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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

Find Allie X on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Words Cody Fitzpatrick

Photography Jack Alexander

Styling A+C:Studio

Hair and Make-Up Sadie Hewlett

Special Thanks The Wheatsheaf Tooting Bec

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

Get The Look: Sade

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Helen Folasade Adu, aka Sade is an English singer/songwtier, composer, arranger, record producer and all round mega-babe of the 90s. With a fantastic voice, and a great look to go with it (enviable skin & a statement red lip was rarely seen without) we have the top products to re-create her famous makeup look…

Ultimate Cleanse, Sarah Chapman

A beautifully luxe anti-ageing balm to milk cleanser, the Ultimate Cleanse is enriched with collagen stimulating peptides, vitamin A, potent antioxidants and omega rich oils. In short – use this product not only cleanses but softens, nourishes and revitalises the complexion.

Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer, Smashbox

Wear this primer solo to instantly brighten the under eye area! It packs a punch with hydration, reducing the appearance of dark circles. What’s more it smoothes out fines and reduces puffiness, we’re sold!

Instant Brow Pencil, Benefit

Use this brow pencil to shape, fill and define the brows. Available in 3 shades there’s something for everyone, plus it comes with a handy spoolie to ensure they look bang on point (and just like Sade’s!)

Glamolash Mascara Skinny, Rodial

Try mascara is a must-try – it lengthens, thickens and defines each lash for the appearance of ultra-full lashes.

Runway Palette S/S 2015, Burberry

A great blusher-come-highlighter used in Burberry’s SS15 campaign, simply sweep this on the cheeks to create a natural-looking glow.

Semi Matte Lipstick, NARS

This lipstick is exactly what is says on the tin – it’s a semi matte intense, statement lippy that will sure turn heads. Not only is it packed full of pigments, it is creamy in texture and long-wearing making it a winner. Try the shade ‘Schiap’.

Super Skinny Serum, Paul Mitchell

For that slick hair look aka Sade, use a few drops of Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum. Brush through with a comb and pull back in a tight ponytail or low bun.

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