Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang

Here come the girls! Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj all stormed to #1 on the US iTunes chart with the release of new track  ‘BANG BANG’. The track, which is actually the first single from Jessie J’s forthcoming album, features powerhouse verses from both Jessie and Ariana and an immaculate rap delivered from Nicki Minaj. Jessie-J-Ariana-Grande-Nicki-Minaj-Bang-Bang-2014-1200x1200 The 3 leading ladies all hold previous claim to the #1 spot in the UK or US album charts, so naturally the trio are a combined force to be reckoned with. It might already be August, but this track could just become the summer anthem of 2014.

Jessie wastes no time in letting you know they’ve arrived. Produced by Max Martin, the track maintains its up-tempo beat throughout, transitioning seamlessly through each feature and still somehow sneaking a sample of WHAM’s ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’ into the chorus.

‘Bang Bang’ stormed the US charts in under 12 hours, so we have no doubt it’ll so the same in the UK when it’s released on 29th September.

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Eliza Doolittle: Exclusive shoot and interview for FAULT Online

Skirt and Top: NYMPHA Shoes: New Balance Earrings: Gogo Philip

Skirt and Top: NYMPHA
Shoes: New Balance
Earrings: Gogo Philip

Eliza Doolittle has had a vibrant career well-matched to her style and nature, with her first and eponymous album, released in 2010, debuting at number three on the UK Albums Chart and launching two UK top forty hits: “Skinny Genes” and “Pack Up”, both of which were released straight into the top five on the UK Singles Chart. Since then, she has toured and recorded with Disclosure, and worked on a World Cup song with Gary Barlow. Last year she released her second album In Your Hands, featuring tracks ‘Big When I Was Little’, ‘Walking on Water’ and ‘Let It Rain.’ We met her just as she was getting back to work on her next record!

What is the writing process like for you?

It changes all the time! Usually I write little one-liners or titles and think about the project as a whole. On my first album I  was just writing whatever I felt that day but this time I want to have more overall themes. Sometimes I’ll be working with someone who has a beat and so we’ll build it from there but I think it’s important to switch it up otherwise you get stuck.


What are themes for the next album?

You have to wait and see! I’ve only just started the writing process so I’m holding off because you always start with one thing, and it ends up being completely different!

Miles Holder

How do you feel you’ve developed as a writer since you released your debut?

Personally, I think the structure of the song has come on a lot. As a teenager, my writing was a lot more away with the fairies, and sometimes I need to just focus and bring it back to the chorus! I’ve worked with some incredible producers and writers and have learnt so much by just taking in other people’s process. Collaboration always keeps your mind open.


Are there any dream collaborators on your mind at the moment?

I love Andre 3000- he’s on the list! I would love to work with Raphael Sadiq- everything he touches is brilliant and I think we could do something really cool. It’s got to be a natural thing, you have to have a mutual respect for each other.

Dress: Antipodium Shoes: New Balance

Dress: Antipodium
Shoes: New Balance


You’re currently working on your new album. Is there a pressure to reinvent, either your sound or your image, with a new release?

I think you just have to be honest with what you’re feeling and what you wanted to make at the time. I like to move in new directions and explore- it’s important to grow. When I was writing my first album I hadn’t really experienced the world, or even lived much of my own life. There wasn’t a single love song because I hadn’t really gone there but now I feel totally different. Love is the most important thing in the world, and whether you’re experiencing it in a great way or in a sad way I think it’s so great if you can find the honesty in it and express that in a song.


You mentioned that you’re quite shy- is the live experience something you enjoy?

It’s my favourite part, I can’t even describe it. Being on stage is just the best thing. In fact, I can understand why that whole idea of sex, drugs and rocknroll exists because you have that amazing buzz on stage that nothing else can give you and you come off to nothing, really. And that’s when you could potentially indulge, I totally get it. I’ve always tried to be aware of that and separate one from the other.


Dress: NYMPHA Shoes: New Balance Earrings: Gogo Philip

Your music and outlook seems very quintessentially English- -is your British identity really important to you? 

I wouldn’t say I’m the most patriotic person but I was raised in London and it’s so mixed I think it just makes you love lots of different cultures. But I’m proud of where I’ve come from and I absolutely wouldn’t want to stand for anyone else.


You seemed to have a lot of fun on the shoot- is the relationship between fashion and music something that’s really important to you?

I think you have to just enjoy it. Most of my favourite musicians have a lot of fun with their clothes as well, whether it’s David Bowie or Andre 3000 or even someone like Kurt Cobain. I think it’s got to just express your personality.


What is your FAULT?

I don’t have any (laughs). No, I’m definitely a bit of a control freak, especially when it comes to my music or anything creative. But I’m trying to let go a little bit- it’s important to let people in who can elevate you and make you the best that you can be. I need to be less of a control bitch basically (laughs.)


