Meet Artist Petite Meller: Establishing The French New New Wave In Music
Yesterday I had the pleasure of watching french artist Petite Meller‘s new video “Backpack”. It’s a refreshing artistic creation that heavily incorporates French New Wave, and successfully so. Petite Meller is new on the scene, but is killing it and impressing us and everyone else with her intricate creativity and music. I caught up with Petite and asked a few questions about her music and influences. Petite Meller’s single ‘Backpack’ is out April 28 via Night Beach Records (digital and limited edition 7″ vinyl)
Photos by Eleanor Hardwick and Nao Koyabu
Your video is a really awesome artistic venture, I really liked it. What inspired it?
Throughout my childhood my parents would take me on holiday to the St. Tropez/Cannes area. There were always funny old madames and gentlemen in their tacky bathing suits, doing ski-nautique before having charming conversations about the meaning of life whilst sitting on those postcard-perfect restaurant balconies with the red chairs. In the “Backpack” video we were trying to capture these aesthetic recollections of my childhood, but through the lens of the 60s French New Wave cinema of Truffaut and Godard. In those postcard’s views I was discovering my sexuality for the first time.
Do you revel in other artistic things aside from music?
For me the music always goes together with the visual, everytime im finishing writing a song I already have the video in my mind. I have an expensive imagination! So first I have a concept in my mind then I collect refrences, sit with my crew of directors- A.T.Mann, Napoleon Habeica, stylist Nao Koyabu, together we give my imagination a life.
Other then music, I’m tap dancing and water skiing, if you count that as an art.
Backpack has a refreshingly catchy melody, is that something you strived for with this song or/and in your other music?
The Backpack melody came to my mind during a taxi ride. At first I hummed it as a dark slow sad chorus of what I felt at that moment, but then weeks later when I sat in the studio with my producer I recalled this tune I recorded on my iphone. It fitted perfectly to the jumpy beat we just made. I love catchy tunes but you can’t tell if it’s catchy until it really hits the crowd’s ears.
What artists influence your work? Not necessarily music.
In my video i’m very inspired by Cinema, “Backpack”, “NYC Time” and “Icebear” are referring to scenes from master-pieces I admire from New Wave cinema like of Godard, George Henri Clouzot, and also Antonioni, Bergman and Andrei Tarkovsky. I can also say that Architecture has a great effect on my work like Zaha Hadid and Shigeru Ban.
Basically, I’m dealing with Esthetics in my philosophy thesis that I’ve been writing and it ties together theories of Kant, Lacan, psychoanalysis and all those things that I’m fascinated by. I call it my lil empire. Music is one of the ways to create a piece of what’s going on in my mind.
Who are you listening to now?
I like listen to Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington and Chansons like Chantal Goya, Charles Aznavour and French DJ’s like Marlin and Surkin. But I really like to just listen to radio and dance only with socks on.
Who would you love to work with?
The H-D-H brothers are a dream writing team that is still alive, to meet them would be sublime. I’ve also been writing with the most talented musicians like Shamir Bailey, Jocke Ahuland and Craigee Dodds so I’m totally lucky.
What’s coming up next?
I’m working on releasing my album and lots of more videos to each song, I wish to leave on earth a mark of my conscious.