Dark Paradise – Exclusive Online editorial

 

 

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Top & blue skirt : Ester Mangas

 

White skull dress: Evgeniia Galeeva

White skull dress: Evgeniia Galeeva

 

Silver top and grey skirt: Daniel Pascal Tanner Shoes: Vintage

Silver top and grey skirt: Daniel Pascal Tanner
Shoes: Vintage

 

Red dress: Evgeniia Galeeva

Red dress: Evgeniia Galeeva

 

White top + black skirt: Daniel Pascal Tanner

White top + black skirt: Daniel Pascal Tanner

 

Orange dress + black skirt + corset : Daniel Pascal Tanner Mask: Simply Masquerade

Orange dress + black skirt + corset : Daniel Pascal Tanner
Mask: Simply Masquerade

 

photography ralph whitehead

photography assistant melissa arras

styling & art direction eduarda concon

styling assistant lucas miracca

makeup charlie macdonald

hair styling michael john o’gorman

imm models lottie

FAULT Travel’s Carry-on Beauty Essentials

Travelling is great, but when you have to start packing your beauty products the question often arises, “should I take a second suitcase or not?” Here are some essential 2-in-1 solutions that can’t go amiss when packing for your next getaway. Remember, if the base is good, the rest will look good too. My advice, don’t skimp on good skincare products when you’re travelling!

 LQ Liquid Health Supplements

 LQ Liquid Health Supplements

These little bottles will ensure your skin looks healthy and complement your healthy diet with minerals and vitamins that will have you coming back from holiday with a fresh and rested glow. With ingredients such as marine collagen, aloe vera, hyaluronic acid and zinc, you’re sure your skin is receiving the right care.

My personal favourite is the fact they included turmeric, a spice used in Ayurvedic medicine and finally starting to be recognised for all the benefits it has. And above it all, the orange flavouring is on point!

Rubis Tweezers

One thing that cannot be missing in a lady’s beauty case is a pair of glamorous tweezers. Let’s be real, tweezers are tweezers and they will probably do the job the same as any other high-value pair. Does it being Swiss-made make them as precise as Swiss clocks? Maybe. However, by picking the Rubis Tweezers you can show off your great taste and eye for marvelously constructed beauty essentials.  They are great quality and they look amazing with the cute little pouch to put them away in. A great investment indeed.

 Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

One thing you cannot do enough off when travelling is moisturising. It’s definitely a daily requirement when exposing your face to the UV rays we sadly miss out on in the UK. I’m always a sucker for French beauty products because they always seem to deliver even if they seem simple and under engineered. Don’t be fooled, they always have the exact right amount of ingredients that leaves your skin just the way you like it. Applied lightly, this moisturiser expertly nourishes your skin and will leave your face looking and feeling well-hydrated. It’s a great feeling after a long haul flight or long holiday outings. A thin layer is more than sufficient, however, if you feel your skin is a bit more thirsty, maybe after a long flight apply a thicker layer and use it as an intense mask overnight. To top it all off, the smell reminds me of warm summer nights along the French riviera.

Transformulas – Line filler & Hydration Gold

With all the anti-ageing products on the market, you might get the impression you need to start using wrinkle cremes the moment you turn 25. The founder of Transformulas agrees that there are way too many products out there and unless you know which ingredients really work, you might end up buying 5 different products in the hopes of defying age. Transfhormulas tries to pack everything in one working with scientist and constantly improving the formula. The Linefiller is applied before your make up in the morning, just apply it with the handy wand and wait for it to dry, give your skin the time to soak up all the gel. You can also apply it at night before you apply your night creme and you will soon see that your skin around the eye area is smoother and plumper.

In summer time we all want to look our best and look radiant, especially in all our photos and selfies. One way of helping your selfies glow (without the use of tired snapchat filters) is to hydrate your skin with a creme that contains some glitter. Transfhormulas took this concept up a level by adding 23 carat gold to an anti-ageing creme. This is a great all in one product, it will hydrate your face, it will make you look radiant and emphasise your new tan and to top it all off, it will slow the appearance of wrinkles a  little while longer. Pro tip, if you’re like me and can’t leave the house without any foundation, mix the creme in with your foundation instead of adding it on top.

