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FAULT Weekly Playlist: Anabel Englund

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We first got tipped off on LA-based singer/songwriter Anabel Englund from her vocal features on Hot Natured’s (Lee Foss, Jamie Jones, Luca C & Ali Love) 2013 album “Different Sides of the Sun” and after taking some time off to focus on writing and her own artistic creation, Anabel re-emerges with her solo project and debut single “London Headache.”

The futuristic yet classic production on the record allows Anabel to bring both lyrical and vocal talents to the forefront, proving that her level of storytelling is second-to-none within the world of house music. “London Headache” is a stunning piece of alternative pop/house, with elements of disco running throughout, which coupled with her deeply personal lyrics makes for a unique and fascinating listen.

We asked Anabel to put together an exclusive playlist and with it she takes us through her private listening experience as she boards an international flight back to LA.

Misty – Ella Fitzgerald


“I chose this song for my alarm. It doesn’t matter what time I’m waking up if I’m waking up to her voice.”

Kilo – Walls To Build (Mall Grab Remix)

“Regretting booking my flight so fucking early, wiping the sleep from my eyes gathering my last minute things before I hop in the Uber waiting downstairs.”

Max Cooper – Woven Ancestry (Lusine Remix)

“In the Uber on the way to LAX, really excited the trip to my favorite place has begun.”

RÜFÜS – Untie The Sun Needs To Rise

“Walking through security, saying hi to all the airport security peeps appreciating all they do to keep us safe.”

Blaze – Lovelee Dae (Bicep Remix)

“Boarding the plane, grateful I got myself a first class ticket…orange juice and soda water when I sit down. Virgin mimosa #TREATYOSELF”

Tennis – Make It Good (Larry Heard Vocal Remix)

“Writing my thoughts in my journal thinking about all the things I’m gonna do when I land and the days to come.”

The Acid – RA (Weval Remix)

“Going through customs…ALMOST….FUCKING…THERE…….”

Madonna – Don’t Tell Me

“I’M HERE BITCHESSS. CAN’T WAIT TO TEAR THIS CITY UP WITH LOVE AND LIGHT. Don’t tell me to stop.”

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FAULT Weekly Playlist: Anna Straker

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London-based singer/producer Anna Straker has fast become one of the most exciting emerging talents in electronic music. Her fervent love of synths, powerful lyricism, and bold good looks all tip her as one to watch. Recently she released her debut four-track EP “Serious,” a collection of songs that pay homage to nu disco and 90s house, while also maintaining a playful pop edge.

We asked Anna to put together some songs to help get you through the winter weather, including cuts from Childish Gambino, Bon Iver, and J Dilla.

“These are some songs to hibernate to this winter.” – Anna Straker

Bon Iver – Holocene

“This couldn’t be more winter. Listening to this album (scratch that, all of Bon Iver’s albums) makes me want to wrap up by the fire and contemplate the world. This song brings out all the emotions in me. And the music video is INCREDIBLE WINTERY BLISS.”

Kindness – House

“Not only will this song keep you warm in the bitter cold, but it also has the most charming video to accompany it. We need more kindness in the world. <3”

Connan Mockasin – Im The Man, That Will Find You

“Play this song when you come inside from a cold day, cook up a romantic dinner for you and your soulmate, pour an alcoholic beverage of your choice, and wrap up in those sheets together. This is my sexy winter jam.”

The Stranglers – Golden Brown

“This song is like a winter fairytale. The harpsichord takes me to another world. It’s so soothing. I wish I wrote this song.”

Gorillaz Ft. Little Dragon – Empire Ants

“When I listen to this song I think about snow falling and how millions of snowflakes just disappear into white. Nothing matters and everything matters. I love the carefree vibe of it – it ‘blows all the shadows far away.'”

Radiohead – All I Need

“This is my all time favourite Radiohead song. It embodies the angst and distress I felt as a teen, so play this when you look out the window and you’re consumed by the frosty grey of the outdoors.”

Lapalux – Without You (Binkbeats Version)

“This is an incredible live performance of an incredible song (the original version is also worth fangirling over, too). To me, winter is very melancholic, and this song is the icy wind that bites your cheeks. You can’t not feel heartbroken when you listen.”

Childish Gambino – Sober

“Childish Gambino is a super cool rapper, and I love how this song shows off the more melodic side of his voice. The synths in the choruses sound like inter dimensional christmas bells.”

