Aaron releases ‘Letters to Johnny’ EP

 

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Aaron is a twenty-two year old singer-songwritter based in London who just released her highly anticipated debut EP entitled “Letters to Johnny”.

‘Letters to Jonny’, contains five songs on which Aaron collaborated with some of the industry’s brightest upcoming writers and producers. Mark Tieku (Tieks) has previously written and produced for Florence + The Machine, The XX and remixed Rudimental, whilst Toby Davies has worked with Alex Clare, Sinead Harnett and George the Poet.

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The EP is buzzing with an eclectic mix reminiscing of TV of the Radio and Little Dragon with a bit of a jazzy-pop sprinkled on top. Looking from afar, Aaron belongs to the dream pop genre, with 80’s Madonna, Kate Bush and Cocteau Twins ringing in your ears at the sound of her dreamlike, ethereal music.

Have a listen on her SoundCloud www.soundcloud.com/ and official website http://aaronofficialuk.bandcamp.com/releases

FAULT Online interviews musicians Solomon Grey

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British duo Solomon Grey have one foot in the 80s and the other one in the same shoes that fits all ultra catchy electro-influenced bands. Tom Kingston and Joe Wilson are a bold hybrid of a band. With an HBO series in their pocket, they blurred the lines between writing for film and as a pop act, proving that they’re clearly suited for both worlds. FAULT caught up with the duo and it was nothing short of extraordinary.

 

FAULT: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? How did you meet and when did you decide to work together?

Solomon Grey: We met in Oxford around 15 years ago. A long long time ago. Tom was at university there and I was at school. We started off playing in covers bands for some money, Commitments, James brown, JK (the band, not the writer, yet!) you know the sort of thing. We were both really into music and started doing sessions trying to write hip-hop and drum and bass. We had no idea we would still be trying this long but we love it and it’s worth it. Think we might be able to call it a paying job now, nearly..

 

Your music is a fantastic combination of classical and contemporary sounds. How did you come up with this unique production? Can you tell us about your writing process?

Well we both grew up playing and listening to classical and I think a lot of musicians find themselves returning to the origins of their love for music. We both played in orchestras and it wasn’t till a few years ago we did the full circle and started to incorporate that technique and sonic quality into our music. Practically it is relatively quick with plugin’s etc to get a vague idea of the sound you are looking for before recording and the combination of that with electronics is around in lots of music. Maybe our take slightly differs from others but we just take a lot of time carving away at the layers, replacing and altering sounds and really making sure we are happy.

 

How would you describe your sound to our readers who haven’t heard your music yet?

Soulful alt electronica. That is the first time we have ever written that, and that still doesn’t feel right. We do so many different things from composing, the band and then collaborations with other artists it all just dips into so many genres but if you listen to it all you can tell when it’s us. There is a few little things that appear in everything that we do that gives it all a sonic identity.

 

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We move from country to country, living first in London, then in Ireland and in Australia. How did geography affect your music? 

When we were in these places we reflected on a lot of things. We left our lives behind and ended up writing about our experiences and what they meant to us now as we had space and time to look at them. It was difficult for lots of reasons but also incredibly therapeutic. We looked at it as a kind of postcard back to ourselves in the city. Ireland was remote and beautiful but sometimes the silence was a bit deafening. Australia was just big, even the sky seems bigger over there. We would drive at the end of a week writing and listen to our mixes just to see where we were at. All these long straight empty roads and in hindsight I think that ended up really pushing the transient quality to the music. If it didn’t work while looking out the window it normally didn’t end up on the finished record. We aren’t like that anymore but that’s where we honed our style and methodology.

 

What the story behind the name of your duo. Solomon Grey?

I feel like there should be some sort of story that makes it all more exciting but Solomon Grey just seemed to stick.

 

You’ve been collaborating with several producers already. Do you plan to work with many other artists in the future?

Definitely. We love it, we have worked with some brilliant people and you always learn something. Everyone comes at it in a different way and there’s always a bit of shared inspiration. It has been so useful to us after such a long period of isolation to try as much as possible to open the doors to outside input. Hopefully lots more to come.

