REDMILK MEETS THE FRENCH SINGER PETITE MELLER. WITH HER DISTINCTIVE VOICE AND HER UNIQUE STYLE SHE'S BECOME AN ICON OF THE "NOUVEAU JAZZY POP" SOUND. WITH HER LOVE FOR MUSIC, CINEMA AND PHILOSOPHY PETITE BRING US IN HER MAGICAL WORLD.
What is your musical background?
I was always writing song with melodies, learnt piano and keyboard as a child and tap dancing. I used to listen to. Lot of jazz records of Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie, I love to write sax lines.
Who’s your style icon?
I don’t believe in Icons, I think style is coming when you spend time in your room loving your own born body first before you wear anything. I have iconic philosophers though.
A song that could tell something about yourself:
“Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” . Paul Simon inspired the way I write songs, which is like a story telling.
If you have to write your autobiography, what title would you give to it?
“Creating realities”. That’s what I do in every video of mine. The sounds of my Album, like flute, bongos dents me far away for a voyage where I meet my people, friends who join me in creating lil realities that we dream of, as life is very absurd and that’s the only thing which can give it some sense.
My team is constantly growing from people who I meet online, and that’s out lil empire of creativity.
We know you’re passionate about cinema, which are your favorite directors?
Antonioni, Fellini, Tarkovsky, Hitchcock’s and Godard.
Tell us something about your relationship with fashion:
Love Spanish brand Loewe, but Fashion for me comes from Cinema,I watch a lot of classic movies like Antonioni’s and Hitchcock’s. I don’t like perfection It scares me! I like honesty – as a child i got hospitalized from a heavy sunburn. In my teens i started puttin’ on tons of blush.. I think it was a trauma reaction. Kids used and still laugh at me like I’m an alien, but it has become part of my identity as an artist. It makes me stronger. that’s why I believe in the Žižek saying – “love your Symptom, don’t be shy to wear your trauma proudly” – this is my style advice.
What are the most important influences in your music?
It all start with the sound you create in your head, in the studio or during a taxi ride, but the sounds comes from whatever you absorbs: it can come from books, movies, philosophy or paintings seen in a museum. When you have the sound and the music you can imagine and create the world that the songs is sending you to. That’s how the beat of my “Baby Love” sent me to Kenya.
You gave a name to your musical genre: “Nouveau Jazzy Pop”. What does it mean?
I love Jazzy tunes with crazy saxophones, I love fast and uplifting songs. As a child, I was mostly listening to jazz vinyls like Dizzie Gilespie , Duke Elington also records of Fela Kuti, LadySmith Black Mombazo and The Graceland Album by Paul Simon. My mom always listened to French chansons in the house, so I mixed them all together into my own genre. I combine bongos, African choir, funky bass, house piano, highlife guitar, Mongolian flute, saxophone and EWI.
Petite’s must-have piece of clothing are:
A hat!! a blush and a book!!
You said that among your passions there’s psychoanalysis, in what way do you think it influenced your approach to music and art?
“Jouissance” it’s a Freudian term which means a release of pleasure out pain, I think that’s what leads me in creating music.
Petite’s motto is?
“Wear your trauma proudly! Life is absurd, let’s dance the pain away!”.