WE INTERVIEW FEMI OYENIRAN AND NICKY ‘SLIMTING’ WALKER – DIRECTORS OF NEW CRIME THRILLER FILM ‘THE INTENT’

THE INTENT is a gritty, modern, crime thriller set in London’s underbelly. If that doesn’t excite you, all your favourite UK rappers are in it too. This completely independent project, which has already sold out several picture houses across the capital, has not escaped the usual, negative assumptions made about a film like this. To try and dispel some of the negativity before the film’s release, we had a chat with the directors Femi Oyeniran and Nicky ‘SlimTing’ Walker.

 

First, the plot in their own words…
“The film is about an undercover police officer sent to infiltrate a gang of robbers. He develops a close bond with them and he is then torn between his relationship with the robbers and his obligations to the police. But does he have the intent [short pause] …to hand over his new friends.”

FAULT: This is a self-distributed film, that you have chosen to make available for purchase on the day of release (to combat piracy). How lucrative is a project like this, in this format, to yourselves?

Femi Oyeniran: We don’t know yet. It all depends on whether people go and watch it or not. Normally you would go through a distribution company, but this time we aren’t, so the ticket sales go back to us… but then we have to distribute them to our investors. Our investors… some of the cast have shares in the film, some of the crew have shares in the film so… The money technically goes to us, but it doesn’t, if you know what I mean? I want everyone who has worked on the project to get paid so it’s not like, the film makes money, we take all of it and that’s it. That’s not how it works.

FAULT: The storyline is quite intriguing. What gave you the idea to do a film like this?

FO: Nicky and I worked together on a film called ‘It’s A Lot’ which is a comedy/drama. We did that and it was a cool project, but what we wanted to do was do something completely different. We wanted to do an action/thriller. We drew on inspiration from our favourite American films, ‘Belly’, ‘In Too Deep’, ‘Juice’, ‘Paid In Full’, these are like, the classics for us, people watch them time and time again. We wanted to create something like that, but something that was based in London, that took rappers and put them alongside actors to crate a rounded project, so that’s what we did. The thinking was to create something like these American classics that we grew up to love. We love the style of Hype Williams (who directed Belly) he’s a key inspiration in the visual style of this film.

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FAULT: It’s funny, because when you look at hip hop in America and the films that came out of that genre, such as ‘Belly’, ‘Paid In Full’ etc… People always regard them as classics, but when films like that are released over here, people tend to follow a very different narrative. For example ‘The Intent’ had a lot of “We’ve seen this before”, “boring, more guns and drugs”, “make a film about something else” type of comments. Why do you think the same respect isn’t shown?

FO: I was just saying this earlier on today. Here in the UK we love to criticise our own, but if Drake made (CH4’s) ‘Topboy’… Even if Drake made ‘The Intent’, everybody would say, “it’s amazing, it’s amazing…” But familiarity breeds contempt, because we made it and some of the actors are people we see around, who some people may think they know, they just assume.

You’ve never seen a film like this before. I’ve been in all the ‘KiDULTHOOD’s’ etc… And this film is completely different. People say “it’s the same as everything else” what is everything else? How many films have we really had in the UK? We haven’t had that many films. We’ve had about ten films in the past ten years? So people saying they’ve seen it before, I’d like to ask them where?

Where have you seen Krept & Konan, Fekky, Sorcher and DVS, alongside myself Ashley Chin, Sarah Akokhia, Jade Asha, Nicky SlimTing. Where have you seen all those people in a film before? You haven’t.
You don’t know the story.

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FAULT: Films like these are quite important actually, because they document the culture.

FO: Yes! With ‘Kidulthood’ that documented the time then, that’s what the kids were doing then. It captured the culture. If you go back to ‘Babylon’, that film captured what the youth were doing then, so these are really important moments for our culture, because they record what is going on or happening at the time and that’s important, that’s what we need to do.

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FAULT: These are a few comments I’ve seen in regards to the trailer. I’d like to give you an opportunity to respond.
1. These types of films are fuelling negative stereotypes…

FO: It’s not, because you haven’t watched the film.

Nicky ‘SlimTing’ Walker: People always say the trailer is like this, or that and the film is completely different. It happens with all films.

FO: This film has a Christian narrative. It’s about undercover police sent to infiltrate a gang of criminals. How many times have we seen that on television. The things people say fuel negative stereotypes, they all still watch anyway.