J Dilla – So Far To Go (ft. Common & D’Angelo)

“If you love Dilla & D’Angelo, you’re in for a treat. Drink your mulled wine and appreciate the slinky sounds of legendary artists that I grew up listening to.”

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Anastacia discusses breast cancer and the road to a FAULTless recovery in FAULT Magazine Issue 24

Fashion Editor & Creative Director: Rachel Holland | Photographer: Andres De Lara | Make Up: Alex Price @ FRANK Agency | Hair Stylist: Karin Darnell @FRANK Agency | Nail Artist: Diane Drummond | Photographer’s Assistant: Stefano Della Salla | Stylist’s Assistant: Tara Theiss | Stylist’s Assistant: Lina Buckson

Fashion Editor & Creative Director: Rachel Holland | Photographer: Andres De Lara | Make Up: Alex Price @ FRANK Agency | Hair Stylist: Karin Darnell @FRANK Agency | Nail Artist: Diane Drummond | Photographer’s Assistant: Stefano Della Salla | Stylist’s Assistant: Tara Theiss | Stylist’s Assistant: Lina Buckson

 

Words: Miles Holder

 

Before we begin, I need to break FAULT’s usual editorial style guide and explain the background behind our reversible cover feature for FAULT Issue 24. It’s important to me that our readers understand Anastacia’s head space throughout our interview so that you can understand just how Anastacia is able to make light of times which read like her darkest of days.

As a musician, Anastacia is known for being the powerhouse vocalist who stormed the charts in the early 2000s with hit tracks ‘I’m Outta Love’, ‘One Day in Your Life’ and ‘Left Outside Alone’, all of which now are defining pop anthems of the decade. Despite breaking away from Sony Records (a decision Anastacia admits wasn’t the best idea for the time), Anastacia went on to release 6 studio albums, tour endlessly and sell 52 million records worldwide.

Behind the music, Anastacia has been gripped in an internal battle against illness and self-acceptance her whole life. Diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age 13 and fighting two bouts of breast cancer, the second of which ended with a Double Mastectomy­ in 2013, Anastacia’s has been on a mission to regain the femininity stolen by the disease.

Arriving at our interview, Anastacia greeted me wide eyed and with a tender embrace; while I wish I could say she was just excited to see me, it’s clear that after years of hiding her scars and parts of her story from the world – it was a godsend for her to finally be able to reveal her story to the world.

It’s been a long fought battle consisting of 10 procedures & 5 Surgeries but Anastacia is ready to reveal her FAULTs to the world.

Here is Anastacia’s story – FAULTs and all.

Dress (worn as Skirt) by Joe Richards

Dress (worn as Skirt) by Joe Richards

FAULT: Thanks for being so trusting with FAULT on this shoot. Prior to this, how did you feel about your scarring?

Anastacia: I resented them. I resented how large they are but I also understood why I needed to go through all the physical changes. My scars are part of my journey and a reminder of all the things I went through with my mastectomy. At this point, I feel great to be able to show them in a way that’s artistic with a respected team in fashion because it’s transformed my body’s “FAULTs” into art.
Your scars aren’t in the usual place for a mastectomy, why is that?

The surgeons had to go around my tattoo; the scars really should have been on my bra line but to graft skin, the surgeons needed to find a place that wasn’t compromised. I wasn’t expecting it to be as long but it was the only way.
How does it feel to finally show the stripped back Anastacia?

I’m so nervous to let people see them, I really am, but I want to be able to go on the beach and not have the first photographs taken of my body to be ones that I didn’t give. I want to be free and knowing that this photo-shoot will be out there and available, I can be on the beach and not worry about what people think. After today, paparazzi can take a photo of me breathing in and call it a gut or say all the things they want, that doesn’t scare me – but my scars are a part of me and I want to be the one to reveal them. If paparazzi photographed them before today, I’d feel like I was being shamed but being able to release them this way, I feel extremely empowered.

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Silver Vest: Baserange | Jeans: Anastacia’s Own (True Religion)

When you battled cancer, you were fighting an illness that was slowly taking over your body and wrecking havoc on its path. Do you feel like you’ve finally reclaimed it back?

Absolutely! Every little thing that I’m doing, including Strictly Come Dancing, was me trying to reclaim a little piece of my femininity that cancer stole. When you have as many surgeries as I’ve had, you lose so many female sensations that you’ll never get back. Nipple sensation is something that cancer robbed from my anatomy and I’m used to it now but there is that little part of me that will always be lost. Doing Strictly and doing this shoot I feel like I’m finally becoming the woman that I was again.

