Dougie Poynter’s Exclusive Photoshoot and Interview for FAULT Magazine Online

 

Dougie Poynter first burst onto the scene back in 2004 as part of the band Mcfly  who in their career spanning over thirteen years have amassed 19 top 10 singles, 5 albums and will be heading off on their 14th tour in September! Dougie’s personal writing skills are just as impressive, credited for his songwriting on tracks by 5SOS and One Direction respectively, he has also cut his teeth as FAULT Magazine’s own guest reporter at London Collection Man. 

We caught up with Dougie to discuss next month’s tour, favourite band moments and where his creative steps will take him.

 

When the news broke that bandmate Harry Judd had suffered a neck injury forcing you to postpone your Mcfly Anthology tour, were you relieved for the extra rehearsal time?

It’s weird, it felt like someone had moved Christmas. I’m still very excited though and now Danny will actually have learned all the songs again. The only bit of production we were bringing on tour was an autocue for lyrics so it’ll be nice to just let loose without it!

 

You’re going from 6 members in McBusted back to 4 in Mcfly, will the stage feel more daunting with less members?

There will be more space, that’s for sure because with 6 of us we were constantly running into each other. When we would play arenas it was fine because the stage was massive but our guitars came away full of dents! I have some gnarly jumps up my sleeve now we have the extra space.

 

In a few words, what can fans expect to see on your tour?

It’s every album back to back. There will be songs that as a band we’ve only ever played one time during recording sessions but never played live. It will definitely be a one off for us.

 

Looking back to 2013 and to McFly’s first album, many people said you’d be a passing fancy but here you are in 2016 you’re about to embark on nationwide tour. How does it feel to prove so many naysayers wrong?

It doesn’t feel like good in a smug sense because for us it’s been a continuous thing. It really weirds us out when people are like “you were my first concert when I was in year 6” and now they’re all adults with jobs and kids! We’ve never really stopped working, even when we took 9 months off after McBusted to work on other projects, we were all still working.

We are just grateful that we have had the opportunity to stay making music because we always say to ourselves that “the band won’t be around forever” although we’re starting to think it will be! Our awesome fanbase keeps us going even though we haven’t released new music in so long. We’ve actually recorded 2 albums and just scrapped them because we can’t make up our minds at all!

 

Do you foresee there will be McFly tour when you’re old and grey?

If we survive that is! Everyone keeps hurting themselves, Harry has slipped a disc and Danny fractured his elbow so it’s pretty good we had more time to recoup and recover!

 

Can you pinpoint one favourite moment from your career?

We’ve done some really cool stuff and won awards and set world records but honestly, when we’re all together and reminiscing, our favourite moments are when we’re just pissing around and getting up to no good. It’s the little things…Although it is nice to win awards.

 

Future plans for the rest of the year?

Everyone has their own thing going on. As we’ve gotten older our solo careers keep us busy, Tom has his songwriting and Danny is a DJ and I’ve been out in the states doing my own thing. We’ll probably postpone the tour again after I hurt myself on this shoot!

What are you working on in the states?

I’ve been studying acting for the last 2 years. I just really enjoy studying and taking on new crafts. It’s a bit of everything and by the end of the tour I plan to relocate to LA and continue the acting.

Despite only ever putting your music out there, the press continuously write about your personal relationships, has that pressure every become too much for you?

I don’t like the personal stories about me. It always freaks me out, I know some celebrities can just brush it off and say any press is good press but there’s something about it that makes me feel very uneasy.

What is your FAULT?

I hate the feeling of powerlessness. I’ve been very involved with charities cleaning up the ocean and stopping plastics and micro plastics from being dumped but it Is bewildering to see just how much needs to be done and how little I can do alone.

 

Words: Miles Holder

 

 

FAULT Exclusive Online Interview: The Hunna

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Hertfordshire 4-piece The Hunna have taken the music world by storm over the past few months. With a steady but secure rise to the top, the boys are just on the edge of releasing their debut album on the 26th of August. Over the past months, they’ve toured Europe, the UK and America. Talk about having a lot of gigs under their belts. And it seems that things are looking even bigger and better for the boys in the months to come. You’ll see them at Lollapalooza, Leeds festival and they’ve got their own UK tour lined up. We caught up with the 4-piece earlier this week and here’s what they had to say about working with Lana del Rey’s producer, jumping continents and their close relationship with their fans.

