Aida Emelyanova – I Do Whatever You Animals Do



Aida Emelyanova is a Kazakh-Russian artist who brought her works to Lights of Soho in celebration of Frieze.

Entitled “I Do Whatever You Animals Do”, the exhibition is inspired by the role reversal of humans and animals. She has transformed herself into the animals that humans capture, objectify and kill for pleasure. As the producer, director and protagonist of the photos, you get to see Aida transforming in each photograph, as they all carry a story.

Her collection was on display for one day only at Lights of Soho and FAULT was there for a chat with the artist

How did you come up with all of this?

Initially, I wanted to put myself in the animal world and showcase female stereotypes. I tried to compare ourselves to animals and illustrate how women feel caged. So, I made a narrative behind every single photograph.


What made you feel that the best way to portray humans as animals was to choose yourself as the protagonist of the scenes?

I did the whole production by myself. I did the pictures, I even worked on the objects in the pictures. I did have other models in it at first, but the outcome was inaccurate to the idea that I had in my head. In order to get what I had in mind out there, I had to do it all by myself. It took ten times longer, but I knew how every image was going to work. I knew what expressions I wanted to get, I knew how everything was supposed to play out.


You incorporate fashion as well into your photographs. In what way do you feel that emphasizes your purpose of showing that humans can learn so much from animals on humanity and humility?

I didn’t feel like incorporating much fashion in the project, to be honest. Apart from two or three pictures, there aren’t many clothes, because you don’t get clothes in the animal kingdom but then again, I didn’t want everything to be completely nude. The purpose of the dresses and the use of fashion in this array of pictures is merely to balance them out. I tried to stay as far away as possible from fashion because it could have become confusing to the viewer.



Aida’s show can be seen at Debut Contemporary in London at 82 Westbourne Grove.


Words: Adina Ilie

Lights of Soho opens new exhibition: Signs That Say What You Want Them To Say

Dannielle Hodson woman and the moon
On the evening of 8th of October, Lights of Soho opened their doors to welcome a new wave of neon artists.

The exhibition accurately entitled “Lights That Say What You Want Them To Say” showcased over 30 artists from around the globe. The show, curated by renowned light artist Robert Montgomery, united storytellers and poets alike.

ClusterFront - Bobby PatmoreThe gallery hosted a wide range of neon art. You had traditional approaches to neon, courtesy of Victoria Lucas, who uses art with selected subject matter that play on memory, narrative, absence and temporality. Her piece, ‘Quiet Dustis a quote taken from Bronte’s Jane Eyre and relates to the aftermath of an event and describes the eerie stillness after an encounter has taken place.

Although it may have seemed from the distance that the artworks were clustered around the gallery, all the items were connected in the subtlest way. It was a show that was deep rooted in lyrical inspiration and stories hidden beneath the bright lights.

Victoria Lucas - Quiet Dust

When talking about the exhibition, curator Robert Montgomery said that in an ideal world we would give the billboards back to the people and everyone could write their dreams in neon. Which is exactly what’s happening now at Light of Soho.

Neon Orb - Mark Beattie


Signs That Say What You Want Them To Say is open to the public until November 21st


Words: Adina Ilie

Stealth premiers lyric video for single ‘Intro’ exclusively on FAULT Online.


You’d be forgiven for not knowing Stealth’s name but you’re likely to know his voice from popular collaborations with D&B stars Netsky Vs, Metrik on track ’Can’t Speak’ and Nitin Sawhney’s, ‘When I’m Gone’. However, as Sam Smith will attest to, there comes a time when all soulful vocalists have to stop pimping out their voices and step out on their own…

Today we’re proud to exclusively host the lyric video to Stealth’s debut single entitled ‘Intro’. This is not your standard lyric video of floating lettering and flashy colours but instead Stealth has opted for a montage of religious propaganda visuals. While a strange and provocative choice of visuals for an artist only on his debut, they are inspired by the first (and a lot of the time blind) steps artists take into the hellish music industry.

Stealth has had his fair share of upset with record executives trying to mould him in their vision as he blindly followed the lead of his own false prophets. In his own words ‘“but it wasn’t easy coming to terms with the fact that I was being a fool, and I wanted to find footage that would evoke that uncomfortable feeling I felt in myself at that time”. A message which is clearly delivered as he broods “Let me introduce myself, my name’s whatever you want it to be, my hands are tied, by the ropes of your design”.

Only time will tell if Stealth will enjoy the runaway success seen by similar modern blues artists but it’s a very strong debut made even stronger by an awesome lyric video. We’re very excited to see what else is to come in the future.

For now, we’re proud to present you with his awesome lyric video below…

Preview – Fleur East Exclusive Debut on FAULT Magazine


Words: Olivia Pinnock Photographer: Zoe Mcconnell
Fashion Editor & Art Director: Rachel Holland
Make Up Artist: Nicky Weir @ Sarah Laird using MAC
Hair Stylist: Takuya Morimoto @ Brooks and Brooks
Nail Artist: Diane Drummond @ Baptiste Agency Set Designer: Andy Macgregor
Photographer’s Assistant: Nick Graham
Styling Assistant: Emma Ellen
Photographed At Holborn Studios


The music industry has hit out at X Factor contestants in the past for being wannabes who take the easy route. Last year’s runner up Fleur East, certainly doesn’t fall into that category. In between her first appearance on the show in 2005 as part of fiery girl group Addictiv Ladies and her show- stopping finale performance of ‘Uptown Funk’ last year, Fleur has been chasing her dreams hard.

