Heidi Petite is a 22 year old singer/songwriter set to independently release her EP later this year. By utilising colour she explores the art world alongside Confetti Crowd painting her very own rainbow of creatively. To say she loves everything and anything rainbow is an understatement. We spoke about folk and R&B influences in her music, the meaning of colour, and gender equality.
WHAT DOES BEING PART OF THE CONFETTI CROWD MEAN TO YOU?
Everything! Such a beautiful and genuine friendship between us. They inspire me and motivate me every day. There’s nothing I couldn’t tell them and they would never judge me for anything. Being part of a team and being friends with like minded girls really encourages me to push further with my individuality and career. I love them to pieces and starting Confetti Crowd has been life changing.
WHAT IS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND CONFETTI CROWD, HOW DO YOU WORK TOGETHER AND WHAT IS THE MISSION?
EQUALITY. Female empowerment and supporting other people around us who feel like they need girl power! The mission is to have our own charity and hopefully sometime in the future create a movement for women.
HOW DO YOU COMBINE THE INFLUENCE OF FOLK AND R&B IN YOUR SONGWRITING? THEY ARE TWO THINGS I WOULDN’T PUT TOGETHER
The folk element is in my song writing. The R&B element is in the beats. I write detailed stories with a lot of description and no, usually these wouldn’t be associated with each other but I know it works for my sound I’m so so happy to finally be ready to release my music.
YOU SAID THE CULT FILM, COYOTE UGLY, INSPIRED YOU TO START WRITING MUSIC. WHY IS THIS?
The first time I watched it I became obsessed with Violet Sanford. Like myself, she was quite shy with her music and had a lot of stage fright. I absolutely loved everything about the film. I grew a huge love for LeAnn Rimes after that soundtrack. It was incredible. “Can’t Fight The Moonlight” is still one of my favourite songs today! I think the film just kicked off the idea of being a songwriter in my head.
YOU’VE MENTIONED BEING AN ADVOCATE FOR GENDER EQUALITY. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT TO YOU AND WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU WANT TO SEND?
It’s more about making girls feel good about themselves. Confetti Crowd is here to do that. We inspire young girls to do whatever dream it is they have! We’ve started here in London trying to spread the Girl Love and create a girl boss movement in the UK. The bigger picture is for us to help other countries and get involved with charity work. One of our favourites is Malala Fund.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT ART AND COLOUR AS A MEANS OF EXPRESSION? WHAT DOES COLOUR DO FOR YOU?
Using rainbows and colour in day to day life is part of me. It’s part of who I am. I have worn colour ever since and I can remember and I feel naked and alien without it. When I see rainbows and bright coloured objects I honestly get so excited! Colour is how I express myself. It shows my personality in its entirety.
CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR GIANT RAINBOW MAN DREAM THEN? HOW DO THESE VISIONS CONNECT YOU TO COLOUR?
Well. When I was younger, maybe 7-10, I used to suffer from tonsillitis. It never really went away and I missed a lot of time at school. Sometimes when it got really bad, I would get a fever and wake up in the night hallucinating! My mother would always be looking after me and she can remember me telling her that I used to see a giant rainbow man. Stood in the corner of my room. He was a mix of the Michelin Man and Elmo the Elephant. He wasn’t a nice looking rainbow though and used to give my reoccurring dreams. I’m pretty sure that’s when I first found a connection with rainbows. Eventually around the age of 10, I finally got my tonsils out. I never saw the giant rainbow man again!