 

You’ve only started releasing music in late 2015. What’s your story? How did everything come together?

I met Dan when we were in college and we started a band together. After that, about 4 years ago, we came together as you see us now. About 3 years ago, after we started writing music together and recording, we got things going. And now, we’re here.

 

Your debut single ‘Bonfire’ was produced by Tim Larcombe (Lana del Rey’s producer) and mixed by Dan Grench who’s also worked with Wolf Alice and Circa Waves. How did it all come together? Was there something in particular that you wanted them to encapsulate in your music?

When we worked with Tim Larcombe, we had a really good relationship with him. We call him uncle Tim now. It all came together in a very natural way. We had the song for quite a while and took it up to him. We shared the same vision for how we wanted things to sound. And both Tim and Dan really managed to capture our sound. They knew what we wanted and they had a vision on what we had. We wanted it to sound like it did live and less is more with our set-up.

 

You’ve already toured Europe, have some UK dates in the bag and you’ve only just got back from America. How would you differentiate the three?

America was insane, it was like a movie. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do, so it was very much a dream come true. We tried to take it all in and have as much fun as we could. Meeting the American fans for the first time was amazing, they’re all really nice and really supportive. Obviously, over here we’re doing like bigger venues, so it was all kind of like when we first started in the UK. It’s kind of going back to that, but it’s a really nice vibe. The fans sung along, we played our first festival, people were singing along to our songs and that was great.

 

You’re releasing your album at the end of August. What should your fans expect from it?

It’s definitely got ‘The Hunna’ stamp on it. From start to finish, it’s just the story of everything that we’ve experienced trying to finally be in a recognized band and the things that have happened to us along the way. Also, there are lots of different vibes, different sounds on the album that people haven’t heard from us yet. It kind of shows a different side to us. We worked really hard on it to make sure that it’s good enough for the fans. We wanted to make sure that it was the best it could be.

 

Speaking of your fans, you’ve got quite a close relationship with them. What do you think draws people to your music?

Everyday experiences. We write about things that we’ve all been through personally and together, from before we got signed and released up until now. And yeah, as long as we keep things real, we’ll keep people connected. Which is why we wanted to do this. We have artists and bands that we listen to and connect with. We want to do that as well. And also, the music is raw but it’s catchy. It’s also about capturing a sound that people are interested in.

 

What’s your favourite track off of it and why?

I’ll go with Bonfire because it was our first single. We’ve had lots of different versions of it, but we refined it to a version where we felt that it captured exactly what we wanted it to capture. And also, the video with it is good fun. But to be honest, for us, just having an album is mind-blowing.

 

In terms of influences, is there anything in particular that has translated clearly into your album?

We like to think that we’ve got our own sound. But there’s obviously stuff like AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Jimmy Hendrix, Bob Marley. We’ve got some hip-hop influences as well, I feel like that can come across sometimes. Soul as well – vocally speaking. On stage, we’ve got a bit of a throwback Nirvana vibe. And also, 30 Seconds to Mars are a bit of an influence.

 

What else do you have lined up for 2016?

So much. We’ve got Leeds festival, a UK tour, Lollapalooza, we’ve got an HMV in store show, and we’ll be going to America again. We’re very busy.

 

What’s your FAULT?

We’re too noisy. Too loud – very loud.

 

FAULT Magazine: Keeping it real with Counterfeit

 

 

 

Going back a FAULT issue ago, you surely remember Jamie Campbell Bower as our Menswear and Back Cover. Fast-forward and it’s about time we caught up again and had a little chat about his new punk rock band– Counterfeit. This isn’t Jamie’s first go at music – most of you remember The Darling Buds – but Counterfeit is nowhere near that. You can throw it in the ‘past tense’ bin and grow up a little because the boys are miles away from the bubble gum that they used to be. Call it a family affair if you will – you do have two Bowers in the mix now – and add some hardcore spice to it as well because the guys are nothing short of mind-blowing. We won’t be giving away too much; this is definitely a band that you need to go and see live in order to get the point. Throwback to our last interview, Counterfeit was only just taking shape. A year later and with nearly 30 shows under their belts plus a nomination from Kerrang! Magazine, it’s safe to say that they’re here to stay.

