During the current restrictions Joyzine is presenting a series of live sessions recorded in lockdown by bands and artists from the UK and beyond.
We’re supporting The Music Venue Trust‘s #saveourvenues campaign which aims to save more than 550 venues currently at risk of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please consider making a donation here.
Today’s session comes from Berlin-based French singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Aurélien Bernard, aka 3 South & Banana, whose debut self-titled album was released in April via Some Other Planet Records. We caught up with him to find out how life in lockdown is affecting his music.
For anyone that’s not heard you before, give us a quick introduction to 3 South & Banana.
My name is Aurelien and 3 South & Banana is my solo musical project. I was born in France and traveled the world as a musician and performer. I’m now based in Berlin. After touring and recording as a drummer for CAIROBI I decided to devote myself to this project. Out of a deep desire to express myself as a songwriter and singer. I would characterise my eclectic sound as Psychedelic Grunge Pop. I released a E.P Rooftop Trees last year and I just released my debut, eponymously-titled album April 10th via Some Other Planet Record.
How has the lockdown affected your music?
Since I didn’t have so many gigs lined up it didn’t really affect my virtual one man band 🙂 Of course it affects my personal life like everybody else. I have to say that in Berlin the lockdown is not as drastic/repressive as in France for exemple and I could go to my studio if I wanted to. Though I choose to stay home as much as possible.
What have you been up to during the lockdown?
I take the opportunity to rest a lot and stay quiet, read, meditate, learn Tarot cards, watch Seinfeld, play video games and of course since I just released my album I’m doing some promotion online and I play live streaming shows in my living room! Also I have my 2 children every weekend so there is a bit of home schooling and a lot of playing.
We’re raising money tonight for The Music Venue Trust’s crisis fund for grassroots venues – is there a venue that’s been particularly important for you, either as a band or as a music fan?
I played with CAIROBI in London a lot and I loved The Sebright Arms, The Shacklewell, and also I played a 3 South & Banana show at Folklore which is lovely. Here in Berlin I love Chokoladen, The Loophole, Madame Claude, Privatclub, 8mm Bar. I hope they all survive this crisis and that live music can come back as soon as possible.
3 South & Banana’s eponymous debut album is available now via Bandcamp.
Cover photography by Tartaruga Feliz