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FAULT Reviews: Beacons Festival

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To the surprise of most Londoners, BEACONS Festival is incredibly quick and direct to get to. Set in the Yorkshire Dales, BEACONS is approximately a 3 hour train journey from Kings Cross and, unlike other festival commutes, you actually get a seat on the train. Arriving in Skipton was a breath of fresh air, with beautiful scenery and welcoming locals aplenty. So welcoming, in fact, that two kind hearted villagers offered us a lift from the station to the festival site. A quick press pass collection and we managed to catch the end of the romantic-nostalgic set put on by British Sea Power (remember them?). As people lay around in the tent ,the live band, with their back to the audience, serenaded the black and white visuals, closing with a dramatic classical finish.

Raining disco balls

Raining disco balls

We took a long tour of the festival site and were instantly taken aback by how friendly everyone was. Numerous times we were approached for nothing more than a casual chat. Amazingly, the guest demographics were an equal mix of young locals, dedicated music geeks, families and mature adult couples mutually enjoying the festival. BEACONS seemed to be a proud supporter of local produce, dedicating an entire bar to independent bitters and lagers, whilst the food ranged from American BBQ Ribs to Caribbean Jerk Chicken.

Daphni (aka Caribou)

Daphni (aka Caribou)

As the day grew older the atmosphere became electrifying- everyone wanted to party. The first act of the weekend that completely blew the crowd away was Daphni (aka Dan Snaith aka Caribou) when he played Caribou’s new single ‘Can’t Do Without You’. The powerful performance set up the stage nicely for Daniel Avery’s arrival and he delivered an upbeat, fast-paced, techno driven performance, engaging the guests most with his track ‘Drone Logic’. The night went all too quickly, with an early finish of around 1:30am, but the party seemed to go on regardless – whether it was in the form of the silent disco or hidden burlesque shows.

Daniel Avery (Medium)

Daniel Avery

The next day was a beautiful one; the hot weather and bright skies making it perfect conditions for lounging around nursing hangovers. We lay near the Argyle Stage for most of the day where we could pick up quality coffees and cold pressed juices whilst listening to bands such as Years&Years. Before they even came on stage they attracted young gatherings of teenage girls screaming to the lead singer “We love you, Oli, we want your babies!”. What’s rock and roll without groupies, right? Classic…

Jack Master

Jack Master

As the day went on we scouted the area for da time activities and local organic beers. To get us in the mood for the night ahead we dropped in to Moko playing the main stage. New on the scene but claiming her rightful place as the new bringer of Soul music, Moko originates from New Cross in South East London. We were blown away by her show and, from her reaction to the crowd, she was too! Although the crowd didn’t fill the tent, they certainly made up for it in cheers and dancing.

Jon Hopkins

Jon Hopkins

After seeing Jon Hopkins a few months ago at SONAR Festival, I was really excited to see him closing the main stage on the Saturday night. The tent was jam-packed and it seemed the whole festival was in attendance. As I was stood in the press pit I saw that it was filled with huge white beach balls and after a few tracks in, security threw them into the crowd which erupted in a sea of colour! The balls were touch sensitive so that every time they encountered movement their colour changed. This, along with the soul wrenching beats, made for one of the most incredible festival performances I have ever seen.

Crowd

Crowd

 

Words and photography courtesy of Lux & Noah

FAULT ‘Sounds of 2014′ feature in Issue 18 – Alpines and Marie Naffah

 

FAULT Magazine Issue 18 - Our Sounds of 2014 section, opened by Ella Eyre, also features the impressively talented duo Alpines and MTV’s Unsigned Artist of 2014 winner Marie Naffah.

Alpines released their debut album entitled Oasis via their own label, Untrue Records, in late May. In the midst of writing and producing Oasis, they discussed their journey so far with us at FAULT – from meeting at a wedding back in 2009, to touring with Florence and the Machine, to now releasing their own record. 

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Photography & Interview by Miles Holder
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FAULT: As a fairly new band you’ve shot straight to touring, supporting some big names including Florence and the Machine. Was it hard to stay focussed on your own album?


Catherine:
In the last 4 years we’ve constantly been learning at a fast pace but you have to stay grounded and true to your vision to keep living in the industry.
Bob: There have been a lot of ups and downs in the last few years just getting to this point. Although it’s only our first record it feels like we’ve come such a long way.

What is your FAULT?


Bob:
I’m impatient, and I know I am but I just can’t do anything about it.
Catherine: I’m a bit of a workaholic I can’t switch off. I think that’s part of being a creative.

