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Jennifer Davies Exclusive photoshoot & interview with FAULT Online!

Jacket: Tim Ryan
Dress: House of CB

Jennifer Davies is an artist who is pushing the boundaries of how music and visuals come together. With the release of her ‘Lapse of Time’ EP, Davies has created a video accompaniment for each track, all directed by Peter Wormleighton. All the music was produced with close friend Tord Knudsen of The Wombats, and the collision of dance beats and thunder-strike vocals bring to mind the punk-pop of Blondie and Gwen Stefani.
How did your debut ‘Lapse of Time’ come into being?

My background was always in bands, and when that came to an end I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I was signed as a solo artist but it just wasn’t sitting right with me, so I took the decision 18 months ago to be honest with the label about how I felt. I knew full-well that they could just let me go but my friend Tord Knudsen (who is in The Wombats) had worked with me on a few songs and I felt really good about them. I asked the label for the opportunity to see where I could take them, and decided that if the label didn’t get it we could go our separate ways. Thankfully they did!

Your creative process seems to be really innovative, and constantly evolving. How did it grow from those initial demos?

Having taken control of the music side of things, I started to wonder what would happen if I worked with other young creatives that I knew. A lot of major labels just go to the same people they’ve worked with for years and often it’s not that exciting. I wanted to prove that you can’t buy creativity, and it felt like a good time to collaborate with other people on the cusp of a creative breakthrough. Each video has been directed by my friend Peter Wormleighton, and styled by my friend Nabil El-Nayal, who was shortlisted for the LVMH Fashion Prize.

Jacket & Trousers: JH Zane Shoes: United Nude

Jacket & Trousers: JH Zane
Shoes: United Nude

Who have been the biggest influence on your sound?

A lot of pop artists! I feel like ‘pop’ is often seen as bit of a dirty word, but pop culture can be so exciting. I’m drawn to all sorts of things; Garbage and Shirley Manson, Gwen Stefani, Blondie. I really like pop music with personality- and I approach it with a punk aesthetic. I don’t care if people get it or not; if the passion is there, people can see it and they will connect with it.

The visuals of your music are obviously very important to you. How do you approach them?

There are a lot of different ways I go about it. For ‘Lapse of Time’, I was really influenced by Madonna’s ‘Ray of Light’. The piano element that repeats throughout the song reminded me of people rushing around the city. I loved that idea of the contrast between the city in Liverpool, and then the vast landscapes of the North West (where I’m from.) We paired up with this young photographer named Paul Richardson and he came up with this idea of me actually being in the time-lapse. I didn’t realise when I agreed to it that it would mean standing in the same place for hours and hours outside in the cold (laughs) but I love the effect! I think everyone on my team just loves the idea of these epic visuals and it’s great to all be moving in the same creative direction.

Dress: House of CB Top & skirt: Jane Bowler Shoes: United Nude

Dress: House of CB
Top & skirt: Jane Bowler
Shoes: United Nude

With the release of the album, you’ll obviously be starting to do a lot more live performance. Is that notion of ‘epic visuals’ something you hope to take forward to the stage?

Yes definitely! To begin with, I guess it will be quite hard because it will mostly be support slots and small festivals but I’d love to just take it all the way. I saw FKA Twigs performing on Jimmy Kimmel with just a fan and this giant piece of fabric and it was amazing. I think all you need is a simple idea, and if you execute it really well, you can make a performance so memorable.

Have you always wanted to be a musician and performer?

For me it actually started with movement – I always loved to dance. Eventually I started playing piano, and I would take the songs I liked and strip them down, and then start writing my own from there. My Dad ended up getting me this broken-down, second-hand piano and I never looked back! (laughs)

 

Top & Skirt: Jane Bowler

Top & Skirt: Jane Bowler

So what’s next?

Well at the moment we’re actually working on an interactive video. We basically picked five different amazing locations and have done a single take in each, deciding that the camera would roll and I would carry on no matter what. I nearly got run over by an ambulance but it’s looking good! (laughs) I’m then supporting The Wombats on a few of their dates, and then playing a few festivals, and looking forward to finally finishing the album!

What is your FAULT?

