Listen: Niall Horan’s releases Surprise Single

“I’m excited to announce I have signed a record deal with Capitol Records USA and released my first solo song.

Thank you to all the One Direction fans for your love and support as always.

I’m looking forward to the next part of this journey together.” – Niall Horan

Whenever a band decides to take a break many fans are left in disarray fearing the worst for the future of their faves and that was no more evident when 1D decided to focus on their solo projects. Today, Niall Horan has put some minds at ease with the release of his first solo song entitled ‘This Town’. It’s a great acoustic track and Niall looks very comfortable on stage with  just a mic and guitar as backup. A great start for what will no doubt be a huge solo career.

The studio version of ‘This Town’, released via Capitol Records USA,  is available now across Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music.

Vevo – http://niall.to/thistownvevo

Website – http://niallhoran.com

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Instagram – http://instagram.com/niallhoran

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Ryan Tedder returns to FAULT Magazine Cover ahead of new OneRepublic Album

 

 

Ryan Tedder is a very busy man these days. Having worked alongside the biggest talents in the industry, he’s now taken time to focus on OneRepublic’s 4th album due to be released in early October. Some have accused Tedder of handing out his greatest hits to other musicians, but the band’s upcoming album is bound to prove everyone wrong. Appropriately entitled Oh My My, the album unmasks Tedder’s incredible versatility and vocal range, as you’ve never heard it before. In short, it’s safe to say that Oh My My is a revelation and the beginning of a new era for OneRepublic. An era where Tedder fully showcases a modern day genius whose talent falls beyond comprehension. After writing for the likes of Beyonce, Adele, Ed Sheeran and many more, he’s comprised all of it in the form of Oh My My. From first listen onwards, you shortly realize that you can find Ryan Tedder in Ellie Goulding’s Burn, Beyoncé’s Halo and Adele’s Turning Tables – as opposed to the other way around. Tedder is undoubtedly the music industry’s secret weapon and the mind that makes it all go round. We spoke to Ryan ahead of the album release and here’s his take on it all.

 

You’ve worked with some of the biggest names in the industry– Beyoncé, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Taylor Swift – just to name a few. Aside from that, you’ve also got OneRepublic. That’s a lot to put on anyone’s plate. Do you have a particular routine that you stick to in order to be more efficient?

You just get really good at multitasking. There are a lot of hours in the day, there’s a lot of time that people waste and you basically figure out how not to waste that much time. So there’s no routine basically – every day is different. I’ve got a different routine when I’m on tour as opposed to when I’m not. But it all comes down to not wasting time and being as efficient as you can.

Oh My My – your next album – is coming out in October. After Native, how far did you go with this one?

With this album, I pushed the envelope as far as it could go and on some songs we probably pushed it too far. But then again, that’s how you figure out how far you can go within your own world.

 

What qualifies as ‘too far’ for OneRepublic?

There will be some songs that people hear and go ‘Oh, they shouldn’t be doing that’. Because people have their own perception of whom you are. Like ‘Oh, you look amazing! You shouldn’t be wearing that jacket though.” Or if you dye your hair black – there’s always going to be that one person who’s going to say that you look better blonde. I’m sure that there are going to be some people that feel that some songs are too far, but it’s a very honest record. The songs are crazy; they’re all over the place. It’s like a playlist. And that’s how people listen to music nowadays anyway. You listen to five artists; you don’t listen to just one artist. I work with 100 artists, so our music is reflective of that. You’ll hear little moments of Adele, little moments of EDM. You won’t hear a song that sounds like it, you’ll hear like a second. You can hear the influences, but the album feels very honest. Our last album did better than we thought, so we have a lot of pressure of doing something that’s better than that.

 

Do you ever get overwhelmed?

Yes, but that’s normal.

What’s your process of differentiating the material that you’re going to use for yourself as opposed to what you’re going to give away?

It’s pretty easy. If you’re a chef and you own a Japanese restaurant, you can go cook with your friends at different restaurants anytime you want. But one friend of yours might have an Italian restaurant or a hamburger shop and your other friend might have a dessert pastry shop. That doesn’t mean that you’re going to go back to your Japanese restaurant and make pizza.

 

In short – it’s a question of being aware of your own identity.

Yeah and I know myself very well. Even the hit records that I give away to other people – I give them away because they’re inauthentic. If I put out a record that’s a hit and it’s inauthentic to me – guess what happens – it’s not a hit. It doesn’t connect because people won’t believe it.

 

So the core of OneRepublic’s sound lies very much in the humanity that you put in it. Is that what you feel that draws people to your music?

