Kina Grannis: Exclusive shoot and interview for FAULT Online

Kina Grannis started her career back in 2005 with her self-released album Sincerely Me. Today Kina has has amassed an intensely loyal online following, with her YouTube channel receiving over 150 millions views to date. With the release of Kina’s sophomore album - with all tracks written by Kina herself - FAULT sat down with the songstress to find out what it’s like to be part of a new wave of internet-propelled musicians.

Miles Holder

FAULT: Does it annoy you when people refer to you as a YouTube celebrity when in fact you had released music and had record deal offers years before you had even created your account?

Kina: Yes sometimes it can be frustrating to be only known for one step of the many stairs of my career but then I understand that YouTube is a giant part of my career. As a platform it has been so good to me and allowed me to do so much that while it can be annoying that my early career is sometimes glossed over, I guess that comes with the territory.

 

What would you say was your biggest fear as an artist and when you look a few years down the line what do you just not want to happen to your music?

As a musician I think the biggest struggle is getting too caught up in listening to what people want versus what you naturally want to create. That’s something I struggle with in the YouTube world. I constantly read people’s comments and people have a lot of opinions which are good to hear but I want to make sure that for me I keep making music for myself and what inspires me and not get tainted by what’s big and cool.

 

Do you actually read the comments? Many say you should never read news about yourself, so on YouTube where there is and endless stream of good and bad opinions, it must be hard.

I try not to but I inevitably do and it’s a crazy thing. For the most part it’s just like Christmas morning and it’s so exciting but then there’s that one comment that’s just so devastating that it ruins your day and I remember that comment and the way it makes me feel is why I’m not supposed to read too far into every comment.

 

You have a lot of young fans and like any performer while you haven’t asked to be a role model, people still look up to you. As your fan base continues to grow, do you find yourself being extra cautious about what you say and do?

It’s definitely a weird thing, and when you realise it’s happened it’s like oh! I better be a good person all the time but I haven’t felt too much crazy pressure because I don’t live a crazy life. For the most part I’m doing things pretty safe but it is something you think about as I want to make sure I’m putting out a good image so I can make sure people are putting out the best image of themselves also.

Miles Holder

Is it fair to have that pressure on you when really your job is only to be an entertainer and not a role model to thousands of young people?

It’s an interesting question, I don’t know if it’s fair or not but it’s just how it is so I’ve just gone with it and I have to be ok with that.

 

Who did you look up to for musical inspiration when you were young?

I think the first one for me what James Taylor, my dad listened to a lot of his music so I think that’s where I found my love for the acoustic guitar and another was a Belgian band called K’s Choice. They really showed me how powerful music can be and that’s something I’ve always strived for in my music – to make it important.

 

When you look at your career 10 years down the line, what is the long-term goal?

I’ve always been afraid of concrete goals as I’m afraid of not reaching them. I’ve always kept the mind-set of I want to make the best music I can and share it with as many people as possible. And I want to keep growing and doing greater and better things.

 

What is your FAULT?

I think one of my FAULTs is that I’m very indecisive. I just can’t make decisions.

 

Words and Photography: Miles Holder

Example – taster from our exclusive shoot for FAULT Issue 18

Example was shot in London by photographer Rachell Smith and styled by Dan Blake exclusively for FAULT Issue 18  Click here to order your copy of this issue!

Example was shot in London by photographer Rachell Smith and styled by Dan Blake exclusively for FAULT Issue 18
Click here to order your copy of this issue!

It’s been almost seven years since Example released his debut album in 2007. Since then he has gone on to release twenty-one singles, perform at sell-out concerts across the globe and dominate both the UK Album and Dance music charts alike. FAULT caught up with Example to talk about his recently released album, Live Life Living, and life after music.

FAULT: People can guess the meaning behind the title Live Life Living but, in your own words, can you explain the thinking behind the title?

Example: For me it just means live life to the max but I didn’t want to call the album ‘Live Life To The Max’ either because it sounds like a boyband’s album or an X Factor runner up single. I feel people are always trying to escape either their jobs or maybe a relationship breakdown or financial woes, so people need a to feel good sometimes. I think the music on this album will definitely [help to] do that.

Do you worry that you sing too much to be remembered as a great rapper, and rap too much to be remembered as a great vocalist.

I’ve never thought about that but it’s a good point. I’ve always felt that rapping is really useful when you’re really emotional or really aggressive and upset. For me, I’m in such a happy place that it doesn’t make sense to do rapping. I’ve got a bit of a unique gravelly voice and it’s probably closer to blues – like you said earlier – where it’s more about the character in the voice rather than how good a singer you are. That is where I’ve always felt like my strength lies, and to be honest I’m not bothered about being remembered as a great singer or rapper – I’d rather be remembered as a great entertainer.

