Celebrating 10 years of ‘Made of Bricks’ with Kate Nash

As soon as Kate Nash announced a tour to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of ‘Made of Bricks’, we knew we had to be there. On 9th August, Kate performed the first of two shows at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, so we caught her backstage for an exclusive chat and shoot.

You’ve smashed your Kickstarter Campaign, were you expecting the support you’ve received?
I was nervous the whole way through, so nerve-wracking! I’m so excited to put out my fourth record, it’ll defo be out by February 2018!

Tell us about Glow, the new Netflix series you’re in…
Glow is sick, it’s so cool! I’m surrounded by amazing female energy, it’s so powerful, it’s really magical.

And what about your new video for ‘Call Me’?
Yeaaahhh, it was filmed where my mum works, Michael Sabel House Hospice. The song is about using what you’ve been through to help other people. My mum’s a nurse and has used her experience to help other people her whole life, and the patients support each other too. It’s a really special place to me. One of my friends died there. Also, people at the hospice wanted to change the perception of what people see a hospice as – it’s not a dark, horrible place but really bright, light and positive, and the patients get massages, meditation therapy, they socialise, there’s music and really good care and treatment. I met this amazing 94 year old woman and she whispered “come back” then winked at me when she walked away. She’s my idol.

Ten years – especially in the music industry – is such a long period, and yet Made of Bricks has stood the test of time. Are you surprised by the reaction of your fans?
I wanted to do something special. It’s crazy taking in that much love from the crowd. We’ve got through so many highs and lows together. I’ve done toilet tours to arenas, no one is solidly in one place ever, you have to be okay with that and work through the difficult time. It’s so nice to do a big joyous tour, it’s so overwhelming, the whole team’s just crying all the time cause its evoking so many memories. ‘Skeleton Song’ has been so emotional to play. My fans are the weirdos/outsiders/cool people that stand out, they all come together and are there for each other, it shows the true meaning of music.

You’re passionate about womens rights – do you think gender equality is becoming more prominent in the music industry?
There was a period of time where things got better, but now I feel like we’re in this low zone again behind the scenes, like yes there’s so many women in music, but it seems no one knows who they are, they’re not getting the exposure. Record labels are scared shitless of putting something out there that’s unique; they’re not willing to put themselves on the line to break the mould. Solo female artists can’t break through and they’re told to feature on dance tracks. I feel really passionate about it and encourage female artists to stay independent for as long as possible. The internet is so powerful now, it’s right at your fingertips and you can get that connection with people – fuck labels. I haven’t had any radio or label support for the past five years, and here I am doing two nights at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. It doesn’t matter because I’ve built such a strong connection with my fans.

What advice would you give to young female solo artists trying to break into the industry?
It’s brutal but I think artists need to see their power. Don’t work with people unless you feel their being innovative. I just don’t trust labels at the moment. I’m not saying I would never go back, it’s just it’d have to be with someone who was being really innovative.

You quote tonight’s venue – Shepherd’s Bush Empire – as your favourite. But is there anywhere you’d love to play in the world on this tour?
Australia & Japan so bad. I really want to go back.

If you could collaborate with anyone ever, who would it be?

Stevie Nicks, MIA, Dolly Parton & Cher obviously.

What’s the most important message you want to share with the world?
I’ve learnt loving yourself is the most important thing in the world. To try and sit comfortably with who you are is the most difficult and important thing to do in your lifetime. It’s the only thing worth striving for. We put out so much energy pining for things or people, getting abused, taking in shit and negative energy from people, we feed ourselves with the love we’re trying desperately to get from someone else and we obsess over other people. When I sing “Nicest Thing,” at the end I feel like you should be your own nicest thing, if you love yourself as much as you stalk/pine/obsess over someone else, you’ll be in such a good place.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
My fave food is avocado, I feel like I would meditate and eat avocados. I love eating healthily, it gives me life.

What is your FAULT?

I’m always late. I’m always 2 hours late for everything. Time doesn’t exist in my brain, I was the last kid in the class to learn the time. Time just doesn’t make sense to me.

Watch the video for ‘Call Me’ below, and find Kate on Instagram.

Words Lucy Holmes

Photography Charlotte Patmore

Flight Facilities are back after 3 years in this exclusive FAULT chat

This is your first track in three years since the album ‘Down to Earth’ – what have you both been up to in between? 
 
The Orchestra shows we did with the MSO and the SSO were incredibly time consuming, as well as all the touring we had to do surrounding them. Down To Earth seemed to keep us on the road for quite a while. Couple that with the writing of new music for ourselves, and the collaborations with a few other artists. It’s been a busy few years. The frequent flyer miles are alive and well.
 