That’s exactly what I feel. If I did Katy Perry’s record, people would be like “What the hell is he doing?” Or if I released Taylor Swift’s 1989. Can you imagine that? It would’ve been pretty inauthentic, to say the least. Even Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud. People go like ‘Oh, I can see you doing that’ – but no. If we actually did it, people wouldn’t believe it coming from me. It wouldn’t be real coming from me.

Speaking of Taylor and Ed, how do you usually go about picking the artists that you’re going to work with?

You’ve got limited time in a day and you have to choose the ones that move you the most. You can’t just chase the ones that you think you’re going to have a hit with. You go for the ones that you know you’ll bring out the best in and that they’ll bring out the best in you. There are a handful of really big pop stars that I haven’t worked with and that’s not an accident. It’s no offence to them – it’s just that what they do isn’t a brand of clothing that I wear. I can look at Fendi all day long and admire the hell out of it, but I’m not going to wear it. There are some brands that you just don’t wear.

 

Having worked with Taylor and winning a Grammy for her 1989 album– is there something that you’d like to put out there – especially now in times of turmoil – about her that you feel the public needs to know?

She is pound for pound the most talented writer of any artist I’ve ever worked with. Taylor is the only artist that I’ve worked with that has the complete skillset. If she weren’t an artist, she’d be the number one songwriter in the world. If she weren’t a songwriter, she’d be the number one artist in the world. She can write songs with the technical understanding of a master of songwriting, but she still taps into the emotional and personal side of the artist that she is and writes from that place. To do both at the same time is incredibly rare and I haven’t met many other people that do it. And Taylor has known what she wanted to do ever since she was 12, so there’s that. She’s a bit of a prodigy. And as long as I’ve known her, she’s been nothing but kind to me and thoughtful and generous. I’ve read a lot of stuff and heard a lot of stuff and obviously, she’s caught up in some drama right now and it’s a sticky situation – but personally I’ve had nothing but awesome experiences with her from day one.

Having shared the studio with so many talents, is there a specific moment in your songwriting career that has stuck with you to this day?

Stevie Wonder. I did a song for a movie with him a couple of weeks ago. He and I were sitting in a room, going back and forth over lyrics and I had a moment where I was sat there and I wished there was a camera filming – because I was writing a song with Stevie Wonder. And it was just like – this is the coolest day I’ve ever had. I’ve been to a lot of places, I’ve seen a lot of things – but the evening with Stevie – I remember literally every hour of it. Up until 3am. I remember everything that happened. Which you can’t really control, your brain just prioritizes memories without you thinking about it. That was probably my favourite moment. I have so many though, it’s hard to choose.

 

For the sake of amusement, you must have quite an interesting bundle of stories under your belt. Care to share one of them?

I accidentally stood up Peter Gabriel. Twice. I’ve obviously got random tour stories and stuff like that, but I think my most embarrassing story is my Peter Gabriel story. He’s one of my favourite recording artists and this happened last summer. It was during Ed Sheeran’s Wembley Stadium shows and I connected with Peter through a mutual friend. One day, I got an email from my manager who had talked to his manager and said that Peter wanted to have coffee and get to know me. I went to Peter Gabriel’s place in Notting Hill and I worship him so I was like ‘This is incredible’. I hung out with him all night, we had dinner, listened to music and then it ended. And at the end of the night, I was like ‘Okay, that was amazing, let’s get together again soon.’ What I didn’t know was that there was a miscommunication between his manager and my manager – so his people thought that I had booked to write with him Saturday and Sunday. The way it was explained to me was that we were only meeting up for coffee. So I hung out with him on Friday, had a great night, and Saturday – without knowing – I stood him up. He came into the studio at 10am and waited for me until 2pm and I never showed up. I didn’t know that I was supposed to be there. And the next day – I was also booked. The message that I stood him up on Saturday never got to me, so I didn’t know. And then Sunday – AGAIN. As I was driving to the airport to leave, I get a phone call from Peter. He had been in the studio again for the second day for 2 hours. And he was less than happy with me. So I was on the phone with him for 20 minutes just apologizing while emailing my manager telling him that I stood up Peter 2 days in a row. I was completely mortified and upset. That was my favourite recording artist and I just completely blew him off 2 days in a row. And we made up – after I continuously sent him emails and phone calls cause I was horrified that he was going to hate me – and well, it took two months to make up, but he eventually agreed to work together and now he’s featured on our album. And it’s one of the best songs on the album. It all worked well, but that’s my worst story. My idol is Peter Gabriel and I blew him off two days in a row. It’s the single worst thing that’s happened to my career so far.

Do you currently have your eyes set on any newcomers that you’d like to work with?