Interview by Will Ballantyne-Reid

Interview by Will Ballantyne-Reid

Have you done anything different on this album?

The process of writing was the same, what’s changed is the way I’ve produced them. ‘Kids Again’ was just started on guitar and then once we were happy with a guitar demo we go from there. The song originally was just me singing over a guitar but then you chop out words you don’t like and interchange bits and then the guitar became a piano and then a synth and a bass line and then drums. I think when you’ve been working in the music industry as long as me then it’s kind of about time that I should be doing a lot more on the production side of things.

Get the full shoot and interview - only in FAULT Issue 18.   Click here to order your copy for delivery worldwide!

Get the full shoot and interview – only in FAULT Issue 18.
Click here to order your copy for delivery worldwide!

What is your FAULT?

My main FAULT used to just be lying; I used to just compulsively lie and make shit up. I would constantly lie to family, friends, my ex-girlfriend. It took meeting my wife and going to therapy to actually realise I could just be honest. It was almost like “your life is so amazing-why do you have to make shit up!”

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FAULT Favourites: Festival Fashion giveaway!

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Throughout Spring and Summer, we at FAULT have been going backstage at some of the world’s biggest festivals to give you an exclusive insight into what happens behind the scenes at this Summer’s showpiece events. From SXSW in Austin, Texas (covered in-depth in FAULT Issue 18) to Sonar in Barcelona via  Glastonbury, Park Life and – very soon! - Secret Garden Party, we’ve been clocking up the miles to give you the inside track on what have undoubtedly been the best festivals of the year so far.

Amazing shot of one of the stages at Sonar Festival. Photo by contributing partner Lux & Noah

Amazing shot of one of the stages at Sonar Festival. Photo by contributing partner Lux & Noah

*Now we’re giving you the chance to WIN FREE FESTIVAL OUTFITS for the rest of the Summer season. All you have to do is pick a style you like and we’ll select 5 winners at random to receive their ideal looks by international post. Just comment on this post for a chance to win – or read below for our suggestions…*

STYLES

1. NEON BOHO – the signature Glastonbury bohemian look – with a twist. SEE MORE FROM THIS STYLE

2. TROPICAL BEACH – eclectic mix of print + colour. SEE MORE FROM THIS STYLE

3. NEON BLOOM – ultra feminine florals + intense colours clashed with denim (skinny jeans/shorts). SEE MORE FROM THIS STYLE

4. MEN’s - skinny jeans, faded/acid wash denim and classic summer holiday wear. SEE MORE FROM THIS STYLE

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Man about town? These men’s flat heel Chelsea boots offer a well-heeled look for an urban festival like Sonar. Although they look like leather, the imitation material is easier to protect than the real deal and so are perfect for wet weather events too. STYLE: MEN’S

As we all know, though, there’s so much more to a great festival experience than the music. The overall vibe of the festival is crucial –  and that starts with the people in attendance. A bad crowd can ruin a great band whereas a good crowd can turn a great performance into an incredible experience. Finding your niche in the now-overflowing festival market can be tough, and there are always exceptions to every festival ‘type’. As always, however, the great unifier at large events – from ballgowns or jeggings at a party to suits or slacks at a seminar – is usually the fashion on display.

Add a touch of bohemian elegance to any outfit with this embellished longline fringe kimono

Add a touch of bohemian elegance to any outfit with this embellished longline fringe kimono.
STYLE: NEON BOHO

Showing off your sense of style suggests a sense of belonging to a particular festival crowd. Individuals tend to unite at big festivals under the banner of mutual appreciation for a certain type of experience: whether you’re a rocker at Glastonbury, a techno-head at Sonar, a hipster at SXSW or someone who really, REALLY likes dressing up at Secret Garden Party…

These real leather multi-strap boots are a stylish and practical way to complete any festival outfit. Bold enough to make a statement and tough enough to brave any mud, they're a great tent-side or city-wide option.

These real leather multi-strap boots are a stylish and practical way to complete any festival outfit. Bold enough to make a statement and tough enough to brave any mud, they’re a great tent-side or city-wide option. STYLE: NEON BOHO

Fashion is so important for turning any festival from an outdoor concert into a celebration of musical appreciation – and that is why we are so pleased to have teamed up with savvy British retailer New Look  to showcase not just the best of contemporary festival outfits but also to look back over the years at some of the most inspiring and influential festival fashion trends of the past 45 years.

