FAULT Focus: Screenwriter and novelist Kelly Oxford for FAULT Issue 19

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Kelly Oxford was shot at her LA office by Brian Ziff. Interview by Chris Purnell.
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Most of us had heard of her back around 2010 when the number of followers one had became a big deal. Twitter personalities where starting to break into the mainstream, and she was one of the first. But we didn’t know her name. We were told that she was the Canadian housewife with a million Twitter followers who parleyed that into a screenwriting career, had a glamorous life in LA and pissed off a million writers that wondered how she got so lucky.

But the truth was less sensational. It involved hard work, practice and years of writing for little to no money. It wasn’t the American dream I had imagined. Or even cared to.

Now Kelly Oxford is famous, despite what she tells us. She is a New York Times bestselling author, she has a TV deal, a movie deal, she gets to talk to FAULT, and still finds time to annoy the Kardashians and their legions on Twitter: “If you can name 5 Kardashians but can’t name 5 countries in Asia, stick a knife in an electrical socket.”

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FAULT: Do you know how the story of you coming out of nowhere came about?

Kelly: The first time I got picked up by the media was a charity event in Los Angeles called ‘Night of 140 Tweets’ at the very beginning of 2010. That was a celebrity event where people would read a Tweet was to raise money for disaster relief in Haiti. I was the only one out of 140 people that wasn’t a celebrity. I was just a writer from Canada. I was a housewife. I was somebody who nobody really knew and I was only invited because people that were involved with this – actors and writers – liked me on Twitter and thought, “if we put her on this it’ll make sense because she’s very popular on Twitter and this is a night of tweeting.” All of a sudden I was part of a group of people when I really wasn’t one of them.

How did it [really] begin for you?

If I had been born in the United States, I’m 100% sure that when I graduated high school I would have moved to Los Angeles and started a normal writing career by becoming an assistant and working my way up the ranks. But I was Canadian. That sort of thing wasn’t an option for me. I could have moved down here and done all that stuff, lots of Canadians have, but I wasn’t ambitious about getting a career. I’d rather have a family and stay at home and pursue my passion. So I just did what I did, which was to just take some writing classes and write things on my Geocity page and just wonder if anybody would read it.

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Riccardo La Valle – photographer
Roberto Anselmo Calcaterra – video maker
Ilaria Medaglini – stylist
Elena Gentile – make up artist
Marco Steri – hair stylist
Christian Panarelli – hair stylist assistant
Gabriele & Elinor – models ( agency: ICE MODELS)

Debby Ryan – our Style section cover for FAULT Issue 19

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FAULT Issue 19’s Style section cover star Debby Ryan was shot by Brian Ziff and styled by Avo Yermagyan.
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Debby Ryan‘s staggering diversity as an artist sits nicely with a very healthy dose of natural talent and her near-zealous work ethic. It is the combination of these factors that marks Debby out as an anomaly in an age when so many of her peers seem content to reach a certain point before resting on their laurels. For Debby, it seems, her work has only just begun.

Ryan’s big break came in 2008 when she landed the role of Bailey on the Disney Channel’s original series ‘The Suite Life on Deck’. She now not only stars in Disney’s smash hit show ‘Jessie’, but has also produced, directed and written for the series.

This Summer the actress released a long-awaited debut album, One, with her band, The Never Ending. Featuring crystal clear vocals from Ryan, the simple, straightforward style with which she has launched her music career away from Disney has seen her gain widespread acclaim from critics and fans alike.

FAULT had the pleasure of spending the day with Debby on our exclusive shoot for Issue 19. We took the opportunity to pinpoint her various inspirations for tracks on her album, her direct involvement with changes to her character on ‘Jessie’ and what lies ahead for the star in the near future.

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Production by Zizi Zarkadas + Leah Blewitt

FAULT: You recently released your album One with your band, The Never Ending. How did you came up with your group’s name and how did you and your bandmates meet?

Debby: I was actually working on another music project and started writing a lot of songs with friends. Throughout the process these lyrics and melodies really started to develop as part of the collaboration, all of which really felt like “me” – not to sound cliché [laughs]!

