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Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney release acoustic ballad

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For a moment, let’s pretend it’s the year 2005. A young Rihanna releases catchy ‘Pon De Replay’ and it would be twos years before this “good girl went bad”, nonetheless baby steps towards her 7 Grammys had been made.

Kanye West‘s “Late Registration’ is being hailed as a masterpiece album as ‘Gold Digger ft Jamie Foxx’ topped music charts world-wide.

Paul McCartney had just released his 13th solo album ‘Chaos and Creation in the Backyard’ and remained in the US album charts for over 10 weeks.

Fast forward ten years and the three aforementioned music artists have teamed up and released a collaboration single entitled ‘Four Five Seconds‘.  Kanye previewed the single at the IHeartRadio Summit event in LA on thursday straight off his laptop.

The song has a stripped back arrangement with Rihanna and Kanye providing vocals over Paul McCartney’s single guitar part. This is the first music we’ve heard from Rihanna in over a year and many are happy to hear more ballads from the singer. ‘Stay’ was a massive hit and all but proved Rihanna doesn’t have to belt out an 8 octave manifest to prove her voice is special.

While the singing is a far cry from Kanye of 05, has he ever been known to stay in one lane with his music? Kanye has always made it clear that his main focus is to be an innovator and a visionary in the music business.  Whether you think it works or it doesn’t, Kanye will continue to journey on; in the end we’re just along for the ride.

Have a listen and let us know what you think on Twitter!

“FourFiveSeconds” is downloadable from iTunes now.

FAULT attends – Kate Nash x The Rodnik Band for Girl Gang TV

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Last Thursday saw the London launch of Girl Gang TV, a brand new online channel dedicated to spreading positive vibes of love, truth, self-empowerment and feminism. Its creator – none other than platinum-selling singer/songwriter (and FAULT Issue 14 star) Kate Nash – teamed up with FAULT Featured cult fashion label The Rodnik Band for the invite-only event, which was hosted at the private East London home and design studio of the brand’s creator, Philip Colbert, and wife Charlotte. Intrigued by Girl Gang TV’s novel fusion of aesthetics and activism, FAULT headed to Shoreditch to find out more.

Hurrying in from the chilly winter night, guests soon filled the intimate space, where names like actor Sophie Kennedy Clark, celebrity stylist Rebekah Roy, style journalist Stefanie Jones and all-girl punk act The Tuts mixed with some of Nash’s most ardent fans. Popcorn, sweets and beer soon made the rounds, while many a talking point was had with The Rodnik Band’s colourful pop art-themed designs, which were dotted around the room (we especially liked the embellished sofa can dress and primary block backpack).

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Kate, blonde-haired, red-lipsticked and wearing a graphic grid dress, then plopped down on a large octopus print beanbag – with everything designed by The Rodnik Band, natch. Once everyone had taken their seat on the floor around her (oh god, my joints), she then gave a quick talk on the Girl Gang TV project, presenting it as a new platform to share ideas across music, style, politics, art, science, business, the environment and beyond. Using a combination of art and humour, we are told how the project is all about spreading messages, championing worthy causes like equal rights and animal protection – or, in other words, ‘doing cool shit to change the world.’

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“I want to learn from other people and gain new perspectives on what’s happening in the world. I want to give a voice to those that haven’t yet been given a microphone,” as Kate puts it.

Us attendees are then treated to a screening of the introductory episode of Girl Gang TV, before Kate brings out her guitar to perform two acoustic songs chosen specially for the launch (‘Free My Pussy’ and ‘You’re So Cool, I’m So Freaky’, in case you were wondering). Finally, inspired and several bottles of Peroni in, it was time to hit the afterparty at The Waiting Room, where Echo Boom Generation, Bones and Swampmother joined Kate on the decks to round off a fun evening of creativity and girl power.

Check out Girl Gang TV on YouTube now.

Words: Charlotte McManus
Photos: Daniel Deme for WENN

INTRODUCING FAULT FUTURE – ‘LANY’

 

 

 

While it might seem that FAULT exclusively feature already long-time established artists; we actually are always on the look out for new talent. We call them FAULT Futures and for trio LANY, the future looks very bright! However while the band only formally released music on Soundcloud on April of last year, they have already reached a fanbase of nearly 4 million. LANY released new track Bad, Bad, Bad on January 20th so we’ve caught up with the band to find out where the hell they’ve been all our lives (!) and what else they have in store for us in 2015!

