Dougie Poynter’s Exclusive Photoshoot and Interview for FAULT Magazine Online

 

Dougie Poynter first burst onto the scene back in 2004 as part of the band Mcfly  who in their career spanning over thirteen years have amassed 19 top 10 singles, 5 albums and will be heading off on their 14th tour in September! Dougie’s personal writing skills are just as impressive, credited for his songwriting on tracks by 5SOS and One Direction respectively, he has also cut his teeth as FAULT Magazine’s own guest reporter at London Collection Man. 

We caught up with Dougie to discuss next month’s tour, favourite band moments and where his creative steps will take him.

 

When the news broke that bandmate Harry Judd had suffered a neck injury forcing you to postpone your Mcfly Anthology tour, were you relieved for the extra rehearsal time?

It’s weird, it felt like someone had moved Christmas. I’m still very excited though and now Danny will actually have learned all the songs again. The only bit of production we were bringing on tour was an autocue for lyrics so it’ll be nice to just let loose without it!

 

You’re going from 6 members in McBusted back to 4 in Mcfly, will the stage feel more daunting with less members?

There will be more space, that’s for sure because with 6 of us we were constantly running into each other. When we would play arenas it was fine because the stage was massive but our guitars came away full of dents! I have some gnarly jumps up my sleeve now we have the extra space.

 

In a few words, what can fans expect to see on your tour?

It’s every album back to back. There will be songs that as a band we’ve only ever played one time during recording sessions but never played live. It will definitely be a one off for us.

 

Looking back to 2013 and to McFly’s first album, many people said you’d be a passing fancy but here you are in 2016 you’re about to embark on nationwide tour. How does it feel to prove so many naysayers wrong?

It doesn’t feel like good in a smug sense because for us it’s been a continuous thing. It really weirds us out when people are like “you were my first concert when I was in year 6” and now they’re all adults with jobs and kids! We’ve never really stopped working, even when we took 9 months off after McBusted to work on other projects, we were all still working.

We are just grateful that we have had the opportunity to stay making music because we always say to ourselves that “the band won’t be around forever” although we’re starting to think it will be! Our awesome fanbase keeps us going even though we haven’t released new music in so long. We’ve actually recorded 2 albums and just scrapped them because we can’t make up our minds at all!

 

Do you foresee there will be McFly tour when you’re old and grey?

If we survive that is! Everyone keeps hurting themselves, Harry has slipped a disc and Danny fractured his elbow so it’s pretty good we had more time to recoup and recover!

 

Can you pinpoint one favourite moment from your career?

We’ve done some really cool stuff and won awards and set world records but honestly, when we’re all together and reminiscing, our favourite moments are when we’re just pissing around and getting up to no good. It’s the little things…Although it is nice to win awards.

 

Future plans for the rest of the year?

Everyone has their own thing going on. As we’ve gotten older our solo careers keep us busy, Tom has his songwriting and Danny is a DJ and I’ve been out in the states doing my own thing. We’ll probably postpone the tour again after I hurt myself on this shoot!

What are you working on in the states?

I’ve been studying acting for the last 2 years. I just really enjoy studying and taking on new crafts. It’s a bit of everything and by the end of the tour I plan to relocate to LA and continue the acting.

Despite only ever putting your music out there, the press continuously write about your personal relationships, has that pressure every become too much for you?

I don’t like the personal stories about me. It always freaks me out, I know some celebrities can just brush it off and say any press is good press but there’s something about it that makes me feel very uneasy.

What is your FAULT?

I hate the feeling of powerlessness. I’ve been very involved with charities cleaning up the ocean and stopping plastics and micro plastics from being dumped but it Is bewildering to see just how much needs to be done and how little I can do alone.

 

Words: Miles Holder

 

 

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

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

This is my  favourite song ever!

Carol King – Too Late 

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


Fleetwood Mac – Family Man

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

Laurent Garnier – Man With The Red Face  

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


702 – You Don’t Know


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

Candi Staton – Young Hearts

Because it’s a classic.

Andre 3000 ft Kelis – Millionaire

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

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

Cat Power – Cross Bone Style

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

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Angie Stone – I Wish I Didn’t Miss You

I wish I wrote you.

FAULT talks to photographer Alan Silfen at the launch of his exhibition ‘STILL’ alongside Lionel Richie

Last night FAULT was at an exclusive viewing of ‘STILL’, an exhibition by Alan Silfen showcasing the life and adventures of none other than Lionel Richie, who was also in attendance. Hosted at The Dorchester hotel, we managed to grab Alan to ask him what it was like shadowing such an icon.

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Lionel Richie – Photo courtesy Alan Silfen

FAULT: So first off, how does it feel to have an exhibition like this in The Dorchester?

