Dragonforce's Frédéric Leclercq wants you to travel the world
Dragonforce/Sinsaenum's Frédéric Leclercq on the power of expanding your mind via your passport
When I decided that I wanted to be a musician, at the age of 12, a desire to tour the world was part of the equation. I started to do gigs outside of France in 2000. I was playing keyboards in a band called Heavenly. We had a tour that went to Germany and some other countries in Europe, and I discovered that going to new places and playing music was something I really enjoyed. I feel like I haven’t stopped travelling since then. In Dragonforce we’ve done many world tours and we’ve been everywhere – Hawaii, Russia, New Zealand and even Belgium, ha ha! We’ve done North America and South America, too, so it’s only the African continent that we’ve never touched.
It may sound like a cliché, but it’s true that music brings people together. When we travel, we can see that the music we play is an international language. When I started to tour my English was nowhere near as good as it is now – although it’s still not great! – and yes, music is a great way to help us to begin to understand each other. We all speak the language of the heart and the spirit. We all share the same passion and it transcends all political and economic problems. In Dragonforce, we’re there to entertain people and to welcome them. Wherever we go, the fans are always the same. They want to escape for 90 minutes, so we offer them escapism and we get to escape as well. For that hour and a half it doesn’t matter that I’m French, the drummer is Italian or the crowd is Japanese: we are all there for the same thing.
When we play at Hellfest, it doesn’t matter if you’re from the UK or Germany or wherever: everyone is the same and it’s a strong community. So people should consider travelling abroad and checking out other festivals, because you can learn so much from other people. Some UK people might even discover that Europe is not such a bad thing!