Tom Walker dishes on his Mancunian roots, Glasto and surviving London

Tom Walker’s debut EP, Blessings, sounds kind of like a mix between Bob Marley and Sam Smith, if that makes any sense. The up-and-comer talked to FAULT about being from Manchester, playing at Glastonbury, and how to have a good time when your London rent makes it so you can’t afford to go out.

FAULT: What’s your origin story? How did you become a musician?

Tom: I learned to play guitar when I was kind of 9 years old. I’ve been playing since then. I’ve always loved it, and I’ve always loved writing songs. I lived in Manchester, so I was always a big fan of Oasis. I got into songwriting through them and various other bands. I one day kind of had a crack at it, and I thought Yeah, I’m not too bad at this. It developed from there. It turned from a hobby to a career quite quickly. I went to do a degree in songwriting at the London Centre of Contemporary Music, and then eventually fell into the music industry. So it’s been a long but good road.

FAULT: Who influences your music besides Oasis?

Tom: Oh, so many people. I’m a big fan of Paulo Nutini. I know it’s a massive cliche, but I love Bob Marley as well. I was really into Jack Garratt last year. Chet Faker is also a big influence. Ray Charles I used to listen to a lot when I was younger. Too many to list, basically.

FAULT: What are the lyrics to “Blessings” about?

Tom: They’re kind of a true story. I live with a lot of people in London — seven people in a big house. We don’t always have a lot of money, because London’s a really expensive place to live. But we always make the most of whatever we’re doing. Even if we don’t have enough money to go out to the pub, we end up bringing the pub to us and inviting a few people around and having a good night at home, which I don’t think a lot of people do. I think a lot of people don’t spend the time counting their blessings. I think they spend the time pointing out the things in their lives that are unfortunate. But even if we’re stuck at home, we’re having a good time. I think that’s the nice thing about me and my mates, so I wanted to make a song about it.

FAULT: When you’re “busy playing FIFA,” what team are you?

Tom: Man United, always Man United. Or the one that’s called, like, Classic XI, which is all amazing players. But definitely Man U.

FAULT: Did you feel any kind of personal connection to the Manchester Arena bombing?

Tom: Yeah, it was really bad. I grew up near Manchester, and the MEN Arena was the place I went to see all the big bands. I’ve seen Foo Fighters, Muse, Underworld, and loads of big bands there. So it was quite upsetting to see, and it was quite upsetting to think that a group of people would want to put young people off going to see live music at a venue. Without going to see my favourite bands doing their thing at the Manchester Evening News Arena, I don’t think I’d be where I am today, because that was one of the massive influences on why I wanted to do what I wanted to do. So it was pretty difficult.

FAULT: You were just at Glastonbury, right? How was that?

Tom: It was amazing! I was originally going there just as a fan, to watch some bands. But after I bought a ticket, I found out I was playing at a set at The Rabbit Hole. And after that I found out I was also doing a set for BBC2. So I did a set at The Rabbit Hole on Friday, which was totally amazing; I can’t believe how many people turned up. Then on Saturday–I think it was about 20 minutes past midnight–I was on the telly. So it was a pretty surreal experience.

And all that time, because I bought a ticket, I felt like I had to get involved with the festival, so I was staying up until 5 a.m. every night with my mates, as well as working. It was pretty intense. I’m glad to be back home. I had some intense, long meetings today, but after that, I’m gonna have an epic sleep.

FAULT: What are your plans for the next year or so?

Tom: We’ve got a fun, little song coming out soon that we’re working on at the moment. I can’t really talk much about it. In the meantime, I’m working on the album. We’ve got a group of people I like to write with, and I’m gonna do some writing on my own. No rush, because I want to get it right. I want to make sure it’s a quality piece of work, something I’m really proud of. I’m gonna make sure it’s right before we put it out.

I’ve got a few festivals coming up. I’m doing Barn on the Farm; I’m doing Beat-Herder; I’m doing Victorious Festival. And we’ve got a gig coming up at Oslo in London in September.

FAULT: What’s your FAULT?

Tom: I love sleep – It’s not ideal when you have a call time at 7am and all I want to do is sleep through day so I have to load up on Coffee. I also have really long days sometimes and will find myself nodding off randomly. When I get back from tour I’ll shut the world out and sleep for something stupid for like 16 hours straight and that sorts me right out then I’m ready to go again!
Peep Tom’s video for Blessings, and the audio for Heartland, below:

 

 

FAULT catches up with actor Julian Morris

FAULT caught up with actor Julian Morris – star of 24, Pretty Little Liars and New Girl – to talk legends, London, and his much-anticipated new BBC drama series Man in an Orange Shirt.

Grey suit trousers and jacket – Hugo Boss Hugo Boss / Black jumper – Hugo Boss

A lot of people will recognise you from Pretty Little Liars, and the final season is now on Netflix, so how was it bringing a seven-year-long show to a close?