 

You toured Europe and the UK with only a few tracks under your belts. Can you remember what your first show was like? 

Jamie: The first time we played in December was the first time we’d been on stage all together, at the O2 Academy in Islington. And we sold it out. It was mental. At that stage, for me anyways, it was a stage of ‘I know how these songs have been written, I know how they’ve been recorded, but are they going to work live?’ Like ‘Is this band actually going to be a band on stage’? We played the first song and, all of the sudden, we realised that it works. Doing something that was a) personal and b) a venture into something that was a completely different beast was an exciting experience and I think we all learned lessons from that show. It was a great first gig, but at the same time, how far the set has come in only 3 tours is miles apart from where it was. It’s a lot angrier, it’s a lot faster, and it’s a lot more fluid than it was back then.

Tristan: If you were to watch that show back to back with our most recent show, you’d see the progression clearly.

Jamie: But the last tour that we did, we started in the UK and went out in Europe. Not being on home territory, there’s this sort of forgiveness that you give yourself. There isn’t as much fear, I suppose. But because we were doing like home territory gigs and the UK is awash with really great bands in whatever genre, there was a trepidation and a definitive apprehension there. So we had to go out there and prove ourselves to the people who see bands every week.

 

As you mentioned earlier, the UK has a pretentious music market. How big was the pressure to prove yourselves?

Jamie: We had to rise to the top. And that’s what we continue to strive for. And yeah, there is loads of pressure to make your presence known. When we write, we’re always very aware of that. We’re very aware of Counterfeit – the band. Cause we can all write very different songs, but at the end of the day, it has to be Counterfeit – the band kind of material. The pressure is not put on by anyone else but ourselves and that’s a good thing. That’s where ambition comes from. We’d be cocky and ignorant if we just went out there like ‘Yeah no pressure we’re fine’. We want people to come to our shows and be like ‘Bloody hell that was mental’. There are a lot of people that come to our shows that have either never been to a punk rock show and then there’s the other side of it – where there are people who go to rock shows all the time. So, for those people who have never been to one, we want them to go away, go see another band and just go like ‘that’s nowhere near Counterfeit’. You want the show to really stand out.  You want people to go home and really talk about it.

 

So which one of you does the lyrics?

Jamie: *raises hand*

 

Are you okay?

Jamie: *laughs* I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine. I just need a cuddle.

 

Most of your tracks come from personal experience, there’s raw honesty in there.

Jamie: The whole reason that this band came together was born out of a necessity for myself to really be honest with me. And to be as upfront as possible.

 

You’ve been brutally honest with yourself, in all fairness.

Jamie: I try to be. It’s more of an exorcism than anything else. It’s not an exercise it’s an exorcism. And it had to come from the heart. Cause I’ve written before, but it was all a bit like ‘Everything’s great, I’m having a wonderful time’. You know, roses are red, violets are blue. But actually, that wasn’t my reality when we started this band. My reality was being forced to look back on quite a large portion of my life. To re-evaluate whom I was. And through that, came this sort of fear, anxiety, anger and general frustration with not only who I am but also with the world that I was in and how I perceived my world to be. I needed to do that and yeah, I am a bit mental.

 

Doesn’t this exhaust you, both mentally and emotionally? Over time, it can get a bit too much.

Jamie: I wouldn’t say it gets too much. I mean yes – it is exhausting and yes – it is emotionally and physically and mentally very taxing to perform these songs for all of us, but I’ve got the energy and the want and the will to do that. It is a necessity more than anything – to remind myself of who Jamie really is. The decisions that I’ve made in my life have brought me to this place and that’s wicked. There’s really nothing better than going to play a show. Nothing better than going out there and just screaming the songs that mean the most to me. Because at the end of the day, you can go and watch a band that talks about things that are a bit wishy-washy, but you’re nowhere near as connected to a band like that than you are to a band that’s out there literally putting their balls on the line. It’s by no means an easy listen, but it sure as hell is fun.

