Demi Lovato for FAULT Issue 19 – first look (issue is available to pre-order NOW!)

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FAULT Issue 19 reversible cover star Demi Lovato was shot by Giuliano Bekor and styled by Avo Yermagyan.
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FAULT Magazine Issue 19 – the Millions Issue will feature American pop phenomenon Demi Lovato as its reversible cover star this Fall. Eminently suitable for the issue theme, Demi has over 60million fans on Facebook and Twitter alone and is one of the most influential popular culture figures in the world today.

Demi’s feature – which includes an in-depth interview and exclusive photoshoot by photographer Giuliano Bekor and stylist Avo Yermagyan – runs over 12 pages in the print issue. Demi also covers the Beauty section inside the magazine.

The shoot, based on the issue’s theme of ‘Millions’, showcases Demi as an artist whose every move has ramifications on a globally impactful scale. As a role model to millions, her words and actions are reviewed, analysed, dissected and reflected over and over again. Under those circumstances, one can only imagine what a surreal experience it must be to come face to face with the person behind the lens…

In her interview, Demi discusses the responsibility that comes with being a role model, her collaborations with people like Cher Lloyd and the Vamps, her incipient interests in philanthropy and world affairs and, of course, her music.

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Production by Giuliano Bekor + Leah Blewitt

FAULT: You’ve spoken about how the album marked a real shift in sound for you, towards more dance-inspired tracks. Was that something that you deliberately wanted to create or was it something that happened organically?

Everything that happened on the album happened organically. Nothing was really planned in terms of “I want a dance song” or anything like that- it just kind of happened! It’s exciting to show people a different side of myself.

In terms of the collaborations (most recently with Cher Lloyd and The Vamps), how do they come into being?

Sometime you come up with a part in a song and you instantly know who you’re looking for. With ‘Really Don’t Care’, [her latest single], Cher instantly came to my mind. She’s got a lot of attitude and a lot of sass and was perfect for the song. Other times it just kind of happens- you meet someone and you write together and it turns out to be an awesome song.

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Interview by Will Ballantyne-Reid

You’ve become an inspirational figure not just for your fans but even for those unfamiliar with your music as a result of your philanthropic projects and your work with anti-bullying campaigns and mental health awareness. How do these projects shape your career and your own creative process?

Well these projects were really born out of my relationship with my fans, where they are able to look up to me no matter what they’re going through. I really like being there for them in that way. I pride myself in being a role model but I’m not perfect- I curse like a sailor and I sometimes make mistakes but at the same time I want to be what I know my little sister and that younger generation needs.

Are there any difficulties that come with being in the public eye, and especially that ‘role model’ tag?

I use to get frustrated that just because I wanted to sing, I was automatically expected to be a role model. But I had to grow up and realise that no matter what I do I’m going to be somebody’s role model. It’s true what they say- “with great power comes great responsibility”- and everybody’s career is different but for me, I had to grow up and embrace it rather than resent it, as that only made me resent my career.

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Going forward with your music and your philanthropy work, what do you feel is the next step?

I take my life day by day; some day I’m really involved with one charity, and another I’m really focussed on another. In this moment, I’m really dedicated to the scholarship program that I created in order to provide mental health services to people that can’t afford it on their own.

Demi’s album, DEMI, is out now

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Usher – first look at our exclusive shoot for FAULT Issue 19’s front cover

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FAULT Issue 19 front cover star Usher was shot by Sinisha Nisevic and styled by Sammy and Judy/Cloutier Remix.
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FAULT Magazine Issue 19 – the Millions Issue will feature legendary R&B recording artist Usher as its front cover feature this Fall. Having already sold nearly 23million records in the US alone, Usher is undoubtedly one of the most instantly recognisable faces in the music industry today – just as he was after the release of his first UK number one single, ‘You Make Me Wanna’, back in 1997.

Usher’s feature – which includes an in-depth interview alongside the exclusive photoshoot by photographer Sinisha Nisevic and stylists Sammy and Judy (aka renowned LA celebrity stylists The Kids) – runs over 13 pages in the print issue. Usher also covers the Men’s Fashion section inside the magazine.

