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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Jean-Michel Jarre

Posted by Amoebite, May 16, 2017 12:17pm | Post a Comment

Jean-Michel Jarre What's In My Bag?

We were excited to host a live interview and Q&A with pioneering electronic music composer Jean-Michel Jarre and presenter/journalist Nic Harcourt at Amoeba Hollywood. Before the event, we sat down with Jarre for a "What's In My Bag?" episode and he talked with us about Boys Noize and the new wave of German techno artists, the first time he heard Julia Holter's voice, and M83's instantly recognizable sound.

Jean-Michel Jarre is a French composer, performer, and producer of avant-garde electronic and new age music. The son of legendary film composer Maurice Jarre, the younger Jarre first studied classical piano before falling in love with jazz. He then immersed himself in musique concrete before turning to electro-acoustic music. Before moving entirely into electronic music, he composed for films and wrote songs for many popular singers, including Francoise Hardy. In 1977, Jarre's electronic music breakthrough arrived in the form of Oxygène, his debut LP.

Jean-Michel Jarre Oxygene 3A year later, his follow up Equinoxe appeared to an equally dazzling response; Jarre performed a series of open air concerts in Paris' Place de la Concorde to an estimated audience of one million spectators. These concerts earned him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. 1981's Les Chants Magnétiques and 1983's Music for Supermarkets also marked high points in the artist's career. After a relatively quiet decade in the 1990s, Jarre returned to prominence in the '00s. His albums Electronica, Vol. 1: The Time Machine (2015) and Electronica, Vol. 2: The Heart of Noise (2016) featured some of the most prestigious names in music, including John Carpenter, Hans Zimmer, Cyndi Lauper, Vince Clarke, Armin van Buuren, and Pete Townshend. His most recent release, Oxygène 3, was released in December 2016. 

Talking about some of his favorite electronic artists and collaborators, Jarre notes the way Moby and M83 use their voices as instruments. "They are very good voices, but they do not consider themselves as singers." Jarre goes on to say of Moby, "I always love the music, this mixture of happiness and melancholia, and I would say that Moby is a kind of the Woody Allen of techno."

Jarre also picks up the latest album from director John Carpenter. "Lots of people know John Carpenter as a filmmaker, but less people know how important he is in the electronic music scene," he says of the man who not only brought us the classic films Halloween, Escape From New York and Assault on Precinct 13, but also composed and recorded their soundtracks.

But which artist does he say is his muse? Watch the full episode below to find out!

Jean-Michel Jarre - What's In My Bag?
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