We meet TV’s newest Jekyll and Hyde, actor Shazad Latif, for an exclusive shoot and interview

After landing his breakout role as Tariq Masood in SPOOKS, Shazad Latif has been popping up everywhere. And with the return of the new season of Penny Dreadful on 3rd May, he’ll be back on our screens taking on the iconic role of Jekyll and Hyde. Here, we caught up with him for a chat about his recent work.

 

You play Chandra Mahalanobis in the upcoming ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ movie. Did you know much about the man when you took on the role?

No. Chandra was a great mathematician in his own right. But the focus in this film is Ramanujan. I’m there to be his friend in the story.

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Shirt – Samsoe & Samsoe / Trousers – CSB London / Shoes – Base London / Socks – Falke

TMWKI features such a well seasoned cast, what was it like to work with them? What was the atmosphere like on set?

Again another wonderful and lucky experience, watching Jeremy Irons and Toby Jones discuss a scene was a joy.

 

This is also another time we’ll see you acting opposite Dev Patel. What Do you think it is that draws you both together?

It’s just the way it happened I guess. I’ve played his rival and his friend. What next? I think our energies work nicely together.

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Jacket & Top – Universal Works

We’re all very hyped up for the new season of Penny Dreadful. We saw a short clip of you looking very menacing in the trailer, what can we expect from your character (the infamous Jekyll and Hyde)? What’s your technique for getting into such a character, especially when you’re essentially playing two?

Expect emotional duologues between me and Frankenstein played by Harry Treadaway. Lots of dark science. Expect a brilliant new take on this wonderful character thanks to John Logan.  A lot of focus for such a role. An intense time on set. Exploring Angels and Demons can be scary.

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Shirt – Scotch & Soda / Trousers- Farah / Shoes – R.M. Williams / Socks – Falke

What is your dream role?

No dream role as such.. Just the dream of working with the best directors and writers, I would love to be in an Asghar Farhadi movie, a Jacques Audiard movie, Steve McQueen, Paul Thomas Anderson.

 

You’ve played in a number of period pieces as well as more modern dramas. Which do you prefer?

I love doing both modern and period. I really do love a family drama. Played out in an epic sense.

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Jacket – Gieves & Hawkes / Top- Villain / Trouers – Baartmans and Siegel

Shazad – What is your FAULT? 

My fault is my anger. Jekyll and Hyde’s fault. My friends and family keep me grounded though. I’ll be alright.

 

Shazad can next be seen in Penny Dreadful on Sky Atlantic from 3rd May, and you can follow him on Twitter.

 

Photography Jack Alexander

Styling Felicity Gray

Grooming Shamirah Sairally

FAULT Weekly Playlist: Twin Wave

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Twin Wave is a quintessential Brooklyn outfit that if you haven’t heard of them yet, then count this as the first of many times that you will. With a sound that fits somewhere between the dream pop of Future Islands and the retro rocker howl of the Police, Twin Wave’s latest single “Matador” sounds blissfully imported.

The trio, comprised of Nick Williams (vocals), Sarik Kumar (guitar) and Maxx Berkowitz (guitar), are expected to release a new five-track EP Pour Out The Dark later this summer, but before that we had the opportunity to ask the guys what songs inspire them and how Twin Wave’s psychedelic sound came to be.

Tears for Fears, “Pale Shelter”

“Pale Shelter” captures all the right sounds of the ‘80’s. The dark soaring minor vocals, heavy driving bass and the undeniably catchy shimmering guitars makes for the ultimate ‘New Wave’ groove track. I have a thing for strong grooves and minor melodies, and this song has it in spades! – Sarik

The War on Drugs, “Suffering”

I first heard this song around 2 or 3 AM hanging out in a cabin with some close friends during a Vermont snowstorm. As you can imagine, the slow beat and mesmerizing guitar parts set the mood just right. The song just covers you in this warm blanket of sonic space. I will always think of that moment when I hear this song. – Sarik

