What is it about music that you love?
Laughing and crying at the same time. I love long alto sax tunes, it's the only instrument I can listen to a whole night long.
Where do you draw influence and inspiration from for your music?
My biggest inspiration comes actually from cinema and philosophy. If it's Antonioni's movies like L'eclipse, or 'Death in Venice' by Luchino Visconti or Philosophers like Gilles Deleuze, Kant, Sade, Lacan and Freud. But all I absorb in my unconscious comes out eventually in a dissociative flow and makes sense in a new song.
How important is it for you to have control creatively over what you produce and put out?
I chose my own team, the most talented stylist, editors, directors, music producers, and just people who didn't know they have something to give, from Mexico, Japan to Munich, they all know how to bring libidinal absurd dream into reality even if they didn't even knew they can.
Your new single's out now, what has the response to that been like so far?
I think my songs have their own sort of language which is a mix of what I used to listen to as a child - sometimes people find it hard to define what they're exactly seeing or listening to, but I can imagine some are dancing to it behind locked doors.
How was the experience of creating the music video for 'NYC Time'?
My directors A.T.Mann and Napoleon Habeica together with my NY stylist Gabrielle Swan were all meeting for the first time in NYC.
We had these ideas of a guy that carries me like a father in his arms, bringing me back to where all my childhood music came from like Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Elington.
On our way to a Yankees game we found Justin, a huge guy with a talent for poetry, when we asked him to be in the video he was almost crying from joy.
Then it was a few days of ride from the Hamptons through Jersey and Brooklyn to the heart of NY.
We had such fun and became good friends. Justin lost half of his weight by now, I'm not sure he can carry me anymore but he's sure got the magic!
Who would you work with going forward if you could choose anyone?
To work with producer Philippe Zdar and collaborate with director Roy Anderson is something I keep fantasizing on.
What should we expect from you going forward?
I'm releasing my single "NYC Time" via Night Beach Records" on vinyl with a remix by Betablock3r, finishing my debut album and filming some more exploring videos. It's quite an adventure, I feel like Colombus.
Petite Meller has released her NYC Time/ NYC Time remix via Night Beach Records via digital and limited edition 7" coloured vinyl: http://nightbeachrecords.bigcartel.com/product/ petite - meller -nyc-time