With nothing to apologise for, Fleur is taking the first and (arguably) the hardest steps of her career as she attempts to put X-Factor defeat behind her and reach for the stars! We caught up with Fleur in an exclusive photoshoot and interview! Pre-Orders for FAULT Magazine – The Unapologetic Issue are available here.

In the mean-time, enjoy this preview below!


What made you go back to X Factor a second time?

To be honest with you, I felt like I’d tried everything else. I got to the point where I’d featured on songs, I’d done backing singing for major artists, I’d done all these shows but it was always for other people. At this point I thought ‘What do I do now?’ I either go, just get a job doing something else, but that terrified me because all I know and all I love is music. My friends and family were saying to go on X Factor. I was dreading it and I didn’t really want to, I just knew how much pressure it was and how much of a risk it would be but I thought, I’ve got nothing to lose.



What is it actually like going through the X Factor process?

It’s a lot less glamorous than it appears. It’s a lot of hard work. It’s probably the most stressful thing I’ve ever done. There’s so much pressure but I think if you really love it, if you truly love it and it’s your passion to sing, then that’s what will get through. I think if you don’t have that, you’ll realise quickly.


Was there are any part of you that wanted to be a runner up because in the past they’ve had more success?

A lot of people were saying that to me when I joined the process but I never really thought that because, how do I go into a competition and not want to win? That doesn’t even make sense. I was a little scared afterwards to be honest because I was thinking, ‘a contract is only guaranteed for the winner and I’ve come second, it’s not guaranteed for me.’

Is there a theme to the new album?

It’s all very positive, very uplifting. I think that music can sometimes be taken too seriously. I enjoy what I do and I want people to feel that. I’ve put a lot of time and a lot of love into it and I hope that people really get behind me and enjoy the music as much as I do.



What do you want people’s reaction to be?

I just want people to react to it as though it’s a breath of fresh air. It’s sort of old school meets new school. It’s got a lot of old school influences, old school funk, old school hip hop, sounds that people miss. Influences like Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, proper good music that we all love.


Simon (Cowell) has said that with this album you ‘discovered who you wanted to be’, who is that?

I was fortunate enough that on the show, the songs that I was given represented the sort of direction that I wanted to go in. It’s basically really strong, sassy, full of attitude, really confident, vibrant and energetic.


What would you never apologise for?

I would never apologise for being myself and doing what I believe in. I think for years I was always like that. I was really shy. I’ve got to the point where I know, you’re not going to get anywhere if you think like that.




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Sofia Richie models for FAULT Magazine’s Beauty Cover



At a mere 16, Sofia Richie is arguably already in the famous lyrics of her father, Three Times A Lady. She’s not only following in his footsteps by starting to cultivate her singing career, but has also been making a real splash in the world of fashion and modeling. She chats to Fault about her recent signing and what it’s like to be a model, her love of fashion design and where it came from, and also what the future might hold. Full of life, this girl knows what she wants and has a pretty good idea about how she’s going to get it.

Take a peek inside FAULT Issue 21 where we chat to the rising model about her future, fears and favourite parts about the industry she is determined to crack.

FAULT: So, you’ve recently been signed to Select Model Management, are you enjoying being a model?

Sofia Richie: Yeah I love it, it’s definitely different to anything I’ve ever done in my life, but I really enjoy it and I’m so excited about what’s coming up.

Great, what would you say your favourite part about being a model is?

Honestly I just love wearing all the different clothes I’m put in, so mainly everything about the fashion part of the job.


It’s great that you say you want to be taken seriously in the fashion industry – does it ever upset you if other people, even your colleagues, say that people who come from a place within the public eye have it much easier as a model?

It doesn’t really upset me because it’s obviously their problem if people think we’re not working to get where we are today. It honestly just makes me want to work even harder and be more successful, because at the end of the day we are certainly working hard whether people realise or not.

What’s your dream for 10 years time? Where do you want to be?

I want to work towards my own fashion line and doing collaborations with fashion lines; I’m really focused on my fashion and modeling right now.


Is fashion design something you’ve always been interested in?

Yeah, I’ve always been super interested. When I was younger my parents bought me this little sketch book with blank girls in it so you can draw clothes on them. That’s something I started out doing a long time ago, and it’s how I think I became seriously interested in fashion by just being creative with it.

Finally, what is your FAULT?

I’m very harsh on myself. I’m critical and judgmental of myself when it comes to everything I do.



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FAULT Magazine Issue 21 back on newsstands August 10th!


