loose for the rest of my life, a bit like staging "underground". I mean if Jarre keeps doing concerts for millions, he is mainstream enough, right?
What I search for on the forum is more a better understanding of the technical aspects of Jarre's music, which I'm more and more interested with. I'm very jealous about the people who can spend hours discussing about how bad the mix is on a particular album, and so on. The other aspect of my presence on the forums is to try grow knowledge on how the whole thing started for the fans. Some french fans have stories on Jarre one day we will have to make a book about. This is why the fans' testimonies is the thing I will keep on going as much as I can and as much as people are willling to let me know.

9- Has there been a moment when you wanted to drop it all?

Well, again, a very difficult one! When I saw Jean Michel going "wild" in Cannes for the Teo and Tea showcase, I was afflicted. The Queen performance led to nothing neither. But the most difficult part was when a few french people dropped after Teo and Tea and some articles were extremely negative. I'm not saying I was willing to quit, but I was quite angry after Jean Michel. Fans were raging at one another and I didn't feel comfortable with it. In June 2007, Jarre was alike any other electro artist and that hurt me so strong, because in my mind, Jarre is 1.000.000 times superior to trendy DJ's and can't be a credible DJ himself.

10- If you had to describe Jarre to a person that does not know Jarre at all, what would you tell him first?

Jarre is the most inspiring musician that ever crossed my life. And as for the biography segments: In a two year timeframe, he did some the greatest lyrics ever written in french popular music and introduced the world to electronic music with Oxygène. Later on, until the mid-nineties, with a run of challenging albums and great concerts, Jean Michel was the most influentual french artist in pop culture. Jean Michel did one of the greatest concert ever in Paris La Défense in 1990. Since that period, he is trying to give a deeper sense to each of his performances, including tolerance, multiculturalism and environnement. Jarre is an accomplished artist and his music is beyond the range of composing music.

11- If you could meet Jarre one-to-one for five minutes, what would you tell him?

That I love his work. And that he has to show up on his blog and official forum more often if he doesn't want his fans to get mad at him. There's such a need for us just to see his care.

12- What other artists (electronic artists) do please you?

Vangelis is great. Ash Ra and Tangerine Dream (until mid-eighties) are "way cool". Klaus Schulze is gloomy and fascinating. Francis Rimbert and Joël Fajerman are though. Chemical brothers are fun. The Orb are nice. Goldfrapp and Portishead are OK. Kraftwerk are good, maybe too intellectual. Moby is sometimes interesting. In more recent discovery, I also like: Michel van Osenbruggen, Steve Roach, Redschift, Lightwave, Alpha Lyra, Pete Namlook & Wolfram Der Spyra. And I like spending time on Myspace and discovering unknown artists.

13- What is, in your opinion, the greatest concert of Jean Michel? And why?

Obviously La Défense. Because you have millions of people looking in the same direction, the most fantastic music, lasers and fireworks, and that this extravanganza will never happen again. It's clear Jarre and La défense will be two words linked together for a long, long time.
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Kanta 
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Location: United Kingdom
Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 3:17 pm   

I wonderful read, JB. 8)

Bonjour, :D my name is Kanta and I am a Jean Michel Jarre fan.

1- Under which circumstances did you discover Jarre?

I discovered Jean Michel when my sister and I inherited a record player from my Uncle and Auntie. It was a present to us as they were emigrating. We had no vinyl to play on the record player to start with and my cousin gave us at the same time the Oxygene album on vinyl. I was 11 years old. It left a very big impact on me listening to the Oxygene album on vinyl. So big was the impact, that we bought the Equinoxe album on vinyl. My discovering only lasted a few years but left a long and lasting impression.

2- When since do you consider yourself as a fan?


I consider myself a hardcore fan of Jean Michel's since 2004 onwards. Although, I did not become a dedicated fan when I was 11 years old, the reason being there were many changes happening in my life and I became influenced on other areas. I was very lucky enough to be re-introduced to him again. It happened by chance, that I came across the Oxygene in Moscow concert, which was showing, on Sky Digital on the Performance Channel. Purely by good fortune, Jean Michel returned back into my life. Since 2004 I have made up for the lost years, I hope.