 

What are your influences? What music are you listening to in the tube?

At the moment, the new Godspeed album, lots of Boards of Canada and library tapes. Holden this French band produced by señor coconut and kasai Masai. We both grew up with parents playing jazz, soul and funk. Lots of Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Enya, Tracy Chapman, Waterboys, Robert Wyatt. We grew up with all the nineties bands like Portishead, Air, Nightmares on wax. I think if you joined all the dots there you might understand the background a bit but the list of stuff I haven’t included is so much longer.

 

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You did so well in the past few years, making music for the feature film and JK Rowling’s BBC drama ‘The Casual Vacancy’. How did that come about?

I think that the Dathanna Ep really helped people understand what we could do. Those projects both started by people hearing that Ep and how it was recorded and wanting something along those lines. We wrote it all as we journeyed down the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland, we used lots of field recordings and local musicians/people and we combined classical, electronica, folk and many other genres to create something that for us represented that place and that time. I think both directors were interested in working a different way to normal and I think we ticked that box.

 

What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and onwards? 

Finish the album which we are just doing as I write. Tour a bit later in the year. Do another film/TV project and have a nice family holiday in the summer. We both have had babies in the past year and all We want to do is spend some family time with our phones off. Smiling just thinking about it.

 

What is your FAULT?

We seem to be bad at not leaving something when it’s not working. We will work and work to the detriment of the piece, when in fact just doing something else and coming back to it at another time is the best idea. We are learning but still get tunnel vision

 

Words: Ksenia Safrey

ANNINA ROESCHEISEN : A MULTIMEDIA ARTIST TO WATCH

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Annina Roescheisen is a half German half Slovenian multimedia artist based in Paris since 2009 ; she is specialized in Medieval art and she used to work for a little while for Sotheby’s in Munich before being full time dedicated to photography, films, sculptures, drawings, writings and human causes, especially to children. I met her last Saturday at her Parisian studio in 17th arrondissement and we naturally started talking about our common friend and visual artist Fawad Khan who used to sublet his Brooklyn apartment to her when she visited the big apple for work from times to times… At the moment, she is living between Paris and NYC ; NYC is the place where she is creating and writing whereas Paris is where she produces her artwork.  She is exhibiting her last video piece “What are you fishing for?” at the 56th International Venice Biennale in a few days and she is very excited about it : “It will be my first time attending the official opening as a featured artist so I will be going with the flow, it’s a big step for me! I hope I will be meeting up there with some friends : Xavier Veilhan and his studio team, some NY friends and my friend the galerist Imane Fares. I still don’t realize I am part of this international exhibition. It’s completely surrealistic…”. She added : “Having good supportive friends is very important when you enroll yourself in an artistic venture as you can easily feel lonely… It is essential to open yourself to what life is for real, accept failures and be patient, and of course, stop judging and labelling as good and bad things which are around you.” If you closely look at her website, you will notice she has a tab entitled “HUMANITY” where she features all of her actions towards human causes. She was recently selected by a French charity, L’Assiette Gourm’Hand, to take part in the jury process, under the patronage of the President of the Republic François Hollande, of a food experience designed by several groups of developmentally disabled people alongside big French Chefs next November. This human creature is a bottomless pit of generosity and creativity ; it is hauntingly beautiful. At the end of our talk from German painters to autism, she invited me to watch her selected video for the Venice Biennale in a darker and smaller space. The setting was perfect ; she built a TV frame made of birchwood to add a little something to her eight-minute narrative story. The music created by The Shoes’s band member Benjamin Lebeau as a background noise fits it so well. It helps you plunge in the water with this young pale girl all in white -played by the artist herself-, clean yourself from fears and thoughts and make peace with all around you for a bit. It feels so good to be stranded in the present time at this space full of good vibrations and energy. When going back to the main space, she handed me a little rainbow-colored book entitled LILLIE recommending me to read it on the train whenever I feel like it (Of course I read it right after leaving her). LILLIE is her first published book and I believe she is telling her own story through a little girl who is searching for peace of mind, facing both interior and exterior barriers… Welcome home, Annina! And thank you for being true to yourself.