How long has it taken for you to mentality repair and be ready to share your body with us?

It’s definitely been a long process. I was diagnosed January 2013 and it’s nearly 2017. It took this long but finally when people see this shoot it will be 100% back to me. I’m really grateful that this has been the journey and that you are a part of it – if I was on Strictly long enough I might have done it there but it wasn’t meant to be. Doing a shoot like this, I can be sure that the world sees my scars how I now do – as art.

 

Talk me through your first moment of discovery back in 2003.

2003, I actually went in to explore breast reduction as a preventative measure and two days before my procedure my doctor asked me to have a mammogram. I remember saying “I’m young, what are you talking about!?” and he replied “I just want to check that your tissue is pristine” and me being me I said,“Pristine, mean, clean that’s who I am when I’m on the scene!” [laughs] It was all jokes, I got my mammogram and lo and behold, they found cancer. I wasn’t so pristine, mean or clean after all…

It was a blessing because they found it so early. I spent so long learning all the information I could from that point on. When doctors ask “Is cancer in your family?”, they’re only guaranteeing that you will get it. If it’s not, it’s still a wide open field and 70% of women who get cancer, it’s not even in their family and most women will get cancer. Everything in the environment, your stress levels, what you eat – it all can be a cause of cancer. There are so many combining factors that will make you a victim which is why I decided to become an advocate for early detection.

Young women need to ask for a mammogram contribution for holiday gifts or birthdays etc. Even just £5 or £10 towards the procedure, anything will help and it’s all an investment in your long-term well-being. If you’re a young woman in your mid-twenties, just get it the test done and you can have peace of mind until you’re thirty years old. In your thirties go every two or three years depending on your doctor’s advice and then after thirty-five, it’s safest to go each year. Find it early and you’re done and it’s so much easier.

Cancer and death needn’t go hand in hand, if you catch it early you can live with it and seek treatment – it’s not spotting it early enough that’s scary.

Dress: Laura Theiss

Dress: Laura Theiss

You’re very vocal and many who have heard your story were able to learn from it and beat cancer due to their proactive detection. How does that make you feel to know you affected a life in such a drastic way?

I’ve heard it so much that I never take back any personal invasion of my privacy because it allowed my story to be told to so many people and saved so many lives.

The first news of your cancer wasn’t revealed on your terms?

The press told people I had cancer before I told people! I found out I had cancer on Friday and on Sunday World News rang to tell me they were releasing the story and if I’d like to make a statement. I didn’t have a press team at the time to do all that for me and I was still coming to terms with my diagnosis. Three days later most of my friends learnt I had cancer from the press. I couldn’t call anybody; I was trying to deal with what I thought at the time was a death sentence.

In saying that I’m not angry and what the press did – I say all the time that I’m grateful to have had cancer because it meant that I was able to save lives and that is worth every minute of surgery I’ve been through. I’m still alive and telling this story is why I’m still here and that’s why I keep talking about because there are a lot of people who don’t have the ability to raise their voice. It’s hard spiritually and mentally to tell people about your experiences and I get that. Not everybody needs to be as open as I am but as long as I’m open I can help someone who is closed get by and that’s how I look at the world that is cancer but I just look at the first three letters, C.A.N.

 

What physical trait did you hate before scarring and how insignificant does it feel now?

My boobs! [laughs] When I think back to how much I hated them, they ended up saving my life. Had I had smaller breasts I might not have seen anything and then I would have had it and not known and been hit with stage four out of the blue. My friends were telling me not to get them reduced because they were beautiful and people were paying for larger breasts and thank god I didn’t listen to them.

I say I was blessed with cancer and I was blessed with Crohn’s because it allows me to find a positive way to get through it in order to find a way around it. Having Crohn’s has made me a better communicator because to hold it in creates anxiety which makes it worst.
You’ve had bad days, in fact, you’ve had the worst of days. What lifts you back up?

I just wait for it to pass. I think you have to allow yourself to feel like crap, you’re supposed to have those feelings. You need to have emotions and it’s how you process them and how you exist and I think that for me I just tell myself “Anastacia, you’re down today and just be down.” If I have to work, then I push it aside and sometimes I can forget but if I don’t take care of letting it exist then it can come out another way. I’ve made a lot of mindful decision to get me to this place. I’ve had a lot of accomplishments but it’s the setbacks which taught me who I am and what I’m made of.