I over-think things way too much. I know I’m guilty of it and I try to stop it but I just can’t. It’s another FAULT that’s not going anywhere!

The Lapse of Time EP is available on iTunes and as a free download: here

 

Photography: Miles Holder

Fashion Editor: Kristine Kilty @ Lovely Management

Hair & Makeup: Amy Brandon @ Lovely Management 

Fashion Assistant: Shannon McGrath

Words: Will Ballantyne-Reid

 

The Janoskians For FAULT Issue 21 – What it takes to be POPular in the Digital age

 

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Photography: Leigh Keily
Styling: Vesa Perakyla
Grooming: Daniel Rymer Robinson

We are now well and truly settled into the era of “Online Stars.” Since it’s inception in 2004 and subsequent mass following in the years that followed, YouTube has helped launch the careers for many of today’s notable public figures and celebrities. Enter Janoskians, (Just Another Name Of Silly Kids In Another Nation) were five teenagers from Melbourne who shot to the ever elusive “internet fame” in 2011. After amassing over 1.8  million subscribers, their international following is arguably reminiscent of the 1960’s Beatlesmania.

We chat with one of the first teen sensations of the digital age about what it means to be POPular and how sustainable that popularity can be…

 

FAULT: Do you have a close connection to your fans when you’re performing live?

Janoskians: Yeah. I think it’s because of social media, that’s a way for us to connect with our fans on a personal level. It’s a really cool to connect through Twitter, Instagram, that sort of stuff. It’s a way for us to connect on a personal level. It’s not in your inbox anymore, it’s not checking your mail, you just have to check your phone and start replying to fans. It’s really cool that we’ve managed to do that through social media.

 You released ‘Would you love me’ earlier this year, do you prefer recording? What’s your recording experience like?

Janoskians: I really love getting into the studio and being creative and just having a chill out moment with the boys, sorting out whatever’s on our minds and getting that onto the tracks. I really enjoy that process as well. Getting funny in the studio as well and letting everything out.

When you started on YouTube, did you ever forsee that it would lead into an album and you performing live in front of all your adoring fans worldwide? And not just in your home, but selling out shows in England?

I’d never even imagined us performing a gig at a club in Melbourne. Touring the whole world and performing to all these people is really crazy.

Read and see more images from this shoot exclusively in FAULT Magazine issue 21! 

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Nick Jonas Photographed by Matt Holyoak and styled by Kristine Kilty
Adam Lamber Photographed by Giuliano Bekor and styled by Avo Yermagyan

FAULT Magazine  – The POP Issue – proudly presents exclusive shoots and interviews with:

Adam Lambert

Nick Jonas

Pete Wentz

Sofia Richie

Leona Lewis 

Bleachers

Conor Maynard 

Lion Babe 

Prides 

Chloe Howl

Janoskians 

Billie Piper 

and many more…

Plus a FAULTless selection of Film, Fashion, Music & Photography encompassing what it means to be “Pop”. From popular music to  pop art to popular figures who have amassed  large followings throughout the years. Also included in this double cover issue are the two artists that gained great popularity among  FAULT readers.

Nick Jonas first appeared on FAULT #16 as part of The Jonas Brothers and Adam Lambert appeared on the cover of FAULT #10. A lot has changed for these two cover stars since their respective features in FAULT but still our readers lusted to see them both return to our pages and so we listened. We are very proud to present FAULT Issue 21 – The POP Issue.

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Adam Lambert Returns to the cover of FAULT Magazine!

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Photography GIULIANO BEKOR
Stylist AVO YERMAGYAN
Grooming PAUL BLANCH @ OPUS BEAUTY USING KEVYN AUCOIN
Producer LEAH BLEWITT
Words: WILL BALLANTYNE-REID

 

 

 

Adam Lambert is one of our ultimate FAULT Favourites, and one of yours too. In fact, last time we had him on our cover- for Issue 10 in 2012- our website went into overdrive and crashed ( we have now updated our servers)!

Adam recently released ‘Ghost Town’, the first single taken from The Original High, which has been executive-produced by legendary hit-makers Max Martin and Shellback. Within minutes, the track title was trending worldwide, and in just five days the lyric video for ‘Ghost Town’ had been streamed over a million times.

