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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Boy George Photoshoot & Interview For FAULT Magazine Issue 23 Cover

 

Within the court of British pop royalty, Boy George sits on top of a (impeccably decorated) throne. Throughout his decade-spanning career he’s topped charts, collaborated with superstars, travelled the world and seen more than his fair share of controversy. He can now be found judging Britain’s latest batch of new talent on BBC One’s The Voice.

Boy George appears on the cover of FAULT Magazine Issue 23 (available for preorder now). 

 

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Congratulations on your work on The Voice so far. Did you have any reservations about joining the show? 

Not really. I think my only reservation was how involved I would be with the people that I chose; whether I could have any kind of impact on what they did. And, to my surprise, it is very interactive. You can get as involved as you want to.

 

 

You’ve had your fair share of demons: drugs, incarceration, negative press attention. How has this shaped you and your music?

Everything that happens shapes you and influences what you do, but I don’t tend to focus on the past. Why would I look back? Difficult things inform my writing but – if you want other people to move on – then you have to move on yourself… I try to live in the now – it’s the only sensible time to live. Living in the past or future is a bit insane: sometimes, in relationships, people spend all their time worrying about what the other person’s thinking or feeling, and get so engrossed in it that they miss living. I think it’s important to live in the now and not focus too much on what went wrong. Just learn from it and move on.

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What else does the future hold in store for you?

[Culture Club} have got a tour coming up in the summer. I’m also doing stuff on my own: I’ve got a tour with Cyndi Lauper in about a month on the East Coast of America. At the moment I’m trying to build my empire, so anything’s possible.

 

Who excites you musically at the moment?

I really like Christine and The Queens. The music they make is really beautiful. It’s in French though, so it’s a bit difficult to understand, but you don’t really need to. I’ve also been getting back into Kate Bush: recently I came home, laid on the floor and listened to Hounds of Love in it’s entirety, and it was wonderful. You can really learn from the way people made records in the past. People had more freedom.

I like Stromae as well: I think he’s the best pop star at the moment. He’s really androgynous, and really out there.

 

Finally, what is your fault?

Where do we start! My weakness is probably…bread! Haha – I have no patience. I’m completely impatient.

 

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11.22.63’s Daniel Webber in conversation with FAULT Magazine

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Being a stranger in a strange land is tough.  Tough, challenging, but, as I was told, not frightening. Daniel Webber was a labourer in Australia before moving to America to follow his dream of acting. As he speaks about his journey I am filled with anxiety and fear. To leave your home, travel across the world, be surrounded by Americans, and work in an industry known for crushing dreams and destroying spirits, is terrifying! But not to Daniel, who is very zen about the whole thing. He told me he doesn’t let it get to him.

Daniel now appears alongside James Franco as Lee Harvey Oswald, in the Hulu TV series 11.22.63, an adaptation of the thriller by Stephen King. It follows an English teacher Jake, as he travels back in time to 1960s Texas to stop the assassination of President JFK by Oswald (and possibly others).

Daniel has been receiving rave reviews for his performance, something made all the more impressive given his relatively young age, 27, and the fact that this is his first break, aside from Home and Away.

We spoke about the American dream.

 

Daniel: There’s been a lot of sticking with it. Coming from Australia and living in America, you really don’t have an option to fail. When we come here, if Australian or British or anybody, you have to go all in and give it your all.

FAULT: That sounds like a lot of pressure.

You work with it. My focus, because it’s such a competitive market here, it gives you a little bit more fire in your belly. You’ve got to make it work. I think anybody who’s in this profession has to do that. It’s an added challenge coming from Australia.

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FAULT: How was playing Lee Harvey Oswald?

This role was everything that I could have possibly wanted. I like the opportunity to be challenged. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I fear not doing a good job. When you get a role, the onus is on you to find it in yourself to be that character, to go to every length that you can to reach into the deepest parts of yourself to figure that out and there is something… that’s scary in a sense, but there’s also there is something very powerful and exciting about it.

 

FAULT: There have been incredibly powerful moments for your character in the show. Is it hard to turn that off when the cameras stop rolling?

Once you finish a shoot and you’ve been working on a role and a character for so long, there is a process of having to detach yourself from it, because the characters carry such a different emotional weight and baggage. There was a little bit of Lee in every audition room I went into for the next month after we wrapped the show. I still hadn’t quite gotten back to Daniel and my own energy. There was more of an aggressive, shut down, defensive thing going on still.

 

FAULT: Do you think Oswald did it?

He was a man very capable of having done it. Whether or not he was aided or there were other people involved, I honestly don’t know. My research was more specifically on him, so I didn’t really go into the conspiracy theories. He has the skill set and the emotional patterns throughout his life which indicate that he is somebody who would easily find motive and reason for it.

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FAULT: What is it like being written about and reviewed, and to have so much attention on you now?

It’s great to get attention from the show because I’m really proud of what I did. It’s nice for me personally to have played a man like him, and know that I can, and so can have a bit more trust and faith in my own skill set. I always fear not doing a good enough job. With Lee where there was just a mountain of research to get through and a mountain of different things to understand so I could do it.

 

FAULT: Was Hollywood always the dream?

No, not at all (laughs). I didn’t realise acting was a job until I was sixteen. I wanted to be what my Dad was – a tree lopper. I spent time working as a tree lopper. I think I realised early on that as a labourer, you have to work so, so hard and it’s so physically demanding. I’ve done a lot of it in my life – landscaping, tree lopping – so I know what it is to work very hard and to work with my hands for a living. It was something that I didn’t want to have as my career. Acting has been with me the whole time.

