Alessio Natalizia aka Banjo or Freakout

With his 2009 performance at SXSW Alessio Natalizia earned the honor of being The’s “New Band of the Day.” Two years later the Italian-born Natalizia, now based in London, is releasing his debut album as the artist Banjo or Freakout.

To find out more about Alessio Natalizia’s unique sound we turned to his label, Memphis Industries:

Alessio grew up in the medieval Italian town of Vasto listening to Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood On The Tracks’ on repeat, with a musician grandpa who bought him a classical guitar when he was eight kick starting his sonic adventures. Alessio later spent time playing in noted Turin based post-punk trio Disco Drive but it wasn’t until a move to London that Alessio’s music really started garnering attention outside of Italy.


Banjo or Freakout | Alessio Natalizia

“Living in London I understood my need to do something different that felt more personal. With Banjo I just wanted to do something that was 100% me. I started playing around with my girlfriend’s laptop while I was waiting for her to come back from work and discovered a new world of making music.” The aim was to make “personal pop songs that will not die in a couple of years, songs that have longevity, that you could go back to and listen in 10 years and still feel close to.”

For Banjo Alessio drew inspiration from classic writers such as Arthur Russell, Dennis Wilson, Robert Wyatt and Scott Walker but also from avant disco and psych pop Italian artists such as Claudio Rocchi, Faust’o, Automat, Giovanotti Mondami Meccanici, Alan Sorrenti and Roberto Caccipaglia.

Alessio Natalizia is offering a free preview of the album on his my [_] page.

Alessio Natalizia