James Bay would be great to work with. Someone connected us and we plan on writing together at the beginning of 2017, around January. But yeah, James is my favourite newcomer. I’m sure there are more, but I’ve been so busy with the album that I literally didn’t have time to pay attention. I normally know everything that’s coming out.

 

What’s your FAULT?

Over commitment. I’m overly ambitious and I over commit, which inevitably leads to letting someone down.

 

OneRepublic’s new album Oh My My is available for pre-order now via iTunes and is due to be released on October 7th on Interscope Records.

 

Words  Adina Ilie

Photography Joseph Sinclair

Styling Krishan Parmar

Grooming Shamirah Sairally

 

Fault meets the ‘Peculiar’ Lauren McCrostie

Lauren McCrostie made her feature film debut in 2014, playing the role of Gwen in Carol Morley’s mesmerising The Falling. Since then, the twenty year-old actor has appeared in the 2015 short Brothers, as well as landing one of the starring roles in Tim Burton’s much-anticipated Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, alongside Asa Butterfield, Eva Green, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson. You can see it from September 30th.

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So, first thing’s first: Tell me about the film.
The film! Well, it’s about a boy, Jacob (Asa Butterfield), who thinks that he’s anything but peculiar, or special. He thinks he’s very ordinary. But, after following a trail left by his grandfather, he finds himself arriving at a mysterious island, where he comes across Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children. That’s where the fun starts! It’s such a brilliant film, and it’s absolutely everything you expect from Tim Burton. I’m so proud to be a part of it.

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Working with Tim Burton must have been special, especially for such a young actor. How it happen?
Tim’s amazing. After I did The Falling, I got an agent who would send me through auditions, one of which was for Tim Burton. I didn’t think I’d ever get the part, but I thought it would be a good experience to meet the casting director. I did the audition and it went okay, but I assumed that the part would be far too big for me at this stage, so I didn’t really think anything of it. I didn’t hear anything for seven months and was really busy with exams, so it just wasn’t really on my mind. Then, I got a call from my agent. I knew that it could only really be about Miss Peregrine’s. My agent asked me if I could go to Tim’s house. Tim’s house! I was like: ‘Erm, let me think about that. I probably could…’

I’m sure you were able to squeeze it in.
I was freaking out, it was so crazy.

He’s not just a huge figure within film, but within popular culture, too.
Exactly! I couldn’t believe I was meeting the Tim Burton. Someone whose films I’ve grown up on and loved. But, I went there, and he was so lovely – and I got the part. He’s an amazing director. He makes everyone understand exactly what he wants from them – he’s so focused.

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You play Olive, one of the peculiar children. She’s a pyrokinetic.
She is! I loved playing Olive. As an actor, it was a really interesting paradox to play with, because her peculiarity is associated with anger and rage and destroying things, but she isn’t that kind of person. I didn’t see her as fire, really. It was more warmth.

In the novel, she’s one of the youngest characters. In the film, she’s one of the eldest. That’s an interesting change, isn’t it?
Yeah, it is. I guess it makes her situation a little more tragic. When I was preparing to play her, I came up with a story that she was at the School because she’d accidentally burnt down her home with her family inside. It was pretty dark, but it helped me understand how a girl would struggle with something like that. If she was a young child, she could almost be oblivious to the loneliness of her peculiarity. But as one of the older children, it’s something she’s conscious of and has had to grow up with.

It’s almost like the old Skittles advert, where the guy can’t touch anything without turning it into Skittles. I still maintain that’s one the saddest things I’ve ever seen on television.
[Laughs] I’d never thought of it like that!

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In terms of genre, what I think that Tim Burton does best is taking the fantastical, the other-worldly, and placing it within the everyday.
I agree! I think that the film has a really important message, too; it’s okay to be different. Even the tagline on each of the posters, ‘Stay Peculiar’. Film can be amazing at doing that.

I think that fantasy is probably the perfect medium for those kind of messages, too.
Exactly. Tim’s really good at that – look at Edward Scissorhands. I think this film is important because it’s about embracing the things that you make different. There’s no point trying to conform to an idea of what you should be, or trying to be somebody that you aren’t. The peculiar is what makes you who you are! Why be ordinary?

You worked with some incredible names on the film. Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson. How was that?
Eva Green is incredible. She’s so focused and intricate, but at the same time, she knew the name of everybody on set, from the co-stars to the production staff. Samuel L. Jackson, too. I only had one scene with him, but it was surreal. He’s such a presence.

And, of course, Judi Dench.
My favourite day was the one when she came in. She was so, so lovely. She put her hand on my shoulder and I haven’t washed since.