The shoot, based on the issue’s theme of ‘Millions‘, is designed to showcase two distinct sides to Usher’s character. In one sense, the shoot presents the public face of a star known and loved by ‘millions’ but, juxtaposed with this, we also see a revelatory side of a sensitive, thoughtful man. The latter gives insight into the thought process of a man who has reached the point in his career where keeping his fans happy and challenging both himself and the limits of his creativity have become his most important goals.

There is an Usher who poses happily with models and plays up to the camera and also the Usher who dances in the studio as much for his own amusement as for the sake of a great photo. The great thing for Usher, one feels, is that for him– more often than not – those two worlds are intertwined.

In his interview, entitled ‘The Man Who Can Do it All’, Usher discusses his role on ‘The Voice’, his motivations and goals for producing music that he loves, regardless of commercial success, his upcoming acting role in ‘Hands of Stone’, the biopic of famed boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and, of course, the main themes of his highly anticipated new album.

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Interview by Heather Seidler

FAULT: Did you learn anything from doing ‘The Voice’ that you’ll use in your own career?

Usher: Part of the reason why I did ‘The Voice’ was so people would get a chance to see a different perception of me….The more I know about life, the more I know about people, the greater the person I am, the more understanding I have about how to make music and how to do things that will grow us as people.

[So making this album was] not about making commercial hits?

I don’t feel that I’ve got to sell out this tour, or sell crazy amounts of albums, or have the number one single. It’s great to have all those things, but that isn’t what I’m doing.

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Creative Director: Andre Bato Producers: Leah Blewitt & Bryant Robinson Special Thanks: Shoshanna Stone & Team Usher

 

Let’s talk about the movie you just finished, Hands of Stone. Tell me about your role as Sugar Ray Leonard.

The film revolves around a very compelling story in history. A lot of people want to know what happened with Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard during that infamous fight. Why did he quit? Why did he walk out of the ring? No one knows the truth. We address all of that. It’s going to be a great piece of work, because of everyone involved in telling this really significant part of boxing history.

I spent time with him [Sugar Ray Elonard] in Atlanta, and here in Los Angeles. We boxed together; we chilled. He became a great friend of mine, almost like a brother to me.

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Tell me about the new album you’re working on.

It’s still a work in progress. I’m at a place where I really just want to have fun and do what I feel is significant to me.These last three years have been the hardest times of my life. I’ve wanted to break down, I’ve wanted to quit. I’ve wanted to throw in the towel but my spirit wouldn’t allow me… The one thing the album represents is confidence. Not confidence in a cocky way, but being open about what I feel, take it or leave it. If I’m not honest about my feelings then you’ll never know how I really feel.

Who are some of the people you’ve been jamming with, who’s producing and working with you on it?

I reached out to work with people that I haven’t worked with before like Ryan Tedder, Ed Sheeran, and Skrillex. Also people who I have worked with before like Diplo…and Pharrell [Williams].

‘She Came to Give it to You’ – the new single from Usher’s upcoming album – is out on 28th September

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FAULTless: Paolo Guadagnin – ‘A Matter of Elegance’

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FAULT Issue 19 – The Millions Issue – is now available to pre-order

We are pleased to announce that FAULT Issue 19 – The Millions Issue – is available to pre-order NOW.

Official release: 29/09/14

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FAULT Issue 19 front cover star Usher was shot by Sinisha Nisevic and styled by Sammy and Judy/Cloutier Remix. Reversible cover star Demi Lovato was shot by Giuliano Bekor and styled by Avo Yermagyan.
Click here to pre-order your copy of this issue!

 

FAULT Magazine  – the Millions Issue – proudly presents exclusive shoots and interviews with:

Usher

Demi Lovato

Kevin Spacey & Uma Thurman – LA filmmaker feature w/ Jameson First Shot

Debby Ryan

Tyga

The Madden Brothers

Kimberley Cole

Kelly Oxford

Plus a FAULTless selection of the Film, Fashion, Music & Photography that reached and made an impact upon Millions around the world throughout the Summer of 2014. In a world characterized by globalization and the ideal of creating a message that will reach the greatest possible number of people, the values that drive the creative industries are not so much about “bigger is better” than “more is magnificent”.

FAULT Issue 19 specifically profiles artists whose global reach extends into the millions.