 Monsoon – Rose Gold

When on holiday having a great summer scent that goes with a relaxed atmosphere and enhances the feeling of being out of the daily routine. Monsoon’s Rose Gold perfume will do just that. The scent is light, but it will linger long enough so that you actually catch some whiffs of it hours after having applied it, which is quite rare for such delicate scents. You don’t need to constantly reapply, which means the small format will be more than enough to slip in your suitcase and last you.

Lord & Berry – Crayon Lipstick

This brand from Milan knows how to make great lip products. These pencils apply as easily as a regular lip stick, but with the point, it makes it much more precise in application. No need to carry extra lip products or brushes on holiday, with this one product you’re good to go and if you bring 2 shades you can change your day make-up to a night look, swapping over the nude Allure colour to Dangerous Red. It’s definitely going to get you noticed.

Words: Astrid Verstraete

FAULT Weekly Playlist: Yotto

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London electronic label Anjunadeep has cultivated a reputation for breaking some of the biggest acts in dance music over the last few years with releases from Ashworth and Cubicolor. Their latest signee is Finnish breakout artist (and total heartthrob) Yotto who recently dropped “The Owls,” the first of three Twin Peaks inspired singles. Annie Mac is a fan and we’re on board as well. Building from a dark brooding groove into an infectious riff, “The Owls” showcases Yotto’s skill for combining nuanced melodies with raw powerful dancefloor moments.

We asked Yotto to put together a playlist of some of his all-time favorite songs and we think you’ll find some of your favorites in the list or find something new to add to your playlist.

Augustus Pablo – Original Rockers (Album)
“A friend of mine had randomly downloaded this like 15 years ago and it was amazing,
basically my first experience with classic dub reggae. The production is so spaced out and
gritty, yet the hooks were simple and very emotional.”

Aeroplane – Above The Clouds
“One of Aeroplane’s less funky moments, it’s a dreamy track from around 2008.
I absolutely love listening to it on flights and not just because of the title.”

High Contrast – Lovesick
“One of my absolute favourite drum & bass moments ever. It has a great sample
and always sounded like the weekend is coming. Now it sounds like a high school weekend to me.”

Kings Of Convenience – I Don’t Know What I Can Save You From (Röyksopp Remix)
“The definition of Nordic tristesse, utterly sad love song and Röyksopp took a very lovely
approach with the remix. I always admired the simplicity of it and it just has a very therapeutic vibe.”

Holden – A Break In The Clouds (Ambient Mix)
“This always gets me, Holden’s mad edits and one of the most blissed out spacey melodies I know.
Was super influential for me growing up.”

Chemical Brothers – Under The Influence
“Such a mad synth freakout, this felt like the most powerful club track I had ever heard and
it left a massive stamp.”

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FAULT Magazine go from Adulthood to Brotherhood with Arnold Oceng

London street kid, refugee, boxer and grime MC. Arnold Oceng has played them all (except grime MC, that was real). As one of Britain’s greatest emerging talents, with two international blockbusters soon to be under his belt, we caught up with him ahead of the release of his latest movie Brotherhood. The final instalment in the Noel Clarke trilogy, which many of us grew up with, sees Arnold‘s character ‘Henry’ in a whole new light.

FAULT: We are so excited about Brotherhood…
It’s awesome. It’s awesome, man. I can’t express it anymore. If you’ve seen the trailer, or any of the other films, you’ll know what to expect. Henry, my character, comes back bigger and better from when he got bricked in the head [before]. He’s grown into a mature man. He has a wife, children, he’s not on that way of life anymore. He’s a working man.

FAULT: The clips we’ve seen seem to be a lot more comical and a lot less gritty. Is that the tone, or is that just the clips we’ve seen?

I think that’s just the clips you’ve seen, but there is… As I’ve said before, my character, Henry, he does bring the comedy element to the film. As I said, he’s not on the violent stuff, even though he gets pulled into it. So through all the violence and stuff, he is funny and he makes the funniest scenes out of real serious situations.