Nick Jonas Photographed by Matt Holyoak and styled by Kristine Kilty
Adam Lambert Photographed by Giuliano Bekor and styled by Avo Yermagyan

We know our FAULT readers have been dying to get hold of issue 21 following the initial rushes to order! We can now confirm that the printers are once again rolling and will hit the newsstands on August 10th for those still looking to get their hands on the issue. We’re excited for all to see and dates on digital copies via Zinio will be release very soon.

FAULT Magazine  – The POP Issue

Adam Lambert

Nick Jonas

Pete Wentz

Sofia Richie

Leona Lewis 


Conor Maynard 

Lion Babe 


Chloe Howl


Billie Piper 

and many more…

Plus a FAULTless selection of Film, Fashion, Music & Photography encompassing what it means to be “Pop”. From popular music to  pop art to popular figures who have amassed  large followings throughout the years. Also included in this double cover issue are the two artists that gained great popularity among  FAULT readers.

Nick Jonas first appeared on FAULT #16 as part of The Jonas Brothers and Adam Lambert appeared on the cover of FAULT #10. A lot has changed for these two cover stars since their respective features in FAULT but still our readers lusted to see them both return to our pages and so we listened. We are very proud to present FAULT Issue 21 – The POP Issue.



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Lights of Soho brings Nevada’s Black Rock Desert into the heart of London through The Art Of Burning Man.


Lights of Soho is London’s latest gallery and member’s club addition that’s got everyone talking. Embracing Soho’s history, the space once known as a porn shop (with a secret basement that previously hosted a brothel nonetheless) now operates as a cultural hub for creative neon and light art. Their acclaimed premiere exhibition, City Lights, included works from reputable light art artists alongside the up and coming, showcasing the likes of Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk, Robert Montgomery and many more.

For the second time round, Lights of Soho sets Brewer street ablaze with a new wave of artwork entitled The Art of Burning Man, an homage to the vibrant art and culture of the festival.


If you’re not a fan of spending 7 days in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, this exhibition is pretty much the embodiment of everything that Burning Man stands for. It’s a place for art, self-expression and self-reliance. Although it’s nothing quite like the real deal, The Art of Burning Man is as close as you get to the full experience, except that you’re in a confined space with air conditioning and a drink in your hand.

For the first time in the history of the festival, the artworks are taken out of the festival’s context and put on display for everyone to see. Photographer NK Guy has been documenting the show ever since it’s early days in 1998 to its contemporary life in 2014 and he’s now releasing it to the public through his new book, The Art of Burning Man, published by Taschen.


The gallery showcased some of his iconic prints alongside site-specific installations from artist duo Shuster + Moseley. Although the sculptures were made with Burning Man in thought, they’re slightly more delicate in nature than what you’d usually see on the festival’s site. You’ve got tiny glass sculptures hanging from the ceiling that manipulate natural and artificial light alongside a magnificent light installation that unifies geometry, lights and perceptual elements. It’s quite a visual treat.

Lights of Soho provided another immersive experience through The Art of Burning Man and their events promise to be getting bigger and better. The exhibition will be running on Brewer Street from the 24th of July until September 10th and, if you feel like grabbing a copy of NK Guy’s The Art of Burning Man, rest assured that it’s available for purchase at the gallery.

Words: Adina Ilie

Pete Wentz for FAULT Magazine Issue 21




With a career spanning almost 15 years and a discography that includes six chart-topping albums, Fall Out Boy is a band that’s deeply rooted in the American consciousness. Some fans have grown up with the band and witnessed FOB’s constantly evolving sound while never missing a beat. Others are new fans, brought into the FOB fold via their 2013 comeback album ‘Save Rock and Roll’. At the helm of the band is lyricist/vocalist/bassist Pete Wentz, whose personal life at times has eclipsed his musical one. With the release of FOB’s sixth studio album American ‘Beauty/American Psycho’ and preparations for an upcoming Boys of Zummer tour with Wiz Khalifa, it seems that Pete is back on top and ready to charge full steam ahead. We had a chance to chat with Pete about FOB’s new album, their upcoming tour, and much more.


What’s one piece of advice you’d impart to aspiring musicians?

I’d say do it because you love it. Doing it to get famous or make money – there’s much easier roads to get those things. I think music can be really cathartic and an amazing experience but you gotta do it for the right reasons.

What’s your current favourite TV show?

My favourite TV show is probably ‘Game of Thrones’ but they don’t have anyone on there with accents like mine on there. I don’t think I would watch it if I was on it [laughs].


How would you say your songwriting and music in general has evolved over the last six albums? Do you find it much easier or more difficult to write tunes at this point?

Sometimes we write pretty well together and it flows easily and sometimes it takes a little bit more time. It’s never not been that way. Everyone has families and different things in their lives that we all have to work around. That way logistically there’s more to deal with.


Can you tell me more about the inspiration behind ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’?

We’re a band that has an interesting demographic of fans. We have a good group of fans that care about the album, packaging and all that goes with it so it’s important for us to deliver to that. There’s also something to be said about a body of work where it’s a snapshot of that moment in time. I think that ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’ is a take on a modern love story. It’s the idea that we kind of all have these smartphone and social media lives but we’re still disconnected and brightly lit by computer screens.




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