Sturgill Simpson, “Voices”

This one is a wild card since it is so far from our sound, but I am a massive fan of folk and country inspired music. When I first heard Sturgill Simpson’s album “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music” I think I had it on repeat for a week straight. The entire album is worth listening to, but the song “Voices” captures his something special — its deep, organic, real, Americana. – Sarik

Julien Baker, “Something”

When I first heard this buzzy singer-songwriter’s debut LP Sprained Ankle, I was in awe, and completely struck by the subtlety in her songwriting and the honesty of her sadness. At only 20 years old, her songwriting is so mature and developed, and with “Something” you’ll be instantly transported back to youthful days and first loves. Like “Skinny Love” for a new generation. – Nick

Caveman, “80 West”

I’ve been a Caveman fan since I heard their 2012 LP CoCo Beware but their new album is something of a true masterpiece – “80 West” is my favorite tune on it and I’m so glad it became the second single. Get on the highway, roll down the windows and let it rip. – Nick

Lewis Del Mar, “Malt Liquor”

This Rockaway duo are just the coolest and their blend of island-tinged electronic-folk is one of the most unique sounds I’ve heard in a long time. This standout from their debut EP brings me back to days of swigging ‘40s of Colt ‘45. Baby that’s all we need. – Nick

The Arcs, “Put A Flower in Your Pocket”

As a long time Black Keys fan, I love where Auerbach has pushed with his side project, sticking to the garage rock and blues roots, but bringing some extra polish and finesse to his signature sound. – Maxx

Darkside, “Heart”

Both Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington are sonic master. Their collaboration Darkside brings interesting rhythms, atmospheric synths and sharp rambling guitar together to make a cinematic soundscape. – Maxx

Explosions In The Sky, “Disintegration Anxiety”

Explosions In The Sky take cinematic to another level, all of their albums take you on a journey in sound from start to finish. “Disintegration Anxiety” off of their new album The Wilderness shows their amazing dynamics, multiple builds and falls. I have some memorably hazy nights blasting The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place on vinyl with my roommate in the basement of my first apartment in NYC. – Maxx

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FAULT Weekly Playlist: The Pheels

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The Pheels is the project of Atlanta natives Curtis Fields and Phil Jones (HAUNTED) who just earlier this month released their fuzzed out indie electronic single “The Heartbreaker.” You can think of The Pheels as Neon Indian’s more R&B inclined love child. As they prepare for the release of their likeWise EP, we asked Curtis and Phil to put together some of songs from their hometown of Atlanta that inspire them.

“The city of ATL is a living conundrum that represents a very important piece of the American Pie,” Curtis said over a quick email conversation. “As the Pheels, Phil and me draw as much attention to duality as coherently possible. The Trap scene has dominated for sooo long. And it did a great job of bringing people together to vibe, but it still facilitates a lot of division. Yet and still, people are gonna come together, one way or another and the new ATL scene displays that beautifully. From Dab to St. Beauty to Bosco to the Pheels, the Wave is coming. And so will you lol… Now goest ye forth and taketh thou this manifest.”

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Vanessa White Exclusive Photoshoot And Interview With FAULT Magazine

 

Vanessa White rose to fame as part of The Saturdays one of the UK’s best selling girl groups. Vanessa is now out on her own with a clear vision and mindset for her artistry. Listening to Vanessa White’s debut EP ‘Chapter One’ (which is out now) we are pleasantly surprised by Vanessa’s sound. ‘Chapter One’ is a million miles away from the sound we’re used to from The Saturdays and instead we’re chucking on a heavy denim and ‘Tims’ and swagging out to the 90’s RnB inspired tracks like Lipstick Kisses.

We sat down with Vanessa to go over her new sound and new solo career. Vanessa will also appear in our spring print issue – with more exclusive images.