Acid Wash Button Front Drawstring Denim Playsuit - new look

The denim playsuit is this season’s most versatile piece. Pair this sporty version with jelly sandals in the day, or with tan wedges and a statement necklace in the evening. STYLE: TROPICAL BEACH

Starting with the notorious ‘Summer of Love’ at Woodstock, 1969, this graphic charts the sartorial selections of festival-goers from all the major Summer stomping grounds until the present day:

 

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COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR FAVOURITE STYLE FOR A CHANCE TO WIN.

COMPETITION CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT ON 31st JULY – GOOD LUCK!

The Colour of Me: A Brush with Danger – Peter Yip’s FAULT

SKINCARE BALANCE ME radiant face oil and moisturising daytime dry skin cream MAC blue lipmix and lipglass

SKINCARE BALANCE ME radiant face oil and moisturising daytime dry skin cream
MAC blue lipmix and lipglass

 

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SKINCARE BALANCE ME radiant face oil and moisturising daytime dry skin cream MAC eyes and lips paint stick in orange blue green magenta Radiant powder glitter Aaegyptia

SKINCARE BALANCE ME radiant face oil and moisturising daytime dry skin cream
MAC eyes and lips paint stick in orange blue green magenta
Radiant powder glitter Aaegyptia

 

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SKINCARE BALANCE ME radiant face oil and moisturising daytime dry skin cream
MAC eyes and lips paint stick in orange blue green magenta

 

Photographer: Peter Yip (www.peteryipdesign.com)
Makeup Artist: Martina Lattanzi using MAC Cosmetics (www.martinalattanzi.com)
Hairstylist: Andrea Martinelli using Bumble & Bumble (www.martinelliandrea.com)
Model: Anna Kuen @ MiLK Management

ELLA EYRE – EXCLUSIVE SHOOT FOR FAULT ISSUE 18 (TEASER)

We are delighted to reveal Ella Eyre as FAULT Magazine Issue 18′s opening feature for the ‘Sounds of 2014′ section. Ella’s soulful voice, bold style  and energetic stage-presence encompasses everything it means to be RAW on and off the stage.

Ella Eyre was shot by Miles Holder and styled by Rachel Holland  at the Malmaison hotel

Ella Eyre was shot by Miles Holder and styled by Rachel Holland at the Malmaison Hotel. Click here to get your copy delivered worldwide.

At just 20 years old, Ella Eyre is already making waves with her soulful voice, phenomenal stage presence, and bold style. A graduate of the BRIT School, she cut her teeth on tour with Rudimental, featuring on their no.1 single ‘Waiting All Night’ in 2013 …

FAULT: You’ve got a distinctive personal style, from your clothes to your already famous hair. What about the relationship between music and fashion?

Ella: It’s really interesting because my Mum was a fashion designer for about twenty years and so she’s always sort of forced clothing on me! I was a real tomboy so I’ve always just wanted to be comfortable, but also to look good. My motto is a kind of ‘simple but sexy.’

What do you want to say with the album? Are core themes starting to emerge?

 I wrote my album over the course of three years so it’s a lot of growing up, and a lot of experiences that I had to deal with. As I said, it’s not that my experiences are more important than anyone else’s, I just want people to listen and relate and tune into the feeling of each track.

Your debut single ‘If I Go’ came out in July. Can you tell us a bit about it?

‘If I Go’ is basically about being with somebody and feeling caged in a way, or feeling that it’s not healthy. It was a question of me going, ‘this isn’t working at the moment, before I commit fully can I go away and do what I want to do, and come back to it…It’s not that I don’t want you now, it’s that I want you later. [laughs.]

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#LikeforLikes – Christopher Polack’s ‘selfie’-inspired editorial for FAULT Online

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swimsuit MESKITA necklace and earrings CORNELIA WEBB

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top MILLY bikini bottom AQUARELLA SWIMWEAR bracelete CORNELIA WEBB

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top MILLY bikini MESKITA nuckle ring MAX STEINER trench KAELEN necklace LOSSELLIANI

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Sunglasses ETNIA BARCELONA top STYLIST OWN skirt MILLY shoes UNITED NUDE earrings WOUTERS & HENDRIX

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top MILLY bikini MESKITA nuckle ring MAX STEINER trench KAELEN necklace LOSSELLIANI

 

photographer CHRISTOPHER POLACK
stylist FAUSTINA ROSE
model OLGA VLASENKO @ MAJOR MODELS
hair and makeup JOSEFINA FERNANDEZ