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M.Z. (JULIEN ADAMO)

CLASSICAL MUSIC AND METAL ARE WORLDS APART IN THE PUBLIC PERCEPTION – WHICH IS REALLY A STRANGE THING, IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT. BOTH GENRES PUT AN EMPHASIS ON TECHNIQUE, ON COMPLEXITY AND ON HARMONIC EXTREMES, BOTH ARE HUNGRY FOR PROGRESSION AND HEAVILY CONSERVATIVE AT THE SAME TIME. SO IT SHOULDN’T COME AS A SURPRISE THAT METAL MUSICIANS HAVE REGULARLY PAYED HOMMAGE TO THEIR CLASSICAL HEROES AND SOME HAVE EVEN BUILT AN ENTIRE CAREER ON THEM. M.Z. IS A FRENCH BAND, WHO STRIVES TO PRESENT BAND INTERPRETATIONS OF PIECES BY VIVALDI, MOZART AND OTHER MASTERS AS WELL AS ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS INFLUENCED BY THEM. THEY HAVE BEEN BECOME REGULAR GUESTS ON THE LIVE CIRCUIT AND THEIR LATEST ALBUM „ROMANTIC“ SEES THEM ON THEIR CURRENT PINNACLE. WHICH IS WHY WE TOOK THE TIME TO TALK TO JULIEN ADAMO, GUITARIST OF THE BAND.

WHICH HI! HOW ARE YOU? WHERE ARE YOU? Hi, I’m fine, thanks. I’m from Lyon, France. WHAT’S ON YOUR SCHEDULE RIGHT NOW? We are recording our 5th album. We have just one concert scheduled in June. We have a lot of work! IF YOU HADN’T CHOSEN FOR MUSIC, WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD DO RIGHT NOW? Wouaouh!! Life without music… I don’t know…I think I would be a cooker. In France, we like cooking.. WHAT OR WHO WAS YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCE AS AN ARTIST? There are several kinds of artists that influenced me. But the biggest influence in the way of playing and practicing is: always learn more, staying angry. WHAT’S THE HARDEST PART ABOUT BEING A MUSICIAN AND WHAT’S THE BEST? The hardest part is that you always have to ask questions about yourself, your artistic choices. The best is when people come to you after a show and say they liked it, even though you thought it it was horrible. A very good “warm and cold” sensation. WHAT’S YOUR VIEW ON THE CLASSICAL MUSIC SCENE AT PRESENT? IS THERE A CRISIS? Like in lots of types of musics, we are not far from the crisis… There are many good artists but they are recognized by few people. Just switch on your TV or your radio: good music isn’t broadcasted. There is always the same kinds of sh… Personaly, my TV is just to watch DVDs. I’m bored about all these things. SOME FEEL THERE IS NO NEED TO RECORD CLASSICAL MUSIC ANY MORE, THAT IT’S ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE. WHAT DO YOU TELL THEM? Like everything, music is always in evolution. Today, it’s not worse or better, it’s different… WHAT CONSTITUTES A GOOD LIVE PERFORMANCE IN YOUR OPINION? WHAT’S YOUR APPROACH TO PERFORMING ON STAGE? The main aim in music is to communicate (messages, feelings, etc). If the audience receives this, well, you’ve made it… You can feel it as you play, and it’s so great… Our music is hard to play live, sometimes, we fear to miss this communication. Fortunately, it happens quite often… WHAT DOES THE WORD “INTERPRETATION” MEAN TO YOU? The final stage, but not the easiest. There’s writing, learning, practicing, and then interpreting… Wondering if it will be great, with all the feelings, the technique… Hard stuff… TRUE OR FALSE: IT IS THE DUTY OF AN ARTIST TO PUT HIS PERSONAL EMOTIONS INTO THE MUSIC HE PLAYS. True. Music is made by humans for humans. No emotions, no music. TRUE OR FALSE: “MUSIC IS MY FIRST LOVE” True. It can make you feel happy, strong, powerful. And/or, of course, disappointed, miserable, unfortunate. TRUE OR FALSE: PEOPLE NEED TO BE EDUCATED ABOUT CLASSICAL MUSIC, BEFORE THEY CAN REALLY APPRECIATE IT. False. Education helps to understand it, it’s the same with painting. But to appreciate it, you just need a brain and ears. Natural thing. YOU ARE GIVEN THE POSITION OF ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF A CONCERT HALL. WHAT WOULD BE ON YOUR PROGRAM FOR THIS SEASON? I would invite artists from other musical landscapes who wrote classical parts. In first place, Mr Yngwie J. Malmsteen, or Mr Blackmore. But i’m not enough aware about today’s classical scene to tell you some classical artists, sorry 😉 WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CLASSICAL CD AT THE MOMENT? I’ve listened a lot the symphony #35-41 of Mozart. My favorite is #41 “Jupiter”. HAVE YOU EVER TRIED PLAYING A DIFFERENT INSTRUMENT? IF YES, HOW GOOD WERE YOU AT IT? Oh yes, Piano, Cello, Bass, with always the same result : DESASTER…. I stay with my dear guitar, it makes less people laugh…

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