Never wash it. She’s the queen.
She’s amazing! It was such an honour. She spoke to me, and I can’t even remember what was said. I just completely blacked out. I think that probably happens to her a lot. She must think we’re all really stupid.

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I don’t even think I’d say anything, I’d just offer my services, mutely. I don’t know what I could give her, though. I could try and build a house for her, or something.
She probably has like six already. That she lets out to charities. Because she’s so amazing.

I need to learn how to build houses. This is what my life has been leading up to. Building a house for Judi Dench.
This is your calling.

Okay, let’s move on, before this gets really weird. As an actor, what would you love to do next?
I’m obsessed with Noah Baumbach. I mention him in almost every interview in the hope that he’ll read something and decide to look me up. Frances Ha is one of my favourite films – Greta Gerwig is amazing. I want to play every kind of character, though. Recently, my mum asked me if I’d be able to get a ‘pretty role’ soon.

Wow!
[Laughs] I know! When I told people that I played one of the peculiar children in the new Tim Burton film, they were like ‘ah, I see, that makes sense’. I want to do everything though, not just the ‘peculiar’ kind of roles.

Outside of acting, you’re a vocal green activist, aren’t you?
Yes! I think it’s very important. Look [She reveals the reusable cup from which she’s drinking green tea], this is my KeepCup! Did you know that standard coffee cups aren’t recyclable? It’s so bad – nobody knows! With this, though, you just refill it each time. And it’s so pretty!

 

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Do you think that it’s important that actors use their platform to promote these kind of positive messages?
Yes, I really do.

Leo DiCaprio does it really well. As does Mark Ruffalo.
I love Mark Ruffalo! Have you seen Spotlight? So good.

I want him to be my uncle. He’s so cool and nice. Maybe I can build him a house, too.
Maybe they could live together. That’d be an amazing home. You should really do this.

Finally – what is your fault?

My fault is that I’m practically incapable of making any decision. I’m so indecisive! I plough over situations for weeks and weeks, constantly demanding my friends for their opinions on what I should do. And I can be quite hot tempered sometimes! I suppose it’s my red hair..but I’m working on it!

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is out in cinemas this Friday, September 30th.

 

Words Niall Flynn

Photography Jack Alexander

Styling Edith Walker Millwood

Hair & Make-Up Shamirah Sairally

Special Thanks Tooting Tram and Social

Beaty Heart: Exclusive FAULT interview and shoot

Ever since the release of their debut album back in 2014, there’s been no looking back for alternative-pop trio Beaty Heart. Likening to the sounds of Jungle, Caribou and Alt-J, these boys are young, they’re original and their music will have you hooked. The former art-school students’ new album ‘Till The Tomb’ has already received amazing recognition after it’s release in July, including praise from Annie Mac, who believes the boys are definitely one to keep an eye on this year. Currently on their September tour across the US and Canada, Beaty Heart took the time to discuss their remarkable journey with us.

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First question, think quick – describe each of yourselves in one word.

Charlie: Fair.

Josh: …Fair?!

James: Confused.

Josh: Broke.

 

You’ve definitely introduced a new sound to your most recent album. Was the process of writing a lot different from your previous album?

Josh: Yeah it was completely different. We wrote the first record in practice space studios and we weren’t really focusing on writing songs or anything. A lot of those songs came out of this energy we had from performing together in these spaces, but this new one we really focused on the song writing a bit more. It was written in much more subdued environments where we were a lot more isolated. We said at the start of the process that this was something we really wanted to focus on more.

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So currently you’re on your incredible tour around the US and Canada. Have you noticed a difference between the fans across countries?

Josh: I mean not really. There are definitely places where we go down better, but it all kind of depends on loads of different factors, like the day of the week or the age group. I wouldn’t say there’s a difference between nationalities of fans – everyone seems to go for it.

Charlie: Everyone digs it [laughs].

Josh: But yeah, it’s just so great to be in America.

 

Have you got any crazy tour stories for us?

Josh: We’ve literally just been driving for the last three days, but we’ve been through so many different environments, it’s been so mental. We drove through Yellowstone National Park, which was honestly the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. Every day we see something either really ridiculous or really crazy. We were in Montana the other day and we had to stop off in this shitty little town to stay the night. We ended up going to this casino/saloon thing next door and we met these cattle farmers.

Charlie: Real life cowboys!

Josh: Yeah they had like the hats and the accents – everything. So we had a few whiskeys with them and ended up lassoing each other! It was pretty crazy, but that’s what America is like! Our experience of it seems to be really surreal.

Charlie: It’s exactly how you imagine it [everyone laughs].

 

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What’s it been like working with such prestigious producers like Dave Eringa and David Wrench? Did you find it slighting daunting?

