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FAULT speaks to Ella Eyre about her new single ‘Ego’ and upcoming album

BRIT School-educated Ella Eyre first stepped into the spotlight back in 2012 with a feature on drum and bass hit ‘Waiting All Night’ by London band Rudimental. Since then, the award-winning singer-songwriter has featured on feel-good tracks with Wiz Khalifa, Naughty Boy, DJ Fresh and more recently, Sigala. Now, Eyre is back with pop single ‘Ego’ and a sophomore album in the works.

We spoke to the songstress about taking a new direction with her new music, guilty pleasures, supporting her rivals, and learning not to swear on social media.

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Your new song ‘Ego’ ft. Ty Dolla $ign is out now! What were the inspirations behind the track?

Finally! I wrote it last year so it’s been a long drawn out process trying to make sure it’s perfect. I think it’s fair to say that most of the men I’ve ended up dating have been quite sure of themselves and confident. When you first have a crush on someone you wind each other up. It’s that sort of playfulness in the early days of dating that I wanted to capture for this song.

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You’re currently in the process of writing your new album. Will you be changing direction from your debut album ‘Feline’ [2015] at all?

Completely, yeah! I’d say there was quite a bit of pop on the first album so I’m definitely honing that more and moving away from drum and bass. I love drum and bass and I’ve had so much fun touring it but I want to show diversity in my voice and explore a different genre. At 23, I’m still very much in my youth so I want to maximise that. I feel like my first album was rather sad and depressed because as a teenager you think the world is against you. Off the back of that, though, I’ve taken some time to reflect, travel the world, see my friends and realise life’s not all that bad!

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Who are you working with on the album? Any exciting collaborations with other artists?  

There will be a few more [besides Ty Dolla $ign on ‘Ego’]; I don’t know how many yet as it depends on what songs are on the album. I came up on collaborations and I feel like it’s a really great way of introducing new artists who’ve come up with something new, different and exciting, so there will definitely be more!

You recently teamed up with Sigala for feel-good dance track ‘Came Here For Love’ as well!

The fact that it was the official soundtrack for London Pride was amazing! I’m so glad I was a part of that.

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You have been a well-known face in the music industry for several years now. How have you developed as an artist in that time?

I’ve definitely learnt to be more patient. I’m quite an impatient person, especially when it comes to things like my career. Even if you don’t want to be, you become a role model and people aspire to be like you. One of the hard things for me has been learning not to swear on Twitter. I still do sometimes but when you have young people following you, you gotta stay PG [laughs]!

Have you noticed a change in the way people treat you [in the industry]?

I came from the Rudimental team and they’re all about family, so whenever I meet somebody who might be seen as a competitor, like Jess Glynne or Raye, I’ll always be friendly. I think being happy for other successful people is something people really struggle with in this industry but it’s something you have to do because the industry is so unpredictable.

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What is your biggest bugbear?

A lot of things piss me off. For a start, I hate automated phone calls. Having to call up a company and speak to a robot for half an hour before I can speak to an actual person. I hate balloons – I hate the rubber ones because when they pop they’re so loud! It makes me anxious when people hold them [laughs]! I also really hate slow drivers.

Who would be your dream dinner party guests?

Joanna Lumley, Stormzy, Barack Obama and Lauryn Hill!

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What is your guilty pleasure?

When I was younger, I would mix butter and sugar in a bowl and eat it! I still do it sometimes when I’m sad.

What is your FAULT?

Never being satisfied with what I have and not appreciating how lucky I am. I would like to think I could retire happy.

Ella’s new song ‘Ego’ ft. Ty Dolla $ign is now available on Apple Music, Spotify and iTunes. Find Ella on Instagram.

Words Aimee Phillips

Photos Jack Alexander

Styling Daisy Deane @ Frank Agency

Hair and Make Up Yasmina Bentaieb using Kerastase hair and MAC Cosmetics

Stylist’s Assistant Lois Jenner

Special thanks Jon Greenland

FAULT Weekly Playlist: Night Argent

Welcome to Night Argent’s world of alternative rock. The Washington outfit recently released their highly anticipated sophomore EP “The Fear,” touting heavyweight co-writes from John Feldmann (Neon Trees, Biffy Clyro, Blink-182) and Steven Solomon. The six-track collection showcases Night Argent dynamic sound and puts forth the overarching mantra of tackling the thing, whatever it may be, that’s holding you back.

 

We asked the guys to put together a playlist of songs they can’t get enough of right now, including cuts from Halsey and Kesha’s new albums. Take a listen below and be sure to watch their self-directed and produced video for “Dreamcatcher.”