FAULT: Brotherhood is also being shown at The Toronto Film Festival…
Yeah! I think that’s next month. To be selected for TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) is… I’m sure you know, is like a major, big, deal. I went there for the first time last year for another movie that I did and so I’ve experienced the Toronto film festival before and it is amazing. The amount and the calibre of films that are there, that are selected… The actors, the celebrities that are there, that attend… It’s one of the biggest film festivals in the world, so for BrOTHERHOOD… This London film that started off so indie and so small, for that to be accepted and to be amongst such huge films, it’s a blessing. It’s a massive achievement for us.

 


FAULT: It will be interesting to see how Brotherhood is received, because the urban street culture in Toronto is quite similar to ours, here in London…
Yes! It’s so funny that you said that, because – I’m going off topic now, but it’s cool. I got a Whatsapp message from a friend of mine and he was like, ‘yo, you’ve got to  check out the Vlogger on YouTube’ his name is something like That Dude McFly or something like that. He’s got thousands of followers on Instagram and Twitter, he’s huge. He’s from Toronto and he’s a big advocate for grime music. He plays grime on his vlogs all the time and he’s getting known over here just for supporting the movement. So anyway, I clicked on the link, expecting him to talk about grime again and he was talking about how everyone thinks Toronto stole London’s ‘swag’, in the way they talk and act etc… But they’ve been taking like that for a while etc… But he said he got introduced to our street culture, like a lot of them did over there, by watching KiDULTHOOD and AdULTHOOD. He said those were the films that he got a lot of London slang from and because he heard grime on the soundtrack, that is what made him get involved and seek out grime music. He tweeted me the other day – which is so crazy – saying how much he loves the trilogy and can’t wait for BrOTHERHOOD. So I understand the culture over there. They really are engrossed in what’s happening over here.

FAULT: Speaking of Canada and London street culture… you were in CH4’s ‘Top Boy’ how much can you tell us about Drake making another series?
[laughs] ahh I knew you were going to ask me that. I know you are going to think I’m lying, but I honestly don’t know. I’m very close with Ashley Walters, I speak to him all the time and he’s expressed how much he wants it to come back. I want it to come back as well. The whole thing with Drake being onboard… I think he’s expressed how much he wants to be involved. I think it’s just down to sorting out finances, which we are not involved in at all. So I don’t know much, sorry.


FAULT: So it is a real rumour?
It’s a real rumour. We’ve all been talking about it. So, erm… Yeah. It is a real rumour.

FAULT: We don’t want to typecast you in this interview, so please tell us about your next film ‘A United Kingdom’ which is out in November.

‘A United Kingdom’ will be my second international film. It’s an amazing, amazing, script. It’s directed by Amma Asante. If you’re not familiar with her work, her last film was ‘Belle’. So this is like, her next project to come out, so it’s highly anticipated. As I said, it’s an amazing script. It stars David Oyelowo
and Rosamund Pike and it’s a true story about love. It’s a period drama set in the 1940’s I believe. David and Rosamund fall in love in a time where interracial relationships were still very much frowned upon, but against all odds and against everyone trying to separate them, true love prevails and they fight for love.

FAULT: That’s two, major, international films. Are you now officially a ‘big deal’ in the acting world?

[laughs] It has been a very good 2/3 years for me. I’m just very humble. I’m just taking it all in to be honest.

FAULT: Your first international film ‘The Good Lie’ where you worked opposite Reese Witherspoon must have been a huge learning curve. How do you remain humble?

I learnt so much from that film. Like… yes, good things are happening, but take it slow, don’t shout from the rooftops just yet. So that’s my thought process right now, with the United Kingdom or with any project I’ve got coming up. You never know if a film will do well or not, so just let your work do the talking, if you know what I mean?


FAULT: The feedback was really good too, highly critically acclaimed…

The feedback was amazing. I’ve never been in a movie that has had feedback the way that that film has had feedback. Up until this day I get tweets from all over the world saying how much they love the film and how much they love my character. I think it’s because of the storyline. Refugees are pretty current to what is going on today, so I think it resonated with a lot of people. So many people have told me it’s their best film of this year, or their best film of all time… It means a lot to hear that stuff.

Your character in ‘The Good Lie’ has a heavy Sudanese accent. Sometimes, actors use one blanket accent for the whole of Africa…

Yes, like you said, not all African accents are the same and to the untrained ear it’s just one accent, which it really isn’t.

FAULT: I find English actors are better at accents. Do you think that is true and why?