 

Check out Alpines brand new single – ‘Zero’ – for which the video was just unveiled today! ‘Zero’ is Alpines’ 7th single and their third from the Oasis album:

Marie Naffah is currently riding high on the success from winning MTV’s Unsigned Artist of 2014. She describes the experience as ‘surreal’ as she tries to ‘define’ her musical style. However the young musician appears grounded and has a clear strategy for progressing in the shark-tank that is the music industry so we’ll continue to watch for the remainder of 2014 and beyond…

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Get the full shoot and interview – only in FAULT Issue 18.
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FAULT: What is your FAULT?

Marie: I think when people meet me they expect me to be all made up and in heels but I’m not that kind of gal and it throws people off

 

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Example – FAULT Issue 18 star announces new single and UK tour dates

Example was shot in London by photographer Rachell Smith and styled by Dan Blake exclusively for FAULT Issue 18  Click here to order your copy of this issue!

Example was shot in London by photographer Rachell Smith and styled by Dan Blake exclusively for FAULT Issue 18
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Elliot John Gleave, aka FAULT Issue 18 star Example, has just announced the release of his fourth single from most recent album, Live Life LivingThe release of ’10 Million People’, a tribute to the UK’s clubbing culture in the early ’90s, on 5th October coincides with the start of Example’s live tour of the UK. The latter kicks off in Llandudno, North Wales for the start of a nationwide tour which will see Example play 90 minute sets filled with tracks from his 5 studio albums to date (and much more).

Listen to the track here:

 

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EXAMPLE UK OCT-NOV  ’14 TOUR DATES:

OCTOBER 2014
Fri 17 LLANDUDNO NORTH WALES ARENA
Sat 18 STOKE VICTORIA HALL
Sun 19 GRIMSBY AUDITORIUM
Tue 21 NEWCASTLE O2 ACADEMY
Wed 22 CARLISLE SANDS CENTRE
Thu 23 YORK BARBICAN
Sat 25 LEEDS O2 ACADEMY
Sun 26 BATH PAVILION
Mon 27 BOURNEMOUTH O2 ACADEMY
Wed 29 NEWPORT CENTRE
Thu 30 PLYMOUTH PAVILION

NOVEMBER2014

Sun 02 SOUTHEND CLIFFS PAVILION
Mon 03 MARGATE WINTER GARDENS
Tue 04 FOLKESTONE LEAS CLIFF HALL
Thu 06 EASTBOURNE WINTER GARDENS
Fri 07 NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY
Sat 08 SHEFFIELD O2 ACADEMY
Mon 10 LEICESTER O2 ACADEMY
Tue 11 PORTSMOUTH GUILDHALL
Thu 13 LONDON O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON
Mon 17 CAMBRIDGE CORN EXCHANGE
Tue 18 NORWICH UEA
Wed 19 LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY MOUNTFORD HALL
Fri 21 BIRMINGHAM O2ACADEMY
Sun 23 HULL CITY HALL
Tue 25 GLASGOW BARROWLAND
Thu 27 MANCHESTER O2 APOLLO

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Ariana Grande and FAULT Issue 15 star Big Sean release new track, ‘Best Mistake’

So, FAULT Issue 15 Music cover star Big Sean is at it again! Check him out on this new track by 21 year old singing sensation Ariana Grande: ‘Best Mistake’.

 

 

Here’s the shot of the Detroit-born rapper with model Elle Evans in FAULT issue 15 that went viral as soon as it was published. Sean split from his girlfriend at the time, Naya Rivera, shortly afterwards…

 

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Big Sean was shot by Steven Gomillion & Dennis Leupold (GNL Studios) and styled by April Roomet exclusively for the Music section cover of FAULT Issue 15
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STROMAE – Exclusive shoot for FAULT Issue 18

 

FAULT Magazine Issue 18 – the RAW Issue features Belgian solo artist Stromae.  Stromae first burst onto the scene in 2010, when his trackAlors On Danse’ caught the attention of everyone from Kanye and Will.iam to Anna Wintour and Nicolas Sarkozy.  

Photographer WOLAND and styling team A+C STUDIO photographed Stromae on location at DISCO Club, London.

The Belgian solo artist has a strong belief in the notion that there are two sides to every story. In Stromae’s case, the attention-grabbing visuals and catchy club beats of his music occasionally overshadow the other side to his personal story: that of a sharp, inquisitive and sensitive young writer and composer.

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All Clothing by Mosaert (Stomae’s own fashion label.)