 

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FAULT: Firstly Introduce yourselves!

Lany: Hi! We’re LANY aka Jake Goss, Les Priest, and Paul Klein.

 

 

Can you briefly explain how the band formed?

We all met in Nashville a few years ago and became really good friends. We were all working on music independently at the time. I (Paul) was trying to do the solo artist thing in Los Angeles and – to be really honest – was failing pretty miserably. I was ready to walk away from music all together. I knew Jake and Les had started making music together on a computer in their bedroom for fun back in Nashville. I called Jake and asked if I could fly to Nashville, write with them, and see what we could come up. In those four days, we wrote and recorded “Hot Lights” and “Walk Away.” We put them on the internet April 22, 2014, and the rest is history.

 

 

We’ve been told you intentionally remained anonymous for the past year – how come? 

Well, it wasn’t intentional at first. Initially, we had a photo of Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson as our profile image on Soundcloud, just because we loved the photo and thought it was cool. We also had no idea anyone was ever going to listen to our songs. I mean, we hoped people would, but we didn’t think it was going to take off like this. All of a sudden, we started getting plays. People became interested, and their interest turned into curiosity. I think bloggers and listeners started trying to figure out who we were, and it turned into this beautiful mystery. So, we just went along with it!

 

How did you come up with the name LANY? (It sounded cool is a more than acceptable answer)

HAHA! Thanks! We knew we wanted a 4-letter word for design/aesthetic purposes. But, as you can imagine, just about every 4-letter word is already taken. So, we moved to acronyms. In the very beginning stages, we thought we would go with “TTYL.” Then, we decided we didn’t want to be 13 forever. We were driving one day and thinking about the span of the country… from LA to NY. So, we put the letters together and sounded it out.

 

Musically, was there a clear path you all wanted the band to go down when you formed? Regardless of the writing process etc, was it always going to be synth-infused “Dream Pop meets R&&B”?

 

I’m not sure we really set out with a specific sound in mind. We do write every song together as a band. So, we’re working with three different sets of backgrounds, influences, and experiences. I think the greatest thing about us is that we don’t really sound like anyone or anything else! We kind of take a lot of pride in that.

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Do you all have quite a similar music background?

Not necessarily.  The one thing we all have in common is that we studied music in some capacity at Belmont University.

 

How would you describe your latest track  ‘Bad,Bad,Bad’ to a new audience?

 

Musically or stylistically, it might take the slightest journey from our previous tunes. But, we think it’s pretty “LANY” through and through. It has a playful, young, rebellious vibe to it, which is reinforced with strong song structure and singable, almost impossible-to-forget melodies

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What’s in store for LANY for 2015?

 

Shows! Tours! New music. 2015, so far, has already been pretty massive for us. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @thisislany and like us on facebook atwww.facebook.com/thisislany for tour dates and exciting updates.

 

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With electronic music such as yours, is it easy to transfer that into the live setting?

 

We don’t think “easy” is the right word, but it hasn’t presented too much of a challenge.

 

How important is the live process to you – is it something you really enjoy?

 

Playing live and delivering is literally EVERYTHING to us. It’s of utmost importance to us to perform our songs excellently, often, and in front of as many people as possible. The personal interaction and connection that playing live offers is irreplaceable and undeniable.

 

Finally, what is your FAULT? 

 

Oh man… I’m (Paul) a little obsessive and a bit of a perfectionist. if I’m stuck on something or trying to figure something out or feel unsettled, it’s nearly impossible to stop me until I get to the bottom of it. That can probably be a little aggravating when it comes to working with me on creative projects i.e. music, album art, photos, videos, website design, etc.

 

 Photography: Zedek Chan

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Hip-Hop Trio N*E*R*D return to the music scene with a splash!

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For those of you lucky to see Pharrell Williams perform at the 2014 iTunes Festival, you would have been hit with a massive dose of nostalgia on seeing former band-mate Shay Haley join the star on stage. It’s been nearly 5 years since N*E*R*D released new music but the hip-hop trio have now released the official soundtrack for the release of the new ‘SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Sponge Out of Water.’

The new movie will boast 3 new tracks by the trio the first one being ‘Squeeze Me’ which is already available for download worldwide. We have been told that two more tracks will be released in the coming weeks entitled ‘Patrick Star’ and ‘Sandy Squirrel’ (for our readers without children or tv/internet, those are both names of characters in the movie.)

