FAULT Magazine Attends The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Launch Event.


Last week FAULT Focus were present at the launch event for Microsofts latest tablet Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet. From the get go it was obvious that they were gearing to more of a creative market with this one. Held at one of Camden’s most recognisable music venues, Koko and with a musical performance by Rudimental accompanied by a classical orchestra lead by David William Hearn the whole evening was centred about breaking convention and creating something new. Did we mention that the musical performance took place in front of a mural by artist Will Barras?! Like we said, creatively was on display by the bucket load!

All three came together so beautifully to not only show off their talents but also show off the technology that made it all possible. Surface Pro 4 is truly a powerhouse and a far cry from other tablets which are nothing more than larger smartphones. The Surface Pro 4 allowed composer David William Hearn to recreate some of Rudimental’s greatest hits adding in an unusually fitting and appropriate classical score.

You can see the awesome performance below:

After the performance FAULT had the chance to sit down with artist Will Barras who supplied the visuals for the evening and get his thoughts on the evening and working with the tech hands on.

FAULT: How have you found the project and working with the new Surface Pro 4?

Will: For me the project really started at Abbey Road. I was sat down in the middle of the orchestra which was amazing and I was surrounded by music and I tried to capture it as best I could.


FAULT: How has the Surface Pro 4 shifted the way you work in general?

Will: I’m old school but I like how simple to use this is. For me, it needs to be idiot-proof and the Surface Pro 4 was simple to use and I just gelled with it. In the end of the day it’s just painting and drawing so whether it’s on paper a wall or tablet surface, it’s all the same process…straight away I could use it

Hands On

We only had a small chance to use the tablet on the night but from what we saw, they have definitely made this product with the consumer in mind. The stylus on the screen felt far superior to any device we have used before. The mixing of paint and brush strokes felt and importantly looked true to life. We only wish we’d be able to get a more hands on feel with the device as it could potentially revolutionise not only the illustration industry but also the way fashion designers, architects, photographers, graphic designers create masterpieces.  We are hard-pressed to find an industry artist who wouldn’t benefit from the new surface tablet, we’re eager to see a field test of the device and how it holds up.


Key Specs

The new Surface Pro 4 is Microsoft’s thinnest, lightest and most powerful tablet that can replace your laptop, features include:

8.4 mm thin and features a stunning 12.3-inch PixelSense Display and 6th Generation

Intel® Core™ m, Core™ i5, and Core™ i7 processors, enabling everyone from students to

professionals to get more done on the go

The new Surface Pro 4 Type Cover takes Surface Pro 4 from tablet to laptop in an instant

and features a redesigned mechanical keyboard with optimal key spacing for fast and

fluid typing that is also backwards compatible with Surface Pro 3

The redesigned Surface Pen packs 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, letting you write

and draw and mark documents with precision ink on one end and an eraser on the other.


Surface Pro 4 starts at £749 (including the Surface Pen) or £859 (including the Surface Pen and Type Cover) and is available from the Microsoft Store, Amazon, Argos, Dixons Travel, John Lewis, Harrods, PC World / Currys, Selfridges, Staples and Very.co.uk.

Get The Look In 5: Margot Tenenbaum


Gwyneth Paltrow as Margot Tenenbaum in the early naughties has been a cult movie figure – a smart, stylish and a bourgeoisie chain smoker her look has stayed with us…

1. Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow!, Benefit

This foundation from Benefit is an oil-free brightening liquid foundation that builds from light to medium coverage for a natural complexion.

2. Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, Bobbi Brown

Award winning, this liner is not only long-lasting and water-resistant but the gel formula ensures easy application that can be built up depending on your look (and how Margot you want to take it!)

3. Lip Mist, Burberry

Sheer and lightweight this lipstick from Burberry Beauty glides on effortlessly. We recommend the Nude Peach for the Margot look.

4. Brown Suede Generous Slip On Moccasins, Daniel Footwear

We may not be able to get our hands on that infamous vintage fur coat of Margots, but we can certainly get her moccasins. Get the look with the brown slip-ons from Daniel Footwear – so comfy for autumn going into winter.