Back issues of our first shoot with Eliza back in 2010 are available through the ISSUES page. Click HERE for a direct link to buy your copy of FAULT Issue 6: No Man is an Island, which also features Alesha Dixon, 2 Many DJs, The Vaccines, the Black Angels, Nick Cave’s Grinderman project, John Cooper Clarke, Benn Northover and the Correspondents.

FAULT Magazine Issue 6 - £20.00

FAULT Magazine Issue 6 – £20.00


Photography: Miles Holder

Words: Will Ballantyne-Reid

Stylist: a+c studio

Make-up: Emma Miles using Mac Cosmetics

Hair Stylist: Natalie Viner

FAULT Beacons Festival Playlist


Beacons had their first event in 2012 in Skipton North Yorkshire and it has definitely made a huge impact as an award winning newcomer to the UK music festival scene. With their 2014 event creeping closer it’s safe to say this one is here to stay!

As part of our festival coverage for FAULT Magazine, we here at LXN are really looking forward to Beacons- it offers everything we want from a festival from the music, food, and activities through to the art, design and layout.

The new collaboration between Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington come together to form Darkside as the headliners whilst amazing musicians such as Jon Hopkins and Daniel Avery support.


To celebrate this amazing festival we’ve put together a short playlist to get you guys excited for what you can expect, listen here:https://soundcloud.com/noahlxn/sets/lxn-beacons-festival

A VERY limited amount of tickets are still available and you can buy here: http://beaconsfestival.seetickets.com/event/beacons-festival-2014/funkirk-estate/767422




Kina Grannis: Exclusive shoot and interview for FAULT Online

Kina Grannis started her career back in 2005 with her self-released album Sincerely Me. Today Kina has has amassed an intensely loyal online following, with her YouTube channel receiving over 150 millions views to date. With the release of Kina’s sophomore album - with all tracks written by Kina herself - FAULT sat down with the songstress to find out what it’s like to be part of a new wave of internet-propelled musicians.

Miles Holder

FAULT: Does it annoy you when people refer to you as a YouTube celebrity when in fact you had released music and had record deal offers years before you had even created your account?

Kina: Yes sometimes it can be frustrating to be only known for one step of the many stairs of my career but then I understand that YouTube is a giant part of my career. As a platform it has been so good to me and allowed me to do so much that while it can be annoying that my early career is sometimes glossed over, I guess that comes with the territory.


What would you say was your biggest fear as an artist and when you look a few years down the line what do you just not want to happen to your music?

As a musician I think the biggest struggle is getting too caught up in listening to what people want versus what you naturally want to create. That’s something I struggle with in the YouTube world. I constantly read people’s comments and people have a lot of opinions which are good to hear but I want to make sure that for me I keep making music for myself and what inspires me and not get tainted by what’s big and cool.


Do you actually read the comments? Many say you should never read news about yourself, so on YouTube where there is and endless stream of good and bad opinions, it must be hard.

I try not to but I inevitably do and it’s a crazy thing. For the most part it’s just like Christmas morning and it’s so exciting but then there’s that one comment that’s just so devastating that it ruins your day and I remember that comment and the way it makes me feel is why I’m not supposed to read too far into every comment.


You have a lot of young fans and like any performer while you haven’t asked to be a role model, people still look up to you. As your fan base continues to grow, do you find yourself being extra cautious about what you say and do?

It’s definitely a weird thing, and when you realise it’s happened it’s like oh! I better be a good person all the time but I haven’t felt too much crazy pressure because I don’t live a crazy life. For the most part I’m doing things pretty safe but it is something you think about as I want to make sure I’m putting out a good image so I can make sure people are putting out the best image of themselves also.

Miles Holder

Is it fair to have that pressure on you when really your job is only to be an entertainer and not a role model to thousands of young people?

It’s an interesting question, I don’t know if it’s fair or not but it’s just how it is so I’ve just gone with it and I have to be ok with that.


Who did you look up to for musical inspiration when you were young?

I think the first one for me what James Taylor, my dad listened to a lot of his music so I think that’s where I found my love for the acoustic guitar and another was a Belgian band called K’s Choice. They really showed me how powerful music can be and that’s something I’ve always strived for in my music – to make it important.


When you look at your career 10 years down the line, what is the long-term goal?

I’ve always been afraid of concrete goals as I’m afraid of not reaching them. I’ve always kept the mind-set of I want to make the best music I can and share it with as many people as possible. And I want to keep growing and doing greater and better things.


What is your FAULT?

I think one of my FAULTs is that I’m very indecisive. I just can’t make decisions.


Words and Photography: Miles Holder

Example – taster from our exclusive shoot for FAULT Issue 18

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
Click here to order your copy of this issue!