We had a great old catch up with Adam to find out what he’s been up to this past 3 years!

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What are the main themes for this album?

It’s about the pursuit of happiness. We all have something that gives us pleasure, but that thing can sometimes turn on you and put you through Hell. Each song comes back to that.

It’s interesting because I feel each of your albums almost belongs to a different chapter of your life – from American Idol, to RCA, and now to Warner Bros. Do you feel you’ve grown up a lot over the course of your music career?

Definitely. I feel a lot more grounded, and more comfortable in my skin. I think I feel more confident in my talent than I did before, and more clear in my direction. I don’t feel I have to assert myself as much, which means there’s a lot less ego in the music.

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Do you feel that this album has that same sentiment to it, in terms of being more stripped down?

 I wanted to strip it back, having been so over-the-top. When I started I was constantly trying to create something, but now I want it to be like real-life…I want people to know what I’m really about. 

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Mike Posner in conversation with FAULT Online

 

Mike Posner trades in dance music for an acoustic guitar with his new 4-song EP  – “The Truth”

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It’s been a while since we last heard of Mike Posner. The Detroit-based multi-platinum singer, songwriter and producer has been spending his time writing and producing with Justin Bieber, Maroon 5 and FAULT Issue 21 cover star Nick Jonas, all while working on his own music. His new EP entitled ‘The Truth’ is an acoustic self-confession, with lyrics “I get along with old timers/ Cause my name’s a reminder of a pop song people forgot.” It plays like a diary, a voyeuristic peek into the creative mind of Posner. Nothing is sugarcoated and everything is out in the open. In terms of songwriting, it doesn’t get more honest than this. We caught up with the singer earlier this week and here’s his side of the story.

Let’s talk a bit your early days. You’ve been passionate about music since you were 8 years old. What started you off? 

Well, I was interested in hip-hop music when I was a kid. Actually, even before that, my big sister, 6 years older than me, used to play Nirvana to me, Pearl Jam and stuff like that. And then she left the house and I stumbled upon hip-hop music. Afterwards, I started to write my own little raps and that’s how I first got into writing music.

You started your producing career with Big Sean. What’s your story with him?

My story with him is that I used to intern at a radio station in Detroit and that’s how we met. I started to produce songs and make beats for Sean and we became closer and closer. He’d come over to my mom’s house and he eventually made me part of his crew. I was 18 at the time. When I started doing my own music, when I was singing a rap, if you will, and I made my first mix tape, Sean believed in me. He’s a good friend and I love him and I feel very grateful that he helped me get to where I am. He’s the reason I am where I’m at right now.

Apart from your own music, you’ve written for a lot of artists as well. You’re the name behind Justin Bieber’s Boyfriend, Maroon 5’s Sugar and many others. What’s the main difference, for you personally, when writing for others as opposed to writing for yourself? 

There isn’t any difference at all.  I’m constantly thinking about what I want to hear and listen. Typically, I’m always writing for myself and then later I decide if I want to get involved in a project. I don’t really know how to write for others, I just go with what sounds good to me and go from there. Sometimes I have to change some words here and there to make it sound less about me, but it works out.

Well, it worked well with Maroon 5’s Sugar.  I read a story that you wrote it for yourself initially and then it was just sitting on your laptop so you decided to pass it on to them afterwards. Is that how it happened?

I didn’t write it myself, I co-wrote it with a couple of buddies and then Adam (Levine) added his twist, so he wrote on the song as well. I’m really glad that happened cause I feel really grateful to have a song with Maroon 5.

Sound-wise, your new songs are vastly different to what you’ve done in the past. You’ve said before that they’re like “your own take on country music”. What made you shift from dance music to a more acoustic sound? 

It’s just sort of what I’m listening to right now. When I was writing, I was just focusing on what I like as a music lover. When I was doing dance music, I’d give my take on dance music or when I was doing hip-hop I’d give my take on that. I’m not interested in having just one sound over and over again.  I like exploring things and doing the kind of music that I want to hear.  And obviously, that changes for me, as I change and grow up. That’s how it should be; it shouldn’t sound the same as when I was 21 because that would mean that I have not changed since.