 

 

Talk me through your live shows. They’re quite intense from what I’ve seen. You’re spending most of your time in the crowd or doing something potentially life threatening. Thoughts on health and safety? 

Jamie: I remember the first time I went to a rock festival. The shows that I was witnessing were like nothing I’d ever seen before. That inspired me. And I had been to loads of shows before, I’ve seen bands like The Strokes and I know that there’s a massive difference. A difference between going in to see a band like The Strokes and then going to a super heavy rock festival where people just go mental. My thoughts on health and safety are that they’re fucking pathetic and unnecessary. And yeah, I know I put myself on the line a bit, but I want to share my experience with the people that are in the crowd. One of my favourite shows that we’ve ever played was our show in Barcelona. We had maybe 150 to 200 kids there. So, for us, a relatively small show. And, basically, I played the whole set in the crowd. I walked off stage and there was this instant connection between the band and the crowd. It was so sick and I didn’t want to be standing on stage, I didn’t want to feel like I was in a fucking zoo. I wanted us to have this moment together. That’s what it’s all about for me. I like to feel exhausted and I like to feel shattered cause I’ve always felt like that when I’ve worked. If there’s any point in time when you go home from whatever it is that you’re doing in a creative industry and go like ‘I could’ve given it a little bit more’, it can be very soul destroying. It’s not a nice experience. Every night is a new challenge and it’s good to physically push yourself. I like that.

 

 

Do you have a particular show in mind where things got a bit more intense than usual?

Jamie: There are some shows. The Italy shows that we play are always very intense for myself because I spend a lot of time in the crowd. With a crowd that’s over 800 people, you can get swamped very quickly. Literally, like actually completely covered by people. Those shows are very intense and they are very… grabby. We put Sam in an inflatable dinghy and sent him out into the crowd, being held up by these people.

Sam: It worked too well, I have to say. It worked way too well.

 

Is this something that you actually previously agreed to?

Sam: It was actually brought upon me. I think these guys had a meeting when I was out and then they were like ‘So, basically what’s going to happen is this.’ I was keen for it. And Jamie came up to me before the show and was like ‘Is this actually happening?’ and I was like ‘Oh yeah’.

Jamie: All I could hear in the back of my mind was out mother’s voice. If he goes and knocks a tooth out I’m going to be the one that’s in trouble, obviously. It’s always going to be the older brother. So, that was pretty fun, that was a good show. But like, as I said, Barcelona for me was a really good show – it was a real turning point for us as a band – to realise that you don’t have to have a crowd of however many hundreds of people to have a killer show.

 

 

You’ve already given us a taste of who you are as a band. When do you plan on releasing an album?

Jamie: It will be towards the end of this year beginning of next. We’ve pretty much got the record ready in terms of writing. I mean, obviously, we took out a certain number of songs on tour. But we’re ready to go in basically. It’s all about finding the time.

Jamie, this one’s for you. Last time we spoke, the only thing you seemed excited about was voicing a boat on Thomas and Friends.

Jamie: Yeah and? *laughs* I mean, I’ve got a lot of strings to my boat and when we last spoke, Counterfeit was only just taking shape. Like I said in the beginning of the interview, I didn’t know whether this was going to work on stage, it was a fear that was in the back of my mind. I like to downplay things that aren’t quite solidified yet, you know what I mean? So yeah, obviously Skiff was great and I loved that, but this right now is what I’m stupidly stoked about.

Hence the point – you seem more content right now. And for good reasons. Things escaladed massively and all in the right direction. Looking back on everything that you’ve done, do you all feel proud of Counterfeit?

Jamie: Hugely. We’re all proud of each other. We all want to be better. The only question is ‘Will we ever be satisfied?’ There’s always room to improve. We’ll never stop pushing and we’ll always want to get better and want to pick up on things.

Never settle.

Jamie: That’s what I think this band is about – it’s about being unsettled. It’s about, you know, not being comfortable in where we are and who we are necessarily. I know I always felt like that growing up. I’m comfortable now with whom I am, but still it’s like – this band has to be about becoming the best band in the world. That’s what it had to be about for us. There was no point in doing this if we didn’t want to become one of the greatest rock bands ever. That’s not me saying that we are – that’s me saying that this is what we strive for on a show-to-show basis. And the moment we become relaxed and comfortable and calm is the moment that the band dies and we start writing folk records. Not that I’m saying folk is comfortable!