In my honest opinion British accents are the best accents in the world. Even my agent says it. It’s just instilled in us. When you think of thespians, Shakespeare etc…

Would you make the move over to states given how well you are doing at the moment?

I am back and forth at the moment, but I’ll just see where the route takes me. I wouldn’t want to leave England or London, that’s my home. The way things are at the moment, you don’t necessarily have to live there. You can send an audition tape in via email… Living there, you don’t really have to do that anymore… But it can be beneficial.


So is Snakeyman, your grime MC alter ego dead, will we ever hear you on a track again?

[laughs] you are insane… Just bringing  things out of the woodworks like this! I like that… No he’s not, but when I do come back, I’m not going to come back as Snakeyman, just because I’ve outgrown him. I’ll just come back as Arnie, but I’ve got some really, really good music there. It’s been sitting there for a long time. I’ve been so lucky these past couple of years with acting, I just haven’t had time to release stuff and do music videos, I’ve just been busy. If I ever get a window of free time I will definitely do that. My mindset has changed from before. I don’t want to make music to get signed or anything it’s just therapeutic for me and I like it. So in the future, if I just want to put something out I will and whether or not it gets a response, I don’t really care, because I’m doing it for me now.


 You’re working on a film at the moment where you play a boxer. How much preparation did you have to do for that?

Yes, It’s a Danish movie. You’re a real detective [laughs]. I speak in English, then there are some parts where it’s in Danish.
Oh, it was mad. I had to put on weight. They gave me a personal trainer, they gave me a nutritionalist. I was training everyday, in the gym everyday… It was very hard work.
The film is called ‘The Greatest Man’ and I’ve literally just finished filming it. It’s another true story about this boxer who comes over from Uganda to Denmark because he’s been offered a title fight and that’s my character. Then he goes over there, because it’s set in the late 70’s/early 80’s he faces a lot of racism, banana peels are thrown at him, when he gets into the ring there are monkey chants…

No spoilers, but he has to win the title after all of that …or it would be a pretty depressing movie?

Oh yes, of course – but only in the ring. The Danish people were just unsure of him at first, slightly ignorant, but he wins them over by how humble and down to earth he is and the fact that he never retaliated. The only time he is aggressive is in the ring.

 

Here’s what Diztortion and Melissa Steel had to say at the Premier

 

“Great movie, really enjoyed it. Being from Amsterdam it’s great to see how similar and different the urban scenes can be, this director is something special”
Diztortion

“I absolutely loved this movie! Noel Clarke did a great job with capturing London and the growth of the characters from the last two movies. Must watch!”

Melissa Steel

 

Words Trina John-Charles
Photography Jack Alexander
Styling Felicity Gray
Grooming Shamirah Sairally

 

Foals Exclusive Photoshoot and Interview With FAULT Magazine Online

 

 

Foals is one of the few bands these days that has reached the top on their own terms. The past year has been the result of nearly a decade of sweat and hard work: Wembley gigs, a Brit Award nomination for Best Group and now – a headline spot at this weekend’s Reading and Leeds. At this pace, we trust that the guys are still going to be hitting it hard in another decade to come. We caught up with the bands just moments ahead of their monumental headline show at Reading and Leeds and here’s what the boys make of it all – before you see it all unfold on stage.

 

You’re just about to headline Reading and Leeds. What’s going through your heads right now?

 

We’re like a mixture of quietly confident that it’s going to be good and fun, but we’re also a little bit terrified. Whenever there’s a big show, there’s a big build-up towards it. You just want to get it done after a while. But it’s okay, everyone is in good form. That’s the thing with these things – it’s the sense of occasion that makes it a success. I like to think that we’ve sort of won anyways and if we just play through the songs, we should be okay.


You’ve been in the music industry for over a decade now. Let’s do an overview of how things were back in the day and what they’re like now -when you’re just about to do one of the biggest shows of your careers. What’s changed and what’s stayed the same?

 

The thing that stayed the same is definitely our attitudes toward playing live and how we operate as a band. We’ve definitely gotten used to more comfort, we travel a bit more, there’s more luxury now and all that stuff that just comes with being a bigger band I suppose. But what has definitely changed was the way we made music over the years. We figured out really early on, after our first record, that if we were going to have any kind of longevity as a band and success in the industry, then we needed to keep our fans and ourselves kind of on their toes. And basically change up everything we do, but still be true to ourselves. We haven’t done it perfectly, but we managed to do it.  I feel the lifespan of the band would have been dramatically shorter if we were just going over the same ground and putting out the same record.