It’s been almost seven years since Example released his debut album in 2007. Since then he has gone on to release twenty-one singles, perform at sell-out concerts across the globe and dominate both the UK Album and Dance music charts alike. FAULT caught up with Example to talk about his recently released album, Live Life Living, and life after music.

FAULT: People can guess the meaning behind the title Live Life Living but, in your own words, can you explain the thinking behind the title?

Example: For me it just means live life to the max but I didn’t want to call the album ‘Live Life To The Max’ either because it sounds like a boyband’s album or an X Factor runner up single. I feel people are always trying to escape either their jobs or maybe a relationship breakdown or financial woes, so people need a to feel good sometimes. I think the music on this album will definitely [help to] do that.

Do you worry that you sing too much to be remembered as a great rapper, and rap too much to be remembered as a great vocalist.

I’ve never thought about that but it’s a good point. I’ve always felt that rapping is really useful when you’re really emotional or really aggressive and upset. For me, I’m in such a happy place that it doesn’t make sense to do rapping. I’ve got a bit of a unique gravelly voice and it’s probably closer to blues – like you said earlier – where it’s more about the character in the voice rather than how good a singer you are. That is where I’ve always felt like my strength lies, and to be honest I’m not bothered about being remembered as a great singer or rapper – I’d rather be remembered as a great entertainer.

Interview by Will Ballantyne-Reid

Interview by Will Ballantyne-Reid

Have you done anything different on this album?

The process of writing was the same, what’s changed is the way I’ve produced them. ‘Kids Again’ was just started on guitar and then once we were happy with a guitar demo we go from there. The song originally was just me singing over a guitar but then you chop out words you don’t like and interchange bits and then the guitar became a piano and then a synth and a bass line and then drums. I think when you’ve been working in the music industry as long as me then it’s kind of about time that I should be doing a lot more on the production side of things.

Get the full shoot and interview - only in FAULT Issue 18.   Click here to order your copy for delivery worldwide!

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

My main FAULT used to just be lying; I used to just compulsively lie and make shit up. I would constantly lie to family, friends, my ex-girlfriend. It took meeting my wife and going to therapy to actually realise I could just be honest. It was almost like “your life is so amazing-why do you have to make shit up!”



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We are delighted to reveal Ella Eyre as FAULT Magazine Issue 18′s opening feature for the ‘Sounds of 2014′ section. Ella’s soulful voice, bold style  and energetic stage-presence encompasses everything it means to be RAW on and off the stage.

Ella Eyre was shot by Miles Holder and styled by Rachel Holland  at the Malmaison hotel

Ella Eyre was shot by Miles Holder and styled by Rachel Holland at the Malmaison Hotel. Click here to get your copy delivered worldwide.

At just 20 years old, Ella Eyre is already making waves with her soulful voice, phenomenal stage presence, and bold style. A graduate of the BRIT School, she cut her teeth on tour with Rudimental, featuring on their no.1 single ‘Waiting All Night’ in 2013 …

FAULT: You’ve got a distinctive personal style, from your clothes to your already famous hair. What about the relationship between music and fashion?

Ella: It’s really interesting because my Mum was a fashion designer for about twenty years and so she’s always sort of forced clothing on me! I was a real tomboy so I’ve always just wanted to be comfortable, but also to look good. My motto is a kind of ‘simple but sexy.’

What do you want to say with the album? Are core themes starting to emerge?

 I wrote my album over the course of three years so it’s a lot of growing up, and a lot of experiences that I had to deal with. As I said, it’s not that my experiences are more important than anyone else’s, I just want people to listen and relate and tune into the feeling of each track.

Your debut single ‘If I Go’ came out in July. Can you tell us a bit about it?

‘If I Go’ is basically about being with somebody and feeling caged in a way, or feeling that it’s not healthy. It was a question of me going, ‘this isn’t working at the moment, before I commit fully can I go away and do what I want to do, and come back to it…It’s not that I don’t want you now, it’s that I want you later. [laughs.]



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Dannii Minogue – exclusive shoot for FAULT Issue 18′s reversible cover

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Dannii Minogue was shot in London by photographer James D Kelly and styled by Rachel Holland exclusively for the front cover of FAULT Issue 18
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FAULT Magazine Issue 18 – the RAW Issue features multi-talented Australian beauty Dannii Minogue as its reversible cover feature. Dubbed (by us, for the feature ‘s title) the “Down Under Designer Darling”, Dannii’s sense of style is self-evident as she shines in looks by the likes of Nicole Farhi, Missoni and Viktor & Rolf.

Shot exclusively for FAULT at the Hoxton Hotel in London by photographer James D Kelly with styling by Rachel Holland, Dannii’s feature includes an in-depth interview and runs over 9 pages in the magazine, including the Style section cover inside the magazine.