 

FAULT: Your music has tackled homelessness (‘Formidable’), absent fathers (‘Papaoutai’) and STDs (‘Moules Frites’). What first compelled you to write about such harsh issues?


Stromae: 
That’s life. I think that to hide these issues is the worst solution. I was never concerned with music that was just about having fun. That’s great but it’s not my life; my life has always had problems, I just prefer to dance on them.

In light of the success of modern hip-hop artists like Drake and Frank Ocean, do you find it’s easier for male rappers to show a sensitive side and to tell a story beyond the swag and braggadocio?

Yeah I think it’s much easier than before. For me, it’s thanks to people like Kid Cudi – the people who crossed that line between hip-hop and dance music. They come from the same family but in Belgium that was a really different line to cross. If you were doing hip-hop you couldn’t be carrying a skateboard but people like Kid Cudi, Technotronic and Snap! just changed that.

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Interview by Will Ballantyne-Reid

There are many dualities in your music- the puppets in ‘Papaoutai’, the cross-dressing in ‘Tous Les Me?mes’. Was this a conscious decision?

I love telling two sides of a story, and really I find it difficult to have just one opinion! I like to hear what other people think and see both sides. Obviously my vision will always be a part of my songs but I like to keep a certain degree of openness- I don’t want it to be all about me. I don’t think that my life is that interesting!

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What is your FAULT?

That’s a difficult question because I can always find a way to make something out of my faults [laughs]! One of my faults in the past has been not composing when I’m on tour.

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Alexa Goddard announces new single ‘So There’

We featured her back in May as a FAULT Future artist and now budding superstar Alexa Goddard has well and truly come into her own with the release of this lyric video for her upcoming single, ‘So There’:

 

The amazingly catchy tune has set the standard for Alexa’s highly anticipated debut album, which will be the first of an expected 5 album deal with Roc Nation. Jay Z and the team at Roc Nation identified Alexa as a rising star after the singer accumulated over 43million views on YouTube and sold over 250,000 records as an independent artist.
To read more from Alexa on her incredible story – and see all the shots from our exclusive photoshoot for FAULT Online back in Spring - click HERE
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Photo by Miles Holder with styling by A + C Studio exclusively for FAULT Online

Mr Hudson: Exclusive shoot and interview for FAULT Online

After originally breaking onto the music scene in 2007, Mr Hudson has now notched up over 80,000,000 views on YouTube (with his feature on Jay-Z anthem ‘Young Forever’) to date , collaborated with Kanye West on the platinum-selling ‘808s & Heartbreak’ album, and released his solo album Straight No Chaser in 2009, spawning the #2 single ‘Supernova’ featuring Mr West.

Since this last release, he has featured on Jay Z’s ‘The Blueprint 3’ in 2009, and on the Jay-Z/West juggernaut ‘Watch The Throne’ in 2011, as well as having recorded and toured with industry giants from Tinie Tempah and Calvin Harris to Amy Winehouse and Miley Cyrus. Now he’s back with another album of his own- the upcoming Step Into The Shadows. This is a record with a new sound and a dark intensity, with cameos by the likes of George The Poet, Giggs and Luther star Idris Elba, who features on the title track that dropped in May of this year.

Blazer: Monta Heritage Shirt: Sand Trousers: Duchamp Tie: Topman Shoes: Kurt Geiger Watch: Triwa

Blazer: Monta Heritage
Shirt: Sand
Trousers: Duchamp
Tie: Topman
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Watch: Triwa

FAULT: Your new album is very influenced by London. How has your experience of the city shaped your music?

Mr Hudson: I’ve just been running around so much the last few years- the first big tour we did was with Amy Winehouse around the UK and Europe and then I was in America with the G.O.O.D guys and Kanye. So it was a real decision to set up a studio in London and not run around so much.

I was struck by the narrative quality of the new album- the imagery, the place names. Is that something you are conscious of?

I really wanted to pin it- like on Google Maps- there are pins all through the music. Part of that was due to living and working in Central London. My studio was in Clerkenwell, near Smithfield market, and that place has a vibe. And I was watching a lot of Luther, which was where I first saw Idris [Elba.] I was like “I want to work with this guy” and he came round the next day!

When you were first coming onto the scene there was a kind of Brit bubble with Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen and Mark Ronson. Do you see that trend coming round again?

I think we have a really nice kind of Brit Pop bubble happening but at the same time, I think the mainstream is definitely looking towards the US and a very America-centric sound, which it wasn’t ten years ago. It’s interesting that some people still want to sing with an American accent- girls more than guys- but I love the scene that’s coming through at the moment; Disclosure, Sam Smith, Aluna George, MNEK.