5. Super Skinny Serum, Paul Mitchell

This serum from Paul Mitchell is perfect for achieving that ultra straight look. It smoothes, conditions and seals strands, leaving hair silky, shiny and frizz-free in any weather.



FAULT Magazine Weekly Playlist – XYLØ


Los Angeles Brother/sister duo XYLØ first captured our attention this summer with the decidedly dreampop single “Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea,” with singer Paige’s meandering vocals backed by lush synths and piano chords. Their music is dark yet hopeful, simultaneously capturing all of our ambitions and regrets. We asked Chase and Paige to put together some of their favorite songs and the result is a mix of classic tunes (Bruce Springsteen) and a few more recent hits (Rihanna and Selena Gomez), proving that their musical tastes are as diverse and richly layered as their own productions.


Bruce Springsteen – I’m on Fire

“This is soundtrack for a warm summer night drive, it has this tension and sexiness. He has such a commanding presence to his vocals (almost has me convinced I should have sex with him). I love the atmosphere the synthesizer adds, it almost doesn’t fit, wait…it totally fits. Brilliant.”

Lana Del Rey – Young and Beautiful
“I love the song writing, it’s so somber. She’s so vulnerable, it’s almost pathetic, but it’s ok because her voice is so darn cute. Lovely strings as well.”

Rihanna – Bitch Better Have My Money
“This is a great song to listen to while sitting in LA traffic to help distract you from the living hell your experiencing. Trust me.”

Disclosure – Magnets ft. Lorde
“I love the lyrics and the picture they paint….’smoke and Sunset off Mulholland…’
I would listen to this as I’m putting on my make-up for a night out. #amiriteladies !?”

Selena Gomez – Same Old Love
“This is a laid back tune, yet it has a really sassy vibe to it. Which is a common trait of our music. It’s a signature Charli XCX melody performed by a sultry Selena.”

The Smiths – There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out
“Personally , I believe that this is one of the best love songs ever written. A hopeful song for a hopeless soul. The pleasure, the privilege is mine…”

XYLØ on Socials:

FAULT Magazine Weekly Playlist: Tom Misch


20-year-old Southeast London based beatmaker Tom Misch is far from your average producer. His music brings to mind memories of warmer days and poetically interweaves differing styles. One of our favorite Misch releases is “Sunshine,” a melodic tropical house tune with Tom’s own soulful vocals. With almost a million plays to date, we think it’s only a matter of time before everyone’s on board the Tom Misch train.

We’ve asked Misch to put together some of his current favourite tunes for us to get a better idea of where he draws his inspiration. Dive in below.

Jordan Rakei – Street Light (feat. Gwen Bunn)

“I love the way Jordan merges songwriting and his production sound in this track. It’s also exciting cause he’s a mate of mine and I get to jam with this genius!”

Haitus Kaiyote – The Lung

“The band’s use of harmony and chords is amazing and the progression in this track gives me chills. I love their use of live instruments and the arrangement of strings. Great thinking music.”

Kaytranada – At All

“I’ve recently been falling in love with Kaytranada’s sound, seeing him live twice has completely converted me into a mad fan. His stuff makes anyone move and its feel good. I also respect his sound sonically, I don’t know how he does it but it sounds so fat and clean.”

Butcher Brown – Sticky July

“This is a band I discovered a few days ago when my mate told me to check them out. The leader of the band DJ Harrison I’ve been following his beats for a while but never knew he ran a band as well. Pure soul jazz groove and this shit sounds amazing.”

Gogo Penguin – Hopopono

“Discovered this track recently as well, but fell in love with the mood and vibe. Beautiful dreamy harmony between the piano bass and drums and suited my mood exactly at the moment I first heard it.”