Charlie: Dave [Eringa] is, for anyone that knows him, the loveliest man. Even taking into consideration his incredible reputation and everyone he’s worked with, it wasn’t at all daunting. He’s a good friend of ours now and I think we work really well with him in the studio. David Wrench we had a slightly different relationship with, but again he’s such lovely man.

 

Could you give us a bit of an insight into your new album artwork? 

Josh: Well we have this Pinterest board where we collect all these images and we had hundreds of different images that we really wanted to outsource the artwork from because in the past we’d always done it ourselves. Me and James were looking and we found the photograph that you see on the front cover and we felt that it just really suited the tone of the record. It’s kind of this really…almost stereotypically beautiful image that has these sort-of tear marks going down it. We thought it kind of reflected the album in terms of it being quite accessible, but also having something that’s slightly uneasy about it – something slightly distorted about it. From there we contacted the artist and James mocked up this layout, which is based on similarities from Miles Davis records – where there’s an image in the middle and a nice text at the top. The artwork was something we also thought really reflected the aesthetics and the tones we’d discussed.

Charlie: The photographer is called Yves Rulliere [www.savage-eyes.blogspot.com].

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What’s been the most special moment of your careers so far?

James: Probably getting on FIFA 2017 [everyone laughs].

Charlie: To be fair, the two times we’ve come to America have been pretty big moments for the band, definitely a really exciting place to play. It’s kind of like a home away from home and there’s really incredible scenery we get to drive through everyday. We played Glastonbury as well! That was fun.

 

What is your ‘FAULT’?

Josh: As a band, we’re quite indecisive.

James: We’re too kind to people!

 

Words Georgia Dixon

Photography Abbie Douglas

Exclusive insight into #CreateSyria: An evening sharing positive visions of the country’s future

To kick off the the Talking Peace Festival, FAULT attended the Create Syria exhibition. Presented by International Alert in partnership with House of Vans, the exhibition celebrates 30 years of building peace, from rebuilding trust in Rwanda following the horrors of the genocide, to now helping young people in Syria imagine a future free from violence.

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Grammy-winning musician La Roux

 

The multimedia installation explores how arts can help build a better future in the wake of crisis. Attendees are encouraged to take the time to pause and give due awareness to audiovisual interpretations and tellings of the hardships people are forced to face day after day. The featured artists have all undertaken projects working with displaced children, young people in refugee camps, and other communities across Lebanon. Their goal is to promote regrowth and creativity, and to, in the words of featured artist and actress Raghad Makhlouf, “help make teenagers dream again”.

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Attending the private view were Grammy award-winning singer La Roux and her mother, actress Trudie Goodwin (Sgt June Ackland in The Bill and Georgia Sharma in Emmerdale); activist and former actress Bianca Jagger; comedian and TV presenter Harry Hill (an artist in his spare time); and Invictus star Adjoa Andoh among others.

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Comedian Harry Hill

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Together, the artists involved in this exhibition join forces to create a vision for a brighter future in Syria. Create Syria is a poignant exhibition that not only raises awareness to stories of hardship, but more importantly carries out the imperative task of personifying the facts and figures that are constantly being thrown our way. Attendees leave the exhibition with an increased comprehension of Syrian people outside of newscasts, and a positive conviction that creativity and collaboration will always prevail in spite of the current crisis.

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The installation is open to the public from 22 September to 2 October 2016 at House of Vans in London.

You can find the organisers, International Alert and Talking Peace Festival, on Twitter.

Words Courtney Farrell

In conversation with Jamie N Commons

Jamie N Commons just might be the owner of the strongest, greasiest singing voice to have ever come out of London. Although he now spends half his time in L.A., he’s been doing Great Britain proud—so much so that his latest single, “Not Gonna Break Me,” has been featured in the BBC’s broadcast of the Rio Olympics.

 

Here, he chats with FAULT about archery, creative collaborations, and Dutch humour.

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FAULT: First of all, how did your voice become what it is? Because when I hear your music, I don’t picture an English dude with long, straight hair.

Jamie: I guess I was just trying copy what I grew up listening to: Ray Charles, Greg Allman, Johnny Cash, and all that kind of stuff. Luckily enough, I had the physical body to do it—the throat or whatever.

 

FAULT: What was the process that brought your song “Jungle” to life? Who wrote it, and how was the collaboration with X Ambassadors organized?

Jamie: Alex [da Kid] and one of his writers had come up with this beat and played for me and Sam [from X Ambassadors] as a possible track to write over. Sam had come up with this really good chorus, but he couldn’t get the verse down. So I was like, “Oh, I could probably lay something on that.” I think it was probably originally intended to be for only one of us or the other, but then it kind of sounded cool like a double man duet, so we ended up doing that.