I came back to resolve the character of Dr Wren Kingston in a way which I felt was fun and satisfying. I’m hoping fans have been satisfied with the ending – it’s packed full of twists – and the team have been planning it for a long time. I had lot of fun with the cast and crew of Pretty Little Liars – they’re a really talented group and I made a lot of friends on the show. I think when it started in 2010, Pretty Little Liars was bold and transgressive, for example featuring young lesbians in the way it did, in the time that it did. Similarly, Man in an Orange Shirt is bold now – looking at oppression by society of gay characters, and their internal struggles too.

Micro check suit jacket and trousers – Aquascutum / Purple basic point collar shirt – John Varvartos

Man in an Orange Shirt is of course the upcoming BBC drama in which you star alongside the legendary Vanessa Redgrave – what can you tell us about the show?

Well firstly, it’s really good! Director Michael Samuels has done a great job, the cinematographer made it beautiful, the writer made it moving. It touches on something which hasn’t been properly explored in mainstream media before. My character seemed like a new challenge for me – he lives in an accepting society but has grown up with a shame, a self-oppression and a trauma that is hard to work through but truthful. All of that is explored against the backdrop of a beautiful love story. Most of my scenes are with Vanessa Redgrave, and she was phenomenal to work with. She is smart, challenging, and intelligent and she really keeps you on your toes. We got on fantastically and had this natural and immediate chemistry, I absolutely adore her. I have also been working with her son-in-law Liam Neeson too!

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It sounds like you’ve been working with some pretty big names and in some amazing shows and films!

You know what, the past year has been one of dream characters and dream casts – for example filming Felt with Liam Neeson and of course Man in an Orange Shirt with Vanessa Redgrave. Some of the characters I’ve been working on have scared me and challenged me, and that’s wonderful. I’m really director-driven in the choices I make and I want to continue to work with people I love, respect and adore. There’s a very long list of amazing directors I would love to work with, but Ang Lee and Yann Demange are definitely up there.

Grey suit trousers and jacket – Hugo Boss Hugo Boss / Black jumper – Hugo Boss

You grew up here in London – what do you love about our city and what do you do when you’re back here?

Yeah, I grew up in North London, so it’s been great spending time back in London filming Man in an Orange Shirt. I live in LA now but I definitely feel like a Londoner, the city draws you in. I just love the people, the city, the history, the culture and importantly the differences. I’m very friend-orientated so I love seeing old friends in London, enjoying good food and good drink. I also love to walk around London – the history and the parks – I think it’s a British thing to appreciate good lawns and parks!

Cream English Riviera knitted texture jumper – Hackett

So you love London, friends, food, lawns – what are your other passions and interests?

I absolutely love music, I thrive on music. I was listening to the new Bonobo album on the way to our interview, and that’s great, but I love such a range of genres – electronic, folk, rock. Someone else I think is really amazing is Erykah Badu – I got to work with her on Hand of God which was an absolute dream, and she was as wonderful as I hoped. There was moment on set when I let her into my trailer and she dressed me in Ethiopian clothes and jewellery and lit some incense – it was brilliantly bizarre! I also love design – in clothing, in architecture – I really appreciate when something’s beautifully made.

White collared shirt – Hugo Boss / Navy Blue suit jacket and trousers – Hugo Boss / Navy pull over – Michael Kors

Any final comments or advice for FAULT readers?

Now is a spectacular time in history – there’s so much change, it’s such an interesting place in time to be. What’s important now is to be engaged, to hold those in power to account, to vote – even if you’re uninspired by the choices, be sceptical, challenge fake news, and seek out good journalism even if it means paying for it.

Man In An Orange Shirt – starring Julian Morris, Vanessa Redgrave and David Gyasi – airs on BBC 2 this summer.

Words Angus Wyatt

Photography Stephanie YT

Styling Indigo Goss

Grooming Lillie Russo

Stylist’s Assistant Chloe Stewart

FAUL Magazine Playlist: What We’re Listening To This Week

JAY-Z  4:44

Hare Squead – Pure

Dan Caplen – Flat Champagne feat. Ray BLK

Rhys Lewis – I Know The Feeling

Vera Blue – Mended

 

L’Atitude 13° North Beach & Wellness Festival: Good vibes for the body & soul

If you’re a seasoned festival goer in search of something fresh, or you’re after an antidote to the hedonistic vibes of the British festival season, L’Atitude 13° North Beach and Wellness Festival in Barbados might just be the answer.

The free festival takes place on the beautiful Caribbean island from 2nd to 3rd September and is promising the perfect blend of wellbeing and Bajan beats. More fun than a yoga retreat, better for the soul than an all-night rave, it is a celebration of the quality of life in Barbados that everyone is invited to sample a taste of. From reggae you can’t help but move to being performed on the main stage, to massage and yoga tents, to the BBQ on the beach closing both days, there’s plenty to experience and the party wraps up at 10pm so you’ll even get a good night’s rest instead of clambering through a field of tents in the rain at 3am.

This is the first ever time the festival has been run, but it’s already being hailed as the beach and wellness festival of the Caribbean. Designed for the locals, and bringing together some of the island’s best music stars, fitness instructors and wellness professionals, this is one of the most authentic experiences tourists can have of Barbados.