What’s your FAULT?

 Roland: I can never decide between black and white socks.

Jamie: I’ll speak on Jimmy’s behalf: Jimmy’s biggest fault is that he’s not here. And that he’s always late.

Sam: Personal hygiene. Not as in me, but us.

Jamie: Don’t lump this on me, I showered last night. I think, musically, my biggest fault is that I find it hard to let go of the material. Once it’s done, I just can’t let it be because it’s so personal.

Tristan: I try to be too much of a perfectionist.

 

Mollie King Is Set To Surprise In Our FAULT Magazine Online Covershoot

 

 

We first became aware of Mollie King as part of the girl group ‘The Saturdays’. With thirteen top 10 singles across their five studio albums, the girls called a hiatus in 2014 to focus on their solo project. Now two years later, Mollie is on the cusp of debuting her first solo material which we’re told is going to be completely different to her previous projects.

FAULT caught up with Mollie to find out more in this exclusive online cover story.

FAULT: Hi Mollie, how is the upcoming music sounding?

Mollie: Really good! We’re just on the cusp of everything releasing and I’m so excited. I’ve been putting it together for a good year and a half and I’ve just shot the video so everything will be revealed in the next couple of weeks! It’s really exciting and going to be very different to what people are expecting so everyone will be very surprised.

 

When you’re in a band situation it’s difficult to display your own musical style, how different is your solo music compared to what we’ve heard from The Saturdays?

It’s definitely still a pop record, just very different to the pop music. In a band, it’s so difficult to make the music go down the lane you want it to, but this is actually the kind of music that I love and it’s very personal throughout. You’ll be able to tell straight away from the first single that stylistically, it’s worlds apart from The Saturdays.

 

What did it feel like to listen back to your first solo recording and hear your vocal without 4 other voices?

It’s definitely very strange and nothing that I’m used to. Everything from shooting the videos to photo-shoots, I’m just used to having 4 other girls with me. It’s a new experience and I do feel very vulnerable up there on my own, especially when I’m writing the songs about personal experiences and putting it out there to the world. Obviously I’ve got nerves about it coming out as well but all I can do is believe in the project and I do adore my debut track and I love the video. I played the song to the other Saturdays girls and they all really loved it and that means the world to me.

 

How easy have you found the the writing process?

There are definitely days when I felt more on the roll than others. When I went to write the single I wasn’t really feeling up to going into the studio but in the end it was one of the most productive days ever. You never really know until you get in there how the songs are going to turn out and that’s really exciting. I’m still learning so much about production and song writing and I hope I continue to learn it forever as you can never get to the point when you know enough with these things. I’ve just been so fortunate to work with amazing producers and writers.

 

Who has been a big musical inspiration throughout the project?

I listen to all kinds of music and have a very eclectic taste sometimes I just come home and I just like to listen to really acoustic tracks by James Vincent Mc Morrow although I’m also a massive pop fan so I love Ariana Grande and Jessie J and take inspiration from Prince and Michael Jackson. Although with this record it’s so pop and so personal to me, that a lot of inspiration has come from what I’ve been through the last couple of years.

 

Where did you shoot the video?

I shot the video in England and I’ve never been prouder of anything else I’ve created. We worked with such an amazing director and team and everyone is going to be very surprised.

You also run a fashion blog via Mollieking.com, how would you describe the “Mollie King Signature Look”?

It’s tough, I really do like to dress up and as a woman, it’s always nice to have that dressed up feeling but I also love any look that looks effortless.  I do tend to stick to more neutral colours and classic shapes. I feel my most confident in my style when my hair, makeup, and outfit are all in sync.

 

What is your FAULT?

I’m far too indecisive! It will take me a billion years to make up my mind on things and as a Gemini, I’m constantly going back on fourth.