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FAULT: ‘Scarface’, ‘The Godfather’… Some of the biggest films ever made…

FO: Exactly. You can’t say it’s fuelling negative stereotypes when Nicky and I have made all kinds of different and non related films. Trailers are supposed to tap into things that people are used to, to create a visual reference to be lured in to watch something, so that’s what we’ve done with our trailer, but because you’ve seen the trailer doesn’t mean you’ve seen the film.

NSW: We’ve employed so many young actors and put money in their pockets, taken them off the streets… we’ve nurtured young talent.

FO: Look at us! We are two boys from deprived areas in London, who have gone and made a film of a high quality, put it out in the cinema, put it out on iTunes, all this independently. That has never happened in England before. Why don’t we celebrate that?

FAULT: 2. The film stars Krept & Konan, DVS, Fekky and Scorcher who are all rappers from the UK, but can they act? Or are they only in the film because they are rappers?

FO: Yes. If they couldn’t act they wouldn’t be in the film. Krept and Konan personally approached us and said they were interested in acting and I think they are great in the film, they are actually good. Secondly, there are commercial reasons. Rappers have more commercial value than some of the cast in the film, but besides that, they are good in their roles. If you watch ‘The Intent’ and you think that Krept and Konan are not good in their roles, @ me on Twitter, say why and I’ll give you back your money. We’re not doing things just for the sake of it, everything you see here is organic. We have been talking to Krept & Konan about working together since 2013.
Nicky has been talking to scorcher about working together since 2010. It’s not like we just thought, “oh Krept & Konan are hot let’s put them in” Krept & Konan weren’t megastars when we approached them. They only had one big song.

NSW: Also we are independent. We have to think about how we are going to market  this film. When you have a big Hollywood budget behind you, you can spend millions of pounds on marketing a film with people who are not known in it, because you have the money to get to people. With us, we don’t. We have to be wise with who we cast, we have to use the power of social media etc… Our screenings are sold out. We’re selling out picture houses like a massive studio. Huge films don’t even do that, so for us, our strategy is working. I know for a fact, a lot of people will follow our format.

FO: Watch what happens in the next few years, people are going to copy exactly what we did. You just have to have the balls and follow your dreams and follow your heart and be precise about what you want and that’s what we’ve done.

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FAULT: 3. Why are there no white people in the film?

NSW: There are. There aren’t that many though.

FO: We approached white actors but they declined the roles, or tried to charge ridiculous amounts. It’s nothing deliberate.

NSW: It’s not a black movie, it’s just a movie. We’re not black film makers. Yes, we are black, but we make films for everyone. It’s a film. It’s entertainment. How many black people so you see in ‘Downton Abbey’ anyway? [laughs]

FAULT: Finally, why should we go and see ‘The Intent’?
FO: I think it’s fresh, it’s original, it’s got a great cast. I think it’s got some great performances, I think it’s a cool story, it’s got a nice little twist in it. Again and obviously, we couldn’t reveal that in the trailer, because it wouldn’t be a twist. I also think it’s visually one of the best films to come out of the U.K.

NSW: …and it’s definitely a brilliant film. The best parts of the film are not in the trailer. It’s brilliantly shot. It’s a well put together, well shot and well produced, movie.

‘The Intent’ is out this Friday, 29th July.

Words: Trina John-Charles

FAULT Interview: Alev Lenz

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London’s latest it girl is Alev Lenz, a rising musician who has recently taken a step back into the spotlight after spending time working on soundtracks for high profile German films. Her style is hard to put a finger on – a steady mix of cinematic, world, and classical influences expressed through off-kilter harmonies and utterly personal lyrics that have led to comparison with Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor.

Her latest single “Airport,” was written during a hot summer – an introspective piece about relationships, knowing your worth and being brave enough to ask for what you deserve.

We had a chance to chat with Alev about her music as well as her thoughts on Britain’s recent exit from the EU. A HOT topic for sure. Read our conversation with Alev:

FAULT Magazine: You’ve been compared to Regina Spektor and Fiona Apple are those two artists you grew up listening to?

Alev Lenz: Not at all actually. I grew up listening to Chopin, then Michael Jackson and then Alanis Morrisette’s first two albums, and then my ears went everywhere. I can’t pin it down to one artist anymore.