This is your FAULT

 

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Annie Lennox announces imminent new album, ‘Nostalgia’

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Iconic Eurythmics singer and solo artist Annie Lennox is set to release her seventh studio album on 27th October ’14. Entitled Nostalgia, the new record features twelve covers of seminal songs primarily from the 1930s and ’40s.

Classics played and popularized by the likes of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Louis Armstrong all appear on the album, which marks a return to the industry for Ms Lennox after a four year absence.

Lennox describes the album as “a challenge” when describing her decision to revitalise the old masterpieces: ““I thought, ‘I wonder what my voice would be like. Would these songs suit my voice?’ It was like a little challenge. I just sort of got to know them, became friends with them really and had a great deal of joy in the process.”

Nostalgia Track Listing

Memphis in June
Georgia on my Mind
I Put a Spell on You
Summertime
I Cover the Waterfront
Strange Fruit
God Bless the Child
You Belong to Me
September in the Rain
I Can Dream, Can’t I?
The Nearness of You
Mood Indigo

Nostalgia will be released on 27th October 2014 by Island Records in the UK and internationally, and by Blue Note Recordings in the US.

FAULT Favourite: The Hot Child jeans – a uniquely designed product specifically for men

 

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If jeans were people then we might have just made a new best friend. The Hot Child (or THC for short) label name comes across as a mix between a chilled out ’70s Cali groover and a dangerously trendy NY noughties chick. Suffice to say that this was love at first sight.

The jeans brand, founded by Octavio Silva this year (2014), is stylish, sophisticated and surprisingly personal in its approach. The Ft Lauderdale, Florida resident clearly cares about each individual product and the way his products fit and generally interact with each of his customers. Of course, part of that is synonymous with owning and operating a brand still in its infancy, but Octavio’s evangelising of his product and eagerness to see each set of jeans go to a happy home transcends a simple self-preservation business instinct.

It may have something to do with the founding principle of THC – the all-too obvious yet previously disregarded notion that perhaps, just perhaps, someone should design a pair of jeans with the male physique in mind. After all, we’ve all heard the horror stories about how tight-fitting and skinny jeans can affect fertility in men. When one really sits down and thinks about, it’s simply mind-boggling that no-one has previously thought about creating a product like the one that Octavio and THC have now pioneered.

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With patents pending internationally, THC are set to go big in the next 2-3 years. The brand is quirky, cool, and original. The playful, tongue-in-cheek JUNK tag complements the brand’s USP: its specially designed pouch in the front to hold a man’s…erm…manhood in perfect comfort. On top of all that, this is a company that cares. In a world were so-called ‘ethical’ brands are now two a penny, THC opts not to adopt the term as a label. They prefer to let their actions speak louder than words:

- A stylish product that celebrates individual body shape and prioritises individual comfort and health.

- A commitment to plant a tree for every product sold.

- An information email and follow-up contact for every customer served.

These are the sorts of things ‘ethical fashion labels’ talk about doing, while THC actually does them.

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THC’s first design, DANK, is already a sell-out success – although you can still purchase sets of their second product run via their website here – and, needless to say, a firm FAULT Favourite. We love everything about this product, right the way through from the unique design to its 98% cotton, 2% lycra selvage material. The buttons on the fly ‘pocket’ or ‘pouch’ are beautifully crafted – as indeed is the finishing all over. When these jeans turn heads, you know that it’s just as much because of their superlative quality as for their idiosyncratic design.

Now that we’ve had a chance to think about it, if jeans were people then THC probably wouldn’t be your best friend. They’d be your lover. Now head on over to www.thehotchild.com to get your hands on THC’s Junk!*

* N.B: If you can’t handle the homosexual connotations of this joke then these jeans probably aren’t for you – because you need to grow a pair!

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All images courtesy of THC

Jungle and Beaty Heart perform at Heineken Ignite at London’s Battersea Power Station

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Last night, the FAULT team were lucky enough to be in attendance as Jungle and Beaty Heart jammed their way through a Heineken-fuelled Thursday night special at London’s Battersea Power Station. The party was held in a space that has been used as a pop-up cinema by the Everyman Cinema company throughout the Summer but which was turned into a mini-festival arena for this special, ‘one night only’ event.