It was definitely a passion project, bringing my songs, words and sounds all together and telling a story. Music to me is something that lasts longer than ourselves. The idea of being a successful musician or artist is really never-ending because you’re always growing and being inspired- so that is how the band name came about.

What’s it been like for you to basically grow up in the public eye? Do you ever get used to fame and to your fans being interested in what you do both on and off the screen?

Well, due to social media, things have changed a lot since I first started. There is definitely way more access to peoples lives. I’m inherently a private person – believe it or not. It’s funny to me what the media focuses on and things that make “the news” – like hair color changes [laughs]! Don’t get me wrong: I am truly blessed and I love my fans – it’s just [that] sometimes the assumptions people, [and] media make about you or [when they think] that they truly know you on a personal level….

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Interview by Leah Blewitt

How would you describe you own personal style?

I wear a a lot of black on black and I LOVE vintage. Definitely a laid back, comfortable style but always with a feminine touch. I love mixing and matching, taking basic black jeans and pairing a more casual piece from Topshop with a designer like Balenciaga.

What is your FAULT?

Well, if you asked my friends they will tell you [that] I’m the mom – or act like a mom! So hmm… I’d say taking in strays. I really love animals and just adopted another kitten recently.

I also take in drummers – my dummer is living with us as well [laughs]!

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FAULT Focus: AMBEREBMA Designer Noriko Yoshii

Japanese-born, Netherlands-based idealist Noriko Yoshii is the designer behind cutting-edge handbag label AMBEREBMA. Made from real leather in traditional tanneries in Italy, AMEREBMA products can be distinguished by their dedication to quality, precise attention to detail and an overall brand aesthetic that draws heavily on elements of the occult and dualist philosophies. Noriko’s monochromatic, palindromic approach immediately marks AMBEREBMA out as a uniquely positioned brand – one with a clearly defined identity that is underpinned by a firm commitment to keeping their products individually unique and faultlessly durable and long-lasting.

FAULT Focus had the pleasure of speaking to her about her approach to her business so far:

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Photographer: Zak Andrea Zaccone

FAULT: What was it that first spurred you to launch your label? Was there a specific event that helped you to make the decision or was it a process that took a long time before you made the big fist step into production?

Noriko: I used to live in Italy, and over there I was a designer for a fashion label. At that time, I thought to myself strongly that I would never start my own brand. That was because, throughout my career as a designer, I had learned that in order to create and sustain a brand it costs a lot of money and also a lot of work.

However, after I moved to Netherlands I was able to meet a lot of artists. Not just designers, but painters, musicians and people with a lot of new thoughts, ideas and energy. Coming into contact with them allowed me to think that I was able to do something too. Many people told me that I should start design bags once again.

The words of the owner of the factory where I make my bags now have also affected me greatly. He had been producing bags for couple of big designers, but for the past few years he constantly declined offers from small brands. Despite that, he told me that, if I were to start a brand, he would like to work with me.

I decided to start my brand from the support of all these people around me.

 

We love the name of your brand – AMBEREBMA – and the values it stands for: longevity and timelessness bound up in hopes for the future. On that note, you have mentioned how people are moving away from the idea of using a high quality statement pieces for a long time – presumably in favour of cheaper, ‘disposable’ items. Why do you think that is?

10 years ago, with the flow of different identities and hobbies, there was fashion. But now, we are flooded with information whether you are out on the streets or you are in front of the computer. The economic decline that we are going through has now lead people to seek cheap products. They tend to pick similar products to the people around them in order to feel like they are also ‘on-trend’ – just like everyone else.

I am also just a normal woman in her thirties who likes fashion. Feeling that ‘flow’ [trend] myself, I wanted to stop and think: “Is this what I want or now?” As much as the world has become accessible and convenient, there is also the other part of the world which is suffering from all of that: whether that is people, products, or the environment. I wanted to focus my eyes and energy on those things.

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Photographer: Max Botticelli

How do you intend to change that trend with AMBEREBMA?