Alan: Oh, it’s amazing; it’s ridiculous. I’ve been shooting Lionel Richie for 40 years and you don’t realise until something like this that it has been 40 years. It’s been a trip and it’s so funny remembering time and the fun and the craziness of The Commodores.

FAULT: I bet you couldn’t imagine back when you first shot Lionel that it would ever lead to exhibitions and shots of Royalty.

Alan: No way! I was 17 when I first shot him. 17. That lead to being scared out of my mind in a room with Lionel, Princess Diana and Prince Charles and not knowing how to act; I wasn’t even meant to be in the room. They finally said I could go in but I had all these bodyguards staring at me and burning a hole through me with their eyes. Then, all of a sudden, I hear Princess Diana say “could you take a picture of us?” What would you do? I said yes. It’s about moments like that. That’s how it feels: crazy.

 

Princess Diana and Lionel Richie - Photo courtesy Alan Silfen

Princess Diana and Lionel Richie – Photo courtesy Alan Silfen

 

FAULT: One of my favourite images on display has to be the rolls of proofs where Lionel has circled and crossed out images he does and doesn’t like in red pen. What was the thinking behind including it in the exhibition?

Alan: Well, that was one of things about putting this exhibition together. All of the early work is on different types of film. These images are all on Kodak 120 roll film, so it’s all negatives and on a proof sheet which is around A4 size. You would sit down with a magnifying glass and you would circle the ones you like. So when I found this sheet, I thought it would be perfect and so I printed it oversized and then Lionel saw and said “I’m going to go to town!” So I got him some acrylic red paint and he did his usual process of crossing off the ones he didn’t like. What he does and doesn’t like hasn’t changed in 40 years. He doesn’t like the moody images; he prefers to be engaged.

 

Photographer Alan Silfen. Photo courtesy Robert Baggs

Photographer Alan Silfen – Photo courtesy Robert Baggs

 

FAULT: Do you ever not agree with his image selections?

Alan: Oh of course! That’s half the fun of it!

FAULT: Who wins usually?

Alan: I’ll leave that to you to figure out… it could be me, it could be him.

FAULT: The Glastonbury image from last year is absolutely incredible. To see Lionel’s fan base having just grown and grown; the crowd is phenomenal.

Alan: This image to me is the ultimate. Just to think that Lionel broke the record for the biggest crowd at Glastonbury and then his album went number 1 after this. The album had been out for 18 years.

FAULT: You must have shot a lot of his live shows.

Alan: Yeah, a lot of his live shows and I’ve gone on tour with him. We also do all of the album packaging and marketing for the tours but my favourite is going in to the studio with him.

 

Photo courtesy Alan Silfer

Lionel with Lenny Kravtiz – Photo courtesy Alan Silfer

 

FAULT: He has worked with some incredible artists.

Alan: Yeah, like sitting in with him and Lenny [Kravitz]… the two of them together is crazy. They work all through the night until 9 the next morning and you don’t even realise it because it’s amazing to see people like that write music. Just being allowed to be there to photograph it is amazing and they forget I’m even in the room. That’s how I’ve been very lucky because Lionel has always been that way with me.

 

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Lionel with LL Cool J – Photo courtesy Alan Silfer

 

FAULT: It is shots like that that are iconic and my personal favourite over posed images.

Alan: Yeah and that shot of the two of them always reminds me of how he writes. That frame is from 1996 but it could be from 1980 or it could be from yesterday. What he does is he’ll have the melody done and then they book him for a vocal session and he hasn’t even written the words yet. So, when he had to do the vocals for Easy he hadn’t even written them yet. So he was sitting there like a school boy with a pencil and a lined notebook writing words.

FAULT: I couldn’t agree more. As a photographer I know just how incredible it feels to capture a great moment and just what it means.

Alan: Exactly – you can understand then. I mean, I can’t play [an instrument] but I love music and I can’t play a note. The camera is my way to be around him and so that’s what I did and from that I get to meet all these people you see, including that man over there. His name is Barrie Marshall who owns Marshall Arts Ltd. He promotes all the major tours; Sir Paul McCartney, Elton John and so on. That is how I got to work with Paul McCartney. In fact, Barrie promoted the first Commodore concerts in Europe and to do this day he still promotes Lionel.

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Photo courtesy Alan Silfer

FAULT: It seems as if Lionel has surrounded himself with the same people throughout his career.

Alan: Yes and that says a lot about Lionel.

FAULT: He must be great to work with!

Alan: That and he is very loyal.

FAULT: Over these years working together, have you seen your work evolve along with his?

Alan: Oh, definitely. You can walk around and see that. There was a style I always did, but if you look at my new portraits you can see how the style has altered; perhaps it’s a more sophisticated style. You know how it is Rob, the more you shoot the more you realise what you like and what you like to look at.

FAULT: Certainly. Developing your own style is a difficult goal to achieve as a photographer.