 

FAULT: What about “Desperation” with Eminem?

Jamie: That was actually a full song that I wrote and recorded. [Eminem] heard the song, and we took my verses off and he did his own over it. So [the original version] is a full song yet to be released, but watch this space. Hopefully at some point it’ll see the light of day.

 

FAULT: How did you wind up opening for Bruce Springsteen?

Jamie: I’ve always had a really special time in Holland. It’s always been a bit of a fairy tale every time I go over. We played this show there one time, and I was talking to a promoter about our favorite bands and stuff. I was like, “Yeah, my dream is to open for Bruce Springsteen. He’s the best live act out there.” It turned out the promoter was putting on a show with him, and had a free spot on the bottom of the bill. He was like, “You know what would be funny? If I gave that spot to Jamie,” so he rang me up. I thought he was joking at the start, but then he was like, “Nope, let’s do it!.” It was part Dutch sense of humour and part great timing.

 

FAULT: Which is worse, L.A. traffic or London weather?

Jamie: I actually don’t have a car at the moment, so I’m doing the Uber. So the traffic doesn’t bother me too much because I can sit in the back doing the emails. But at the same time, I quite like miserable weather, so I don’t see either of them as a bad thing.

 

FAULT: With “Not Gonna Break Me” being used in the Olympic coverage, if you could compete in any Olympic sport, which one would it be?

Jamie: I just got super-into archery, so that would be cool. I feel like that’s like the least strenuous as well. You gotta train really hard, but comparatively to, I dunno marathon running, I feel like shooting bow and arrow all day is pretty good.

 

FAULT: What’s next for you?

Jamie: We’ve got some busy months coming up. At the moment, we’ve got three singles going on in three different territories. In England, we’ve got this song “Not Gonna Break Me” for the BBC. Over here in America, we’ve got “Low Life” with X Ambassadors and A$AP Ferg. We just did that one on Good Morning America last week (which was tough for the non-morning people like myself). And then in Europe, we’re currently in the top five with this Kungs collaboration I did with that new DJ, Kung. So we’re attacking all fronts.

 

FAULT: What is your FAULT?

Jamie: Always having a beer or two too many. That unnecessary beer when you’re like, “Oh yeah, I’ll just have one little nightcap.” Always a bad idea.

Words Cody Fitzpatrick

Just try and resist this food-themed playlist from Digital Farm Animals

Digital Farm Animals has been making waves since his track ‘Millionaire’, a collaboration with Cash Cash, was playlisted by the UK’s biggest radios. Featuring both Nelly and an infectious beat, the track has been putting his name on the map. Here, he puts together a playlist of his favourite food-related tracks – what’s not to love?!

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  1. J. Cole & Kendrick Lamar- Forbidden Fruit

“That bassline – sampling at it’s finest matched with current day rap royalty”

 

2. Moby – Honey

“A veteran and one of the best all-time electronic music producers”

 

3. Gym Class Heroes – Cookie Jar

“A forgotten gem from a couple of year’s back right here”

 

4. 50 Cent – Candy Shop

“50 Cent – Getting dancefloors crunk since 2005”

 

5. Maroon 5 – Sugar

“Such a feel good video, gotta love these guys”

 

6. Rihanna – Birthday Cake

“Cake Cake Cake Cake….. Work Work Work Work. Repetition is a winning formula”

 

7. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication

“This has stood the test of time and will never get old”

 

8. Galantis – Peanut Butter Jelly

“Summer festival vibes. Every time!”

 

9. Notorious BIG – What’s Beef

“One of the greatest to have ever rapped”

 

10. Drake – Poundcake

“One of the greatest alive to rap”

 

11. DNCE – Cake By The Ocean

“By far the catchiest song of the summer 2016 (after Millionaire :-P)”

 

 

Millionaire, with Cash Cash and featuring Nelly, is out now.

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Fault meets actress Lily Loveless

First gracing our screens with the tough but tender Naomi in the award winning Skins series, Lily Loveless has gone on to work on everything from smaller television series, award winning independent films like Fear of Water and a well-received theatre run of The Collector (with Game of Thrones darling Daniel Portman). Now promoting the gloriously sinister dark comedy “Set the Thames on Fire”, we caught up with her to have a chat about life as Lily Loveless.

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Dress – Orla Keily / Earrings – Carolina Bucci

 

So you were introduced to the sort of “mainstream” audience as Naomi in Skins, and you’ve since moved on to do everything from TV shows, theatre and film – Where are you most comfortable, do you prefer a certain ‘genre’ of acting or are you just versatile enough to pull it off?