No, I haven’t accomplished everything I wanted to but it’s how you learn from what you haven’t been able to accomplish that brings success.

Trousers: Cacharel Blazer: Cacharel Bodysuit: Else

Trousers: Cacharel; Blazer: Cacharel; Bodysuit: Else

Strictly sounds like a lot of work and even more so for someone who has been through the physical changes that you have. How did you cope?

I was and now am in the best condition that I’ve been in, in a long time. I had just finished 50 dates before I started on Strictly and the injury I received wasn’t because I was unfit but because I was trying to do something that was hard for most people let alone me with my Latissimus Dorsi in front of my body! [Laughs] It was a tall order for my dance partner and me to do but I think we were both stubborn in our “we can do this” philosophy.

And then you got injured. What exactly happened?

I just thought it was a sore muscle and I just waited for it to pass but it got progressively worse and then I felt a lump which I knew couldn’t be cancer because I didn’t have any breast tissue left but it had to be something. I went to see a doctor and as it turns out it was an inflamed scar tissue. I found this out on Saturday morning and the show was filmed live on Saturday night.

We decided to continue with the performance, and we took out the lift to help me do that. By the end of the performance, I was in a lot of pain and knew I needed to see a specialist. Then I was told there was a dance off. I knew I was physically unable to perform, and I was terrified about what damage I had already done. I began to cry and said “sorry I’ll get my things and go and thanks for the opportunity” and I was ready to leave…I didn’t know they had contingencies for occurrences like that.

The press wasn’t so understanding at first.

I didn’t have the best time hearing what the press had to say because I couldn’t dance-off but once they found out why it was all “wow, how did you even dance in the first place!?” and I’m all like “Hello, I’m a fighter!” But once I felt that my arm was going to die, I just had to sit it out. I think the press thought I was being a diva and refusing to dance off which was so wrong and it was the best feeling when the truth finally came out.
If you could give any piece of advice to your younger self what would it be?

I believe that I would say “be kinder to yourself and not compare yourself to other people.” Back then I never felt I was pretty enough or talented enough. I wore glasses, I wasn’t tall, I didn’t have blue eyes, I didn’t think I was pretty because I compared myself to people who looked nothing like me. I could have picked anything to not like about myself but I wish I’d been gentler and kinder to me and not been so judgemental. It’s strange because my mum always taught me to accept other people for all their differences and I always saw the beauty in others, I just couldn’t see it in myself.

What is your FAULT?

I give to my own detriment. As much as people say giving is a great gift, it’s not when you don’t know when you’re being taken advantage of. I’ve been so giving that I’ve hurt myself so much in the process.

 

 

Read Anastacia’s full story and see more exclusive photographs only in FAULT 24 – available to pre-order now

Lake Street Drive headline Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Gig Review

Lake Street Dive – Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Thursday 10th November 9.00 – 10.00 PM

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Lake Street Dive is an American four-piece band who create genre-defying, label-eluding music, self-described as ‘if the Beatles and Motown had a party together’; throw in the Beach Boys ca. Pet Sounds, and all the best bits of pop music up to the present day, too. That description may read like a lot of waffle. Yet their swift progression from indy-labels and local dance halls to talk-show appearances and international touring is a testament to the band’s talent for clever, catchy and above all fun music.

This year LSD have twice appeared in Europe, anticipating and subsequently promoting their spring release Side Pony. Named for the dubious sideways ponytail, the album is a paean to quirky self-expression set to 70s Rock, Soul, and a touch of Disco. Now at the tail-end of a whistle-stop tour across Europe, Performance Reviewed was invited to their sole London appearance at the O2 Empire in Shepherd’s Bush.

Opening on a thunderous, amped up ‘Godawful Things’; – an ironic gospel hymn to rebound relationships – the theme of the evening was a meteoric, power-rocking celebration interspersed with somewhat calmer moments. The song ‘Spectacular Failure’, a thumping pop song on the album, became an ear-shattering, head-banging wall of sound; the jaunty ‘I Don’t Care About You’ turned into a kind of power ballad to searing indifference; and the surfer-styled ‘Hell Yeah’ went in the opposite direction and became frantic rhythm and blues.

Mid-way through the show, the spotlights dimmed and double-bassist Bridget Kearney came to the fore with a captivating, frenetic solo rooted in West African traditional music. At other concerts it would be jarring and gratuitous; here this virtuoso performance only highlighted the band’s versatility.