Alan: That’s really the hardest thing: figuring out what you like. After that you just have to figure out how to do it. When you figure out what you like it’s just the fun of working out how to make it work.

Lionel with Muhammad Ali - Photo courtesy Alan Silfen

Lionel with Muhammad Ali – Photo courtesy Alan Silfen

FAULT: With the candid work you have that control, but what about the live work? That must be much harder to put your stamp on. Do you ever wish you could have done it differently after the fact?

Alan: Always. When I first arrived at this stage at Glastonbury I thought “how am I going to capture this?!” Do I go down and shoot from the crowd – what do I do? I tried to go to the crowd but I couldn’t get in to it as it was so packed. I mean, if you dropped something it wouldn’t hit the ground. Also, it was a tall stage and I didn’t want to shoot up the guy’s nose and that doesn’t tell the story of the madness. But it’s trying to combine that with Lionel being Lionel that was the difficulty.

FAULT: Well again, it’s the photographer in me talking but I don’t think this could have been a better shot to capture the atmosphere and the composition is just perfect. Lionel is caught right in full flow and even the background is perfectly aligned to the rule of thirds!

Alan: It’s good that you noticed that actually. Lionel likes things to be symmetrical – in his life too. He likes order in everything and particularly in his writing. He likes things to be simple and one word titles.

FAULT: Well, I will leave you to entertain now and enjoy your exhibition!

Alan: Thank you – any time.

Photo courtesy Alan Silfen

Photo courtesy Alan Silfen

Interested in visiting the exhibition? You can find more information via The Dorchester website here.

Words: Robert Baggs

FAULT Magazine: Keeping it real with Counterfeit

 

 

 

Going back a FAULT issue ago, you surely remember Jamie Campbell Bower as our Menswear and Back Cover. Fast-forward and it’s about time we caught up again and had a little chat about his new punk rock band– Counterfeit. This isn’t Jamie’s first go at music – most of you remember The Darling Buds – but Counterfeit is nowhere near that. You can throw it in the ‘past tense’ bin and grow up a little because the boys are miles away from the bubble gum that they used to be. Call it a family affair if you will – you do have two Bowers in the mix now – and add some hardcore spice to it as well because the guys are nothing short of mind-blowing. We won’t be giving away too much; this is definitely a band that you need to go and see live in order to get the point. Throwback to our last interview, Counterfeit was only just taking shape. A year later and with nearly 30 shows under their belts plus a nomination from Kerrang! Magazine, it’s safe to say that they’re here to stay.

 

You toured Europe and the UK with only a few tracks under your belts. Can you remember what your first show was like? 

Jamie: The first time we played in December was the first time we’d been on stage all together, at the O2 Academy in Islington. And we sold it out. It was mental. At that stage, for me anyways, it was a stage of ‘I know how these songs have been written, I know how they’ve been recorded, but are they going to work live?’ Like ‘Is this band actually going to be a band on stage’? We played the first song and, all of the sudden, we realised that it works. Doing something that was a) personal and b) a venture into something that was a completely different beast was an exciting experience and I think we all learned lessons from that show. It was a great first gig, but at the same time, how far the set has come in only 3 tours is miles apart from where it was. It’s a lot angrier, it’s a lot faster, and it’s a lot more fluid than it was back then.

Tristan: If you were to watch that show back to back with our most recent show, you’d see the progression clearly.

Jamie: But the last tour that we did, we started in the UK and went out in Europe. Not being on home territory, there’s this sort of forgiveness that you give yourself. There isn’t as much fear, I suppose. But because we were doing like home territory gigs and the UK is awash with really great bands in whatever genre, there was a trepidation and a definitive apprehension there. So we had to go out there and prove ourselves to the people who see bands every week.

 

As you mentioned earlier, the UK has a pretentious music market. How big was the pressure to prove yourselves?

Jamie: We had to rise to the top. And that’s what we continue to strive for. And yeah, there is loads of pressure to make your presence known. When we write, we’re always very aware of that. We’re very aware of Counterfeit – the band. Cause we can all write very different songs, but at the end of the day, it has to be Counterfeit – the band kind of material. The pressure is not put on by anyone else but ourselves and that’s a good thing. That’s where ambition comes from. We’d be cocky and ignorant if we just went out there like ‘Yeah no pressure we’re fine’. We want people to come to our shows and be like ‘Bloody hell that was mental’. There are a lot of people that come to our shows that have either never been to a punk rock show and then there’s the other side of it – where there are people who go to rock shows all the time. So, for those people who have never been to one, we want them to go away, go see another band and just go like ‘that’s nowhere near Counterfeit’. You want the show to really stand out.  You want people to go home and really talk about it.

 

So which one of you does the lyrics?

Jamie: *raises hand*

 

Are you okay?