 

 

Being in a girl group, it can be very hard to let your individual selves shine. Being in a group of 5 musicians makes it even harder. Did you ever feel it was hard to show off your personal flair while a member of The Saturdays?

“I wouldn’t say it was hard.  I think it was often my own decision to take a bit of a step back.  Like with interviews, when you’re in a group with four other people and you’re asked a question you’re always going to get people talking over each other so sometimes I didn’t mind being the person who wasn’t going to talk as much.  But I wouldn’t say it completely affected my personal flair, even though I’ve taken a very different direction with my solo music.  Anything around the music I always had an opinion on, but of course that opinion was split with the other girls. I’ve always been into the music that I’m doing now, but once again when you’re in a group you’re aware that you’re not necessarily going to record and perform the type of music you listen to everyday.  So I guess it was affected to an extent but not completely. I love live music and always have so whenever I get a chance I’m out at gigs checking out some of my favourite artists and brand new acts too.”

 

 

 

Is it harder as a soloist?

“I knew it was bound to be harder in ways being solo and not having the rest of the group there, but I’m allowed to express myself so much more which makes me feel so fulfilled, so in that respect it’s not harder, in fact it makes it feel easier.  And now I have an amazing team of talented writers, producers and creatives I work with and who I trust so much and really get me, such as Tre Jean-Marie who I worked on a lot of the EP with and Thomas Eriksen who I’ve known for years now.  I’ve also been in the studio with Snakehips, who I love. Then there is Rob Heppell, who is such an incredible director and created the visuals for ’Nostalgia’ and ‘Lipstick Kisses’  He also put together some stunning visuals specifically for my first live shows last month. It’s also nice getting to collaborate with other music artists too.  I did a refix of ‘Exchange’ by Bryson Tiller that I mixed a bit of KP & Envyi’s ’Swing My Way’ into.  I was obviously singing the track from a female perspective and wanted to get a male response into that too so I asked Kojey Radical do a verse on it, which is so sick, and we’ve performed the track live a couple of times now which was  amazing to be able to do. And Wretch 32 who obviously features on the track ‘Lipstick Kisses’ which dropped on the same day the EP was out which was a cool way to launch that.”

 

The music you’re releasing now is very different to the music you released as part of the Saturdays. Did you ever feel like your creative was stifled while part of the group?

“I don’t think it was stifled. The difference now is I just have a lot more free reign so I’m able to explore my creativity a lot more now I’m doing this thing on my own.”

 

 

Who/what are your main influences?

“Back in the day, growing up I was listening to stuff like Destiny’s Child, Aaliyah, Mariah, Janet Jackson, all of that kind of thing.  I still listen to a lot of that music but I’m also listening to a lot of Kehlani, Anderson Paak, Tinashe, Bryson Tiller and Ty Dollar Sign.  There are also a lot of things outside of music that influence me such as experiences and even places that have had a big impact on me.  Over Christmas I went to the Philippines, where my mum is from, for nearly a month and did a lot of island hopping while I was there. I was inspired by so much while I was out there as it has such an amazing and vibrant culture. Everything from the colours you see, the food, the music and the lifestyle too.  When I came back home from that trip I just became even more interested in the whole wider Asian vibe with the colours, flowers and different styles.  Also, on the trip I spent a lot of time on the beach and travelling between different places so I wasn’t really dressing up or wearing any make-up for a month, it was more of a simple, castaway feel so when I got back I immediately didn’t want to wear as much make-up, the lashes went and aren’t as long anymore so I really toned things down even more and I prefer it.”

 

 

Where do you want to see your career in 10 years?

“You know what, I’m just so excited about what’s happening now and what’s to come next after what’s happening now.  I have so many great ideas and things in the pipeline so I’m trying to take it all one step at a time and to enjoy the moments as they come.  I’m excited to put more music out there, to get on the road to give more people the chance to hear it live and seeing how that all naturally evolves. Music is such a huge part of my life so I hope I’m still doing all of what I love so much for years to come.”