 

Words: Chris Purnell 

Press shots: Jessica Castro

 

Corrine Bailey Rae Premieres Video for new single ‘Been To The Moon’

 

The British singer is marking her comeback on the music scene with a brand new video. Her latest release is also the first single from her forthcoming album.

It’s been a while since we last heard of Corrine Bailey Rae, but now she’s back into our playlists and she’s more poignant than ever. Her forthcoming album entitled ‘The Heart Speaks in Whispers’ marks six years since her last studio album dropped.

To commemorate the two-time Grammy winners return, the video is an electric and vibrant visual treat that brings forward her well missed soulful vocals and humble spirit.

You can check out ‘Been To The Moon’ below

 

 

Kehlani Slays at TAPE London

 

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Launched in September 2015, Tape has quickly become London’s hottest club with the likes of Justin Bieber, Future, Jess Glynne and Trey Songz choosing it as the place to hang out. With the venue also including its very own purpose-built recording studio, it’s clear why it’s becoming a favourite with musicians. Exclusive clubs in London are often incredibly tiny with tables taking up 99% of the space. At Tape, there’s plenty of room for people to get up and have a good time.

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The crowd was the perfect blend of people having a great time, without any of the posterity familiar with the exclusive clubs in London. They turned out in their numbers (on a chilly night!) to see Kehlani, the 2016 Grammy nominated singer from Oakland, California. Kehlani has seen her stock rise with her nominated mixtape You Should Be Here, and is already making huge waves in North America with her sold out tour. Set to be featured on Zayn Malik’s debut album, there’s no doubt the future is very bright for Kehlani.

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She decided to treat the crowd to a live performance of some of her hits, including ‘Did I’. Kehlani wasn’t finished treating everyone though as she brought on WSTRN, the west London group, to perform her remix of their anthem ‘In2’. The crowd was electric for the songs, with an excellent sound system making it feel like an intimate private gig. The energy of Kehlani was clear, and went down well with the crowd. Kehlani even took the time to take photos with some of her fans, happy to meet those who came out to see her.

 

 

As proof of how hot Tape is right now, probably the hottest star in the world Justin Bieber returned to Tape to hang out before his BRITS performance the next night. With Justin Bieber tweeting ‘any club in London saying I’m coming tonight to perform. Not true’; the fact is that there was only one place he wanted to chill out before the BRITS in London. Sorry the rest of London, that was Tape.

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In under 6 months, Tape has become the hottest club in London. With an incredible spot right in the heart of Central London and a host of world class artists continuing to head down, there’s no wonder Tape has already become the most exciting place to visit in London. The only downside to Tape is that it makes every other club seem average. We’ll definitely be back, no doubt in the company of another great crowd, with the odd superstar in attendance.

 

Words: Kevin Lyster

FAULT NYFW Designer Interview: Rafael Aguirre

 

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Fresh and emerging designer Rafael Aguirre for RALPHYPABLO debuts his first collection and sets a sharpened cool gentleman’s tone. With a refinement and specific details on the basic essentials of a wardrobe. As we caught up with designer, he mentioned his constant flow of traveling back and forth from Miami to New York. Originally from Miami myself, those southern, international caribbean and South American influences and the Miami life are subtly highlighted. He ensures to elevate with a concise and focused ten piece collection and delivers exactly what is needed. With classic majestic Italian wool pea coats in olive, navy and camel, wool slim fit trousers, square neck t-shirts, and Japanese cotton, the minimalist framework is effectively illustrated. Aguirre incorporates streetwear with the always wanted bomber jackets, wide leg trousers as an option and pop of electric blue and black leather, black shearling and neoprene, metal hardware and nylon textiles. Without question, this is sure to become closet staples for many gents all across.

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So, tell us about the inspiration for the collection. 

So, this is my first collection, this one means a lot to me. I was very inspired by the past – looking back my father actually inspired this collection. So It was a look back at pieces that he would wear. He was very much a fashion inspiration in my life. I was able to grasp that and kind of modernize it a little bit into my style and what I feel is happening currently in fashion. So a lot of the pieces are familiar but they have little details, cuts that are kind of current, or maybe not so current yet but I what I think is going to be the future of fashion.

What do you feel are the strongest pieces of the collection?

I think The white button down is very classic for me. The way that we have done it, It is a versatile piece, you can wear it casually or dress it up. You can dress it up and it will look very clean and put together. It is a versatile piece so at the end of the day it is one of my favorites.

I also think the jacket with the shearling collar on it with the long sleeves. I am really proud of that one. That’s blending a classic, we are using leather, shearling, mixing it.

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I saw a piece of jewelry – the long metal piece on the nose – what is it about?

Our friend, CHRISHABANA, they helped us out with the jewelry

 

Are you ever going to get into womenswear?

Yeah I think womenswear is definitely in the future. Just want to focus on menswear first and then I think at some point definitely.

Going through fashion week, obviously it is crazy for everybody from all standpoints and yourself a designer showing for the first time. Do you have any fashion week needs, necessities list that keeps you going?

Honestly a comfortable pair of sneakers. Living in NY you got to be able to get around like with this weather – snow, rain, its got to be something you don’t care if its going to get messed up. UBER. UBER is essential. You have to have UBER. They save lives. And then ah, water, stay clean, stay hydrated. I’ve been working out, taking care of myself, water is the best thing.

 

What is your fault?

I don’t know, (laughs) That is a good question. I mean I definitely have faults, I’m just like embracing them right now. Maybe a fault is wanting to do everything sometimes and just not having enough energy or hours in the day.

 

The FAULT team thanks you so dearly for having us and we certainly are keeping our eyes peeled for what is to come…

 

Words: Chaunielle Brown

Photography: Gerardo Vizmanos