Jamie: *laughs* I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine. I just need a cuddle.

 

Most of your tracks come from personal experience, there’s raw honesty in there.

Jamie: The whole reason that this band came together was born out of a necessity for myself to really be honest with me. And to be as upfront as possible.

 

You’ve been brutally honest with yourself, in all fairness.

Jamie: I try to be. It’s more of an exorcism than anything else. It’s not an exercise it’s an exorcism. And it had to come from the heart. Cause I’ve written before, but it was all a bit like ‘Everything’s great, I’m having a wonderful time’. You know, roses are red, violets are blue. But actually, that wasn’t my reality when we started this band. My reality was being forced to look back on quite a large portion of my life. To re-evaluate whom I was. And through that, came this sort of fear, anxiety, anger and general frustration with not only who I am but also with the world that I was in and how I perceived my world to be. I needed to do that and yeah, I am a bit mental.

 

Doesn’t this exhaust you, both mentally and emotionally? Over time, it can get a bit too much.

Jamie: I wouldn’t say it gets too much. I mean yes – it is exhausting and yes – it is emotionally and physically and mentally very taxing to perform these songs for all of us, but I’ve got the energy and the want and the will to do that. It is a necessity more than anything – to remind myself of who Jamie really is. The decisions that I’ve made in my life have brought me to this place and that’s wicked. There’s really nothing better than going to play a show. Nothing better than going out there and just screaming the songs that mean the most to me. Because at the end of the day, you can go and watch a band that talks about things that are a bit wishy-washy, but you’re nowhere near as connected to a band like that than you are to a band that’s out there literally putting their balls on the line. It’s by no means an easy listen, but it sure as hell is fun.

 

 

Talk me through your live shows. They’re quite intense from what I’ve seen. You’re spending most of your time in the crowd or doing something potentially life threatening. Thoughts on health and safety? 

Jamie: I remember the first time I went to a rock festival. The shows that I was witnessing were like nothing I’d ever seen before. That inspired me. And I had been to loads of shows before, I’ve seen bands like The Strokes and I know that there’s a massive difference. A difference between going in to see a band like The Strokes and then going to a super heavy rock festival where people just go mental. My thoughts on health and safety are that they’re fucking pathetic and unnecessary. And yeah, I know I put myself on the line a bit, but I want to share my experience with the people that are in the crowd. One of my favourite shows that we’ve ever played was our show in Barcelona. We had maybe 150 to 200 kids there. So, for us, a relatively small show. And, basically, I played the whole set in the crowd. I walked off stage and there was this instant connection between the band and the crowd. It was so sick and I didn’t want to be standing on stage, I didn’t want to feel like I was in a fucking zoo. I wanted us to have this moment together. That’s what it’s all about for me. I like to feel exhausted and I like to feel shattered cause I’ve always felt like that when I’ve worked. If there’s any point in time when you go home from whatever it is that you’re doing in a creative industry and go like ‘I could’ve given it a little bit more’, it can be very soul destroying. It’s not a nice experience. Every night is a new challenge and it’s good to physically push yourself. I like that.

 

 

Do you have a particular show in mind where things got a bit more intense than usual?

Jamie: There are some shows. The Italy shows that we play are always very intense for myself because I spend a lot of time in the crowd. With a crowd that’s over 800 people, you can get swamped very quickly. Literally, like actually completely covered by people. Those shows are very intense and they are very… grabby. We put Sam in an inflatable dinghy and sent him out into the crowd, being held up by these people.

Sam: It worked too well, I have to say. It worked way too well.

 

Is this something that you actually previously agreed to?

Sam: It was actually brought upon me. I think these guys had a meeting when I was out and then they were like ‘So, basically what’s going to happen is this.’ I was keen for it. And Jamie came up to me before the show and was like ‘Is this actually happening?’ and I was like ‘Oh yeah’.

Jamie: All I could hear in the back of my mind was out mother’s voice. If he goes and knocks a tooth out I’m going to be the one that’s in trouble, obviously. It’s always going to be the older brother. So, that was pretty fun, that was a good show. But like, as I said, Barcelona for me was a really good show – it was a real turning point for us as a band – to realise that you don’t have to have a crowd of however many hundreds of people to have a killer show.

 

 

You’ve already given us a taste of who you are as a band. When do you plan on releasing an album?

Jamie: It will be towards the end of this year beginning of next. We’ve pretty much got the record ready in terms of writing. I mean, obviously, we took out a certain number of songs on tour. But we’re ready to go in basically. It’s all about finding the time.

Jamie, this one’s for you. Last time we spoke, the only thing you seemed excited about was voicing a boat on Thomas and Friends.