I don’t intend to change the way people think. I believe that people do not change from being told. They change by realizing it themselves. With AMBEREBMA, changing something is not my intention – it is more that I intend to make my statement through it. If there are people who agree with it and with whom I can share that thought then I’ll be very happy.

Living in this world now, with massive amount of information, we tend to forget what’s really important. We forget that there are traditional crafts within different countries which we must protect.

In Italy, there are tanners and leather craft factories that have been making these products for a long time. I use real leather (animal skin) to make my products, therefore I want to make a statement of respect for those industries and put across other important messages through the label.

 

How do people buy your products?! We can’t do that through your website yet, it seems…What are your plans to make the line more widely available?

Right now we have 6 shops around the world which carry AMBEREBMA. There are shops which already have an online store and there are also ones that are planning on starting one. Unfortunately, at this point I’m not thinking of making an online store myself.

Right now I do a pop up store/exhibition twice a year in Tokyo, and a couple of times in Amsterdam and Milan. Actually talking and coming into contact with the clients is the method that I think suits me most.

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Photographer: Zak Andera Zaccone

We were intrigued to see so much diversity between your products in terms of their individual designs and inspirations. There are unifying themes, of course, but why it is it (do you think) that so many of your pieces showcase such a wide range of influences?

The core of my philosophy has always been the same. I like the phrase “nothing is good or bad: thinking makes it so”.
The world exists from two core aspects; however, it all depends on how you perceive things. That is the reason why I make unisex products and why black and white is emphasized. That dualist philosophy is always present when I design the bags and when we shoot the products. I focus on portraying the image of AMBEREBMA when I design: “It looks simple from the outside but there is an inner strength that lies within”.

I like the thought of this, and I would like to be like that as well. I believe this comes across quite strongly in my designs.

 

Is there a particular process you follow when designing?

In the process of designing, image research and material research is important but, even more than that, I find importance in communication and coming into contact with people. At the exhibition, I talk to clients and I listen to their feedback. When we shoot the campaign imagery, I talk to the photographer. When I work on collaborations, I talk to the artist.

The smallest things can turn into a big idea for me. I draw my designs by hand and I make the paper patterns myself.

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Photography: Jim Plasman

Do you have a favourite piece from your current collection?

[Laughs] That’s a hard one!

To me, each item is like my child. I use the SS1 (the card case), SS2 (coin case), and MM1 (multi-case) daily. I also use JJ2 bag frequently and, since I travel a lot for work, I use the SS4 (passport case).

I try to use all the items in order to see the good and bad sides of the product.

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Photographer: Zak Andrea Zaccone

Describe your ideal customer: what type of person would most appreciate the AMEREBMA label?

The target for this [sort of high quality] brand. I use high quality materials and the products are long-lasting. So I’m not focusing on age or gender. I guess you can say that anyone who agrees with and shares my mission statement is my target.

 

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on a joint exhibition with the artist Alice Morishita in Tokyo. We’ve recently done some collaboration pieces together and the exhibition is on Oct 17th, 18th, and 19th.

Afterwards, I am going to show at an Open Atelier in Amsterdam with the Dutch jewelry artist, Jacomijn van der Donk. It will be on November 22nd and 23rd.

I will also be having a pop up store/ exhibition in Milan in December. Please check my Facebook page for details:  www.facebook.com/amberebmabag

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Photography: Jim Plasman

What is your FAULT?

[Laughs] I’m stubborn and I tend to focus too much into my own world. That’s why, maybe I’m a little weak on the sales aspect.

 

For more information on Noriko or AMBEREBMA, please visit www.amberebma.com

Between Space – the new editorial by Kailas exclusive to FAULT Online!