On the soulful ‘Saving All My Sinning’; and folk-flavoured ‘Mistakes’, vocalist Rachael Price exercises a range and preciseness that is rarely seen in popular music today. These are also among LSD’s more thoughtful, musing songs – beneath the light-heartedness and flippancy of course.

An honorable mention must also go to an inventive rendition of Lennon’s ‘Broken Glass’; with an a capella style chorus.

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Despite the consummate musicianship, however, there was a mismatch between the aural and visual offerings. The Empire building is a charming period theatre, with both an expansive dance floor in below the stage and galleries high above. Performance Reviewed was initially seated in the latter, with prime viewing of what sounded like a hyperactive, rabble-rousing entertainment.

Yet the theatrics, overwrought yet fundamental to mainstream music, were minimalist at best here. Kearney, and Mike Calabrese (drums), were particularly animated on their instruments – and also mostly out of view. Price is an admirable showrunner, but on this occasion she was working with a rather stiff crowd. (An early attempt to get the crowd to sing along, on the call-response chorus of the funky song ‘Got Me Fooled’, was a non-starter).

As plush and comfortable as our seats were, it just felt wrong to be watching this energetic music being belted out below us, vaguely wriggling and foot-tapping to the beat. Could you imagine someone going to a Chuck Berry, and thinking ‘what I really need is a chair’?

Perhaps the fault was of our own making. My friend and I eventually made our way down to the dance floor and, here, got a better sense of what Lake Street Dive is all about . As the band reached the finale with ‘Call of Your Dogs’, a groove reminiscent of the Bee-Gees greatest hits, the Performance Reviewed team let loose and rocked our inner side ponies. For me, Lake Street Dive hits all the right notes. You might not get the same kick out of their nostalgic genre-bending and pastiche, but they are undeniably very, very good at what they do.

Their live performances only up the ante and the energy, at least musically. If you are persuaded to check them out their future shows, do remember to put on your dancing shoes and limber up; and if there is any seating, skip it.

 

Words: Charles Conway

 

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Introducing: Pink Angels – and their quest to SLAY!

 

While this might be your first time hearing of Pink Angels in the UK – At home in the Czech Republic and throughout Europe the band have released four highly acclaimed albums. Ready to take over the UK market, Pink Angels released the very catchy and ‘Slay Mama’ which is fast approaching 200k plays on Youtube. FAULT sat down with the group to find out all about their growing success.

 

How would you describe the Pink Angels musical sound?

We’re definitely pop mixed with RnB, mixed with some DJ stuff, we’re really pop music with a mixture!

 

You’re live sets are so high energy and look like a lot of fun. Would you say you’re most at home on the stage or in the studio?

I think that maybe on the stage, although we really do love recording new songs…but the energy on the stage is always so great and so much better! We have so much fun because our fans are so fun and lively!

 

 


‘Pinks Across America’ sounds like a lot of fun? Where did the idea come about?

We got the idea from our manager, we were having so much fun in a pink limo and then he came up with the idea that we should do a reality show in the limo…we all absolutely loved the idea and got so excited about it, and that’s how the idea for the show came about!

 

‘Slay Mama’ is oozing with girl power! If you could impart some advice to your younger selves, what would it be?

Girls our age should be true to themselves and not try to be something they’re not, I hated how small I am when I was younger…I’m really really small! Now I’ve got a bit older and I know not to let it bother me, I love and respect myself, and I think all girls should love and respect themselves no matter what!

 

What’s been your favourite part of your musical journey so far?

Probably travelling with the girls, we get to know new people and its just so much fun on the stage with fans and the crowd. Touring is the most fun part of everything we do.

 

Who have been your main musical influences?

To me, it would be Taylor Swift, for all of us, The Weeknd, Beyonce, Selena Gomez and definitely Justin Bieber…we really love all of them!

 

What is your FAULT?

Natalie curls her hair so much!! She always bites her lips when she’s nervous too!

Little Mix Bonus Online Cover Shoot for FAULT Magazine Online

A Bonus (not so secret) photoshoot with the Little Mix to celebrate the release of  album – Glory Days

Often referred to as this generation’s Spice Girls, Little Mix are just on the cusp of releasing their latest album Glory Days. The girls are no newcomers to the FAULT scene, having previously been featured in issue 17– back when Salute was only just being released. It has been a while since and the foursome has surely done some growing up in the meanwhile. We caught up with Little Mix ahead of their album release and here’s their take on the past 5 years of their careers.