Jamie: Yeah and? *laughs* I mean, I’ve got a lot of strings to my boat and when we last spoke, Counterfeit was only just taking shape. Like I said in the beginning of the interview, I didn’t know whether this was going to work on stage, it was a fear that was in the back of my mind. I like to downplay things that aren’t quite solidified yet, you know what I mean? So yeah, obviously Skiff was great and I loved that, but this right now is what I’m stupidly stoked about.

Hence the point – you seem more content right now. And for good reasons. Things escaladed massively and all in the right direction. Looking back on everything that you’ve done, do you all feel proud of Counterfeit?

Jamie: Hugely. We’re all proud of each other. We all want to be better. The only question is ‘Will we ever be satisfied?’ There’s always room to improve. We’ll never stop pushing and we’ll always want to get better and want to pick up on things.

Never settle.

Jamie: That’s what I think this band is about – it’s about being unsettled. It’s about, you know, not being comfortable in where we are and who we are necessarily. I know I always felt like that growing up. I’m comfortable now with whom I am, but still it’s like – this band has to be about becoming the best band in the world. That’s what it had to be about for us. There was no point in doing this if we didn’t want to become one of the greatest rock bands ever. That’s not me saying that we are – that’s me saying that this is what we strive for on a show-to-show basis. And the moment we become relaxed and comfortable and calm is the moment that the band dies and we start writing folk records. Not that I’m saying folk is comfortable!

What’s your FAULT?

 Roland: I can never decide between black and white socks.

Jamie: I’ll speak on Jimmy’s behalf: Jimmy’s biggest fault is that he’s not here. And that he’s always late.

Sam: Personal hygiene. Not as in me, but us.

Jamie: Don’t lump this on me, I showered last night. I think, musically, my biggest fault is that I find it hard to let go of the material. Once it’s done, I just can’t let it be because it’s so personal.

Tristan: I try to be too much of a perfectionist.

 

Mollie King Is Set To Surprise In Our FAULT Magazine Online Covershoot

 

 

We first became aware of Mollie King as part of the girl group ‘The Saturdays’. With thirteen top 10 singles across their five studio albums, the girls called a hiatus in 2014 to focus on their solo project. Now two years later, Mollie is on the cusp of debuting her first solo material which we’re told is going to be completely different to her previous projects.

FAULT caught up with Mollie to find out more in this exclusive online cover story.

FAULT: Hi Mollie, how is the upcoming music sounding?

Mollie: Really good! We’re just on the cusp of everything releasing and I’m so excited. I’ve been putting it together for a good year and a half and I’ve just shot the video so everything will be revealed in the next couple of weeks! It’s really exciting and going to be very different to what people are expecting so everyone will be very surprised.

 

When you’re in a band situation it’s difficult to display your own musical style, how different is your solo music compared to what we’ve heard from The Saturdays?

It’s definitely still a pop record, just very different to the pop music. In a band, it’s so difficult to make the music go down the lane you want it to, but this is actually the kind of music that I love and it’s very personal throughout. You’ll be able to tell straight away from the first single that stylistically, it’s worlds apart from The Saturdays.

 

What did it feel like to listen back to your first solo recording and hear your vocal without 4 other voices?

It’s definitely very strange and nothing that I’m used to. Everything from shooting the videos to photo-shoots, I’m just used to having 4 other girls with me. It’s a new experience and I do feel very vulnerable up there on my own, especially when I’m writing the songs about personal experiences and putting it out there to the world. Obviously I’ve got nerves about it coming out as well but all I can do is believe in the project and I do adore my debut track and I love the video. I played the song to the other Saturdays girls and they all really loved it and that means the world to me.

 

How easy have you found the the writing process?

There are definitely days when I felt more on the roll than others. When I went to write the single I wasn’t really feeling up to going into the studio but in the end it was one of the most productive days ever. You never really know until you get in there how the songs are going to turn out and that’s really exciting. I’m still learning so much about production and song writing and I hope I continue to learn it forever as you can never get to the point when you know enough with these things. I’ve just been so fortunate to work with amazing producers and writers.

 

Who has been a big musical inspiration throughout the project?

I listen to all kinds of music and have a very eclectic taste sometimes I just come home and I just like to listen to really acoustic tracks by James Vincent Mc Morrow although I’m also a massive pop fan so I love Ariana Grande and Jessie J and take inspiration from Prince and Michael Jackson. Although with this record it’s so pop and so personal to me, that a lot of inspiration has come from what I’ve been through the last couple of years.

 

Where did you shoot the video?

I shot the video in England and I’ve never been prouder of anything else I’ve created. We worked with such an amazing director and team and everyone is going to be very surprised.

You also run a fashion blog via Mollieking.com, how would you describe the “Mollie King Signature Look”?

It’s tough, I really do like to dress up and as a woman, it’s always nice to have that dressed up feeling but I also love any look that looks effortless.  I do tend to stick to more neutral colours and classic shapes. I feel my most confident in my style when my hair, makeup, and outfit are all in sync.

