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Fast Five: Louise Petit



When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

I started my musical career playing solo in and around the midlands brandishing just my guitar and ukulele but soon met other musicians. I was introduced to Tim, the drummer by a former band bass player and from day one he just got my songs and plays percussion like nobody else I know. Then, when a natural parting of the ways came with the double bassist, Tim and I met Russ at a charity music networking evening in Birmingham – again, one practice and it was clear Russ just understood what we wanted the music to do. We thought of changing the name to incorporate the band but Louise Petit had already stuck, so we’re a band but with my name!

How would you describe your music?

This is always an amalgamation of genres or feelings – we’ve been called folk, pop, americana, country, acoustic but if I were to describe it I’d say it’s like a story that anyone can relate to carried by infectious melodies and lovely three part harmonies.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

We’ve been playing all over the UK for the past two years, from living rooms to large regional venues and festivals and have two self-released EPS, ‘Fear and my other friends’ and ‘Make a house a home’ out already. This year we release our debut album ‘Louder than your drum’ on 14th June and go on a tour around the UK throughout June, July and August to play it to everyone who wants to hear it!

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

One of my heroes when it comes to songwriting is Billy Joel – I love the stories he tells so maybe Billy Joel or Regina Spektor – I saw her live a few years ago and just loved the energy and excitement that she generated just with her brilliant words and music.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

Regina Spektor – Far. It’s an album full of questions but also some really beautiful imagery – whenever I listen to it i’m transported to a collection of characters and short films – It’s great for the imagination.