Jean Michel Jarre is a French composer, performer, and music producer. He is a pioneer in the electronic, ambient, and new age genres, and known as an organiser of outdoor spectacles of his music featuring lights, laser displays, and fireworks.
Jarre’s first mainstream success was the release of Oxygene, recorded in a makeshift studio in his home. In 1986 It went on to sell in excess of 12 million copies. He has gone on to record 18 studio albums and 8 live recordings.
This interview dates from 1982 and the release of his third album, Magnetic Fields.
During the interview Jarre talks about the recording and how it was a development of the first two albums, Oxygene and Equinox and also performing live in China and his aspirations to play live in London and the United States.
In fact Jarre did play in China and concerts were subsequently recorded and released as Concerts for China in 1982.
Four years later, in 1986, Jarre performed in Houston, Texas and the live recordings were released as Rendezvous Houston/Lyon making it his second entry in the Guinness Book of Records for a large outdoor audience. Later, in 1979, Jarre again performed in front of a live audience In Paris to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. He entered the Guinness Book of records for the third time beating his previous Houston record with an audience of 1.5 million concertgoers.
Jarre is renowned for performing concerts on a grand scale including a concert in Moscow in front of 3.5 million fans – Jarre’s fourth entry into the Guinness Book of Records.