 

What is your FAULT?

I’m far too indecisive! It will take me a billion years to make up my mind on things and as a Gemini, I’m constantly going back on fourth.

 

Photographed at The Athenium Hotel

Cover Credits:  Nude bra by Base Range Black Leather Jacket by Second Female  M necklace by Alexi K necklace by Alexi

Exclusive interview with Ady Suleiman at Glastonbury

With smooth bluesy tones and sultry eyes, Ady Suleiman serenades a small crowd as a prelude to his later performance at the Pussy Parlure at Glastonbury. His tunes create a dreamy atmosphere and the muddy surroundings of the tiny tent melt away. The 23-year-old grew up in Nottingham and has been honing a unique sound ever since.

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Looking back on the puzzle pieces that have slotted together to create the singer he is today, Ady references inspiration from every era. ‘The song that got me into music was Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix,’ says Ady, grinning at the memory. ‘I remember I got his compilation CD when I was 13 and when I first listened, I fucking hated it. I didn’t understand it at all – I was like, “what is this psychedelic shit?’’

 And then I actually put the CD back in the wrong case and went on holiday and when I opened it up I thought “fucking hell I’ve only bought this CD and I’ve got to listen to it the whole time on my walkman”. I thought, well, it’s better than no music so I put it on and as I got to Little Wing I just understood the emotion that he was trying to convey.

Honestly it nearly brought a tear to my eye which was fucking weird. Because I understood it, I went back again and kept listening to it and I was like “Oh my god this is amazing!” Because it took me a while to get it so when I got it I appreciated it even more.’  

Ady started writing when he was 14 and music soon became a sizeable portion of his life. ‘When I started making music I loved it just the same as playing football in the park. It wasn’t because I was thinking about a career,’ he says. ‘I watched DVDs of Woodstock and got involved in the whole culture. It just became part of my personality, you know, it was like “that’s Ady the guy who fucking loves music”. You’ve got the sports guys and the maths guys at school and my thing was music.’

While writing came first, performing in public didn’t happen until later. ‘I never had the confidence to go out and gig in my teenage years really. My first gig was school when they put a band around me with soul and jazz stuff but I didn’t do any solo stuff till 18/19. I’d been writing but never really playing it for anyone. I was at school and it wasn’t really my focus on the weekend. I never thought “Oh I’m gonna go and do a gig.” I thought I would chill with my mates. Being at university in Liverpool with people who are into music as a career gave me the confidence to go out and start gigging. There’s great music history and culture in Liverpool… it’s a cool place for music to develop.’

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After studying in Liverpool, Ady attributes returning to his hometown as the reason he found his place on the scene. ‘I had to go home to get a fucking job to pay the rent. When I got there I just felt really at home, everyone was into hiphop and reggae and there was a fucking amazing soul scene at the time. I just thought this is the right place for what I’m doing at the moment.’

The Nottingham music scene has gone from strength to strength, with BBC Radio Nottingham’s Dean Jackson picking up on acts like Jake Bugg. ‘Dean played a massive part because he is like fucking obsessed and enjoys his job, so when he sees talent he doesn’t just play your fucking record, he’s like “I’m gonna fight for you”, because that’s his job. The whole city got behind me and he put me forward to Radio 1Extra and Mistajam became a fan of mine and was playing my records.’

‘I come from a small town, it’s not like I come from London. Saying I wanted to be a recording artist sounded a bit stupid because it didn’t sound like a realistic thing, but my family were so supportive. People from round where I’m from would be like “Nah go and study some boring shit.” But people in school said I was a good singer and my parents were like if that’s what you love doing, you should do it. Without their support and people telling me I was decent I wouldn’t have done it.’

Ady’s debut single ‘Running Away’ is out now. You can find him on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Words Alex Bee

 

Alesso sits down with FAULT Magazine to discuss success, collaborations and new music!

 

EDM has risen to new levels of prominence in recent years and right at the very heart of that, stands Alesso. Despite acquiring success and fame as a musician, DJ and producer at a very young age, he bucks the trend of being persistently in the media. His achievements are undeniable yet he has remained grounded and almost enigmatic as he oscillates from a reserved disciple of music to lord of the dance (music). Since 2012 Alesso has been charting gold and platinum hits with big names and has wracked up an obscene number of downloads and plays across all mediums. If he can achieve all that he has in four years and at 25 years of age, you have to wonder what he will be able to achieve in forty.

 

You have had well in excess of half a billion plays across all platforms with hundreds of millions of views on Youtube alone. When was the first time you felt as if you’d ‘made it’?

I don’t ever feel like I’ve made it. I’ve set goals for myself since the beginning of my career. Like I hope I get to release a track, then I hope I play at least one live show a month, I hope I get to signed to a label. So each experience for me has been incredible and I don’t take anything for granted.

