The Brilliant Petite Meller On Why Her "Ear Is Like A Compass"
Check out our exclusive interview with this month's PUSH act - the weird and wonderful Petite Meller
Petite Meller makes euphoric, explosive pop, and you should really give her a listen. Start out with 'Baby Love’, if you’ve got a spare three minutes. (Which you do.) Then move onto ‘The Flute’, which is completely nuts in the best possible way. After that, since you've already heard a sixth of it, you might as well just listen to her whole debut album, Lil Empire. It's very good.
Meller is originally from France, where she studied Philisophy in Paris, but has now taken up residence in London. MTV went out to spend the day with the weird and wonderful singer to find out more, and you can check out our exclusive interview ABOVE.
If you’re wondering about Meller's highly stylised outfits, that’ll be down to her stylist Nao Koyabu, who she met through social media.
That highly managed aesthetic extends to her music videos and album/single artwork too. Just check out her video for ‘The Flute’, to get an idea. Here’s some more background on that video – which is real and definitely not an illusion - which has been supplied by her label: “shot in Mongolia, inspirations for the video range from French cinema (‘Manon des Sources’ in particular) to the ballet of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Outfits were provided by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (Belgium).”
Anyway, here are some quotes from our exclusive interview (playing above) with Petite Meller:
“Petite, where do you get your ideas?”
“Everyday when I wake up, there’s this time between [when] you wake up to reality – and when you’re still dreaming. And you start to imagine visuals and sounds. And this time, every morning, I start to imagine another reality.”
“As you know, life is very absurd. And that’s why my songs are always sadness and happiness together. But always dancing.”
“Petite, what inspires you?”
“In philosophy, there is this idea of jouissance, which is a combination of pleasure out of pain. And in every song of mine, I’m trying to make…it’s very much from pain or sadness but it always has this joyfulness.”
“This whole album is like a journey to me, travelling from country to country. It’s a bit like going to visit my childhood.”
“Petite, how do you feel?”
“I feel like my ear is a compass that sends me far away. Every time I go into the studio, I’m meeting a different producer, but it’s all like a journey with someone inside a little room.”
“It’s an amazing feeling to watch all of these beautiful people dancing to the sounds and it makes me really happy.”