 

Photographed at The Athenium Hotel

Cover Credits:  Nude bra by Base Range Black Leather Jacket by Second Female  M necklace by Alexi K necklace by Alexi

FAULT Magazine Premiere Music Video for Polina’s ‘Little Babylon’

 

 

Today we’re very proud to premiere a brand new music video for Polina’s ‘Little Babylon’. The Grammy award winning musician has been taking the world by storm, featuring Eminem’s “Legacy” and Felix Jaehn’s “Book Of Love”

The smooth vocal atop a gentle pop/folk guitar riff and brass in the chorus makes ‘Little Babylon’ perfect for any summer or festival playlist. 

Reflecting on the track, Polina tells FAULT that  ‘Little Babylon represents a happy and safe place. When I wrote this song, it was a sense of nostalgia for those care-free times, with notes of young summer romanticism. I hope you enjoy the official video, which re-creates some of those timeless memories for me…’

 Anyway, less talk more music! Do enjoy the music video below from one of the most exciting artists of 2016!

 

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Preview: Caity Lotz Exclusive Photoshoot and Interview for FAULT 23

 

Caity Lotz has worn many hats in her career as an entertainer. Starting out as a dancer she toured with Avril Lavigne, Lady Gaga and appeared in a whole host of music videos for some of the biggest names in the industry. Caity then joined girl-group Soccx who enjoyed two top ten hit singles in Germany. Despite all of Caity’s success as a dancer and musician, it was her acting performances as Sara Lance on the hit TV shows Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow which finally saw Caity step out of the shadows and into the limelight.

We caught up with Caity to find out about her journey as a performer and just what it takes to play a hardened assassin on screen.

 

 

When did you first realize that acting was the dream?

I didn’t start acting until I was 21. Before that I was a dancer and in a singing group. I never pictured myself as an actor or even having a career as a performer. No one I knew had a job like that so I didn’t know that was an option. But I just followed the excitement and worked hard and I ended up being really fucking lucky because now I get paid to pretend to be an assassin.

 

Comic book fans aren’t the friendliest. They hate any interpretation of characters from comics that don’t exactly match what we think should happen. Is that a conscious pressure for you?

I feel very grateful to be embraced by the community even though my whole character is pretty much nothing like the comics. There was no Sara Lance, there was no “Canary” only “Black Canary”, and the “White Canary” in the comics is totally different. Though Sara Lance does really capture the essence of badassery that is at the heart of these comic book characters, so hopefully that counts for something.

What have your interactions with fans been? 

Amazing, touching, and sometimes weird. I’m super lucky to be able to travel all over the world and meet fans, it blows my mind how universal shows like Arrow and LOT are. Stories people tell me about how they’ve been inspired or empowered by my character melt my heart. A lot of LGBT fans really appreciate Sara representing a bisexual character and I love that I get to be a part of that. Fan interactions can be kind of weird as well. Like when people stare at you or take sly pictures but don’t actually come up to you. It makes me paranoid.

 

People write about you all the time. Bloggers, twitterers, and reviewers. It must be hard not to lose a sense of yourself when everyone has an opinion of you. How do you remain grounded?

I have a very good crew around me. We’ve all been best friends for over 10 years and they don’t let me forget who I am. I think I’m actually pretty good about not taking it personally. I’ve done a lot of work (and am still working) to raise my self-esteem and that’s like a bulletproof vest. How do you raise your self-esteem? Accept and embrace who you are and how you look. Which is easier said than done I know, but it’s possible and the only person standing in your way is you.

 

 

 

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Competition: FAULT Magazine X Zippo Festival Giveaway

 

If there’s one festival on everyone’s wish-list this year, it’s Download Festival! Ramms+Ein, Black Sabbath and the legendary Iron Maiden will all be taking to the stage this year and not to mention FAULT Magazine alumni Don Broco will be playing the Zippo Encore Stage on the Sunday.

To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with the good guys over at Zippo to give 2 lucky FAULT readers the chance to win the following prizes.

Whether you’re attending Download Festival this year (or just want to pretend to be one of the cool people that did) then get your hands on this limited edition 2016 Download Festival ZippoWindproof Lighter. It’s an awesome design from the iconic brand and if you are planning to attend this year, head down to the Zippo Encore Area to check out all the cool stuff they’ve got gone on, like air guitar competitions to win side of stage access, free merchandise and face painting!