Tom Misch Socials:

Beauty Expert: Kristin Petrovich of Själ

Själ is the skincare range loved by beauty experts and the fashion crowd alike. Known to ‘bridge elements of ancient eastern medicines with the latest in western biotechnology,‘ founders of Själ, Karen and Kristin created this highly effective skincare line on a foundation of holistic principles. Each product has been infused with luxurious, precious minerals including gold and silver. As an added element of true luxury, Själ have also incorporated precious gemstones, including diamonds and sapphires in to their products. These precious stones vibrate at a high frequency, which increases the cellular energy within the skin to promote circulation and rejuvenation skin!

Fault catches up with Kristin to chat all things beauty…



When did you start in the beauty industry?

I started in the late nineties working at a spa and in skincare.

What is your signature product?

Our Orbe Eye Cream which we’re launching in the UK next year. It’s a turbo packed punch, gentle yet effective.  It has no fillers and is loaded with algae, minerals and peptides.

What is your favourite product from the collection and why?

Our serum is  the foundation to all good skin.  It’s base is hyaluronic acid from Switzerland with a soothing botanical complex, infused with malachite to protect against EMFs and platinum peptide complex which focuses on regenerative targeted cell delivery.

Do you have a beauty secret?

Other than sleep and exercise I’d say quantum bio feedback and acupuncture. I do these for clearing, keeping frequencies raised and general health.

What are your top 5 products for winter?

The själ saphir concentrate anti-aging oil (I use this all the time in winter),  kura intuitif intense moisturizer, bio-regeneratif serum, pearl enzyme exfoliator to polish and brighten skin and kashmir saphir mask for conditioning and calming skin.

What are your plans for the rest of the year?

I’m concentrating on finishing my book on gemstones and minerals in beauty.





Adele returns with new single ‘Hello’



Ten time grammy-winner Adele is back with her new single, ‘Hello’. She’s looking and sounding better than ever and we can’t wait to hear more from her album launching soon. It’s been a while since we heard from the songstress but we’re so happy to hear new material!

In 3 days, the video already has over 69 million views on YouTube!

Have a listen!

Roland Tings – Hedonist


We rarely encounter songs that require playback after playback, but that’s just what happened with Australian producer Roland Tings and his latest release “Hedonist.” The track is a pure instrumental, atmospherically skirting the lines between house and techno and packs a wallop of a punch. Stream “Hedonist” below ahead of Roland Ting’s 2016 EP release.

Roland Tings Socials:

FAULT Magazine Online interviews the electric ‘Parlour Tricks’




FAULT: Let’s start at the beginning. Where did you all meet, how did the band come together and what made Parlour Tricks into the band that it is today? 

Parlour Tricks: We met in college. I had started writing songs suddenly and was curious to know if they were any good, and what they’d sound like with a full band. So I started playing with my friends Terry, Brian and Angelo. We played some truly awful gigs around the city. Everyone does that; its the ritual sacrifice of becoming a band.  After a few months I realized that I was writing every song with three-part harmony in mind, and after some well-intentioned attempts by the guys to sing, we knew we had to add two more people. Chicks.  I wanted women’s voices. The addition of Morgane and DeeDee, two singers whose voices I’d admired at school, was the game-changer.  I consider their entrance into the band as the real Beginning.


You used call yourselves “Lily & The Parlour Tricks” and now you’ve gone for a shorter moniker. What was the reason behind that?

Mostly practical. “Lily & The Parlour Tricks” is a mouthful. Whenever we’d say it to someone, they’d ask us to repeat ourselves.  Also we found that bookers were very quick to put us on the same bill as other “[Girl’s Name] & The [Band Name]” bands, even if we didn’t fit together musically. I bet a lot of them didn’t even listen to us, they just assumed what we sounded like based on our name. We were being pigeonholed. It was tiresome.


You just released your debut album Broken Hearts/ Bones in June. How much time did you spend working on it? How far back do some of these songs go? 

