From Gainsbourg to Lulu

Lucien Gainsbourg, alias Lulu Gainsbourg, was born on January 5, 1986. Son of Serge Gainsbourg, a major French artist, and Bambou (model and singer), brother of Charlotte Gainsbourg (famous actress and singer), Lulu became famous very quickly.

He was only 270 day old when his father composed a song called “Lulu”, sang by his mother. In 1988, Serge Gainsbourg performed his last live tour “The Zenith” and his son Lulu, who was 2, came on stage for a song his father had written for him, called “Hey men, Amen”, and at this occasion was introduced to the French public. On March 2, 1991, Lulu’s father passed away. Since his father’s death, Lulu often appeared in magazines, interviews as well as on TV shows. Lulu’s mother deeply encouraged him to study music.

Lulu started piano when he was 5 years old. He started going to the Music Conservatory of Paris at the age of 8. There, he studied piano and solfege for many years, and had Annick Chartreux as a teacher during his studies in high school, where he played with the orchestra and choir for 4 years. Aged 15, Lulu recorded a duet with his mother Bambou of a song called “Ne Dis Rien” (written, composed and sung by his father Serge Gainsbourg), and worked with his father’s musicians: Tony “Thunder” Smith in Drums (who is a drum teacher at Berklee), John Kumnick on Bass, Stan Harrisson on Sax.

Lulu performed piano and voice parts on the song. Aged 16, Lulu made his first steps as an actor in the movie “La Bande Du Drugstore” (“Aka Dandy” in English), released in February 2002. Graduated with a “Certificat de Fin d’Etudes Musicales” (Certificate of Musical Studies) of solfege at 18, he heard about Berklee College of Music and decided to leave Paris a few years later to go to London, in order to improve his English and his musical talents.

After spending one year in London, Lulu came back to Paris to participate in a tribute concert to Serge Gainsbourg where he played a Beethoven piece (June 2007). Lulu was accepted at Berklee College of Music for the fall 2007. In Spring 2008, he composed a song for a friend who needed a piece of music for a steeplechase challenge. In January 2009, Lulu composed a song for Marc Lavoine, a French singer and actor – the song will be on his next album (release in September 2009). He also participated in his sister’s second album (in collaboration with Beck). Since the fall 2007, he has been studying at Berklee in Film scoring and Contemporary Writing and Production majors in order to become in order to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a talented musician, arranger and composer.