Get The Look In 5: Gwen Stefani

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It’s hard to believe but 10 years ago today, Gwen Stefani’s ‘Hollaback Girl’ was her first number 1 hit and it stayed in the charts for 4 weeks. In honour of the glam-grunge Stefani, get her MTV look here…

1. Spray In Hair Colour Duo, ASOS

The stand0ut of this look is the turquoise hair, and this duo spray will definitely create that. Coming in blue and pink, use one colour for this effect, or create a dip dye using pink on the tips.

2. Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner, Urban Decay

Very Stefani, this Urban Decay eyeliner contains super fine glitter in a clear base that dries quickly, and stays put. The liner is buildable, to increase the intensity.

3. Arch de Triumph, Soap & Glory

A two-step shaping and highlighting crayon from Soap & Glory this is the ultimate crayon for shaping and highlighting the brow.

4. Vogue Matte Lipstick, Lord & Berry

A matte formula with a velvet feel, this Lord & Berry lipstick gives a fuller, defined lips.

5. UV Glow Glitter Jewels, Manic Panic NYC

These glitter jewels from Manic Panic are available in all sizes and colour, from Electric Flamingo to Electric Lizard. The vibrant neon glitter is also UV reactive under black light, and can be used on the nails and in the hair, as well as on the face a la Gwen (just be careful with the glue near your eyes!)

 

 

Nick Jonas – FIRST LOOK AT OUR EXCLUSIVE SHOOT FOR FAULT ISSUE 21’S FRONT COVER

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FAULT Fashion Editor Kristine Kilty @ Lovely Management, Photographer: Matt Holyoak, Grooming: Daniel Rymer @ Lovely Management Shot on location at The Unit Gallery

 

We are very proud to announce that Nick Jonas is our Cover star for FAULT Issue 21!  As one of the Jonas Brothers, Nick Jonas was at the heart of a global phenomenon that spanned nine tours, four albums, and over 20 million in record sales- all before he had turned eighteen. It seems that Jonas is about to embark on a second wave of global phenomenon, and this time in his own right. See what he had to say about satisfaction, creative control, and finally calling the shots.

Photographed by Matt Holyoak and Styled by Fashion Editor Kristine Kilty at Soho’s The Unit Gallery (also featured within the issue) the ‘POP Issue’ will celebrate everything and everyone pop-music, popular- culture, pop-art and more!

We caught up with Nick days before Jealous took over the airwaves and racked up 60 million views on Youtube! With an album out June 30th, we’re truly excited to share these special preview images!

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With track titles like ‘Chains’, ‘Jealous’, and ‘Warning’, there’s a definite edge to the record. Did you feel like you were trying to get something off your chest in writing this album?

I felt like I was able to have total control over the music, and able to really open myself up creatively- ‘Jealous’ was actually the first song I wrote. I think there are definitely topics that I’m more comfortable to speak about at this point in my life than I was a couple of years ago, and naturally there are darker tones to the music.

Do you feel more vulnerable releasing as a solo artist, as opposed to when you were part of The Jonas Brothers? Are there certain difficulties that you find yourself facing this time around?

It’s very different. The biggest thing is in the promotion of it all; before, I had my two best friends with me all the time, but now it’s just me. I’m thrilled to see the reaction to the music, but that’s the one thing I miss.

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Looking forward, are there any dream collaborators you’d love to work with?

Prince. I would love to collaborate with Prince! And The Weeknd would be a fun collaboration, if it was the right thing.

Finally, what is your FAULT?

I’d have to say my level of stress. I push myself pretty hard, and I don’t think you can be as free as you need to be creatively when you have that.

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Get The Look In 5: Bebe Buell

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Beverle Lorence aka Bebe Buell, is nothing short of a Band Aid icon, having dated the likes of David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop and Steven Tyler (resulting in the beautiful Liv Tyler). Much more than just a groupie though, Bebe was a model of the time and an accomplished singer herself. Get the look here…

1. Desert Rose Rejuvenating Face Oil, Bodhi & Birch

The combination of Bulgarian Damask Rose Otto, Organic Argan Oil and Rosehip Seed Oil make up this face oil from Bodhi & Birch. The fine oil is rich in anti-oxidants and fatty-acids to intensely hydrate skin, and boost the skins radiance. Fine lines look visibly reduced and leaves skin protected and glowing.