 

You’ve played some of the best festivals and venues in the world and this got me wondering: what would you say is the best moment of your career so far?

There isn’t just one particular moment I can pick. I’ve had a few. Headlining the Sahara Tent at Coachella not only once but twice. My own show at the globe in Stockholm and now this year headlining Summerburst festival has all been monumental moments for me.

 

If you could choose to play anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I love going to Asia. It’s one of my favorite places in the world and I enjoy my time there so much.

 

You’ve collaborated with A-list music stars like Calvin Harris, Usher and David Guetta. So, in a similar vein, if you got to choose your next collaboration, with whom would it be?

Drake.

 

Knowing what you know now, is there any warnings you would have given 16-year-old you before your music career took off?

Enjoy every moment. Don’t take anything for granted. And it’s always going to be hard work.

 

Similarly, what advice would you give to aspiring musicians who want to follow in similar footsteps to you?

Just stay passionate, be confident, be brave and you will find your way.

 

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be?

I think I would still have a job in entertainment or music in some capacity.

 

What should we look out for from you in 2016?

New music!

 

What is your FAULT?

Making people dance!

 

Words: Robert Baggs

Lion Babe talk new music exclusively to Fault

They’re a duo. And they’re not Neo Soul, stop calling them that. Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman are Lion Babe. Their popular, eclectic, feel good, organic sound has recently been compressed into a summer mixtape ‘Sun Joint’. We caught up with them before their Glastonbury performance to talk all about it.

Fault Magazine: You guys are performing in Glastonbury this weekend. As a clean freak myself, how will you cope?
[both laugh]

Jill: We’ve definitely heard it’s muddy, but this one seems to be a whole other world type of mud, but we’re excited. I think Glastonbury is always going to be an adventure. We actually just got some wellies, so we feel a little calmer than going in with just some proper shoes, because that was the scary part for me.

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Images from Lion Babe’s exclusive FAULT shoot, July 2015

FM: I always imagined the artist experience at Glastonbury to be so much fancier. Surely you are arriving via helicopter…

J: [laughs]. Not fancy for us! If Drake or someone was stopping by, then maybe. We’re driving up there and roughing it out just like everyone else.

FM: Your first single ‘Treat Me Like Fire’ did so well in the UK, you were then signed over here, before signing a deal in the US. I’m assuming you spend/have spent a lot of time in the UK thus far?

J: Yeah, especially in the beginning, we spent a lot of time here, doing shows… Last summer we spent a lot of time in the UK doing festivals as well. We just kind of followed our following. The UK was just always really supportive of us, especially when ‘Fire’ came out. Its just been a natural thing. At this point the UK is very much our second home. We have family here and a real relationship with the country, so…

FM: Given that, could you tell me one thing you love, hate, find weird and admire about Britain?

J: It’s kind of random, but what I love about the UK is the amount of greenery that is in the city. It’s so nice to feel like you’re still in the city and its so urban and you have everyone in this thick melting pot, then you have all these amazing trees… In New York, you do not have as much. It’s just a nice mix of nature and city life.
L: I hate that you can’t really get as much great Mexican food over here.
J: There’s definitely a bunch of weird things over here… like cheese and onion sandwiches, I don’t understand. These are all food related things, but there are definitely some food choices over here that I find a little weird. Like eating this with this, or you will have that cold, or this hot. Also the lack of toasting of bread here is also very…
L: Yeah, I agree… And bagels!
J: And bagels! …With sandwiches, ya’ll never toast the bread and I don’t understand that.
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Images from Lion Babe’s exclusive FAULT shoot, July 2015


FM: Things you admire…
L: We love the music scene out here.
J: Yeah, we definitely admire the music scene. Just the fact that it seems like culturally everyone is involved. There are ways for just regular people to become big artists, they don’t have to go through any label or that kind of thing, they can just really be heard, which is so cool.

J: With radio as well, I feel like there’s a lot more opportunity to hear good music, stuff that you would only ever really hear online, but here, if someone finds it, they’ll just play it. That’s dope.

FM: Britain and London covered, growing up in New York must have been such an inspiration musically… 
L: Just the area I grew up in, the East Village, so much good music came out of there. The punk music and rock ‘N’ roll music that happened around there… Growing up my dad would tell me all about that stuff. The area has huge artistic influence.
J: It’s also nice to be able to place a lot of places. I remember reading, Patti Smith ‘Just Kids’ – one of my favourite books – and reading about all these venues, with all these famous artists and they were literally down the block. You could see what coffee shop she was talking about, or at least where it was. You feel a kind of energy within that, which is awesome. You also have instances where you run into people, you’ll see them on such a casual basis. This dancer, Bill T. Jones – he’s super famous – but you can just run into him at dinner. I met him at dinner and I couldn’t even say my name! [laughs] but it’s just nice to have those moments that catch you off guard. You feel really connected, because it’s like, ‘oh, everyone is doing the same thing’.