 

But we’re not done there! We’re also giving away a Zippo Hand Warmer for those cold nights and a flex-neck lighter for those sunny barbecue lighting days.

To be in with a chance of winning these great prizes all you have to is head over to our twitter page, hit follow and tweet us using the hashtag #FAULTMagazine + #FestivalGiveAway

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Entries will be closing on 9th June at 12:00pm GMT, may the odds be ever in your favour!

 

Matthew Lewis Broods Inside FAULT Issue 23

 

Matthew Lewis has played one of our favourite characters for ten years as Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter film series. It’s been a while since the series has ended and his evolution as a performer is undeniable. We caught up with Matthew on his upcoming projects, working opposite Alan Rickman and the awkwardness of becoming a teen heartthrob in this FAULT Magazine photo-shoot and interview.

 

Can you tell me a bit about your life after Harry Potter? How did your career play out after wrapping 10 years of wizarding?

I decided to do a play, for 192 times haha. When it came down to it, I didn’t really know what I was doing. It was such a different school of acting than what I was prepared for. Getting up on stage, everything has to be bigger. You can’t internalize, as much as you can on camera, it has to be all big for the audience to experience it.  And I just didn’t get that and I think I was shouting for most of it. Someone described my voice as being ‘excruciating’ and I remember reading that review and going like ‘ohhh shiiiiit, 191 more shows to go’.  And I think I just had to really knuckle down and watch the other actors and directors. Before the end of it, about 3-4 months into it, I just clicked. By the end of the run, the reviews were the complete opposite. I learned how to project my voice instead of just screaming at eye-level.

 

Did you find it difficult breaking the Harry Potter mold?

Not really. The first thing after Harry Potter, I played a guy who was not very nice. He wasn’t exactly a desirable character. And then I did a film where I was rough and ready; I was capable of throwing my muscle and weight around a little, completely unlike Neville. I don’t really get offered those types of roles anymore. The lovable, vulnerable, cheeky, Neville-type roles. They just never come up, it’s not like I’m getting them and turning them down. Maybe I’m just really good at being a dickhead haha.  Neville was quite complex in his character, with his history and things like that, but I am more drawn towards characters that are shades of grey. I don’t like the idea of black and white. I’m drawn to characters that make me question things. What made him this way? Why does he want this? Why is he behaving in this manner? That’s what I find interesting. And you can only get that from complex interesting characters.

 

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 Alan Rickman must have been a pillar for both yourself and your career. How did you react when the news came through of his passing?

I was at Leavesden Studios the other day, visiting the set of Fantastic Beasts and I was with the producer who did all the Harry Potter films. He was taking me around the studio when the news came through. We were both just completely stunned. But also, to be in the studio when that came through, suddenly every room that I went into, every corridor that I walked down on, I suddenly remembered a story or an image of Alan. It got a bit odd. It was quite surreal. But also, powerfully moving as well. It was quite nice to be there. All those happy memories came flooding back and I got quite nostalgic actually. I went back home last night and just watched loads of interviews with him. It’s hard to describe. On his last day, I had a cup of tea with him in his trailer and we just sat and chatted about the future of my career and what I should do. He just offered me advice in where I should go and he said some things to me that filled me with a lot of confidence. And when you hear those sorts of things from someone of his stature, his ability, it means a lot

 

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What do you make of people calling you a sex symbol now?

Oh come on, that’s just a lot of make-up and good lighting. I’m not a sex symbol, Jesus, no.

 

Teen heartthrob?

No, come on, no, oh God.

 

I’ve completely embarrassed you at this point.

Yeah! Cause I can never see myself as that. When I grew up, my sister was obsessed with Take That. So people like Gary Barlow or Robbie Williams, they were like sex symbols. David Beckham and you’ve got your Ryan Goslings. They’re the heartthrobs. I’m not; I’m just a weird looking bloke from Leeds who keeps getting jobs on telly for some reason.

 

What’s your FAULT?

I’m very stubborn. To the point of almost childish immaturities. On the flipside, I do stick to my guns.

 

 

 

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