Synth God Jean-Michel Jarre Breathes New ‘Oxygène’ Into Electronica
Reporter Bryan Reesman talks with French musician and electronic producer legend Jean-Michel Jarre about his legacy and his latest album which completed a trilogy started in 1976.This article originally appeared on Observer
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Jean-Michel Jarre is an electronic music legend.
The French composer and performer, who has sold 80 million albums worldwide, is known for pioneering synth-worship albums like Équinoxe and Magnetic Fields as well as spectacular visual stage shows in front of massive audiences like 3.5 million fans in Moscow in 1997 (still a Guinness world record). In Europe he plays arenas, and he’s not just doing the DJ thing; he’s actively immersed in his banks of keyboards.
2016 was a banner year for Jarre. His recent two-album “Electronica” cycle (Electronica 1: The Time Machine and Electronica 2: The Heart Of Noise) was well received and featured an impressive array of collaborations from peers and successors as varied as M83, Peaches, Tangerine Dream, John Carpenter, The Orb, Fuck Buttons, and Moby. Electronica 1 recently garnered him his second Grammy nomination, this time in the Best Dance/Electronic Album category.
His latest album, the superlative Oxygène 3, was just released in America and completes a trilogy started in December 1976. He hopes to tour the States around May and June.
Jarre recently spoke to the Observer about his new music, legacy, and how a 68-year-old musician can look 20 years younger...