3- What are your three favorite albums?


Oxygene - The first time I heard this album, I was totally impressed to what I was listening to. When you are 11 years old, you are starting to appreciate music of all walks of life. The album was a huge step ahead of this. The music is far beyond the future and ultimately very unique in producing electronic sounds by analogue synthesizers.

Oxygene 7-13 - The "continuation" of the Oxygene album is the best tribute Jean Michel could have given to the first one. This album chooses a formation like its predecessor but also manages to provide a breakthrough in exceptional sounds and rhythms.

Equinoxe - The album is tremendous and reflects the pathway to electronic genius. This album is a masterpiece of sounds and melodies.

4- Do you collect Jarre items and if so, which kind (discs, merchandising,...) ?


Yes, I do collect Jean Michel's merchandise. I have all his albums on CD, 98% of his concert books, all his official DVDs to date, various posters and t-shirts. My pride and joy is Oxygene and Oxygene 7-13 CD covers signed by him. Also, signed by Jean Michel is my two concert programmes from 2008 and 2009.

5- Did you ever want to make your own music?

Yes, I would dearly like to make my own music due to Jean Michel's influence. I would like to compose similar music that Jean Michel produces. Maybe, even to begin with covering or remixing Oxygene 13. My favourite track to date!

6- Did Jarre ever change your sight on things outside music like architecture, photograph, environment, painting?


Yes, I look at things differently with Jean Michel's knowledge and opinion. He believes strongly for sounds and textures from various angles. This could apply to all.

7- Do you speak about Jarre to your fellow mates of family and what are the most usual reactions?

Yes, I do. Some are surprise how he looks nowadays and others like to hum Oxygene 4. Others do not know him at all. I inform them that Jean Michel Jarre is the godfather, a pioneer and a mastero of electronic music. But most do know the album Oxygene.

8- What do you search by being on Jarre forums?

The latest up to date news, gossip and any background knowledge whether it would be the past, present and future on Jean Michel. Also, to interact with fans about other topics that do not relate to Jean Michel. I am very proud that I am a Moderator on a Jean Michel forum - www.zoolook.nl . A privilege to serve the Jean Michel Jarre community there and other related forums.

9- Has there been a moment when you wanted to drop it all?

No, not drop it all but take a little time away. Sometimes, a good thing can control you too much.

10- If you had to describe Jarre to a person that does not know Jarre at all, what would you tell him first?

Jean Michel is a unique French composer and pioneer of electronic music His music and concerts have created the utmost highest level of musical talent to a point where he is the leader that influences the future musical generation.

11- If you could meet Jarre one-to-one for five minutes, what would you tell him?

Firstly, I would mention that his music has given me numerous amount of hours of enjoyment and thank him from my heart for this. That I admire and respect him as an artist. For all the good things he has achieved for electronic music through his work. Including, his valuable contribution work for UNESCO. How I have learnt so much from him by being his fan. That he is a true inspiration to all his fans and I hope the best for more to come. Another opportunity to do the friendship handshake, as well.

12- What other artists (electronic artists) do please you?

I listen to many types of music depending on the mood, Beethoven to Cheryl Cole. My most favorite artists are Madonna, Kraftwerk, Röyksopp, David Guetta, Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, Enigma, Lady GaGa etc. To name just a few as the list is quite long. I also enjoy listening to Jean Michel's fans who compose music. They are very talented in their own right making Jean Michel's covers, remixes or composing their own music. I have such admiration for them.

13- What is, in your opinion, the greatest concert of Jean Michel? And why?

