The Jean-Michel Jarre Podcast

Jean-Michel Jarre is joined by actor & composer Matt Berry (The IT Crowd) for a series of 5 interviews on the Jean-Michel Jarre Podcast.

You can listen to the podcasts below, or by adding the podcast feed in your podcast application.

Episode 1: The Early Years

Matt Berry dives into the early years of Jean-Michel Jarre’s career, discussing how the noise of a railway station formed his early interest in strange sounds, selling a guitar to purchase his first electronic instrument and how thinking non-commercially lead to huge success.

Episode 2: Oxygène

Jean-Michel Jarre and Matt Berry discuss the process of creating Oxygène, what cooking has to do with music production, and how works considered classics today were initially boundary-breaking experimentations.

Episode 3: Playing live

In this Episode, Berry & Jarre talk about how terrifying and surprising it was to play in front of a crowd of one million people in Paris and what it was like to be the first musician to perform these massive outdoor concerts.

The two discuss what impressions he left with the citizens of China following his concerts in 1981 and how an incredible London crowd made up for the hilarious and ridiculous organization of his famous Dockland show. The also discuss the origin of visual ideas for live shows and what six camels have got to do with Jarre’s legendary concert in front of the pyramids in Egypt.

Episode 4: Electronica

Electronica is a Grammy-nominated project that Jean-Michel Jarre released on two albums in 2015 and 2016. It features 32 collaborations with different artists, including Pete Townshend, Moby, Armin van Buuren and Hans Zimmer.

In this episode, Berry and Jarre talk about the mammoth process of traveling and recording with each artist, the personal connections made, and future plans for Electronica 3.

Episode 5: The Future

In 2018 Jean-Michel Jarre announced two album projects.

The first is the career-spanning collection Planet Jarre, for which he dug deep into his vaults and arranged in an innovative thematic way.

The second is the upcoming Equinoxe Infinity, a new project based around artificial intelligence which revisits the themes of his classic album Equinoxe on its 40th anniversary. In this episode, Berry & Jarre dive deep into the music creation process and the two discuss how technology is both a blessing and a restriction for musicians today.

6 thoughts on “The Jean-Michel Jarre Podcast

  1. I think JmJ is 70.
    Maaan to have his child-like enthusiasm, lust for life, freshness openness towards cultures, other creative artists, technology.

    1. Yeah, he’s 70 and he’s still a sexy French guy – and I am not. I’d like to look that good at his age, but I’m not counting on it!

      He’d be a great person to do a documentary on. Obviously his career is amazing, but his personal life is full of supermodels and actresses, and his father was equally famous.

  2. JmJ has just the synths he requires for a project.

    I couldn’t be as self disciplined. I’d buy every synth I wanted : 200 or more 🙂

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