 

K.Flay – High Enough
“The thing I love about K.Flay is she doesn’t hold back lyrically. Her music is catchy, grimy, and honest. The production/arrangement in ‘High Enough’ is a great example of her musical versatility.”

Paper Route – Chariots 
“Paper Route has been one of my favorite bands for a long time. The Peace of Wild Things is still one of the best records I’ve ever listened to. Their new album ‘Real Emotion’ just builds on that legacy, with ‘Chariots’ being one of the stand out tracks.”

Syml – Where’s My Love
“We’ve had a chance to work and write with Brian Fennell, the mastermind behind Syml. His voice is raw and pure, and carries an emotional weight to it that’s unmatched. ‘Where’s My Love’ is melodically haunting, and never fails to illicit an emotional response from me.”

John Legend  – Love Me Now
“Hands down one of the best live performers of our lifetime. He can command an arena full of people with just his voice. I can listen to his music anywhere and everywhere, whether it’s working out, relaxing at home, or out with friends.”

Imagine Dragons – I’ll Make It Up To You 
“Obviously one of the biggest Rock Bands of this millennium, Imagine Dragons has no shortage of big and powerful rock songs. This song showcases their ability to take an 80’s dance production vibe and create an emotionally charged track that grooves the best of the Alt-Indie dance tracks.”

Niall Horan – Slow Hands
To be honest, I fell in love with this track long before I found out it was by a former member of OneDirection. That only made me respect this track that much more. The simplicity in the production, the unique gating of the vocals, and the catchiness of the melody create an irresistible combo.”

Halsey – Castle 
“I always expect to hear Halsey in every movie trailer or soundtrack. Her cinematic production, pop melodies, and edgy lyrics all act as the perfect display for her sweetly unique vocals. ‘Castle’ is a great example of that.”

Kesha – Praying 
“Anyone paying attention to things going on in the world are very well aware of Kesha’s story. Her struggle played out very publicly, and this track is a culmination of all of that. Stripped of the huge Dance/Pop Production, Kesha’s vocals are allowed to shine, and she pours every bit of herself into the song.”

Post Malone – Congratulations
“Say what you want about Post Malone, I know he’s the target of a lot of jokes, but he’s proven himself to be a real player in the music game. ‘Congratulations’ is extremely catchy, and every time it comes on I can’t help but to groove with it.”

Allen Stone – American Privilege 
“Allen is from our neck of the woods, and proudly represents the Pacific Northwest in everything he does. He’s one of the most soulful singers you’ll ever hear, and his band are some of the most talented guys in the game. ‘American Privilege’ is a very poignant look at our society and all of the things that we take for granted.”

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Premiere: The Wandering Hearts debut Western-themed visuals for ‘Devil’

Fresh from their performance at British Summer Time Festival in London’s Hyde Park, supporting
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Stevie Nicks and The Lumineers, folk-Americana group The Wandering Hearts
reveal the visuals for their latest single ‘Devil’, which just released on Decca Records last month, exclusively on FAULT.


Filmed on location at Laredo Western Town, hidden away in Kent, the video shows the band pull up to play a show – except the town appears to be completely empty. They set up to play, and as they sing, the ghosts of the inhabitants of the town appear, with the music bringing them back to life. As the song draws to a close, the ghosts and band all disappear and the town population sign shows to have grown by 4 (indicating the band are now inhabitants of the ghost town).

The Wandering Hearts say: “This is a story about throwing your hands up in the air, admitting your flaws and past
mistakes, and owning them. Living life how you want to live it and knowing that if it all goes wrong, at least it was
your choice. Ultimately, life is about doing what you’re passionate about and having hope for whatever may lie
ahead.”

Watch the video below. You can find the band on Instagram here.

FAULT Future: Jazz Morley at home in the music

 

You’ve been very open with your lyrics in ‘Safe Place’, was it hard for you to put so much of yourself out there? 
My lyrics are always fairly honest and open. I am a very open person, but especially so when writing; it’s a form of therapy for me. Sometimes when I’ve been too afraid to speak something, I’ve been able to put it into a song and communicate how I feel that way.
When you released the single, were you happy to have so much off your chest or was it nerve wracking knowing it was out there? 
I never feel nervous about putting music out. What’s the worse that can happen? People might say they don’t like it, or not even take any notice. That’s kind of irrelevant to me by that point; I like the song, that’s why I wrote it. If people react well to my music and find a connection with it, that’s a bonus. I get excited about releasing music- the possibilities are endless, and so many doors can be opened.
What sort of headspace were you in when you wrote ‘Safe Place’ 
I was in a very peaceful headspace. I was sat under a blanket in my friend Brad’s studio and I said “I’m going to write a song about being in this blanket, in a Safe Place”. And that’s what happened. The song is about the place I have come to, both geographically and emotionally. I feel so much safer in my head. I am surrounded by people I love, and the future looks bright.
Is Safe PLACE written as an anthem for Bournemouth and how it makes you feel being there, or is it more of a message of how unsure of yourself you felt in London/ other capital cities. 
I never felt unsure in the city. In fact, I had an amazing time! I lived in some crazy places and met so many cool people. It was more about the journey that has brought me to where I am now. I spent many years travelling around gigging, which was exciting at first but after a while I craved a feeling of belonging, and somewhere to call home. On top of that i often struggled with my mental health. When I returned to where I grew up and took a moment to breathe, so many things fell into place for me.