All his concerts have been spectacular. So much time, effort and work to bring to his fans these fantastic and amazing concerts. The one I choose is very personal and special to me. It is the first concert that I had ever attended which was at Théâtre Marigny, Paris (Oxygene in Paris) in 2007. Ten concerts were played on individual nights and I was there on the first night. The feeling I had when I saw Jean Michel for the first time on stage live was truly an emotional one. I remember thinking that this is vastly different from watching him on the television. There was no television screen between us and I could not pause. It really felt like one to one.

Merci Jean-Baptiste for giving me the opportunity in answering these superb questions. I hope the answers are interesting. Au revoir.

Hope no-one falls asleep reading this. :punch:
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Concerts attended:
Thtre Marigny, Paris - 2007
Symphony Hall, Birmingham - 2008
RAH, London - 2008
Wembley Arena, London - 2009
NIA, Birmingham - 2009
POP Bercy, Paris - 2010
NIA, Birmingham - 2010
O2 Arena, London - 2010
Znith Arna, Lille - 2010
Port Hercule, Monaco - 2011
TUI Arena, Hannover - 2011
Festival International de Carthage - 2013
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham - 2016
 
Jon 


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Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 3:34 pm   

Kanta wrote:
Your answers are really quite funny, Jon. :punch:



One day I will tell you about when I went to get the hoover from the cupboard under the stairs and found Vangelis in there :mrgreen:
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"A group of men and woman entered the laboratory one month ago to live in a smell free world. Body odour, sweaty arms pits and smelly feet are to create the energy to survive. A total mystery surrounds this experiment, and it's project code name: B.O and Smell'i "
 
lahavana 


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Location: Bucharest, Romania
Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 4:50 pm   

Quote:


One day I will tell you about when I went to get the hoover from the cupboard under the stairs and found Vangelis in there :mrgreen:


:loool:
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melo 


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Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 3:58 pm   

Hey, jean-B, where did you learned Portuguese ? Because, you write this language very well on Brazilian jarrefan site.
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jeanbatman 


Age: 42
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Location: Lille, France
Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:13 pm   

melo wrote:
Hey, jean-B, where did you learned Portuguese ? Because, you write this language very well on Brazilian jarrefan site.


Well, Melo, in fact, I use google translator. And since French's and Portuguese's syntax are very close from one aother, I don't make too many mistakes. I don't know much words in Portuguese, but I eat portugese food 4 times a week... :pwned:
I read Jarre Brasil very oftenly... As well as other Fan sites.
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Kanta 
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Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:21 pm   

Google translator helps me with my French. 8)
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Concerts attended:
Thtre Marigny, Paris - 2007
Symphony Hall, Birmingham - 2008
RAH, London - 2008
Wembley Arena, London - 2009
NIA, Birmingham - 2009
POP Bercy, Paris - 2010
NIA, Birmingham - 2010
O2 Arena, London - 2010
Znith Arna, Lille - 2010
Port Hercule, Monaco - 2011
TUI Arena, Hannover - 2011
Festival International de Carthage - 2013
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham - 2016
 
Robi 

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Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:24 pm   

[quote="jeanbatman"]
melo wrote:

I read Jarre Brasil very oftenly...


Me too! :)
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melo 


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Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 6:59 pm   

Thanks to support guys. I used many times JB's site: http://jeanmicheljarre.unblog.fr/ to seach for informations.
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Port Hercule, Monaco - 2011
 
jeanbatman 


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Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:38 am   

lahavana wrote:
Hope these will help you(...)


Lahavana is the first guest of my little website. Thanks to her a lot... Direct link.
Apart from that, I hope I will get some more time to complete my concert section.
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Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:04 pm   

here are my replies:

1- Under which circumstances did you discover Jarre?
Well, that's actually quite a sad story. I didn't have an easy time at all when I was a kid, and I remember the horrible holidays in the UK, where my parents threw everything at me they could find. So I used to sneak into my tent and lie down in my sleeping bag while listening to this CD called "Synthesizer Greatest", which would comfort me.

