Visionary French electronic music artist Jean-Michel Jarre will be interviewed by Dutch EDM star Armin van Buuren at Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), taking place October 15-19, 2014. Known for producing groundbreaking albums such as 1976’s Oxygène and 1978’s Équinoxe and presenting stunning large-scale live shows featuring lasers and firewrorks, Jarre is currently the president of CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, where he advocates for copyright protection. He still produces music and designs for his high-end speakers for Jarre Technologies. (Fun fact: Metronomy covered Jarre’s “Hypnose” on Late Night Tales in 2012.)
“Jean-Michel was one of the true electronic music pioneers at the point where it was not yet known as trance or EDM,” said Armin van Buuren in a statement. “In the beginning the synthesizer was seen by many as a “devil” instrument and its sound was not particularly regarded as “music” by some. But with albums like Oxygene, Equinox and Zoolook Jean-Michel reached a huge audience and opened many doors for synthesizer-based music. This device is the basis of what we now call dance music, and Jarre is also a pioneer when it comes to large audience performances and techniques such as video projection.”
Information about ADE can be found on their website.