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(September 20, 2018) Jean-Michel Jarre has announced a new five-part podcast series entitled ‘Planet Jarre: The Podcast’, which will be available weekly from Wednesday, September 26, 2018. A true pioneer in electronic music, Jarre, the two-time Grammy nominee with more than 80 million album sales throughout his career, has partnered with BAFTA Award winning actor, writer and musician Matt Berry to bring this podcast to light. A series of conversations for people interested in art, music, the creative process surrounding it and maintaining self-belief, the 5-part podcast series ‘Planet Jarre: The Podcast’ will also discuss the roots of Jean-Michel’s career, amongst much more, and will be released on digital platforms every Wednesday from 26 September 2018.

Jean-Michel Jarre’s career has been more than simply ‘impressive’. The four-time Guinness World Record holder for largest concert ever performed and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador is renowned for his one-off, ground-breaking events at historical landmarks across the world. Jarre has been a key force in turning electronic music into the phenomenon it is today. An innovator on many levels, Jarre is often cited as an important influence by artists of the genre today. Matt Berry is an actor, writer, and musician. In 2015 he won a BAFTA award for his work on Toast of London. Alongside his acting career, Berry is a composer and musician who has released six studio albums, and is a long-time fan of Jean-Michel Jarre himself.

In Planet Jarre: The Podcast, the pair meet in Jarre’s Paris studio to discuss the roots of Jean-Michel Jarre´s career, his explorations into what was once a completely new genre called “Electronic Music”, as well as all of the instruments and tools he used to create his groundbreaking album Oxygene. They discuss the recent Grammy-nominated Electronica project, alongside what it’s like collaborating with dozens of musicians that have helped shape music today. They also mention the massive, record-breaking outdoor performances and also look ahead to the future, discussing Jarre’s upcoming projects.

Episode 1 of Planet Jarre: The Podcast is entitled “The Early Years” and sees Matt Berry dive into the beginning of Jean-Michel Jarre’s career, discussing how the noise of a railway station formed his interest in strange sounds, how he sold a guitar to purchase his first electronic instrument, and how thinking non-commercially led to huge success.

This comes just after Jarre released his 41-track best-of PLANET JARRE album last week. Providing an intimate, indispensable, and inimitable overview of his storied career thus far, he personally oversaw comprehensive remastering and chose the compositions that drive this journey in four playlists: Soundscapes, Themes, Sequences and Explorations & Early Works.  It’s available in four configurations: vinyl, box set, deluxe CD, and standard CD. The vinyl and box set both unlock a download card for Jean-Michel Jarre in 5.1, granting the most immersive listening possible and perfect for audiophiles. Get PLANET JARRE’ Here


JEAN-MICHEL JARRE has been one of the pioneering forces throughout the electronic music scene over the last five decades, having originally made his name in the 1970s for his critically acclaimed album OXYGENE. OXYGENE was unmistakably a catalyst that set electronic music well on its way to becoming the behemoth that it is today, with JEAN-MICHEL’s music and follow through albums (Equinoxe, Magnetic Fields, Rendez-Vous, Chronology…) breaking down boundaries of composing and production paving the path for what has become today the most popular genre of music of all time.  With over 80 million albums sold worldwide to date, musicians and contemporary DJs often refer to JARRE’s influence and innovation, not only for his music but also for his singular vision and creation of outdoor concerts experience.  JEAN-MICHEL JARRE’s legendary concerts have attracted Guinness Record-breaking audiences, with his live shows, often, if not always, taking place in some of the most extraordinary settings worldwide. He was the first western musician ever to be invited to perform in post-Mao China, and has also played the likes of the Great Pyramids in Egypt, The Sahara Desert and The Eiffel Tower, in addition to perhaps his most famous performance ever, where he played to a record 3.5 million people in Moscow. All in all, JARRE has held Guinness World Records for the largest live audiences over the continents not withstanding his memorable one-off city-scale concert in Houston in 1986 for NASA’s 25th Anniversary and in a moving commemoration of the Challenger Mission to which over 1.3 million people gathered to share this groundbreaking show at the foot of Houston’s skyline.

JEAN-MICHEL JARRE is synonymous with the legendary as he continues to break new ground with each piece of music and live performance.


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Samantha Taus
Manager, National Media Relations
Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.
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