It took about a year and a half, but when we started we didn’t know it was going to be an album. We were making some demos for a record label we’d been in development with. We had no idea of the relationship we’d end up creating with our producer (Emery Dobyns) or the connection we’d have with Nashville, where we’d been sent to record. After the development deal fell through, we kept going. Over the course of 2014 we went back 5 times, often with songs I’d just written which we’d never played together before.  Only a few of them had been with us for a while, like “Little Angel”. The rest were pretty new, or newly re-arranged. Many of them were written after I got a phone call from Angelo a few days before we were set to leave for Nashville – he’d call and dare me to have a new song done before we left. I worked well under pressure. We got three or four songs that way, including the title track.


Now that it’s been a while since the release and you’ve had time to let everything sink in, do you feel contempt with the overall response that you’ve had from the people that listened to your album? Do you feel that they’ve taken away from your record what you aimed to put out there in the first place? 

Contempt?  No, never.  We’re pretty honest with ourselves about this business and about managing our own expectations.  We didn’t aim to put anything out there but music we think – we hope – is listenable. I know that sounds like humble bullshit, but it is that simple. We weren’t trying to make a larger statement or anything.  I loved writing these songs. We love playing these songs. We’re proud of our work and also acutely aware of the fact that this is our first offering – it’s just the beginning.   We want people to take from this record what they will. Whether they love it or hate it, whether they like two songs and could toss the rest; that’s all OK by me.  But the reaction has been good, so far.  We can’t wait to release it in the UK.


How much input do you have on your visuals? Lovesongs and Requiem are old videos of yours, but could you tell us a bit about their backstories?

We had all the input since we made both videos by ourselves.  “Requiem” was shot in Nashville. We’d drive around in the mornings before going to the studio, pick a random spot in the city, set up a camera on a tripod and do this dance that Angelo and Brian had “choreographed”  backstage at a show once when they were bored. It started as a dance video, but quickly devolved into a learn-to-dance video when we realized we weren’t the best dancers… We sent the footage to be edited by our friends at Afloat Design Group and they added the magic.   “Lovesongs” was also shot in Nashville a few months later. The concept was looser; aliens doing karaoke? For better or worse I think that’s the best way to describe it.  We borrowed a green screen and some lights, got some body paint, stripped and just rolled with it. Didn’t think too much. Sent the footage to Afloat again and they made it so pretty.   We have new videos in the works that we can’t wait to share. They will be very different than the last two.


Do you find it easier or more difficult being in a 6 piece band as opposed to the usual 3-4 members? Like how’s your songwriting process when you have to brainstorm with 6 other people? 

I’ve never been in a band with 3-4 members so I couldn’t say. We’re an easy group of people. We all know and respect our roles.   I’m the songwriter; its my responsibility to have the songs mostly finished when I bring them to the other five members. Together we take as much time as needed to flesh out the arrangements, and some songs take more time than others.  But it’s never contentious or anything. We try stuff, we listen to each other, we’re honest when we disagree. At the end of the day if we can’t reach a democratic decision, I make the final call.   Had we not been set up like this from the get-go maybe it would be more frustrating, but as it is we’re pretty lucky. We work well together.  If it wasn’t fun, we wouldn’t do it.


What do you feel are some of your most prominent music influences that you can also deduct quite easily from the record itself? 

While we were recording we were listening to a lot of Francis & The Lights, Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, St Vincent, and The Chordettes song “Mr. Sandman” on repeat


If you could have the opportunity to collaborate with any musician/songwriter/producer or creative of any kind, whom would you go for and for which reasons? 

Brian Wilson as producer. There is no greater wizard when it comes to vocal harmony.


You’ve got an upcoming London show at Birthdays. What can we expect from it? Do you feel that your album can be translated smoothly into a live show? 

Yes!   The music from the album translates easily but we approach it a little differently. We’ve been playing live so much longer than we’ve been recording. There’s a lot of raucousness onstage that you just sometimes can’t get across in a record, and that area is our comfort zone.  It’s sweaty and loud and fun.  Making our audiences dance is of paramount importance.   We can’t wait to play in London. See you there.


What’s your FAULT? 

My one-and-a-half year old nephew knows how to say “Elvis”.


Words: Adina Ilie