You’ve gone a long way since people first saw you on the X Factor. You’ve rocketed to the top, broken records and vanished the jinx of the X-Factor winner. How does it feel to prove everyone wrong?

Perrie: It feels really good. Every little bit of success we get, we feel massively grateful and humbled for it. I don’t think I’ve ever expected to have the success that we have now. But I’m glad we broke that curse for X Factor. We’re very proud of ourselves.

 

It’s been five years now. What do you think is the most important lesson that you’ve learned over the past five years?

Perrie: Just to try and stay grounded with all your family and friends. Hold your loved ones really close. And try to keep your own little circle of friends. It’s hard to trust people in this industry. So yeah, keep all your family close.

Jade: To appreciate what we have. I think it’s very easy in this job to think negatively and think low of yourself after working such long hours. We’re always tired, but we have to remember that we’re in a much better position than many other girls. And also – to never underestimate our success.

So straight out of the X Factor – what were the biggest issues that you encountered in the industry?

Leigh-Anne: We didn’t have a clue what to expect. When you’re in a show like that, you’re kind of thrown into it in a way that you don’t really have any time to adjust to it. I think we were just really lucky to have each other. Doing that on your own – must be so much pressure. I’m just really happy that I got to have these girls as my comfort blanket.

Was there a specific moment in your careers when you realized that you’re becoming role models for young girls and therefore had a responsibility towards them?

Perrie: I think being named role models kind of happened just naturally, we never really asked for it. Which is lovely, I love the fact that girls look up to us and we empower people and inspire them. But obviously, we’re young girls and we’re going to do silly things sometimes that can kind of put pressure on us, but we’re just being ourselves. And if that means that we’re being role models by just being ourselves, then that’s incredible. It’s a massive compliment.

 

And as so, do you have any particular life stories that you’d like to share with your young audience for them to learn from?

Leigh-Anne: Well, both Jade and me had bad skin when we were young. And we used to get teased. And at the time – you think it’s the worst thing in the world. What I would say to anyone that is suffering from it is the fact that it will go away and it’s not the end of the world.

As women in the public eye working in an industry that constantly scrutinizes people – women first and foremost – have you ever felt you had a responsibility to act against it?

Perrie: Well, now that we’ve got a bit of influence – which is amazing – we try our best to make something positive out of it. We don’t think it’s fair that women get scrutinized more than men. Everything is harder for a woman in every kind of aspect and that’s why we try to empower women with our music, our image and everything we stand for. If we can help a little bit, then we’re doing okay.  

 

How did you all find your individualities under the given circumstances?

Perrie: We kind of stayed the same I think. From the beginning, we all knew who we were individually, what our style was and what we liked and disliked. Nothing changed, it just evolved. We like to be individuals because more people can relate to us. People relate to Leigh-Anne differently than they relate to me and so on. We’re all tight knit, but we embrace our individualities too.

Have you always had this mindset?

Perrie: Yeah, we’ve had the same beliefs pretty much from the beginning. We’ve always wanted to be girl-power; we’ve always wanted to inspire people.

 

How do you usually cope with the pressure of that omnipresent eye of the media?

Perrie: At first, it was really horrible. We were really young; I was 17 when I got put into Little Mix. I felt like a baby, I didn’t know how to fend for myself. Moving to London was terrifying – to not be with my family. I think, at first, we found it hard reading things about ourselves that weren’t true. Like rumours or seeing a bad picture right on the front of a magazine or whatever it was. But now, we literally couldn’t care less.

Leigh-Anne: It doesn’t matter. We’ve learned how to deal with it all of it now. Everybody gets it. Adele, Beyoncé, everyone gets scrutinized. And it’s usually from people who don’t have a life.

What’s next for Little Mix?

Perrie: Hopefully a lot more success. But we’re very happy with this album. It’s a lot more mature, it’s very honest and it’s different to what we’ve done before. We just hope it does really well.

 

What’s your FAULT?

Perrie: I can be stubborn.

Leigh-Anne: When I gen drunk, I take things really seriously.

Jade: Mine is overthinking. I’m too much of a perfectionist.

 

Words: Adina Ilie

Vant compile exclusive ‘Stand For Something’ playlist

Fresh from their headline slot on the Dr Martens Stand For Something Tour, which took place at The Cluny in Newcastle, VANT put together an exclusive playlist for Fault.