What’s been the best moment of your musical journey so far? 
My headline gig in London a few weeks ago at The Courtyard Theatre. Something magical happened that night; I believe I’ll look back at that gig for years to come and recognise it as a seminal point in my career.
Who would you say were your musical influences? 
My musical influences are extremely varied. In my opinion, the more creative stuff you put in to your body, the more good stuff will come out. I love the old school soul of Etta James and Gladys Knight, the 90s power houses such as Whitney and Toni Braxton, the bands I grew up listening to like Fleetwood Mac, the more traditional, lyric-driven songwriters like Joni Mitchell and, as of more recently, I’ve started a love affair with down-beat electronic music and alternative pop. I’m loving Christine and the Queens, LANY, Trace, Honne and Sampha at the moment.
Has music always been in your life and has it always had a therapeutic effect on you when you’re writing/playing?
Always. My mum and dad are musical so I grew up surrounded with it. The stage has always felt like home to me; we could never have been separated. I always loved creative writing too, so music and words came together very naturally for me. I think the first time I really knew that my music could communicate my feelings more effectively than anything else was when my brother went to Afghanistan about 8 years ago. My head was a cloud of confusion, and the only way I found clarity was when I wrote a song about it. I came away from the piano feeling like i’d had 6 months of counselling.
What’s next for you in 2017? 
2017 is looking really exciting. Hopefully a tour in the Autumn, alongside an EP. Then I’d love to get over to the States or Europe before the year is out.
What is your FAULT?
I have many faults, but I think my most prevalent is that I am an unashamed hedonist. If there is music, wine and good times, I’ll try my damnedest to be there.

FAULT Magazine attends James Bay X TOPMAN Launch Party

The fashion and music industries have always shared a close bond with artists such as Kanye West, Justin Timberlake and Tinie Tempah making genuine waves and turning heads within the fashion world. Today we’ve been blessed with a new collaborative capsule collection from Brit Award-winning artist James Bay and Topman.

 

Last night we attended the official launch party at London’s Ace Hotel to get a closer look at the 13-piece line and to see the man behind the collection.

The collection is personal and the pieces are all items which we can imagine James Bay would wear himself as opposed to the old ‘Slap a famous name on a predesigned collection’ which we’ve seen so much of from other brands in the past. As with many things, the true beauty of this collection is in the details; the effort put into the meticulous embroidery, addition of personal lyrics, intrinsic patterns truly show and elevate the collection above the norm.

FAULT Magazine alumni were out in full force last night with Ella Eyre, Vanessa White and Becca Dudley all showing up to give their support.  Sipping Patrón Tequila, including Patrónics, Patron Margaritas on the rooftop bar the space was completely decked out like we were on the set of the lookbook shoot – guitars and all!

A wonderful evening of fashion, friends and music – we’re looking forward to seeing what other exciting strides Topman can continue to make!

FAULT Weekly Playlist: Kite String Tangle

Australian beatmaker The Kite String Tangle (Danny Harley) reaches into the recesses of your fragile heart with his emotionally stirring music. Earlier this summer, he released his debut self-titled album and it’s nothing short of a work of art.

His dynamism as a producer as well as a vocalist is showcased across the 11 tracks, displaying his penchant for edge-y production and unburdened lyrics. Music is of course, supposed to be a release from the mundane, from reality is it not? The Kite String Tangle makes that so.

We asked Danny to put together some of his current favorite tracks including cuts from Tourist, The Beach Boys, and Jamie XX to name a few. Be sure to give his latest single “Waiting” a spin as well.

Tourist – Run

“This song is one of the first I heard from his debut album. I’ve been watching his career for a while and hoping he’d drop an album and it was everything I could have hoped for. I feel like this album was made specifically for me. World class production and tastefully restrained where it needs to be without losing any interest.”

The Beach Boys – God Only Knows

“I was revisiting some older tunes lately. Not really sure why. I stumbled across this one and had totally forgotten how untouchable a song it is. It’s a classic for a reason and the harmony and melody are just so genius. Go Brian.”