Pharrell who has produced for some of the world’s most highly acclaimed musical artists, (including FAULT 19 stars The Madden Brothers), has called the reunion ‘long overdue’ and has admitted that he is a massive fan of SpongeBob and can’t wait for us to hear the other two tracks. We can’t really argue with him there can we…!

FAULT ISSUE 15 Star – ELLIE GOULDING ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE ‘LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO’

 

Regardless of your thoughts on the ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ movie, it’s undeniable that they have pulled out all the stops in curating the movie’s soundtrack.Back in July of 2014 we received news that Beyonce had re-recorded her 2003 hit single ‘Crazy In Love’ for the production and we now hear that multi-million selling recording artist Ellie Goulding’s new single ‘Love Me Like You Do’ has been written for the movie!

Ellie Goulding on the cover of our Style section inside FAULT Issue 15

Ellie Goulding on the cover of our Style section inside FAULT Issue 15

It’s been nearly a year and a half since Ellie’s sophomore album Halcyon Days stormed to No.1 in the charts and we’ve been told that this is just the first taste of what Ellie has in store for us this year. In just a few days, ‘Love Me Like You Do’ has already reached over 13 million views on her official Vevo channel!

Ellie Goulding was shot by Louie Banks at London’s Lounge Lover and Les Trois Garçons for FAULT Issue 15?s Style section cover. Styling by Harriet Charity Verney.

Ellie Goulding was shot by Louie Banks at London’s Lounge Lover and Les Trois Garçons for FAULT Issue 15?s Style section cover. Styling by Harriet Charity Verney.

For FAULT Issue 15 we spoke to Ellie about her relationship with her very loyal fans it’s apparent that with all this success under her belt, she still remains grounded. Telling FAULT ‘It’s important to acknowledge the people who have kept you where you are… Fans are the most important thing in the world, and you should never underestimate them.’

Give the track a listen below and let us know what you think via our Facebook and Twitter!

 

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Charlie Simpson Exclusive Photo-shoot and Interview with FAULT Magazine Online

 

 

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Charlie Simpson rose to fame as a member of multi-BRIT Award-winning boyband Busted, with sales of over 3 million records, and a win for Record of The Year in 2004. Prior to the band’s split in 2005, Charlie began as the lead vocalist, guitarist and co-lyricist of Fightstar, releasing 3 albums and an EP. His debut solo album Young Pilgrim was released in 2011, and followed up in Summer 2014 by Long Road Home, which entered the UK Independent Albums chart at number one. Charlie sat down with FAULT to discuss writer’s block, Warped Tour and life as a newly married man.

 

FAULT: You have spoken about the process of writing Long Road Home, in terms of going back to the drawing board and the obstacles that come along with that. Was the process of putting it together an enjoyable one?

 

Charlie: A bit of both- I always love working on a record but this was the first time I had experienced a bit of writer’s block. I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind and needed a break from writing. Luckily, it matched with me going off on the Vans Warped Tour in the US- I played 28 shows in a month and it was just a nice way to separate myself from the situation. I think I wrote some of the best stuff on the record after that happened. It feels like a record I had to fight for, which made it all the more sweet to finish working on. I’m really proud of it.

 

It’s interesting that you have referred to the ‘journey’ of writing Long Way Home, and it came out of your time on the road with the Vans Warped Tour. Do you find that being on tour helps the writing process?

Yeah definitely. When you’re writing at home the environment can become quite stale; being on the road adds fuel to your creativity. The album felt like a journey from one point to another where I sort of found myself again.

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Since releasing the album this summer, are you now able to identify certain undercurrents and themes, or do you go into the process wanting to say something specific?

It’s strange because my last record was a lot more melancholy and I always find it easier to write sad songs, but when I started on Long Road Home I had just got engaged and so I was feeling pretty good about everything! I had to tailor the writing around that kind of mood, which was actually a great challenge as I’d never done it before. It was really good to express that kind of emotion on the record.

 

In terms of ‘tailoring the writing process’, what are the distinctions between writing as a solo artist and writing as a group?

As a solo artist I get complete creative freedom. In a band, it has to be majority rules; if you write something you really like and one other member doesn’t like it, it really makes you question things. With this album I was able to take it in any direction, which is why I think it took me longer to write. With that creative freedom comes more responsibility because it’s all resting on your shoulders.

 

When you are struggling with writer’s block, is it a case of producing a lot and then throwing a lot away, or is it just hard to produce anything?