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Suit: Richard Anderson
Shirt: Sand
Tie: Topman

With the new album you have spoken about the theme of secrecy and hidden moments. Was there a desire to get away from the hyper-activity of being so in the public eye?

Yeah, and really just to slow down. Some of the tracks on the album are so slow which might seem a bit downbeat but my thing with music is that you’ve just got to let that out if that’s what you’re feeling. I’ve always just made the music that I want to hear come out the speakers. Sometimes it will resonate with the mainstream and sometimes it won’t.

You have spoken about the ‘physicality’ of your music. In that vein, what is your approach to the live experience?

I love singing live- I have mixed feelings about the way in which the industry has moved towards performing to a track. You’d be surprised by how little of the sound you hear is actually made on stage. I’ve always been influenced by the likes of Bowie, Chet Baker, Cole Porter, and I play musical instruments so it makes me sad that music doesn’t really start with the musicians anymore. These days it starts on a laptop in a room, the vocals are done in that same room, and then maybe when it comes to the stage you get people together in a rehearsal room.

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Suit: Richard Anderson
Shirt: Sand
Tie: Topman
Coat: Atelier Scotch
Shoes: Church’s
Watch: Triwa

Do you create everyday?

Yeah- even if just in my head. I love sitting with a guitar on my knee, or at the piano with a cup of tea. I’m more into the process of actually making music than being recognised for it or being famous- whatever that is! I worry that we’ve shifted back into a sort of ‘music as a way to be rich and famous.’ Money’s cool but it’s not a way of life. Shakespeare was not the richest man in London in his day!

Did you approach the new record with a view to core themes, or a particular message?

I just went in and thought about making music. I made a real effort not to be cerebral about it. Not to think about it but to actually do it. For me, the new record feels like driving or walking around London at night. My reference points were things like (the film) Drive, Luther, Blade Runner, Hitchcock.

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Coat: Atelier Scotch
T-Shirt: Lazer-eye
Watch: Triwa

It’s interesting that those are all visual references.

Yeah! I wanted to paint some pictures with the music, as if each song is a vignette of a time and place. Driving around West London, driving through Canary Wharf. In terms of music I was drawn to this kind of unnamed genre that centres on a guy who is miserable, but it’s okay. A kind of Frank Sinatra ‘One for my Baby, One for the Road.’ You’re going through it but it’s okay and you’re not a wreck. We celebrate Sinatra for the kind of big, brassy music he made but he has some incredible, miserable albums!

What is your FAULT?

I think I’m too diplomatic sometimes- too much of a peacekeeper. If we were having a row, I’d just do whatever to calm everyone down but that avoids the problem. I don’t face up to shit.- I’m a coward. It’s a stiff upper lip thing of not wanting to deal with it.

Photography: Miles Holder

Words: Will Ballantyne-Reid

Styling: a+c studios

Makeup: Patricia Obaro Odje

Hair: Natalie Viner

FAULT Issue 13 star John Legend announces UK tour as ‘All of Me’ reaches 1 million digital sales

John Legend was shot by Miguel Starcevich and styled by Avo Yermagyan for FAULT Issue 13

John Legend was shot by Miguel Starcevich and styled by Avo Yermagyan for FAULT Issue 13

Contemporary soul phenomenon and FAULT Issue 13 star John Legend continues to belt out hits after 10 years at the pinnacle of the music industry. His latest success sees his heart-stoppingly beautiful recent single, ‘All of Me’ break another personal best in the UK.

After already being classified as a Platinum Single in the UK, the news that ‘All of Me’ has hit a combined sales mark of  1,015,582 in the digital sphere makes it John’s most popular UK single to date, eclipsing even seminal classics such as ‘Used to Love U’, ‘Ordinary People’ and ‘Green Light’. The figure was reached after the song was downloaded 804,500 times and streamed over 21.1 million times since its release, with the latter equivalent to 211,082 downloads. The news itself follows on from announcement that ‘All of Me’ reached #1 in the US and #2 in the UK charts – both record positions for John.

John, who covers our Music section insideFAULT Issue 13, recently announced dates for his upcoming tour of the UK this October:

John Legend – UK tour October ’14 – dates:

Monday 06 – O2 Apollo Manchester
Tuesday 07 – Newcastle City Hall
Thursday 09 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Friday 10 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Sunday 12 – Birmingham NIA
Monday 13 – London Eventim Apollo Hammersmith