Bertrand Bosrédon hung out with Petite Meller for this special 405 feature. We also had the opportunity to ask her some philosophical questions such as 'Is our universe real?'. Yeah, we went deep for this one.

Who is Petite Meller?
My name is Petite Meller, I am a singer and songwriter making music I call 'Nouveau Jazzy Pop'. I'm a Philosophy Master. I create my own little realities through music videos.

How did you get started?
I was in some bands and lived for a while in New York. That's where I shot my first video, 'NYC Time', with an amazing team of people I met entirely online. That video also led to me connecting with an English manager. He came across the video by accident after Googling what the time was in NYC, in order to make a phone call; my video was the first to come up in the search results! He loved it and since then I'm here in London living my fantasies.

Where do you find inspiration?
I am really inspired by classic cinema, in the 'NYC Time' video we pay homage to Antonioni's L'Eclipse; in the Backpack video it was George Henri Clouzot's L'Enfer and Godard's Pierrot Le Fou; 'Icebear' video was Tarkovsky's Stalker, and 'Baby Love' was And God Created Woman by Roger Vadim. In music it's the jazzy melodies of Dizzie Gillespie, Duke Ellington, the chansons of Charles Aznavour, and the gospel-ish writing of Holland Dozier Holland. That combination always crashes my heart to particles.

What risk would you take if you knew you could not fail?
I didn't know how to water ski before the 'Backpack' video, but I learnt it for one month. In the shoot I didn't wear the life vest for aesthetic reasons and almost drowned twice. But I trusted my will and imagination.

What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special?
Dancing outta control in my room near my record player, then falling asleep on the floor with all my vinyl around me.

When was the last time you tried something new?
In every video. I'd never been waterskiing before the 'Backpack' video; I'd never been to Africa before 'Baby Love', and I'd never kissed a Giraffe too (it's a highly recommended thing to do!)

Whose life do you believe you've had the biggest impact on?
I think all the people who join my team - usually by coincidental encounters - are with me for the long run, passionate and not afraid to make fantasies a reality! Also all the cast in my videos I found on the street - on the way to a Yankees game, at McDonald's, in the slums of Africa. I believe in coincidental connections. Justin Elefant who Carries me in the 'NYC Time' video, Hadija Suliman who I follow into the desert in the 'Baby Love' video, Katrina and Helena from the 'Backpack' video - they are my friends for life.

What's the most challenging thing you've ever created?
I think shooting 'Baby Love' was quite challenging. To bring a crew of eleven people to Africa, to turn all the visions I had into reality. Funnily enough the people I work with - my management and Island Records - totally saw my dreams, and helped me bring it to life.

What is something you believe that almost nobody agrees with you on?
Understanding the whole concept of multiple realities existing at the same time, and having the ability to choose your preferred one. It basically goes along with the saying that truth is subjective.

What's the next big step you feel you need to take in your career?
I want everyone to be able to enjoy my music and I want to write my doctorate in Philosophy.

Is our universe real?
All our fantasies are real, we just have to choose which we want to be in.

Do we have free will?
It's all we have, we just have to put it in action for it to exist.

Can you really experience anything objectively?
Reality is totally subjective.

What do you have coming up that we should know about?
My next single and video is being shot right now! It's another touristic voyage into my libidinal unconscious, so put your backpack on and enjoy the ride!

Petite Meller releases her new single 'Baby Love' on June 29 via Island Records.

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