 
The new single ‘Arty Boy’ features Emma Louise who you frequently collaborate with, what makes you all so musically compatible?
More than anything, our sense of humour. Even if we’re not working with Emma, we’re having fun with her. She’s one of the funniest people we know, and constantly makes us laugh. Having that kind of relationship makes any studio environment super relaxed. Those are the best kind of conditions to work under.
What inspires your unique sound? 
The old and the new. We try to create a marriage between the music from the past, and references from today that inspire us. Trying to recreate something specific, piece by piece, can often make it sound like a boring knock off. The broad range of references we have, anywhere from classical music, to disco, even to television themes, definitely contribute to our music in a huge way. We have to think that our consideration for the obscure, but our love for pop, is helping define our sound.
 

The documentary style video features Shirin and Nasser – What inspired you both to create the video?

Well luckily this is an area we can leave to professional teams of directors and producers. All we had to do was give the thumbs up to the idea that JÜNGLINGE pitched to us. This was one of those rare occasions in which we went with the first idea we heard, because we loved it so much. But the inspiration behind our agreeing to the pitch was much the same as the reason for shooting the video: because there was such a great story to be told. People don’t necessarily realise that it’s all entirely true.

 

Christine Spangberg created the artwork for Arty Boy, did you expect her to interpret the song in that way to produce the cover?

It seemed fitting to have such a prominent artist make something unique for a song called ‘Arty Boy’. We were familiar with her work before asking her, so we had a basic idea of her style, and completely trusted her ability to come up with something perfect as a cover. We’re so happy to have it represent the song now. Someone even went so far as to get it tattooed to their arm.
 
 
You first began in Sydney in 2009 mixing other artists songs, where were you when you first heard your own music played in public? 
 
We’re not sure where we were when we first heard it. But Crave You wound up on a television ad in Australia in 2010 for a racing carnival, and that’s where our parents first heard it. That was the moment for them that they realised everything was doing okay, and that we weren’t completely lost in the world. We reckon that was a sigh of relief for everyone.
 

You have collaborated with some great people, Kylie Minogue, Reggie Watts and Bishop Nehru, who else would be a dreams to work with?

Whether it be just to write the song, or to sing it, Barry Gibb or Billy Joel would be amazing. Jamiroquai or Drake would definitely be on the dream list. We remember a few years ago talking about how great it would be to get Will Smith too. It’s hard to escape the nostalgia of the artists and songs you listened to in early high school.
 
 

What are your favourite songs from the first album?

Waking Bliss and Merimbula are each our favourite songs. They’re a little more personal and representative of the two of us as individuals. They’re also totally indulgent instrumental songs, which meant that we made them based on a sole intention of enjoying them, with no consideration of needing to appeal to an audience.
 
Do you work easily as a producing duo? Any creative differences or is it smooth sailing?
We know our strengths and weaknesses, so it’s nice to be able to lean on each other for help in the areas we feel we need it. There are always ups and downs, but the argumentative sides in us only ever come out when we’re passionate about the vision of a song, and what would help it best succeed. Creative differences always exist, but the key to healthy production relationship is being flexible in your expectations of a final result. 
 
 
How does Australian culture inspire your tracks?
 
Australia is so critical of anything, that it’s pretty good at keeping artists level headed. It’s also its own version of quality control. We’ve found other countries like America can be unconditionally supportive of artists, and while that’s a beautiful trait to have, it can sometimes lead to creatives thinking every stroke is God’s gift. Australians don’t mind telling you something sucks.
 

What’s the craziest experience you’ve both had on tour?

When we played in Columbia in about 2011, the power cut when we were two songs in. When they tried to move our stage closer to a different generator, it collapsed with us on it. Someone lost a finger and another guy hurt his leg. We didn’t go back on after that so we basically flew thousands of miles around the world, to DJ for two songs.
 
What have you got coming up this year? Is a new album on the horizon?
 
We’re in the ball park of having enough content for a new album, but we’re looking at other ways of releasing it. The industry has changed so much that we’re favouring the release of singles again. The consistent release of music worked so well for us the first time, we’re considering following that path once more. It’s certainly easier for people to digest our music that way. It’s a weekly talk with us at the moment, and the true answer is, “we don’t know”.
 
Thinking about the future of the electronic music scene, what do you both hope to see? 
 
In general we hope to see people creating something new. Electronic music is one of those industries where you don’t need more than a computer to create it. So a lot of artists get in the habit of following each other and making the same songs. It’s great to see trailblazers like Rufus or Disclosure setting a mature example for the possibilities of pop crossed with dance, while not having to resort to EDM as so many others have. 
 

Who are your favourite upcoming artists out there that we should check out?

We always used to answer this question with ‘Client Liaison’, but theyre are not exactly upcoming anymore, because they’ve just played some huge shows back here in Australia. But we can’t stress enough how much the rest of the world needs to know about them. They embody everything that’s great about Australia, while making some insanely catchy hooks. If you can attend one of their shows without letting go and having a great time, I’m not so sure we’d get along.