I always knew the songs from Fiona’s first album, as it was so popular, but really started listening to her material only after I started performing my music. I love her latest album and the production work, and I listen to it like to a class. In fact, I listen to most music like a master class!

And Regina Spektor started to get famous around the time I was living in New York. She had also performed a lot at the Sidewalk Cafe (before my time there) and that’s when I first heard of her. I went to her first concert at Two Hall Theater in NYC. I was watching a lot of performers at the time, who were playing the piano and singing, the whole scene was completely new to me and I thought what I do must be silly and impossible, as I didn’t know it to be like that from living in Germany. I really found a musical how when watching Regina.

FAULT Magazine: “Airport” like your last song “Eggshell” is about love and relationships and in a way, learning to appreciate the value of yourself and not accepting anything less than what you deserve. What is your biggest takeaway from the relationships that you’ve had?

Alev Lenz: I think a lot of the times we get confused with what we deserve. First of all, that concept can be difficult anyhow, we all deserve happiness the minute we are born.

But I think it is not about what we deserve, rather than what we ask for and what we give in order to receive what we ask for. I was asking for a fantasy love story with sparkles and fireworks, but really only giving what didn’t make me feel vulnerable. And you don’t get far with that. I was trying to be a cool version of myself, but without our vulnerabilities and without showing them and accepting them, it is hard to start relationships that will make us profoundly happy and enable us to grow.

And Eggshell is about the relationship we have with our parents. The biggest takeaway from that is that whatever they did or didn’t do, they enabled my mind and heart to be free and examine, even this most important relationship of our lives without fear.

FAULT Magazine: Any artists you’re dying to collaborate with?

Alev Lenz: Most of them are dead! 😉 Oh I find this a tough question to answer! I already started exchanging thoughts again with Jas Shaw for my next album which makes me really happy and excited. There is no one in particular I am dying to work with, I think every collaboration is wonderful. I think I know what to answer: I am dying to collaborate more!

FAULT Magazine: Can you tell me about the London artist community? It seems to be a bastion of amazing songwriting and creativity right now and I’m wondering if you’re feeling that. Are there particular places or spaces where artists gather?

Alev Lenz: There is music everywhere! I have never lived or been in a city where music is so central to everyone’s life. And that enables a lot of music to live in a lot of places. I used to get out more but I am again in a songwriting and processing phase in which I dwell mainly alone! Probably shouldn’t, see my answer above!

But I love the Daylight Music Gigs at Union Chapel, I have met great people there. I think Cafe Oto is fantastic to go see concerts and hang out. And I always ask my band what’s cool and where they hang out, they know much better and then I repeat after them 🙂 I love to hang out with them.

Oh and I really loved the time when I had a little permanent recording room at The Premises Studios in London, hanging out there made great things happen for me!

FAULT Magazine: Being a London resident, how do you feel about the current political situation and #Brexit?

Alev Lenz: I find it disastrous. It was a terrible sign to send out to the world. I was so proud to live here in the UK where the fear-mongering-xenophobic-racist-BS-talk had no grounds in media and politics and I am utterly disappointed. And in shock. But that’s probably what being a London resident means, we didn’t see it coming – it is so far from the daily life and conversation in London.

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Wireless Festival reminds London why it’s a must visit!

 

London’s premier day festival returned to Finsbury Park over the weekend of 8-10 July 2016, with a stellar line up to accompany some stellar weather. Headliners across the weekend included Calvin Harris, The 1975, Chase and Status, Future, Sigma and Boy Better Know, with FAULT Magazine attending the first two days.

A former FAULT cover star, and firm favourite in the office, Miguel graced the main stage on Friday and didn’t disappoint. With his incredible and distinctive voice, Miguel performed with a real energy as he lapped up the crowd’s excitement. With a mix of songs from his latest studio album Wildheart as well as his sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dream, those who basked in the London sunshine were treated to one of R&B’s elite talents hard at work. Miguel took time to address the recent police violence in the USA, with an emotional address for an end to violence. In addition to being an incredible talent, it was touching to see Miguel tearing up while he bared his emotions.

Making their Wireless debut, the 1975 were the chief support act to Calvin Harris and showed why they are one of the hottest bands in the world. With their new album (deep breath) I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it topping both the UK Album Chart and the USA Billboard 200, this was a chance for a lucky crowd to see a band soaring to the top. And they more than delivered. With their ability to deliver instantly catchy songs, the crowd sang along to hits such as ‘Girls’ and ‘The Sound’. Chief support act this year, don’t bet against The 1975 headlining Wireless very soon.