 

The charts were never a point of reference for you, as a band, and now you’ve become a household name. Do you feel that the music industry in the UK has a tendency of sieving out the unnecessary in time? 

 

We consider ourselves lucky with the fact that we didn’t have this great success with anything that was like a one time hit. I really don’t envy bands these days that are in that situation because it’s almost impossible to follow up.  If you can’t keep it up, you’re done. I think we’ve done well to avoid that.  And I like to think that we’ve become a decent name amongst other bands.

 

I like how you’ve used the phrase ‘decent band’ when you’re just about to headline Reading and Leeds.

 

Well, the moment you think you’re really good – then you’re in trouble. We know we can be good but we also know that we cannot be that good. That kind of human element, cause we give it a lot of energy and a lot of effort , is also a part of our success right now.

 

Do you feel that there can be downsides to your increased popularity?

 

Straight off the top of my head, one of the downsides is that sometimes we do feel the pressure a little bit when the shows get bigger. Sometimes you feel like you can lose a little bit of the element of control. More and more people get involved. They’ve all been brilliant – the team that’s around us is incredible and we’ve been really lucky to have the help that we’ve had from our management and label. But there’s just no way you can keep control of everything and I think that element of sometimes losing control is a little bit of a downside to increased popularity.

 

What’s your take on your band’s current lofty position on the British rock landscape?

I like to think that we’re up there with the big boys. There’s a certain group of bands that are around at the moment – some of them are quite bigger than us – like, say, the Arctic Monkeys who’ve done considerably bigger shows and have more achievements than us, but I like to think that because of our longevity, we’re up there with many of those bands. I like to think that we’re going to leave some kind of mark on the British music scene.

 

Final words: what can we expect from your set at Reading and Leeds in the weekend ahead?

 

We’re treating it like a celebration of 4 records. So, we’re trying to do a little bit of everything, but we don’t have that much time to try and fit everything in. We’ve been trying to work out a set that’s kind of comfortable for us and we don’t miss too many things out. We’ve got some production, we’ve got some little bells and whistles and things that should probably make it fun and make it a celebratory upbeat thing. We’re in a good place. I hope it works out, otherwise…

 

What’s your FAULT? 

I think it’s letting go of decision and trusting other people. I think we’re quite untrusting as a band and sometimes we need to realize that people do know what’s best for us.

 

Get The Look: Joan Jett

Joan Jett

Joan Jett, the infamous American ‘queen of rock n roll’ has been loved for her music since the 70s with her first band, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts as well as the Runaways. Her look has been loved as much as her music, and here’s how to get it…

Airbrush Make-Up, Rodial

This heavy duty foundation has you covered, if you have a Joan Jett complexion try the shade 01. This cover offers an ‘airbrush correction’ in one-step for instant camouflage with a satin-luminous finish. To apply: Blend directly into skin with the airbrush foundation brush. Mix with airbrush primer and buff into skin as an all-over high pigment foundation with buildable coverage.

Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil, Benefit

A brow filler and shaping eyebrow pencil, it  features a super easy “goof-proof” tip with a glide-on formula for the simplest of applications. Available in a range of shades there’s one to suit everyone.

Fluidline, Mac Cosmetics 

This liner comes in a little pot and should be applied with a brush. What’s great it’s a super long-wearing gel liner that can be built up for extra depth.

X-Rated Mascara, Smashbox 

This is a summer essential from Smashbox, this long-wearing will have you set from day to night. The brush isolates, magnifies and coats every lash for added volume, length and lift.

Light Glow, Burberry Beauty

Try the shade of hydrangea pink and sweep this highly pigmented pinky blush on the tops of the cheekbones for the JJ look.

Glow All Out Cheek Stick, Soap & Glory

This easy to use cheek stick glides on effortlessly. Apply along the cheekbones and blend in with the blush for a natural glow.

Lip Gloss, Nars

Finish with the Nars lipgloss in Baby Doll – it’s nourishing, long-lasting and not tacky like most glosses.