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1. Bob Dylan – Talkin’ World War III Blues

After Bob Dylan received his Nobel Prize recently I began listening back through his catalogue. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan is one of his most magnificent pieces of work, in particular this song jumped out at me. I love the playful nature of the lyricism despite it’s dark subject matter, listen out for the ‘Adam & Eve’ line, brilliant.

 

 

2. Parquet Courts – Borrowed Time

When I first started making music when I was 14/15 I felt like I had so much freedom and the genre I was naturally drawn towards was scrappy punk rock. The older I got the more pressure I felt to conform to what I deemed to be popular at the time, I experimented with electronic music, then folk and nothing felt quite right. In 2012 Parquet Courts came out and I fell in love with them. They reminded me to be honest to yourself and if you believe in what you do people will naturally gravitate towards it, people see through pretenders real fast.

 

3. Barry McGuire – Eve of Destruction

Around the time I discovered Parquet Courts I also came across this song by Barry McGuire. I’d had existential thoughts and concerns about the world around me for a long time but I hadn’t really considered putting them into a musical format, certainly not as bluntly as this 60s Number 1 pop hit. You can be as direct as you want to be lyrically, if the melody is strong enough people will still nod their head, tap their foot and sing-a-long, even if they don’t realise what it is they are singing about!

 

4. Willy Mason – Oxygen

Recently I showed Billy an album I played religiously during my teenage years, ‘Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning’. As we were listening I had this weird epiphany, I hadn’t realised how political the lyricism was until that very moment, I had been brain washed, in the best possible way! Music can be so powerful and influential to a young mind. Bright Eyes & Willy Mason shaped my world view without me even knowing about it. Oxygen is such a beautiful, heart-breaking song. I also have to thank Zane Lowe for introducing me to it. Most of my early influences came directly from Gonzo, that show taught me everything I know!
 
5. The Vines – Get Free

The Vines were my Nirvana. Highly Evolved was my Nevermind. When I saw the Get Free music video for the first time it changed my life, Craig Nicholls was the coolest person I’d ever seen, he made me want to be a musician. I was 12 years old when this album came out and I remember saving up 6 weeks pocket money in anticipation, then, when the opportune moment presented itself to me, I snook down the CD isle of ASDA while my Mam was getting her groceries, bought it and smuggled the contraband home underneath my school jumper. I’ve probably listened to that record more than any other, it is the single most important thing I’ve ever purchased.
 
6. Low – Dinosaur Act

Other than MTV2, my other major musical influence was and continues to be my Dad. He’d always be buying CD’s based on reviews and he amassed a pretty hefty collection of great avant-garde new bands such as Sparklehorse, Port O’brien and Califone, as well as a lot of shitty stuff as well! My Dad of course introduced me to all of the classics as well; Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones etc but it was the new stuff, that was just coming out that had some how bypassed me that always excited me the most. I remember us staying up late one night and listening to ‘Things We Lost In The Fire’ from start to finish, in complete silence. His enthusiasm and hunger for new sounds has taught me to give albums a chance and a few listens before deciding to discard them completely, something I’ve vitally taken with me into the digital era.
 
7. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Stagger Lee

Another lesson my Dad gave me was the poetic, phonetic beauty of swearing, demonstrated expertly by Nick Cave in this mother-fucking masterpiece. I saw Nick Cave live at Primavera a few years ago and I met him briefly before a Circus De Soleil event at the Roundhouse in Camden later that year. If I start slicking my hair back and wearing a suit in a few albums time he is entirely to blame for being a total bad ass. Sit back, smoke a cigarette, drink some whiskey and revel in Stagger Lee.
 
8. Pixies – Hey

 

I never really got the Pixies until I saw Zack And Miri Make A Porno. The movie is fucking terrible but I remember about halfway through this song coming on which made my hairs stand on end. I pain-stakingly repeated the lyrics over and over again until the film finished and all the way back from the cinema until I could finally google them when I got home. Subsequently, I spent the next three months listening to nothing other than Come On Pilgrim, Surfer Rosa & Doolittle and suddenly, hey, I was a convert!
 
9. The Kinks – This Time Tomorrow

Movies have been just as influential for me as music, no director more so than Wes Anderson. His use of music in The Darjeeling Limited alone ranks it in my Top 10 of all time. That movie started my love of The Kinks. If anyone asks me who do I prefer, The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? I always reply The Kinks. In my eyes they are the most underrated band of all time. Ray Davies is such an incredible lyricist and in a strange way he laid the foundation of honesty most often associated today with Hip Hop. The Kinks consistently wrote about their changing social and financial statuses throughout their career. This was best executed on the album ‘Lola vs Powerman and the Money-Go-Round’, which is definitely in my Top 10 albums of all time, thanks Wes!
 