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Jacket (Georgine) Shirtdress (Lie Sang Bong) Earring, worn as pendant (Erickson Beamon)

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Coat (Kelly Wearstler) Dress (Victoria Andreyanova) Belt (Cheap Monday) Shoes (Marissa Webb) Ring (Alexis Bittar)

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Blouse (Suno) Sweater (Dr. Martins) Skirt and belt (Bibhu Mohapatra) Shoes (Marissa Webb) Necklace (Alexis Bittar)

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Blouse (Rachel Zoe) Jumper (Novis) Shoes (Walter Steiger) Necklace (Erickson Beamon) Purse (Osklen)

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Jacket (Katie Ermilio) Dress, worn as blouse (BCBG MaxAzria) Skirt (Novis) Shoes (John Fluevog) – NOT PICTURED Earrings (Erickson Beamon)

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Jacket (Lie Sang Bong) Fur stole (Adrienne Landau) Sweater (Suno) Skirt (Cheap Monday) Shoes (John Fluevog) Bangles (Circa Sixty Three)

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Mesh top (Stijlus) Collared top (Katie Ermilio) Ring (Erickson Beamon)

Photographer: Kailas (http://www.kailasphotography.com/)
Photo assistant: Nick Ducot
Fashion Stylist: Emily Bess (http://www.emilybess.com/)
Hair: Jeanie Syfu (http://artmixbeauty.com/jeanie-syfu)
Makeup: Anastasia Durasova (http://artmixbeauty.com/anastasia-durasova)
Fashion Stylist Assistant: Brandon Garr
Model: Kristy Kaurova

Meet New Yorker contrabassist Aakaash Israni, DoM.

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Qasim Naqvi, Amino Belyamani and Aakaash Israni

I remember when I first found out about them. It was during the Winter Jazz Festival 2014 in New York city at Le Poisson Rouge. I was primiraly coming to see perform my friend Keren Ann for a little hour, where I unexpectedly met the French couturier Maxime Simoens and his Press officer Tomek Kolarski. We chatted for a bit until the next band… Red stripe done, I was totally washed out and went to the exit when I got curious about three guys playing new sounds in the pitch dark room with tiny blue spots lighting their instruments. I wanted to listen more so I stayed and I got trapped into their lawless universe… I rushed to the NYC Law School, a few doors down from Le Poisson Rouge, to buy their record and I played it five times in a row before sleeping. The New York Times, NPR Music, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, BBC 3 recently raved about them and now FAULT invites you to take a minute and listen to their haunting -perverse in a good way- music. Meet New Yorker contrabassist Aakaash Israni of the promising band Dawn Of Midi.

 

FAULT : Who are you, Aakaash Israni ?

Aakaash: I was born in India and raised in California. I never felt quite right anywhere until moving to New York at age 29. I started music in 3rd grade, mesmerized by Beethoven’s 5th symphony and Paco de Lucia as a child…. I grew up in San Diego, which is 2 hours south of LA.

FAULT : How did you connect with Amino and Qasim –the pianist and the drummer of the band respectively?

Aakaash : We met at CalArts as friends before we ever thought of playing music together. Amino and Qasim were in a trio with an excellent bassist named Sam Minaie already, so instead we played tennis.

FAULT : Who were your mentor(s) at school ?

Aakaash : The great bassist and composer Mark Dresser and the Master Ghanaian drummer Alfred Ladzekpo.

FAULT : What does DoM mean ?

Aakaash : Dawn of Midi was a phrase Qasim spoke once describing the music of the classical composers of the early 1980’s. It was sort of a non-sequiter in relation to the music we were making at the time (Our debut album First), which was freely improvised and sort of avant-garde. It made no sense. We had no idea we would make an album years later (Dysnomia) that would make the band name appear deliberate.

When we started we only made completely improvised music, so obviously there was no leader. Dysnomia, which leans heavily on the knowledge of African rhythmic concepts, has shifted this dynamic a bit. The album was composed by Amino and myself. Both Amino and I studied in Paris, but at different times. He was at the conservatoire for piano before leaving for CalArts, whereas I left CalArts to go to Paris and study music composition.

FAULT : Can you share with us an anecdote when writing/composing for Dysnomia, please ?

Aakaash : There was a lot of tension, Qasim was losing his father to cancer and was being given these incredibly challenging drum parts to learn and we had about 150 rehearsals before we went to the studio. By the time the album was recorded, our girlfriends had all left us, Qasim’s father was gone, and the hard times were only just beginning!