I find acting I’m just more comfortable at it, so I wanted to go in to theatre as well because it’s completely different, it’s so challenging and so hard. But the rewards are completely different and great as well. All I’m interested in is the characters and the writing. So, whether that’s in a play or a tv show or film, all that really matters to me is that the writing is good and that the character is a good character.

 

I suppose it’s terrifying with theatre because you only have the one take to get it right.

Yeah, it’s so scary, it’s my first play that we finished a couple of weeks ago! The first night I actually cut my finger open by accident and had to just finish the play with my finger bleeding all down my arm, and I could see the first two rows were going “Oh my god!” I didn’t know what to do! It was awful, but you get through it.

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Dress – For Love and Lemons / Earrings – Dinny Hall / Ring – Alexia Jordan

 

I’ve heard that you have an interest in doing some directing as well – is that something you’d still like to do?

[Nervous laughter] Yeah it is, definitely – I mean I might try it and be awful at it, so I don’t know, but I am trying to write my own stuff. It’s taking a hell of a long time… I think I would enjoy directing more than writing. Writing is great but it’s so hard, you have to be so self-motivated to get it done. But I don’t want to be handed a job in directing because I’ve acted, I want to work my way into it, because directors have worked extremely hard to get where they are and I don’t want to be handed anything or given a leg up. So I’d like to start by writing stuff and then sort of maybe start by helping someone co-direct and learning the “secrets” before going out and trying it on my own. It’ll take a long time, but that’s fine, because we’ve got time.

 

How was working on The Musketeers? Was it a bit of nostalgic fun being back on set with [former Skins castmate] Luke Pasqualino?

It was so much fun that I think I was annoying everyone else who was on set! That being because me and Luke get on so well… he is the funniest person I have ever met in my entire life! I think that when people see me laughing with him they think that I must be putting it on because it’s so ridiculous. I remember the first day on set – we were in the middle of nowhere, just outside of Prague, it was freezing cold and everyone was really grumpy – I spotted Luke coming out of his trailer and he spotted me and we just screamed, to the delight of everyone else, hah. Honestly though, it was the most fun I’ve ever had, and I’ve always wanted to learn how to use a bow and arrow because I’m a bit of a Lord of the Rings geek. Plus it was Sue Townsend directing my episode which was very cool, she was the first female director that they’ve had.

 

Wait, so were you any good with the bow and arrow?

YEAH! I was a natural! Wait, that sounds really arrogant… I was “okay”. I was trying to challenge my teacher to a contest, and he was like “No, I’ll beat you.” Everyone should try it, it’s so satisfying when you actually hit a target.

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Dress – Temperley / Earrings – Carolina Bucci / Necklace – Lily’s own

With roles like Naomi [Skins] and Alexia [Fear of Water, for which she won the Best Newcomer award in 2013] you’ve been praised as a kind of hero to the LGBT community. I actually have friends who had the courage to come out because of the Naomi/ Emily storyline – I think that whether or not you chose to be, you were praised as a hero to the LGBT community – was that something you ever set out to do?

In terms of my character being gay? It’s not something I had ever thought about before I got the part. I didn’t think about it that much to be honest, it was just “Oh, I’m playing this character and she happens to be gay” – it wasn’t a thing that I thought about. Me and Kat [Prescott, who played Emily]… we didn’t think that it was going to be how it was, the first season we did we thought that we were secondary characters. We just had this little story on the side, which we loved, we loved our characters and thought that it was very clever but we didn’t think that people would react the way they have. I’ve actually had people come up to me in person and say that I helped them come out, and I’ve read it in some places, and had letters. It’s amazing because I didn’t write it, I just got given the lines. So, it’s great to be credited with helping people come out like that, but I don’t think I can take the credit. It’s a very strange feeling because I don’t quite feel like I deserve to be thanked for it, but I’m so happy that people were able to come out because of something that I’ve been involved in. It’s amazing, you’d never think that you could have that influence on anyone. So yeah, it’s very special. With Fear of Water I just really liked the script, it’s like, you can’t turn down two straight roles in a row, so I’m not going to turn down two gay roles.

 

So I know that you and Kat had known each other before Skins and have stayed friends – are you a total social butterfly with actors you’ve worked with outside of work or are you more of an introvert?