It wasn’t so much that I couldn’t come up with anything, just that I wasn’t writing anything I loved! I’m my own worst critic and I have actually ended up with about 20 unfinished songs I didn’t use. It’s cool because maybe I will revisit them at another time, but it’s a really strange process.

Returning to your time on the Vans Warped Tour, how does the live experience and performing impact your songwriting?

When I’m songwriting in a solitary environment, the lyrics are a lot better. But musically, I can be anywhere- on the Warped Tour I had my guitar on me the whole time. I tend to write the music first, and then I go into my little hole and write the lyrics, but I’ve always been a melody man first.

 

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Do you start with a vision for songs, or do they evolve with time?

Yeah sometimes I’ll literally have a vision of a song in my head, and I’ll go to my studio and just make it happen. I like for there to not be a formula to the songwriting- when it comes, it comes. I always equate it to fishing; sometimes you go and nothing comes, and sometimes you catch a big one!

 

You’ve worked with a lot of different set-ups and sounds. Are your influences quite varied?

It’s completely varied but it’s always been centred around heavier, Rock-ier sounds. I love Deftones and Metallica, but my Dad also put me onto artists like Jackson Brown and those West Coast bands from the 1970s like The Eagles and The Beach Boys. Whatever form of music it is, I have always just loved vocal harmonies and making big sounds with voices.

 

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It’s interesting talking about your childhood influences and you mentioned music has been in your family for over 200 years, from composers and musicians to a former head of the Royal College of Music. Now you are married, is it fair to say family is an important focus for you?

It’s actually the most important! One of the themes of the record is how you can be in a dark place, and be unsure of what is going on, but the one constant is family. I’m really blessed to have a loving family, and that will never change. I’ll always have my family, my wife, and (hopefully) my kids.

 

Is that easily compatible with the music industry?

When I was younger I loved just getting out on the road, and I still do. I love making music, but I love getting out and playing it just as much. But that’s getting harder as I get older. Family life and being a musician aren’t that compatible, there has to be a balance.

 

You scored the British film Everyone Is Going To Die, which debuted at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2013, and you’ve mentioned this as something you’d like to pursue more extensively later in your career. Can you talk more about the relationship between the music and the visuals in your work? 

It’s huge! I love film as much as I love music and the marriage of visuals and music is such a wonderful thing. With scoring a film, someone else tells a story and it’s your responsibility to bring out the emotion in it. When you’re writing your own music, you constantly feel that it’s not just music but somehow a representation of your entire make-up. It’s nice to take that pressure off a bit!

 

You’ve now been a touring musician for over 10 years. What changes have you seen in the music industry?

The industry is almost unrecognisable. Facebook, YouTube, Spotify – none of these things existed! The landscape of the industry has changed so much, you’ve just got to go with it. Whether streaming or downloading, as long as people are still consuming music (legally!) it’s a good thing.

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Bracelets: Hermes Jeans, Shoes and Watch: Charlie’s Own

 

What is your FAULT?

You should ask my wife! (laughs) I would say I’m pretty impatient, which can be a good thing. I get quite frantic and when you’re in the studio that can be a good thing, but in other situations it can be a nightmare.

 

Photography: Miles Holder

Writer: Will Ballantyne-Reid

Stylist: Vesa Perakyla

Grooming: Stefano Mazzoleni @ Emma Davies Agency

FAULT Focus: how to build a career as an indie musician – and actually get paid for your craft

 

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No matter what you might have heard, you do not have to be signed to a major label to become a full time musician. Just ask any of the hundreds of indie groups who are doing it their own way, every day: Pomplamoose, Zoe Keating, Amanda Palmer, Jonathan Coulton, and, well, everybody else who is doing it for themselves (and doing it well!).

There is, obviously, a learning curve involved. Amanda Palmer didn’t go from being the Ten Foot Bride handing out flowers on the street to headlining her own tours and raising a million dollars on Kickstarter overnight. Pomplamoose, for all of their recent controversy over their tour spending choices, worked really hard to get the attention they now enjoy. Everybody makes mistakes and stumbles. It happens even to huge musicians…or haven’t you heard about how Michael Jackson bought all of the rights to the Beatles’ songs out from under Paul McCartney?

Most of the learning you do will focus on one of a few themes: setting (and being okay with) boundaries, protecting your work, and diversifying your income sources.