Ambassadeurs – Tonight

“I’ve been a fan of a bunch of remixes from these guys and only the other day i decided to delve a little deeper and found this album from 2015, this is the last track from the record and is just a lovely little spacious tune to zone out to. Really digging it right now.”

George Fitzgerald – Full Circle

“I was pretty late to this one but totally fell in love with it years after it being released which is just a testament to the song and the power of honest music. This tune is crunchy unpredictable but still has such a great flow, just feels familiar in a nostalgic kind of way.”

Caribou – Mars

“One of my favourite tunes to throw into DJ sets when I do them. I love the unassuming groove and how it doesn’t really go anywhere and how absolutely fine that is.”

Jamie XX – I’ll Take Care of U

“I’m a massive Jamie XX fan and I’ve recently been going back to that album he did with Gil Scott-Heron. There’s some pretty wacky stuff on there, in a really good way. This is probably my favourite from that record.”

Fever Ray – Seven

“This is an album i was super super into ages ago. It’s still stuck with me because it’s just such an insanely unique sound, nobody really sounds like this or has tried to since then. The lyrics are just as quirky as the production. Great album, great song.”

Jonsi & Alex – Happiness

“This song changed my life. I’m a big fan of ambient music and I listened mostly to Brian Eno to get that fix…until this album. This song in particular showed me that something can be intensely beautiful through texture alone. Such a powerful thing.”

Flume – Wallfuck

“A super important album for electronic music. This song is a really good representation of where I think Flume wants to go with all of his music. I love that he still gets to be experimental but also make amazing pop music. Clever boy.”

Golden Vessel – Never Know (Feat. LASTLINGS)

“This is a song by super talented producer Max Byrne who is signed to my label Exist Recordings. It features effortlessly cool act LASTLINGS who are also signed to my label. It’s one of the best tracks from this EP and he has some even stronger stuff coming out on his next EP soon too. I recommend digging deep into Golden Vessel.”

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FAULT’s exclusive backstage portrait photo gallery at Standon Calling Festival

There was a time when festivals only really meant Glastonbury or Reading, but the rise of the smaller festivals has saturated the market in the best possible way. For festival and music lovers alike, the summer period is rife with weekends away, and the festivals that once housed only local bands and a few stalls, now have global superstars and the finest culinary stands; Hertfordshire’s Standon Calling is a perfect example of this. This year’s line up saw a wide range of acts in both genre and era of prominence; from Clean Bandit and Slaves, through to Gary Numan and Orbital. It was a veritable feast of musical diversity.

Photographer and writer Robert Baggs was backstage from dawn til dusk over the duration of the festival, offering an intimate glance in to both backstage with the acts and their live performances through his collection of portraits.

Laura Mvula

Doc Brown

Slaves

KT Tunstall

Clean Bandit

Orbital

Alex Francis

Tom Grennan

Clean Bandit

Nothing But Thieves

Slaves

Clean Bandit

Clean Bandit

Fickle Friends

Clean Bandit

Flyte

Gary Numan

Nothing But Thieves

Clean Bandit

Strong Asian Mothers

The April Rainers

Orbital

Slaves

Tom Grennan

Clean Bandit

Nothing But Thieves

KT Tunstall

Slaves

Gary Numan

 

Words & Photography: Robert Baggs (Website/Instagram)

FAULT Magazine Premiere: Joel Baker’s ‘Bag Of Dreams’

 

For many of us, our first experience of Joel Baker’s soulful funk music came from his breakout single ‘Story’ feat Abra Cadabra last month. Today, the Nottingham born singer is back with the release of the title track for his upcoming mixtape ‘Bag of Dreams’.

This time round, we’re introduced to a less animated but far more personal look into the life of Joel through his effortless heart-wrenching lyricism, vocal and production.

Written and produced by Joel, through lyrics “got about two people I can trust, rest of them they don’t know enough” we’re given the closest look into the man behind the music as he reveals the stories from a time of his life filled with anguish and self-deprecation

Speaking about ‘Bag of Dreams’, Joel says: “Bag of Dreams was written at a very dark time. The big city sold me a fairy tale and I believed it. Occasionally a song will come around when it writes itself in minutes. You aren’t really writing it, you’re just coughing up your heart trying to capture what comes out. A few people tried to convince me to change lyrics because they said it made me sound ‘bitter’. But I was bitter. That’s how I knew the song worked.”

From Joel’s first two releases we’re very excited to hear his upcoming mixtape which will also feature guest appearances from Kojo Funds and Abra Cadabra.

That’s enough from us though! We’re very proud to officially premiere ‘Bag Of Dreams’ available today!

 

 

 

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