Actually I was with Megan (Prescott, played Emily in Skins, Kat’s twin sister) the other day, we’d met at an acting class at Wood Green. So we were talking the other day, she’s one of my best friends, and she told me that she thought I hated her the whole time we were at that school! Which was news to me, I thought we were friends! I mean, we knew each other but we didn’t hang out, and then we bumped into each other at the Skins audition and obviously didn’t think that the three of us would all be in that, but then we were! I’m certainly not a social butterfly, I’d never use that term and neither would either of my friends, hah. But it’s sort of over the years I’ve had friendship groups that have come out of the different things that I’ve been in, and people sort of intertwine and know each other. I have a small, very very good circle of friends on top of my best friends from school and college. A lot of them are actors but we don’t do “actor things” we’re just a group of mates… I hate saying that because obviously I’m normal, but I’ve never seen it like that, we’ve all blended into one group of people.

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Dress – Temperley / Earrings – Carolina Bucci / Necklace – Lily’s own

So, you’ve gone from these down to earth kind of projects to Set the Thames on Fire which looks creepy and dystopian, totally not your wheelhouse, how did you end up working on it?

That was kinda the reason. I love my job, but a lot of my job is spent up North, in the cold, on a street, in not the prettiest places… this was a chance to do something where I’m playing a sort of fantastic character, not a real life person, and I got to go on these incredible sets which I’ve never done. Everything I’ve done is on location, on a street or in a club or in a pub, but being able to walk onto a set and feel like you’re in another world was just so cool. I really loved the story too, I’m a Londoner from generations and generations, and I just thought the idea of one there being just this small community of Londoners left because everyone else is gone, or dead… I found that very interesting, I’d like to think that I’d be able to stick it out to the end in London. I just loved the story, and the colourful characters, and that it wasn’t over the top. This film looks insane, like a work of art, but has a great storyline, and although you could say that some of the characters are over the top, it’s still got… I’m so shit at summing things up! [Laughs]. The idea of London being boiled down to just a few occupants left, and also the character, Emily. I’ve never really played a character who was sweet and innocent, and a little stupid, I get to play very intelligent women, which is amazing but variety is nice. I just wanted to play something that people never really get to see me as, I get put up for a lot of roles that are quite similar, but Emily is someone who is not strong, not intelligent, doomed for terrible things I think.

 

What was it like to film? Was it a bit much with the big sets? Did you get a little star struck with Noel Fielding and the rest of the cast or did you play it cool?

No, it was quite chilled actually… it was chilled on set and everyone was very nice. It was cool to work with the camera crew we had; someone had told me that they’d worked on Pan’s Labyrinth which made me really excited to see how it was going to look. It obviously didn’t disappoint when I saw it. I just wanted to not let them down, really. Obviously Noel Fielding is this great comedy actor and I am NOT a comedy actor! I mean, I’ve tried but it just doesn’t come to me, so I just didn’t want to be the one to let the side down.

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Ruffle top – Stella McCartney / Earrings – Carolina Bucci

I suppose it was a bit daunting working with these famous comedians on set.

Yeah because they can create these incredible crazy characters that you’d never think of. I’d get the script and learn it but it would never occur to me that I could do something to make it funny. Like you’d always watch it back and be like “Oh I could have done that better, or made that bit more entertaining” but… I’m happy.

 

If you had the chance to work with your dream cast of people, director, actor/actress etc, who would you choose?

Okay, well this is going to sound really random, but my number one would be Daniel Kaluuya (Skins, Black Mirror, Sicario) who is a very good friend of mine, and a very talented writer and actor. I would like Tommy Lee Jones in it, because I love him. I need to think of a female actress, because that’s prejudice if I don’t… WHOOPI GOLDBERG! I’ve loved her since I was four!

 

[Laughs] That’s totally out of left field, I didn’t see that coming!

Neither did I! But I’ve loved her since, like, The Rascals. Think she’s wicked. Maybe directed by Pedro Almodavor.

 

This would be the strangest film of all time.

It would be wacky, good luck with it.

 

This is the script you should be writing! So what are you doing at the minute, any more projects lined up?

Well I just came off stage, and I needed a break because it was just a two person show. So now I’m just going back to my writing that I’m working on… I don’t have anything lined up, it comes very quickly and goes again really quickly really.

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Shirt – Paul & Joe / Skirt – Markus Lupfer / Earrings – Carolina Bucci

What is your FAULT?

I think being too self-conscious and too aware of what other people think to the point of anxiety sometimes.

 

Set the Thames on Fire is on demand from 19 September and on DVD from 26 September, and also stars Sadie Frost and Noel Fielding. You can follow Lily on Twitter.

 

Words Morton Piercewright

Photography Jack Alexander

Styling Jess Stebbings @ Frank Agency

Hair & Make-Up Lauren Griffin using MAC Cosmetics

Hair & Make-Up Assistant Anni Rademacher using Bumble & Bumble

Special Thanks Clayton Arms, Peckham