FAULT : Why creating/performing in darkness ?

Aakaash : This began at CalArts when we first met. I’ve always enjoyed closing my eyes at concerts and have always wanted to give concerts in complete darkness. I think vision dominates our perception and removing it enhances our experience of sound so when we first began improvising together I suggested we do so in the dark.

FAULT : What kind of music do you listen to ?

Aakaash : A lot of African drumming music -from Ghana and Morocco. Also a lot of pop music. I like to try and understand what makes pop music work on the ear the way it does. It is extremely efficient, it has to make you fall in love in three minutes.

FAULT : What are your latest findings in music ?

Aakaash : Shing Kee by Carl Stone.

FAULT : What is your dream collaboration ?

Aakaash : A music video with dancer Marquese Scott directed by David Lynch.

FAULT : What is your FAULT ?

Aakaash : I care too much

 

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Demi Lovato for FAULT Issue 19 – first look (issue is available to pre-order NOW!)

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FAULT Issue 19 reversible cover star Demi Lovato was shot by Giuliano Bekor and styled by Avo Yermagyan.
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FAULT Magazine Issue 19 – the Millions Issue will feature American pop phenomenon Demi Lovato as its reversible cover star this Fall. Eminently suitable for the issue theme, Demi has over 60million fans on Facebook and Twitter alone and is one of the most influential popular culture figures in the world today.

Demi’s feature – which includes an in-depth interview and exclusive photoshoot by photographer Giuliano Bekor and stylist Avo Yermagyan – runs over 12 pages in the print issue. Demi also covers the Beauty section inside the magazine.

The shoot, based on the issue’s theme of ‘Millions’, showcases Demi as an artist whose every move has ramifications on a globally impactful scale. As a role model to millions, her words and actions are reviewed, analysed, dissected and reflected over and over again. Under those circumstances, one can only imagine what a surreal experience it must be to come face to face with the person behind the lens…

In her interview, Demi discusses the responsibility that comes with being a role model, her collaborations with people like Cher Lloyd and the Vamps, her incipient interests in philanthropy and world affairs and, of course, her music.

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FAULT: You’ve spoken about how the album marked a real shift in sound for you, towards more dance-inspired tracks. Was that something that you deliberately wanted to create or was it something that happened organically?

Everything that happened on the album happened organically. Nothing was really planned in terms of “I want a dance song” or anything like that- it just kind of happened! It’s exciting to show people a different side of myself.

In terms of the collaborations (most recently with Cher Lloyd and The Vamps), how do they come into being?

Sometime you come up with a part in a song and you instantly know who you’re looking for. With ‘Really Don’t Care’, [her latest single], Cher instantly came to my mind. She’s got a lot of attitude and a lot of sass and was perfect for the song. Other times it just kind of happens- you meet someone and you write together and it turns out to be an awesome song.

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Interview by Will Ballantyne-Reid

You’ve become an inspirational figure not just for your fans but even for those unfamiliar with your music as a result of your philanthropic projects and your work with anti-bullying campaigns and mental health awareness. How do these projects shape your career and your own creative process?

Well these projects were really born out of my relationship with my fans, where they are able to look up to me no matter what they’re going through. I really like being there for them in that way. I pride myself in being a role model but I’m not perfect- I curse like a sailor and I sometimes make mistakes but at the same time I want to be what I know my little sister and that younger generation needs.

Are there any difficulties that come with being in the public eye, and especially that ‘role model’ tag?

I use to get frustrated that just because I wanted to sing, I was automatically expected to be a role model. But I had to grow up and realise that no matter what I do I’m going to be somebody’s role model. It’s true what they say- “with great power comes great responsibility”- and everybody’s career is different but for me, I had to grow up and embrace it rather than resent it, as that only made me resent my career.

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Going forward with your music and your philanthropy work, what do you feel is the next step?