By now it was time for the headline act, and they don’t get much bigger than Calvin Harris. The world’s highest paid DJ (and for good reason) was the main event and was introduced by undisputed A-list star Will Smith. An endless run of hits followed including ‘I Need Your Love’, ‘Summer’, ‘We Found Love’ and this year’s summer anthem ‘This Is What You Came For’. Accompanied by an incredible light show, coinciding with the setting of the sun, it made for a perfect end to day one of the festival.

Day two, and an amazing day at Wireless on Friday only strengthened our desire to get back there for more of the same.

One of the hottest hip hop artists in the world, Future, graced the main stage and whipped the Saturday crowd into a frenzy with his highly respected flow and lyrics. Hits such as ‘Where Ya At’, ‘Wicked’, ‘Jumpman’ and ‘F*ck Up Some Commas’, Future satisfied his huge UK fan base with a lively and passionate performance.

We then headed over to the Pepsi Max Arena to see Sigma perform a live DJ set, with stunning results. The impressive tented area made for an intimate atmosphere, with thousands revelling in the drum and bass tones of the English duo. With the sun still shining, the crowd partied hard to a great atmosphere, and showed how Sigma have deserved the acclaim they’ve received after years in the shadows.

Saturday closed with legends of the drum and bass scene, Chase & Status. Having been on this rodeo throughout their career, the duo had no problem entertaining the crowd, calling up Tempa T and George The Poet to supplement their set. Closing with ‘Blind Faith’, it turned out our faith in Chase & Status’ headline set was fully justified.

We loved the diversity of the line-up, with Wireless Festival attracting a broad spectrum of artists and with that, people attending the festival. An incredible weekend came to a close for us, just wishing we could have made Sunday as well.

Until next year!

 

Words: Kelvin Lyster

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.

 

‘Nimmo’ Curate the FAULT Magazine’s ‘Ultimate Summertime Playlist’

Summer is well and truly upon us (even if it doesn’t feel like it) and this summer we’ve teamed up with Nimmo for help curating our Summer Playlist.  Nimmo have steadying gained acclaim throughout the years and have now embarked on their own nationwide tour. Their modern synth sound and unashamedly honest songwriting  has taken the indie world by storm and we’re sure you’ll enjoy playing their tracks as much as we do in the office. For now, we are proud to present you with the FAULT Magazine X Nimmo Summer Playlist below!
Nimmo are set to play LeeFest Presents: The Neverland (28th-30th July) and Kendal Calling (28th-31st July) this summer. For more information and ticket details head toleefest.org and kendalcalling.co.uk respectively
Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World 

This is my  favourite song ever!

Carol King – Too Late 

This is a song Reva has always shared with her mum. We recently saw Carol King perform this in Hyde Park and it was unreal. Reva cried a lot 🙂


Fleetwood Mac – Family Man

Fleetwood Mac were one of the key bands that influenced our songwriting. Tango In The Night was one of the ones that really made me realise there’s nothing else I ever want to do with my life than make people feel the way I do when listening to that album.
 

Laurent Garnier – Man With The Red Face  

This track has soundtracked a lot of great nights out with our friends and debauched house parties. It just has an unreal journey and energy.


702 – You Don’t Know


This is s song from both mine and Reva’s childhood that we bonded over. we were probably about 11/12 years old when we used to listen to this track. My older sister showed me it. I remember her and her friends getting ready to go out and meet boys and I’d just sort of sit and absorb everything they said and did. This track was regularly on in the background.

Candi Staton – Young Hearts

Because it’s a classic.

Andre 3000 ft Kelis – Millionaire

This is one of those tracks we all weirdly clicked with in our teens. Never gets old and makes me feel SO SO happy every time I hear it.
 
Nirvana – Come As You Are

This song will always remind me what it feels like and what it is to fall in love. My first ever girlfriend showed me Nirvana and every time Kurt’s vocal enters on this track i feel 14 and drunk with emotion.

Cat Power – Cross Bone Style

this is a track off the record Moon Pix which is one of the saddest things i have ever heard and also one of the most perfect. Just the drums alone in this track are enough to take you somewhere extremely blue and extemeley beautiful!

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Angie Stone – I Wish I Didn’t Miss You

I wish I wrote you.

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

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