A Conversation With Jet Banana
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Parisian power rock quartet Jet Banana to discuss all things, from their new single ‘Superqueen’, to performing live and more.
Give me a brief history of Jet Banana, how and why you decided to chase your passion and pursue music.
Cliche as it sounds, all started in high school when our guitarist Thomas met our singer Fred. We discovered we both wanted to make music together and so began our first project; a glam rock group. We all had the hair and style to go with the image… hard to live up to nowadays ! Despite the cringe factor, it was the first step in learning how to how to form a group and play on stage.
Sometime later in 2012, wishing to start over fresh (as you can understand..) Jet Banana was formed. With the hype of our first single Kelly we played a lot of shows in the locality. Then with the release of our album Master is the Enemy in 2016, we stepped up a level and started playing shows all over France. The album was entirely recorded and mixed via home studio, which was no easy task. We learnt a lot, despite the ups and downs, and regret nothing (apart from the electricity bill but that’s another story..).
I really liked “Superqueen” that you released last year. Can you tell me a little bit about it, what inspired it, the writing process, lyrics, etc ?
‘Superqueen’ follows up Kelly and Master is the Enemy; Kelly being the prologue and ‘Superqueen’ the epilogue. We wanted to create something more honest and dark.
To sum up, the story centers around the character of Kelly. She’s divided into three entities; ‘Master’, ‘People’ and ‘Myself’. ‘Master’ can be seen as the ideal or our ‘inner self’, ‘People’ as our exterior or our conformism and ‘Myself’ as our own vision, our free will.
While Master is the Enemy takes place from the point of view of ‘People’, ‘Superqueen’ is seen through the eyes of the ‘Master’.
The story of Kelly focuses on psychology, most often depression. Destructive elements can cause us harm by causing a lack of balance, passionate love for example.
Now that you have released Superqueen, what’s next for you ? Is there another full-length album in the works ?
Haha point we’re at, very good question! But we reserve the right to remain mysterious… New material is in preparation, but shush it’s top secret !
But you’ll be hearing news from us soon… so with that in mind don’t forget to follow us, we don’t bite (at least not always), and all will soon be revealed !
Tell me a bit about Jet Banana’s live show, does it change in a live environment?
Let it be hear loud and clear, Jet Banana is a SHOW !
We love the stage, it’s where we let off steam, and it’s the best way to discover the band in our opinion.
If we had to sum up our show in 3 words they’d be energy, crazy and rock n roll (technically that’s 4 words but hey…).
As soon as we see the stage lights we let go spontaneously; which can sometimes lead to unpredictable situations but always cool ! We’re often told that’s what sets us apart from what’s being done at the moment.
What are your current touring plans ?
For the moment we’re on tour pretty much everywhere in France, it’s brilliant!
We’re able to meet new people and discover a lot of things. As well as that, we’re proud to be able to share our music with so many people from so far.
Next up we’d like to play as many festivals as possible this summer. We had our first few experiences in 2017, and honestly, it’s the best kind of place to reach so many people. The ambiance is incredible and the crowd so reactive.
We’d also like to hop the border and play in the UK, Germany, and Belgium for example. That’s been itching at us for quite some time…
Give me your thoughts about the current state of the music industry and what advice you would give to young artists looking to break it
What’s complicated today is that things develop so quickly and there’s no laid out path to ‘make it’ as there may have been before.
Now there are a thousand different ways to do it, which tomorrow might not work at all.
But it’s all still do-able, it’s still possible to make it ! The only guidance we can give to an artist or band and that’s starting out is to work on becoming better without giving up, and to always stay up to date with what’s new and what’s happening in the industry.
And above all, love what you do! Being in a band is an incredible adventure that teaches you so much about yourself and others. It’d be a shame to miss out on that.
(Oh yeah and eat bananas, it’s good for you)