Serving up feel-good vibes are reggae, soul, and funk artists including Biggie Irie and Debbie Reifer. Biggie Irie is the not-to-be-missed name whose stage presence gets any party started with catchy soca/reggae tunes. Born in the UK and moving to Barbados at the age of three, Biggie Irie has been working in music since 1986 and is a household name across the Caribbean. Debbie Reifer, a relative newcomer, has already won over audiences with her richly soulful voice and smooth R’n’B songs, which have even caught the attention of filmmakers, with her music featuring heavily on the soundtrack for locally-produced, internationally-acclaimed movie ‘Chrissy’.

Other names confirmed on the line-up include David Kirton, DJ D.Luxe, and Israel Lovell Foundation. We guarantee you’ll come back feeling refreshed and restored with a new-found love of Bajan culture and a whole new Spotify playlist to prove it.

L’Atitude 13° North Barbados Beach and Wellness Festival takes place from 2nd to 3rd September 2017 on the Hilton Peninsula and is free of charge, though fees apply to some fitness classes and treatments. For more information visit www.visitbarbados.org

Words: Olivia Pinnock

 

 

LFWM: SS18 -FAULT’S BRAND TO WATCH – BODYBOUND

This season Bodybound burst onto the LFWM catwalk for the first time and they blew us away with their SS18 collection. Check out FAULT’s full review of the collection here.

We have tipped this design-duo as our top brand to watch for the future.  Chidubem from Lost in Talent has photographed the details exclusively for FAULT, so you can take a closer look at the exciting fabrics and details that Bodybound presented for SS18.

Menswear Editor: Kristine Kilty

 

 

 

LFWM: SS18 ASTRID ANDERSEN REVIEW

Always a favourite of London Fashion Week Men’s, the silence and anticipation of crowd at Astrid Andersen’s SS18 show revealed this year to be no different. Astrid Andersen, a woman who confronts the unexpected and makes it desirable. A pioneer in the luxury sportswear game, SS18 proved Andersen remains unrivalled.

Her signature velour comes this season in a moss-like greenish gold, recalling memories of the career-defining oversize velour basketball jerseys of her first ever collection. Other fabrics are more refined; floral satins in Japanese prints are compiled on tracksuits in patches, broken up by sporty black stripes, rich striped silks elevated the collection from streetwear to anywhere.

The often-used ‘safari’ theme is reinterpreted here, as only Andersen can. The flaps of sunbonnet hats trail behind the models as they stomp the runway, and bib-like shirts and loose trousers look as wearable on the streets of London as they would in sub-saharan climates. As usual, Andersen plays with audiences expectations, and we come away jolted, surprised and most of all, thirsty to buy.

Words: Harriet May de Vere

LFWM: SS18 MAISON MIHARA YASUHIRO REVIEW


As the first Japanese designer to show on schedule at London Fashion Week Men’s, it was brave of Mihara Yasuhiro – creative director of MAISON MIHARA YASUHIRO – to take on the punk aesthetic that London invented.

The bravery paid off. Tattooed models with smudged eyeliner slouched down the runway in grungy long cardigans, plaid shirts and torn denim. Patches which mocked the hashtag obsession of our generation were sown onto garments, slogans like ‘#nothing’ and ‘limited edition’ appeared again and again, echoing our culture’s obsession with social media and its unavoidability.

The falseness the online image was mirrored again in the cartoonish aspects of the SS18 collection. Giant zips on jackets and recycling logos graffitied onto denim brought the fun and quirky touches which reminded the audience that this was a Japanese designer. A Japanese designer who managed to bring something new to the decades old, and many times reinterpreted, London punk aesthetic.

Words: Harriet May de Vere

LFWM: SS18 COTTWEILER REVIEW

After a quick Google of the brand revealed Cottweiler to be ‘London’s most underrated label’, their SS18 show began to shrink the disparity between the talent and the hype. Fans of the brand differ from the usual horde of celebabies and reality stars; FKA twigs and Skepta are just some of the influencers who are fans of the brand and who bring with them integrity and not just Instagram followers.

Lizard embroidery tied the collection together, with bag, shirts and even the model’s bodies sporting them. They called to mind the embroidered dragons which covered everyone’s Maharishi cargo pants during the 1990s, and which were due a comeback. Early 2000s tribal patterns were re-invigorated in neutral beiges and greys and textured fabrics, and tufted feathery trousers added a new dimension to these prints.

The sportswear was still there for the fans, even managing to pitch a persuasive argument for cycling shorts on men. Both sexes will be fighting over the sheer nude shorts, and the two-pieces which could be interpreted as both tracksuit and suit. Silver, green and orange fabrics shimmered down the runway on loose vests and oversized trousers. As designers Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty came out at the end, dressed in the collection and to riotous applause, it was clear they are the best advert for their clothes; a demonstration of why everyone can (and should) be wearing Cottweiler.

Words: Harriet May de Vere