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Musical crowd-funders Pomplamoose

Setting (And Being Okay With) Boundaries

When you’re first starting out, your impulse is going to be to say yes to everything – no matter what. What makes this problematic is that there is this still this idea that creatives should be creative for free; that, somehow, getting paid for the work you do delegitimizes your worth. If you buy into this mindset (and many people will pressure you to do so), you could spend years working your tail off and never see a penny for it. How can you do music full time if you have to work four jobs to help pay for the work you’re doing for others for free?

As early on as possible (like, right now), decide what you will and will not do for free and what you will and will not do as You The Musician (as opposed to You The Human). If you want to get paid for your work, ask to be paid now. It is much harder to start asking for pay once you’ve gotten a reputation for doing work for free than it is to start getting paid from the outset. Hold tight to these boundaries and rules you set for yourself. Yes, sometimes you’ll feel like a jerk but you have to protect yourself and your work.

N.B: This also applies to favors for fans and friends.

Protecting Your Work

You love your music. You’ve worked hard on it. So, you decide to just release your music into the wild and whatever happens, great! The money will come eventually, right?

STOP. When you are learning how to publish music, the first thing you need to do is learn how to license your music. Yes, many artists release their work under Creative Commons licenses and basic copyrights but there are still rules involved. The last thing you need is for someone to grab your license-less music, pop it into their soundtrack and then use it (in part) to earn thousands (or even millions) of dollars from it for themselves, right?

It is important to properly license your music before you start publishing it through portals like iTunes, BandCamp, CDBaby, Amazon, wherever. In fact, most of these portals will require you to have licensing in place before your music can be approved for sale on any portal outside of your own website. A lot of independent musicians turn to music publishing companies like TuneCore that already know how to publish music and have streamlined the licensing and submission processes. These companies also make it easier to track down people who have used your music without a license.

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FAULT Issue 16 stars Youngblood Hawke famously licensed their tracks for use by Coca Cola and video game FIFA ’13

Diversifying Your Income Sources

Most bands already know that they need to have merchandise for sale, both online and at their shows. Merch is just one source of income diversity.

Taking Commissions: Sometimes this might mean composing a jingle for a company to use in a radio or television commercial. Sometimes it means writing a full song for an event. Making music for hire can be incredibly lucrative and helps bridge gaps while you’re working on albums or in-between tours or gigs.

Crowd Funding: Yes, a lot of people hate Amanda Palmer for making a million dollars through Kickstarter. That doesn’t mean, though, that you shouldn’t consider your own Kickstarter campaign. If you’re trying to raise a chunk of change to, say, fund studio time, Kickstarter can be a great way to do that.

Another option for crowd funding is Patreon. Patreon allows fans to give you money for every month or every project that you create through the Patreon system. It’s a fantastic way to earn money for the smaller things you do that you’ve that might be harder to place in your repetoire.

There are a lot of decisions to make as a working musician. Don’t be afraid to take chances or make mistakes. Just make sure you’ve set up a good safety net first.

SECRET GARDEN PARTY 2015: LINEUP ANNOUNCED

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By now you’ll no doubt know that the FAULT team are huge fans and frequent attendees of the annual Secret Garden Party. If not for the good vibes, open air art displays, epic powder-paint fights and unforgettable (never regrettable) festival nights, we’re also always excited to hear which artists will be performing each year.

SGP have just announced its first wave of artists hitting the festival for 2015. The list includes the likes of Jungle (who will be touring early 2015), Mercury Prize nominated poet Kate Tempest and the electro swing band Caravan Palace.

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Along with these growing household names, they have also announced that rising stars Jack Garratt and Marika Hackman are also confirmed along with Flyte, Iyes, Jagaara, Elder Island and Menace Beach. As with all years, we always come home with (slightly scruffy) notepads full of new artists we’ve fallen in love with, so we have no doubts in our mind that these lot will deliver.

This year’s theme is ‘Childish Things’, this ambiguous theme should be enough to get your creative minds flowing! Remember, once the thought of adults letting loose and remembering that they’re human was once considered a ‘childish thing’. How naive we all were.

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SGP kicks off from July 23rd-26th 2014 so ready your fancy dress, stock check your Chai Tea, freshen up on our SGP SOME NOT-SO SECRET GUIDELINES and get involved!

Get your tickets for Secret Garden Party 2015 Here
Once again SGP are also operating a deposit scheme that allows you to pay for half of your ticket now and the other half any time before 31st May 2014. (Please remember that if you do not pay the balance by 31st May 2014 you will not get a refund).