DeQn Sue debuts new track ‘Hello Neighbor’ exclusively on FAULT

Today we exclusively premiere a new track from DeQn Sue (pronounced Deacon Sue). Her music has been described as ‘alternative pop with a sharp lyrical edge bursting with message and humor.’The Alabama native creates a fusion of Funk, R&B and Pop.

“I want to make music that lasts. Music that you will think about for years to come,” she has previously said. So does it stand the test of time? We think so. Find out below!

 

Find DeQn Sue on Instagram.

‘Robotina’ – Exclusive FAULT Fashion Editorial

 

Photographer: Pablo Costano

Producer: Nacho Gimenez

Styling: Mariela Ortega

MUA: Luigi Chamorro

Model: Jessica Whitlow

Photographer Assit: Manuel Rojas

Tom Taylor: An exclusive chat with The Dark Tower’s leading lad

Tom Taylor first came to our attention in award-winning BBC drama series Doctor Foster. Next, he popped up as the lead in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’, which shot to the #1 spot in the US box office. Here we chat to the rising young actor about the numerous projects he has releasing this year.

What was the biggest difference between shooting a TV series and a film? Which did you prefer?

Firstly, with a film there is a lot more time to get the perfect scene which can be great as you get to explore the character in different ways.  Whereas with TV there is less time to do this and you just speed through scenes.  For example, I spent about 4 months of filming for a 1.5 hour film and in the same time for Doctor Foster we made 5 hours worth of film.  I think I like the extravagance of film but I love the realness of TV.

The Dark Tower was predominantly filmed in South Africa – was it a bit of a culture shock? How did you find filming there?

Filming in South Africa was mad!  It was a huge culture shock, which is made obvious the moment I landed in the Country.  I’d only ever seen towships on television but seeing them in real life was surreal, to know that there is so much going on in the world that sat at home in England, people have little idea about.  But, yeah, in few words, I feel grateful.  The views and scenery are phenomenal and if not for movies I don’t think I would have ever had seen the rare cave paintings and animals that I did.  South Africa was a truly eye-opening experience and people should try to go there if they can.

Being an adaptation of a book by an author as iconic as Stephen King, did you feel pressure to satisfy fans of the book and their image of the character of Jake?

I tried to portray the character, Jake, in a way that pleases the fans of the books, because I know how much it betrays you when someone you’ve imagined is ruined by movies.  But I also added elements that made the character feel really and hopefully all audiences will notice this.  I have not met Stephen King but I hope he approves – ha!

You’ve been a lot more active on Twitter lately – have you received much feedback from the fans of the book about their thoughts thus far?

On Twitter, I see reactions of the film and book and most people say “Oh the film only got 18% on rotten tomatoes.  I was hoping I’d like the film…..” and I believe that the audiences should make their own minds up and not be influenced by the “superior critics” – ha!  But to be honest, I think the film is awesome and I can’t believe I’m in it in the first place!

Doctor Foster returns later this year. Your character finds himself torn between his parents as they go through a divorce. What can you tell us about how he handles it?

Tom goes through a lot in the next series! 😉

You’re still so young but already have numerous notable accomplishments under your belt – what can we expect next?

I have some things in the pipeline…….

Finally, what is your FAULT? 

My bedroom’s really untidy (I have a floordrobe) and my handwriting could be better which my Mum will vouch for when she’s trying to type these answers up!

 

Tom stars in The Dark Tower, in UK cinemas from 18th August.

 

Photos and words Jack Alexander

Premiere: The Wandering Hearts debut Western-themed visuals for ‘Devil’

Fresh from their performance at British Summer Time Festival in London’s Hyde Park, supporting
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Stevie Nicks and The Lumineers, folk-Americana group The Wandering Hearts
reveal the visuals for their latest single ‘Devil’, which just released on Decca Records last month, exclusively on FAULT.


Filmed on location at Laredo Western Town, hidden away in Kent, the video shows the band pull up to play a show – except the town appears to be completely empty. They set up to play, and as they sing, the ghosts of the inhabitants of the town appear, with the music bringing them back to life. As the song draws to a close, the ghosts and band all disappear and the town population sign shows to have grown by 4 (indicating the band are now inhabitants of the ghost town).

The Wandering Hearts say: “This is a story about throwing your hands up in the air, admitting your flaws and past
mistakes, and owning them. Living life how you want to live it and knowing that if it all goes wrong, at least it was
your choice. Ultimately, life is about doing what you’re passionate about and having hope for whatever may lie
ahead.”

Watch the video below. You can find the band on Instagram here.

Bulldog Gin announce Neverland London partnership

This month, one of our faves BULLDOG Gin are linking up with Neverland London – that being, London’s only
Thameside beach venue! They’ll be opening their doors to an alfresco brunch offering. As of
Sunday 13th August, Neverland London will play host to a new brunch menu with entertainment
and DJs, served alongside unlimited (!!!) prosecco, cider or bespoke Neverland House Cocktails which
have been specially curated by BULLDOG Gin.