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The Dutch beer giant enlisted two major up and coming London-based music acts to ‘ignite’ the evening. Jungle, in particular, have been heralded as part of a trailblazing new breed of contemporary soul artists, and the duo, backed by a hefty entourage of backing dancers and vocalists self-described as a  ‘collective’, certainly proved their worth during a smashing set punctuated by funky beats and smooth, sensual singing throughout.

Photo: Matt Crossick/PA

Photo: Matt Crossick/PA

The bands played to a backdrop of gourmet street food stands set up in a psuedo-festival style along the banks of the Thames. On the other side, of course, the Power Station itself loomed over proceedings like a sleeping giant. An extravagant light show projected onto the iconic towers set up the climax of the evening – aided in no small part by the hundreds of interactive light-up beer bottles that were being slung around by an enthusiastic young London crowd.

 

 

The Ignite London event was part of Heineken®’s ‘Cities of the World’ campaign aimed at inspiring men to cross borders within their city and to explore parts of the capital they wouldn’t normally visit. Through star treatment.co, Heineken provides access to the city’s hottest events and by hailing a complementary Star Cab, Heineken fans can be driven across London to discover a different part of the city for free every first Saturday of the month.

For more information, visit www.heineken.com/gb/oyc/home.asp

Images by Charlotte Page (unless otherwise stated)

FAULT Reviews: Beacons Festival

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To the surprise of most Londoners, BEACONS Festival is incredibly quick and direct to get to. Set in the Yorkshire Dales, BEACONS is approximately a 3 hour train journey from Kings Cross and, unlike other festival commutes, you actually get a seat on the train. Arriving in Skipton was a breath of fresh air, with beautiful scenery and welcoming locals aplenty. So welcoming, in fact, that two kind hearted villagers offered us a lift from the station to the festival site. A quick press pass collection and we managed to catch the end of the romantic-nostalgic set put on by British Sea Power (remember them?). As people lay around in the tent ,the live band, with their back to the audience, serenaded the black and white visuals, closing with a dramatic classical finish.

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Raining disco balls

We took a long tour of the festival site and were instantly taken aback by how friendly everyone was. Numerous times we were approached for nothing more than a casual chat. Amazingly, the guest demographics were an equal mix of young locals, dedicated music geeks, families and mature adult couples mutually enjoying the festival. BEACONS seemed to be a proud supporter of local produce, dedicating an entire bar to independent bitters and lagers, whilst the food ranged from American BBQ Ribs to Caribbean Jerk Chicken.

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Daphni (aka Caribou)

As the day grew older the atmosphere became electrifying- everyone wanted to party. The first act of the weekend that completely blew the crowd away was Daphni (aka Dan Snaith aka Caribou) when he played Caribou’s new single ‘Can’t Do Without You’. The powerful performance set up the stage nicely for Daniel Avery’s arrival and he delivered an upbeat, fast-paced, techno driven performance, engaging the guests most with his track ‘Drone Logic’. The night went all too quickly, with an early finish of around 1:30am, but the party seemed to go on regardless – whether it was in the form of the silent disco or hidden burlesque shows.

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The next day was a beautiful one; the hot weather and bright skies making it perfect conditions for lounging around nursing hangovers. We lay near the Argyle Stage for most of the day where we could pick up quality coffees and cold pressed juices whilst listening to bands such as Years&Years. Before they even came on stage they attracted young gatherings of teenage girls screaming to the lead singer “We love you, Oli, we want your babies!”. What’s rock and roll without groupies, right? Classic…

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As the day went on we scouted the area for da time activities and local organic beers. To get us in the mood for the night ahead we dropped in to Moko playing the main stage. New on the scene but claiming her rightful place as the new bringer of Soul music, Moko originates from New Cross in South East London. We were blown away by her show and, from her reaction to the crowd, she was too! Although the crowd didn’t fill the tent, they certainly made up for it in cheers and dancing.

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After seeing Jon Hopkins a few months ago at SONAR Festival, I was really excited to see him closing the main stage on the Saturday night. The tent was jam-packed and it seemed the whole festival was in attendance. As I was stood in the press pit I saw that it was filled with huge white beach balls and after a few tracks in, security threw them into the crowd which erupted in a sea of colour! The balls were touch sensitive so that every time they encountered movement their colour changed. This, along with the soul wrenching beats, made for one of the most incredible festival performances I have ever seen.

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Crowd

 

Words and photography courtesy of Lux & Noah