I take my life day by day; some day I’m really involved with one charity, and another I’m really focussed on another. In this moment, I’m really dedicated to the scholarship program that I created in order to provide mental health services to people that can’t afford it on their own.

Demi’s album, DEMI, is out now

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Usher – first look at our exclusive shoot for FAULT Issue 19’s front cover

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FAULT Issue 19 front cover star Usher was shot by Sinisha Nisevic and styled by Sammy and Judy/Cloutier Remix.
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FAULT Magazine Issue 19 – the Millions Issue will feature legendary R&B recording artist Usher as its front cover feature this Fall. Having already sold nearly 23million records in the US alone, Usher is undoubtedly one of the most instantly recognisable faces in the music industry today – just as he was after the release of his first UK number one single, ‘You Make Me Wanna’, back in 1997.

Usher’s feature – which includes an in-depth interview alongside the exclusive photoshoot by photographer Sinisha Nisevic and stylists Sammy and Judy (aka renowned LA celebrity stylists The Kids) – runs over 13 pages in the print issue. Usher also covers the Men’s Fashion section inside the magazine.

The shoot, based on the issue’s theme of ‘Millions‘, is designed to showcase two distinct sides to Usher’s character. In one sense, the shoot presents the public face of a star known and loved by ‘millions’ but, juxtaposed with this, we also see a revelatory side of a sensitive, thoughtful man. The latter gives insight into the thought process of a man who has reached the point in his career where keeping his fans happy and challenging both himself and the limits of his creativity have become his most important goals.

There is an Usher who poses happily with models and plays up to the camera and also the Usher who dances in the studio as much for his own amusement as for the sake of a great photo. The great thing for Usher, one feels, is that for him– more often than not – those two worlds are intertwined.

In his interview, entitled ‘The Man Who Can Do it All’, Usher discusses his role on ‘The Voice’, his motivations and goals for producing music that he loves, regardless of commercial success, his upcoming acting role in ‘Hands of Stone’, the biopic of famed boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and, of course, the main themes of his highly anticipated new album.

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Interview by Heather Seidler

FAULT: Did you learn anything from doing ‘The Voice’ that you’ll use in your own career?

Usher: Part of the reason why I did ‘The Voice’ was so people would get a chance to see a different perception of me….The more I know about life, the more I know about people, the greater the person I am, the more understanding I have about how to make music and how to do things that will grow us as people.

[So making this album was] not about making commercial hits?

I don’t feel that I’ve got to sell out this tour, or sell crazy amounts of albums, or have the number one single. It’s great to have all those things, but that isn’t what I’m doing.

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Creative Director: Andre Bato Producers: Leah Blewitt & Bryant Robinson Special Thanks: Shoshanna Stone & Team Usher

 

Let’s talk about the movie you just finished, Hands of Stone. Tell me about your role as Sugar Ray Leonard.

The film revolves around a very compelling story in history. A lot of people want to know what happened with Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard during that infamous fight. Why did he quit? Why did he walk out of the ring? No one knows the truth. We address all of that. It’s going to be a great piece of work, because of everyone involved in telling this really significant part of boxing history.

I spent time with him [Sugar Ray Elonard] in Atlanta, and here in Los Angeles. We boxed together; we chilled. He became a great friend of mine, almost like a brother to me.

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Tell me about the new album you’re working on.

It’s still a work in progress. I’m at a place where I really just want to have fun and do what I feel is significant to me.These last three years have been the hardest times of my life. I’ve wanted to break down, I’ve wanted to quit. I’ve wanted to throw in the towel but my spirit wouldn’t allow me… The one thing the album represents is confidence. Not confidence in a cocky way, but being open about what I feel, take it or leave it. If I’m not honest about my feelings then you’ll never know how I really feel.

Who are some of the people you’ve been jamming with, who’s producing and working with you on it?

I reached out to work with people that I haven’t worked with before like Ryan Tedder, Ed Sheeran, and Skrillex. Also people who I have worked with before like Diplo…and Pharrell [Williams].

‘She Came to Give it to You’ – the new single from Usher’s upcoming album – is out on 28th September

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