When I was little, it was just going to Times Square. My mum would take us to all the Broadway shows. As a young girl I thought that was the city… All the bright lights, it wasn’t until I got much older and saw down town that I realised you could live there [laughs].

FM: Your brand new Mixtape ‘Sun Joint’ is out now. Having released an album not so long ago, what is the purpose of this mixtape. Is it for touring purposes, because you felt like it, because you had music ready to go…?
L: It’s kind of all of those things. There’s a lot of music on this mixtape. Some old stuff, some new stuff, some covers… We’ve just been working on stuff and wanted to put it out. It’s still fresh to us now, we’re going on tour and wanted to do some new music and it’s just for us and the fans and for summertime.

J: ‘Begin’ was the beginning of everything for us for a couple of years. It’s 14 songs, but we were already expanding and growing. I think it’s just something that we share, whenever we want to put something out we just do it.

FM: ‘Sun Joint’ features the hotly tipped, Jungle Pussy and Raury. How did those collaborations come about?
J: Raury, we basically met at a gig we both played at in LA, maybe a year or two ago and we’ve been fans of each other since the beginning. We connected there briefly and have always been in talks. We were thinking of someone to be on ‘Jungle Lady’ and he [Raury] was really into the original and wanted to try something and obviously, we weren’t going to say no.
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Images from Lion Babe’s exclusive FAULT shoot, July 2015

FM: You’ve spoken about your group dynamics and writing process in the past, but who is the boss, who gets the final say?
[both laugh]
J: well obviously we both get the final say, but I know he [Lucas] wouldn’t just send something off without checking with me. It’s just with vocals I get super anal and he knows not to piss me off with that, but obviously, he is working tirelessly to get the track to where it needs to be, so you know, we’re both the boss.
L: Sometimes when I work on something for that long, I’m like, ”Jill… please… just like this’.

J:… Yeah, and I might not [laughs] A lot of times I do. It’s just little things. I think it was because I was new to this, so I couldn’t really communicate what I wasn’t liking? But now I’ve spent so much time in the studio I can say, ‘oh, the frequency’ or just running through something, all those things I had to really learn. So now we’ve kind of figured that out its good.

FM: Have you ever had any major musical disagreements? 

L: Not really. It never really gets to that.

J: I don’t think anything super major, I just think as a singer/songwriter there’s definitely a difference sometimes. Lucas has a greater ability to step away from it. Obviously he’s thinking of Lion Babe, but sometimes he can see things I don’t yet, because I’m just hearing my vocals on it. I don’t feel as connected to it, but he knows what he’s doing when it comes to that, so it’s fine.

FM: Lucas, your T-Shirt game is amazing. Where do you shop?

L: That’s another really big influence, just growing up in the neighbourhood there’s a lot of vintage clothing stores with rock ‘N’ roll vibes… I’ve actually just been collecting …for a long time [laughs]. I just love T-shirts. When you have a t-shirt on with a really cool person or band, you can really identify… It’s almost like you can absorb their talent.
J: I collect for him too. It’s really fun.
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Images from Lion Babe’s exclusive FAULT shoot, July 2015

FM: You’ve worked with some great people, Pharrell, Mark Ronson… Who else would you really like to work with?
L: There’s definitely a bunch…
J: I really want to work with Missy Elliott. I just feel like it would just be awesome. She’s one of my greatest influences. She’s so cool, so creative… We had a brief conversation on the phone after one of our shows. It turned out Pharrell talked to her about us, which is even cooler. She was a super fan and was just like, ‘keep carving your lane out’. When you get that kind of love from someone like that, then to imagine working with them… It would just be amazing.

FM: Speaking of… I saw Erykah Badu had said that Jillian had ‘peace fingers’ did you ever work out what that meant? 

J: I haven’t! I feel like she has her own language. She’s so cool. She’s her own species. The meaning is probably buried in a cave somewhere, or in Pandora’s box or something. It was definitely a complement. I loved it. It was so amazing to have an interaction with her. She was beyond our expectations of cool. To have these people who are such amazing influences support us and be proud of us is just the best.

‘Sun Joint’ is out now (and absolutely free) https://soundcloud.com/lionbabe/sets/sun-joint

 

 

Images from Lion Babe’s exclusive FAULT shoot, July 2015
Photography DANIEL SACHON
Fashion Editor RACHEL HOLLAND
Hair BIANCA SIMONE SCOTT
Make Up NICKY WEIR @ SARAH LAIRD USING BOBBI BROWN
Nails KIONE GRANDISON
Fashion Assistant BELDA CHUNG