10. Neil Young – Don’t Let It Bring You Down (Live At Massey Hall 1971)

Where do I start? Over recent years Neil Young has slowly become my biggest influence. I’ve always loved him but after seeing a Q&A with him and FINALLY (long story) getting to see him perform live this year he has placed himself firmly at the top of the pile. He is a true artist, he’s had up’s and down’s and not always been in the spotlight but he has always done what he wants and most importantly said what he believes throughout his life and his career. Live At Massey Hall is one of the greatest albums of all time, it shows the beauty of songwriting in it’s most primitive form, just a voice accompanied by a guitar or a piano. I could of picked any song from this record but ‘Don’t Let It Bring You Down’ seems like an apt way to round of this list.

 

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FAULT Weekly Playlist: Laura Brehm

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Singer/Songwriter and Colorado native, Laura Brehm has slowly but surely carved out a name for herself with a slew of collaborations with some of today’s most sought after producers. Now ready to step into the limelight herself, Laura reveals her own sophisticated sound that combines folk and electronic notes that create an ephemeral feel. We asked Laura to put together a playlist of some of her current favorite songs that includes Royksopp and fellow newcomer Ofelia K. Take a listen below.

Kolesce – For a Minute

“Charlotte Haining and Champion teamed up to form Kolesce and this is their very first single! I was instantly addicted to this sound. The touch of electric guitar in the buildup and the future pop mellow vibes in the chorus are so pleasant. My favorite thing about it is Charlotte’s vocal performance.”

Royksopp – Never Ever

“This contemporary electronic duo that refers to themselves as a two-headed Norwegian monster are one of my all time favorite bands in general, but their latest track ‘Never Ever’ really stood out to me in particular. The emotion they can portray with female vocals and synthesizers is unparalleled.”

Ofelia K – Another World

“I had never heard of Ofelia K until I came across this song while listening to the popular Hype Machine chart a few weeks ago, but I am definitely a fan of hers now! This track is very organic but can still work within the electronic music realm; and this tends to be my favorite style of music. I love the plucked string instruments in the chorus that give it a nice folky vibe.”

Koven – Everything

“Lush, deep, hauntingly beautiful; just a few descriptive words that always come to mind when listening to Koven. They’ve been one of my favorite EDM artists for years, and now they’ve started to release on Monstercat. I’m very excited to hear their new material and it’s only getting better!”

Rich Edwards ft. Park Avenue – For You

“This song has been on repeat since it came out a few months ago. The vocal melodies and lyrics are so captivating and it meshes perfectly with the production. Park Avenue is definitely a songwriter/vocalist to watch out for in the near future.”

Bare Noize & AFK ft. Anna Yvette – Elemental

“Anna Yvette writes and performs the most powerful and epic vocals in the EDM scene. This song definitely supports this claim as her vocal layers soar over the unique chord progressions, classically influenced synth leads and classic dubstep bass. It all comes together beautifully!”

Kerli – Feral Hearts

“I’m a huge fan of everything Kerli has done, especially her latest work. I love the strings, piano and electronic production as well as the imagery and themes that her lyrics convey. The music video for this song is also one of the most visually stunning pieces of work I’ve ever seen!”

Direct & Elliot Berger – Anticipation

“When I’m not working on music, I really enjoy listening to calm and relaxing music. This is a great example of that. Piano is also one of my favorite instruments, and the skillful piano work in this serene. It’s also a great mix of Direct and Elliot Berger’s styles.”

Phantogram – Fall in Love (Until the Ribbon Breaks Re-imagination)

“I heard this song playing in a movie theater lobby and immediately had to use Shazam to find out what it was. Turns out, it’s a remix of one of my favorite bands, Phantogram. The re-imagination is a more chilled out version than the striking original mix, and I think it brings out more of the romantic essence in ‘Fall in Love’ as well.”

Reflekt – Need to Feel Loved (Adam K and Soha Remix)

“All of the tracks on this playlist are songs that I’ve found recently, so I wanted to add one that has been a favorite for years. This classic progressive house tune is perfect for listening to while driving, looking out the window from an airplane, or just day dreaming. It perfectly captures that in-love feeling.”