2- When since do you consider yourself as a fan?
I kept being interested in the "Synthesizer Greatest" cds (I had the first two volumes)- and always thought they were the original versions. Someday I found out they were not, and went looking for some CDs by Jarre in the local record store. I encountered "Destination Docklands" or "Revolutions" (I don't remember) and "Odyssey trough O2" in the record bins, neither of which really appealed to me. I then went to look for some songs on Kazaa ( :mrgreen: ), fell in love with Chronologie 4. I don't remember whether I first bought the Chronologie album, or the complete edition of Oxygene (the black longbox). I was hooked ever since. Must have been over a decade now.

3- What are your three favorite albums?
Hard to say, as I keep re-discovering the beauty of some of his albums. This goes hand-in-hand with moments I start do dislike certain albums. So for example I have rediscovered Zoolook and after a while I don't like it that much anymore and try something else. This rarely happens to Oxygene 7-13, Chronologie Metamorphoses, Destination Docklands, Waiting for Cousteau, Magnetic Fields and Geometry of Love. I would pick my favourite 3 out of that list.

4- Do you collect Jarre items and if so, which kind (discs, merchandising,...) ?
I used to do that very fanaticly, but have stopped doing so mainly for financial reasons. I used to covet every single item, every different pressing and so forth, nowadays I have a list of items that I want, a few CD singles, promos etc. I haven't started collecting vinyl yet, but might do so in the future. As for merchandise, I don't collect it per se, but I have quite a few posters (some of which are framed and on display in my flat).

5- Did you ever want to make your own music?
I do so on a daily basis, although for a few years this is mainly classical music.

6- Did Jarre ever change your sight on things outside music like architecture, photograph, environment, painting?
Not necessarily, but I did find out we have some preferences in common. His own style of painting for example, but also Michel Granger and other surrealistic artists (although I'm not a fan of Dalí), and also this retro-futuristic style he has mentioned a few times. I don't think I like for example Granger because I like Jarre.

7- Do you speak about Jarre to your fellow mates of family and what are the most usual reactions?
I used to, in the past, when we talked about music. Nowadays mainly the posters in my flat provoke reactions (there's 3 of them on display, one of which is huge!)- like "who is this Jean Michel Jarre", and then when I play them a song, most of them instantly recognize it. I have heard a broad range of reactions, from "totally weird" (girl about Oxygene 12 live in Moscow)
to "quite allright" (same girl about Chronologie 3 live in Paris 1995) to "stunning" (one of my best friends about Live in your living room DVD) and quite anything in between. Most people don't like the music that much though, although some of them tell they used to listen to this music in past times.

8- What do you search by being on Jarre forums?
Nothing, I know all. :mrgreen:
No, just kidding. I like to read interviews.

9- Has there been a moment when you wanted to drop it all?
No, but there are periods I don't listen to JMJ's music at all without lacking interest, I just listen to something else and come back to it later.

10- If you had to describe Jarre to a person that does not know Jarre at all, what would you tell him first?
That would probably following a question like "who is he"- to which I would reply that he is a french musician making electronic music using synthesizers, in quite some different styles, which is usually relaxing to listen to.

11- If you could meet Jarre one-to-one for five minutes, what would you tell him?
I have met him face to face a few times. I asked and told him several things.

12- What other artists (electronic artists) do please you?
At the moment electronic artists I listen to are Depeche Mode and Air (I've not yet joined the new wave of La Roux and Little Boobs), otherwise I listen a lot to Pink Floyd and Alan Parsons, but also Manfred Mann's Earth Band with its neat jazzy synthesizer solos...

13- What is, in your opinion, the greatest concert of Jean Michel? And why?
Well, JMJ did so many different things. Visually, that would be La Defense, no doubt, although I don't think it was musically his best. Musically I think EIC, CPLT, Moscow and 12DOTS were his best (visually not any less spectacular though, they simply can't beat PLD) although his latest setup is very charming as well. If I would pick a favourite, that would be Moscow.

Egypt.

Paris.

Oh. :mrgreen:

Thanks for this itv Jean B., great questions :wink2:
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