 

What are your plans for the rest of 2016?

“For the rest of the year I’ll be putting out more new music, doing more live shows and some festivals hopefully.”

 

What is your FAULT?

“I’m a really big perfectionist, especially when it comes to music.  Even if it’s the tiniest little thing, I’ll never be happy until I feel it’s perfect.”

 

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Apple Launches 26 New Apple Watch Bands

 

You’ll remember from our review of the Apple Watch back in February (here) that we were quite taken by it’s customisability.

Well, today we’ve received word that Apple have launched 26 new Apple Watch bands in varying colours and materials. Earlier this year we picked the Noir Leather Strap and Link Bracelet as our FAULT Favourites but they might very well be given a run for their money with some of their latest designs.

The Woven Nylon straps will pair tremendously well with Spring/Summer looks and especially light linens and pastels.

For the more formal/evening events, you’ll want to pear the classic buckle alongside a light evening jacket or light blazer.

 

Don’t just take out word for it. You can sift your way through their many different styles HERE 

 

Alexandra Shipp “Storms” her way onto FAULT 23’s Film Cover

 

Alexandra Shipp shares a familiar tale when probed about her early days as a starry-eyed performer with her sights set on Hollywood superstardom. The fast-rising actress/singer scored a manager and an agent at just 14, and she would spend the next several years splitting her time between Los Angeles and her family home in Phoenix, Arizona. “It’s a cutthroat, dog eat dog world,” she says.

Shipp has transformed into Aaliyah in the late singer’s biopic, starred in last year’s cult phenomenon Straight Outta Compton, and of course there’s X-Men: Apocalypse, the latest installment in the blockbuster franchise in which she plays Storm, one of Marvel’s most beloved superheroes first made popular in film by Halle Berry.

X-Men Apocalypse releases in the UK on May 18th and we’ve got 3 of the stars for our X-men special collection. Kicking off with Alexandra Shipp. Enjoy the preview and watch this space…

 

 

What can you reveal about Storm’s origin story in the film and how that might have shaped her worldview at large?

You find Storm just a few years after her parents have passed and she’s living on the streets of Cairo. She’s pickpocketing for cash to buy food, stealing clothes, and camping out in abandoned buildings. It’s sad to see someone so great being reduced to so little and I think that’s what attracts Apocalypse to her. For Storm, that’s all she’s ever known. All she knows is that, if you have powers, you can make money off of that. You can make money by protecting people or by taking it from them. So when Apocalypse tells her, “How are you living in the gutter when you’re a goddess? You should live your potential. Come with me,” Storm realizes, “You’re right! Don’t mind if I do, Apocalypse! Papi!” [Laughs] I hope they do a full origin movie with Storm and T’Challa. That would be so dope. That’s all I can think about.

 

How long did it take you to settle into Storm, your Storm?

It took a couple of months. What I wanted to convey with Storm is that she can kill you with a look, and if you know me, you know there’s no killing anyone with my look. [Laughs] I’m the biggest nerd! I’m way too silly to be that badass. It was hours and hours in front of a mirror, which is no surprise for an actress. It was about trying to find the right head tilt, the right gaze and the right thing, that if I shoot you a look, you will feel my power. It took around 3 months to find her body.

With ­X-Men, you’re entering a universe that has a longstanding comic book fan base and a movie fan base, not to mention people who look up to you for taking on such an iconic black female superhero. Is that a lot to take in?

I do feel pressure because I want to give girls an accurate representation of a powerful black woman. Halle Berry did such a great job that I felt the fear of living up to her Storm. But I also felt the fear of living up to my own nerdy expectations. I’m a fan of X-Men. I grew up on the cartoons. I grew up reading the comics. I wanted to do that right. I wasn’t sleeping, just going over my Arabic and my Kenyan accent all the time. I wanted to make sure that girls who see this movie, young girls of any race or color, are excited by Storm and the way I portrayed her.

 

Words: Kee Chang

 

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