Straight Works, Paul Mitchell

This lightweight straightening gel from Paul Mitchell helps tame wild hair and flyaways. Apply throughout damp hair and straighten as normal for manageable locks.

 

Preview: DNCE On the Music Cover of FAULT Issue 24

 

Joe Jonas’ DNCE has been topping the UK charts for 3 weeks straight, with their overly catchy tune Cake By The Ocean. After giving it a try solo, Jonas ultimately decided that he’s more comfortable in a group rather than on his own. And he couldn’t have made a better call. With Cake By The Ocean blasting from every corner you could possibly imagine, the band are currently touring Europe and are expected to release an album late in the summer. It’s safe to say that Joe has broken the Jonas Brothers mold, much like his younger sibling Nick who was FAULT 21’s cover star. In FAULT Issue 24’s Music Cover shoot, we catch up with Joe here’s his take on life outside of The Jonas Brothers, personal tracks and growing up in the public eye.

 

 

When you first got the band together, what was your initial aim? Where did you want it to go?

Originally, it was just about creating the music. At first, we had a bit of a writer’s block and we couldn’t quite figure out the vibe that we wanted. And finally, we worked with new producers from Sweden and kind of just broke the mold. It all happened very quickly and we’re really thrilled with the reaction and how things have happened so far.

 

How important do you think chemistry is within a band and do you think you have it?

Chemistry is very important. You’re sharing every moment with that person and you want to be able to feel comfortable with them, wherever you go. Sometimes you’re traveling internationally, you’re sharing a tour bus. Not to mention the overall vibe about performing on stage. You want to feel comfortable. I’m very lucky to say we get along.

 

You must have a lot of unreleased tracks under your belt that you can’t wait to put out. Do you have one in particular that you’re eager to release?

I’d say that Cake By The Ocean has been one of my favourites. There’s also a song called Almost that I wrote with our producer, Nolan, and a few other writers in LA. Almost is a personal song and I feel like it’s really fun to share those with the world. When you can really pull from personal experience and find a way to showcase it in a relatable way, it’s always a rewarding feeling. If you’re going through stuff and have any sort of creative outlet, you might as well put it into good use.

 

You’ve also had a solo project beforehand. Pros and Cons to working solo as opposed to working in a group?

There are a lot of similarities. There are obviously things that you do when you’re traveling and touring with your brothers that are nice, because you’ve got your family with you at all times. And then, there’s also the element of playing with friends. It’s a fun vibe. But I do prefer playing in a group. There’s something special about our band.

 

Do you have to deal with Jonas Brothers comparisons anymore?

There are sometimes some comparisons here and there, but I don’t mind. We’re also really supportive of each other’s individual careers, so it makes it all a lot easier.

 

Since you’ve been in the public eye your entire life, what’s your personal take on fame?

I think fame is something that kind of comes with what you do. Some people handle it differently. I grew up around it, so it hasn’t always been an easy thing for me, but you learn to adjust and adapt to how you’re comfortable. Ultimately, there are things that you’re gonna be cool with and things that are gonna be tough to get over. But at the end of the day, if you remember where you come from and how it can all go away so easily, it makes it a little bit easier to handle.

 

What’s your FAULT?

I can be clumsy on stage. There are definitely a few shows where I’ve fallen off. There are a couple of Youtube videos to be watched.

 

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ALLIE X WILL MAKE YOUR HEAD SPIN IN THIS KALEIDOSCOPIC SHOOT EXCLUSIVELY FOR FAULT ONLINE

Earlier this month, Allie X performed her catchy synthpop anthems at British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park. But to Allie X, her music is about more than that. She sees it as an attempt to reunite with her Shadow, or the part of herself that she feels she lost during her childhood, and experience what she calls #FEELINGX.

 

Allie X spoke with us about her fans, the ups and downs of being a performer, and her ongoing quest to become whole again.

 

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Dress: David Ferreira / Sunglasses: Quay Australia / Shoes: Underground

FAULT: Why do you go by the name Allie X?

AX: X represents the unknown, and it represents the identity that I’ve taken on a journey to become my full self. So Allie X is incomplete, and if I were to become whole again, then I would be just Allie.

 

FAULT: Are you always Allie X, or only when you’re making music?