2. Beauty Bronzer and Kabuki, Pixi Beauty

Silky and perfectly pigmented, this bronzer from Pixi perks up the skin tone while giving a natural look, it also comes with a kabuki for easy application.

3. Eye Shadow, MAC Cosmetics

The highly pigmented powder from MAC, applies evenly and can be built up in layers and blended for the perfect retro look.

4. Be Legendary Lipstick, Smashbox

The luxe formula in this modern matte lipstick, is ultra-hydrating and saturated with colour. We recommend the Matte Coral Pink for the Bebe look.

5. My Big Fat Root Spray, Lee Stafford

Because the 80s wouldn’t be the 80s without big hair and this root boosting spray does exactly what it says on the tin. Whats more, it will last all day and take you into the night for the retro big hair glam look.

 

 

 

Yasmine Hamdan on Soapkills

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Do you remember Soapkills? They were one of the first underground electro bands created in Beirut by Yasmine Hamdan and Zeid Hamdan (They are not family-related!) in the 1990’s playing a mix of dub + trip hop, arabic and folk sounds. They stopped creating music together in 2005 when Yasmine was studying in Paris and collaborating with Mirwais, the ex-guitarist of the Taxi Girl band and three albums producer of the American pop star Madonna.

Still supported by hundreds of thousands of fans, we just heard they were releasing their best of on May 11th and we had a little chat with Yasmine Hamdan in Paris last week about the origin of their band’s name… The band was created at the end of the Lebanese civil war when there was absolutely nothing in terms of music and art. They had the vision of starting a new form of expression for the after-war young rootless generation : “Soapkills was kind of a joke ; Beirut was very moving, melancholic and hopeful at that time. It was very inspiring and when they started to rebuild the city, Zeid wrote a song named “Soap kills”. The soap actually referred to the reconstruction that was going to erase all the war marks, the hurtful moments and make everything look beautiful and sexy… The song meant it was actually dangerous. We opted for this band’s name and we started to film a lot of short videos playing with little bomb-shaped soaps from Tripoli. In one of these videos, I was walking in the half-destroyed city of Beirut and I came up on a little pedestal ; I had long black hair, all dressed in white… There was a little post apocalyptic side in it but it was made with a lot of humour. It was like a “wake up call” to say “Let’s be careful, the war is over, let’s take our time”. So we had a lot of fun playing with this term of “soap””…

She also shared with us a bit of her experience playing in Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive (2014). She met the director during a film festival in Marrakech after being randomly invited to perform ; he approached her at the end of her gig saying he had a role for her. Then she wrote Hal for the movie and she enjoyed a lot her part in it : “It was an extraordinary experience, Tangier is a beautiful city ; we shot all night long and there was a real magic energy that night between the public and me. I don’t know if it was Ramadan but it felt very special… I remember this little boy walking by himself on the streets at about 2 am. It was surrealistic. I really felt the beginning of something good coming in this city…”.

Yasmine will be on tour from next week starting on May 7th at the Arab world institute in Roubaix. Check out all the tour dates on her website.

 

Meet the Wilders

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The creative Brooklyn-based pair Neil + Tanja want their art works to make people smile; and they hope they help them think about what is important in life. They do fashion and advertising. They do portraits too. Vivienne Westwood, Clint Eastwood, Tim Burton, JK Rowling, Yoko Ono, Beth Ditto, Arctic Monkeys, Adrien Brody, Adele, Scarlett Johansson… The list of celebrities they already shot goes on and on… What else? They like brie cheese, the orange colour and Ozzy Osbourne ; and today they are enrolling their kids and friends in a new venture. Au menu : animation, illustration, video and conceptual art direction. The Bushwick chocolate factory Fine & Raw whose mission is to save the world through silliness and chocolate is among their best clients. You can find more info about how their hypnotic + childish world looks like by visiting their website. Anything is possible inawilderworld