After the success of the initial BULLDOG Brunch series last month at London’s latest rooftop hotspot, SISU, on Sunday 20th August BULLDOG Gin, in partnership with the legendary Pikes Hotel, will be combining Neverland’s brunch offering with Ibiza’s historic party culture; featuring special guest DJs, gin cocktails and more!

We’re told BULLDOG Gin cocktails will be served right to your table, as well as a whole host of ingredients for your party to craft your very own Red Snappers, and a DJ playing Balearic beats whilst shake off the week’s stress.

In partnership with Pikes Hotel, Ibiza (who brought you Wham’s Club Tropicana and have played host to a whole catalogue of bohemian celebrity escapades), and millennial lifestyle brand Urbanologie, BULLDOG Gin are combining the now institutionalized brunch party with Ibiza’s historic party culture for a set of one-off brunch experiences at select locations in the heart of the capital.

RRP £30, Tickets* available at Design My Night
*Tickets include: 1x admission (all day entry), bottomless prosecco, cider or BULLDOG Gin Neverland
House Cocktail for 3 hours (2pm-5pm), Red Snapper ingredients, food with any trader on site (up to
the value of £10), entertainment.

For more information on BULLDOG Gin, please contact Lara MacAlpine:

lara.m@brand-revolution.com / 0207 259 9499

FAULT Future: Jazz Morley at home in the music

 

You’ve been very open with your lyrics in ‘Safe Place’, was it hard for you to put so much of yourself out there? 
My lyrics are always fairly honest and open. I am a very open person, but especially so when writing; it’s a form of therapy for me. Sometimes when I’ve been too afraid to speak something, I’ve been able to put it into a song and communicate how I feel that way.
When you released the single, were you happy to have so much off your chest or was it nerve wracking knowing it was out there? 
I never feel nervous about putting music out. What’s the worse that can happen? People might say they don’t like it, or not even take any notice. That’s kind of irrelevant to me by that point; I like the song, that’s why I wrote it. If people react well to my music and find a connection with it, that’s a bonus. I get excited about releasing music- the possibilities are endless, and so many doors can be opened.
What sort of headspace were you in when you wrote ‘Safe Place’ 
I was in a very peaceful headspace. I was sat under a blanket in my friend Brad’s studio and I said “I’m going to write a song about being in this blanket, in a Safe Place”. And that’s what happened. The song is about the place I have come to, both geographically and emotionally. I feel so much safer in my head. I am surrounded by people I love, and the future looks bright.
Is Safe PLACE written as an anthem for Bournemouth and how it makes you feel being there, or is it more of a message of how unsure of yourself you felt in London/ other capital cities. 
I never felt unsure in the city. In fact, I had an amazing time! I lived in some crazy places and met so many cool people. It was more about the journey that has brought me to where I am now. I spent many years travelling around gigging, which was exciting at first but after a while I craved a feeling of belonging, and somewhere to call home. On top of that i often struggled with my mental health. When I returned to where I grew up and took a moment to breathe, so many things fell into place for me.

What’s been the best moment of your musical journey so far? 
My headline gig in London a few weeks ago at The Courtyard Theatre. Something magical happened that night; I believe I’ll look back at that gig for years to come and recognise it as a seminal point in my career.
Who would you say were your musical influences? 
My musical influences are extremely varied. In my opinion, the more creative stuff you put in to your body, the more good stuff will come out. I love the old school soul of Etta James and Gladys Knight, the 90s power houses such as Whitney and Toni Braxton, the bands I grew up listening to like Fleetwood Mac, the more traditional, lyric-driven songwriters like Joni Mitchell and, as of more recently, I’ve started a love affair with down-beat electronic music and alternative pop. I’m loving Christine and the Queens, LANY, Trace, Honne and Sampha at the moment.
Has music always been in your life and has it always had a therapeutic effect on you when you’re writing/playing?
Always. My mum and dad are musical so I grew up surrounded with it. The stage has always felt like home to me; we could never have been separated. I always loved creative writing too, so music and words came together very naturally for me. I think the first time I really knew that my music could communicate my feelings more effectively than anything else was when my brother went to Afghanistan about 8 years ago. My head was a cloud of confusion, and the only way I found clarity was when I wrote a song about it. I came away from the piano feeling like i’d had 6 months of counselling.
What’s next for you in 2017? 
2017 is looking really exciting. Hopefully a tour in the Autumn, alongside an EP. Then I’d love to get over to the States or Europe before the year is out.
What is your FAULT?
I have many faults, but I think my most prevalent is that I am an unashamed hedonist. If there is music, wine and good times, I’ll try my damnedest to be there.