AX: Always.

Top: Helter / Skirt: Helter / Sunglasses: Quay Australia

Top: Helter / Skirt: Helter / Sunglasses: Quay Australia

FAULT: Was losing your Shadow one singular event, or did it happen over time?

AX: That’s a question that I’m trying to answer myself. I’m not really sure. I think things generally tend to happen over time; it tends to be more of an evolution. But from what I’ve been told, the change happens very quickly—like almost overnight. Looking back, I don’t really know. That’s why it’s easier to write it in a comic form. Because when it becomes fiction, it’s looser with how you remember it.

 

FAULT: Do you ever achieve #FEELINGX as an adult?

AX: Yes, I do. #FEELINGX can be many different things. For me, the thing I can compare it to is the feeling you get when you’re spinning and making yourself dizzy, and then you fall to the floor and everything around you keeps moving. That’s the best analogy for #FEELINGX.

Top: Helter / Skirt: Helter / Sunglasses: Quay Australia

Top: Helter / Skirt: Helter / Sunglasses: Quay Australia

FAULT: Which is the more rewarding experience: being in the studio, or performing onstage?

AX: It’s kind of hard to decide. Each has incredibly gratifying moments—like if you’re in the studio and just out-of-nowhere come up with a great hook or melody. It’s a magic feeling. And then I could say the same kind of feeling comes when you are onstage, and you walk out and every single person in the audience knows every word to your song that you made. You get this crazy rush.

But then both also have downsides. Like in the studio, you can feel like the scum of the earth sometimes, torturing yourself by questioning why you ever even got into the business, and why you can’t write one damn good song. And then when you’re on the road touring, there’s a lot of brutal things that go along with that as well. So I guess it would depend on the day. They both have their good points and their bad points.

 

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Dress: Rokit / Second dress: Preen / Sunglasses: Quay Australia

 

FAULT: Was British Summer Time your first experience playing in the U.K.?

AX: No, I had one show in London, at Birthdays in Dalston. And then on this trip I came back and did British Summer Time and Oslo [Hackney].

 

FAULT: Are there any ways in which British fans are different from North American fans?

AX: British people, generally, are very dry with their humour and definitely more witty than Americans (laughs). I was raised in a British family, so I’m used to that, and it actually feels pretty normal to me. I haven’t toured a ton compared to artists who tour year-round, but I do notice that I’ve had incredible enthusiasm from the U.K. audiences. I don’t know if that’s typical or not, but I did notice that.

 

FAULT: What is body ecology?

AX: That’s the diet that I’ve been following for over three years now, and it’s basically that you don’t eat any form of sugar. So I don’t eat beets, or potatoes, or fruits. And obviously no honey, maple syrup, refined sugar cane, whatever. And then there’s no gluten, no dairy—a stress on probiotic foods. It basically just restores your inner ecology.

Dress: Jane Allcock / Sunglasses: Ray Ban / Shoes: Attribute

Dress: Jane Allcock / Sunglasses: Ray Ban / Shoes: Attribute

FAULT: And you do transcendental meditation as well, right?

AX: You know what? I’m going to be completely honest and say that I was doing it for a period of time, and then I stopped. I just wasn’t… uh, Transcending (laughs), I guess. I struggle with anxiety, and it was an effort to deal with that, but it wasn’t really doing it for me. That’s not something I’m proud of, but that’s the truth. I stopped doing it, but maybe I’ll try again in the future. I think I still need to find a form of mindfulness and meditation that really works for me. The closest I get is, it sounds lame but, yoga.

 

FAULT: What’s nXt for you?

AX: It’s my new album, CollXtion II, which is currently unsolved, but I’ve been posting tracks to get fan feedback and figure out which songs to put on the album. That’s a process that is ongoing.

 

Dress: Jane Allcock / Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Dress: Jane Allcock / Sunglasses: Ray Ban

FAULT: What is your FAULT?

AX: I think my biggest flaw is being a little too motivated by my own interests at all times. I’m a little too self-centered, but I feel like I’m aware of that, and that’s a good starting point.

 

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Words Cody Fitzpatrick

Photography Jack Alexander

Styling A+C:Studio

Hair and Make-Up Sadie Hewlett

Special Thanks The Wheatsheaf Tooting Bec