In the interview, Dannii speaks about life in Australia with her 4 year old son, Ethan, her desire to get back into TV in the UK, her dreams of working on her own productions and her continuing achievements in the fields of music and fashion.

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FAULT: We hear that you’re looking to do some other things in future in addition to working on ‘X Factor (Australia)’ – could you elaborate?

Dannii: I’ve been having meetings about TV that I might come back and do here. I definitely want to come back and do something – I’m just trying to find the right thing, Leaving X Factor here when it was just such a juggernaut… you kind of want it [the new project] to be something just as special. I guess I am looking for projects where I can be involved, not just as hired talent but more from the production side. I’m starting to look at that as something I can retire into – not just yet but, at some point, I’d love to being doing both: being on camera and also involved in the production.

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Interview by Louis Sheridan

That’s definitely the way to do it, take control! Let’s talk about music too… I hear you’re back in the studio, can you tell us more about that?

Yeah, I recorded some stuff that I’ve co-written and some stuff that friends have written and others that I’ve found and just love. I’m just trying out loads of different stuff with no pressure of a record company or a deal or a date or anything. I’m actually really enjoying it. I’ve spoken to a few record companies, I’ve said I’m not ready to commit to anything and they’re like, “That’s cool, that’s how it should be. Just do it and enjoy it, and from that enjoyment you’ll find something”, so I’m just seeing if I can find that something special but, again, it’s been so long since I’ve done it that I don’t want to come back with something unless it’s special.

You recently announced the launch of your own online e-commerce store, DanniiShop.com, and have also worked on a clothing line in Australia for petite sized women [Dannii for Target, available in Australia]. Tell us about that?

Yeah, I’ve been working on a big range of stuff, primarily for Australia, at the moment. Earlier this year we were just trying to make sure that you could get the stuff of DanniiShop over here – delivered online and stuff – and now you can. That’s a project that I love working on.

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What is your FAULT?

My fault… I think I’ve noticed I’m a real worrier. Especially since being a mum, I just worry about stuff and I’m like, “I don’t want to be that person!” I worry a lot, it’s stupid. It’s such a waste of energy and time – I need to toughen up!



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OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder – first look at our exclusive Men’s section cover shoot for FAULT Issue 18


FAULT Magazine Issue 18 – the RAW Issue features OneRepublic front man and unstoppable hit-maker Ryan Tedder on it’s internal Men’s Fashion section cover. In addition to the cover, Ryan’s feature – which includes an in-depth interview and exclusive photoshoot by photographer Kell Mitchell and stylist Patricia Villirillo – runs over 6 pages in the print issue.


Rayn Tedder for FAULT Issue 18

OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder was shot in London by photographer Kell Mitchell and styled by Patricia Villirillo exclusively for the Men’s section cover of FAULT Issue 18
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FAULT: What was working with Leona Lewis for her break-through single ‘Bleeding Love’ like?

RYAN: I would’ve bet money against that song being a hit anywhere outside of the UK.  That’s how cynical I was. I had no idea of the expectation that there was for it. I didn’t even know till after we did the song that she had been on X Factor.


FAULT: Did you feel any pressure from Simon Cowell’s label?

RYAN: Of course. Simon didn’t get to where he’s got by sitting back in the passenger seat and just assuming or hoping that things will just take care of themselves. His label is aggressive, flat out aggressive. They have an objective, they have a goal, a single-minded goal and everyone at that label is dead on in their approach. They’re like, ‘here’s when it’s coming out, here’s when it’s due, boom boom boom boom boom boom.’ When you’re making an album you can move things around, but when you have TV involved it is completely different. Their calendar is their bible. They cannot change the dates of when something is going to broadcast and so because of that they have a more militant approach.

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Ryan wears looks by the likes of Alexander McQueen, Givenchy and Ann Demeulemeester. Interview by Chris Purnell.

FAULT: Does it feel different working on one of OneRepublic songs as opposed to a song for someone else?

RYAN: OneRepublic songs are a lot harder for me. I compare it to theatre. A OneRepublic album is a play written, directed, produced, performed by us, by me, but when it’s for another artist I feel like I wrote the dialogue, but I don’t have to stand on stage and deliver it, so I’m not the one getting tomatoes thrown at ‘em if it doesn’t go well.


On making pop music: “You have to have hits all the time: that is your currency. You have to have the most cutting edge, innovative, driving, fantastical songs that the world instantly reacts to. They don’t need a lot of thought, and you don’t have to dig deep. “


FAULT: Have you ever worked in the situation where the artist hasn’t been in the driving seat but it’s been the machine behind them?

RYAN: Yes. If the artist is part of the machine then they’re too busy to really artistically care, they just say, ‘Give me the biggest hit.’


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