“Cooler than me” received a lot of attention when it got released and everything escalated for you, career wise, from that point onwards. Did you feel a lot of pressure to keep that level up?

There was a lot of pressure, especially since I was so young. I thought that people would only love me if I was the 21 version of myself, but then I realized that most of my fans just wanted to support me. They wanted me to grow and to do more music, so that kind of shifted everything. Over time, I learned how to dissociate who I am from where I’m at in the charts, from how many people love me and so on. So yeah, to answer your question, I did put a lot of pressure on myself at first, but it didn’t serve my happiness or me. I like to think that I’ve learned to see what really matters and what makes me happy. That’s more important.

Many people believe that topping the charts is all you need nowadays in the music industry while others feel that success is the enemy of growth. What is your personal take on that? 

I think that’s actually my quote haha. Well, I think that success can be the enemy of growth, but my success has helped me grow, in some way. But in another way, you usually get trapped up in things that don’t really matter. So I would say that I’m somewhere in the middle.

Let’s talk a bit about your new EP, “The Truth”. It’s by far one of the most honest pieces I’ve listened to lately. Was it hard for you to open up like that?

People ask me that a lot. I actually found it easier to hide nothing than to have secrets. I used to only wanna show the public the parts of myself that I thought would be interesting. And that’s fucking exhausting because every social interaction, every interview, every performance had to be acted out in my head. It’s so much easier to just show everything. Ironically, I feel much stronger because there’s nothing to hide.

What can we expect from the album? Is there something in particular you want people to take from your new music? 

I don’t know if there’s any prescribed goal that you should take away from the album.  I’ve just written the music that I want to hear.  That’s sort of not my job, to tell people what to take from the album. It’s my job to make the music and I’m sure there are going to be many different things that people take from it, I don’t want to limit that. But I will say that the album needs to be enjoyed the same way it was written, at night and alone, from the first listen.

What’s your FAULT? 

One that pops into my head is being selfish.  After living in my own sort of little world, I feel like I’ve lost a lot of empathy, along with the ability to see from other’s point of view.

 

 

Words: Adina Ilie

Conor Maynard poses for an Exclusive Photoshoot for FAULT Online

Miles Holder

Jacket:Scotch and Soda
Tshirt: Penfield
Jeans: Waven
Boots: Redwing

 

 

 

At just 21 years old Conor Maynard has already scored five top ten singles and a number one album, with massive hits such as ‘Can’t Say No’, ‘Turn Around’ and ‘R U Crazy’ to his name. Since his debut in 2012, which featured the likes of Ne-Yo, Frank Ocean, and Pharrell Williams, Conor has toured with will.i,am and Jason Derulo, all whilst working on his second album, which is due for release this year. Recently he released Talking About, the first track from his sophomore release, featuring Craig David.

We sat down with Conor to discuss childhood icons, changing his sound, break-ups and breaking the mould.

Sweater: Ben Sherman Tshirt: Element Jeans:Waven Boots: Conor’s own

Sweater: Ben Sherman
Tshirt: Element
Jeans:Waven
Boots: Conor’s own

Do you feel that this time you’re writing with a lot more life experience under your belt?

Yeah definitely! First time around, I had only just moved out of my parents’ house, moved to London and it was all happening. This time around, I’ve been through a lot more- I’ve had girlfriends, break-ups, and I think that comes across in the music.

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Jacket: Scotch & Soda
Top: Our Legacy
Jeans: Waven
Boots: Redwing

Whilst you have been working on this record, you’ve been touring the world. Is the live experience something you really enjoy? 

I always say my favourite aspects of being an artist are a) writing in the studio, and b) performing live. On the one hand, you’re writing this music and you’re the only one who can hear it, sometimes without realising you’re actually writing the next hit single. Then on the other hand, you’re performing a track to a crowd, hearing them sing back lyrics you wrote six months, maybe even a year, ago. It’s a really cool feeling.

What else can we expect from this album?

It’s a very versatile album. Some fans love the upbeat, up-tempo records, but some fans love the stripped-back, acoustic tracks. I think I just want my fans to realise that there will be a real range on this album. I’ve tried to make sure there’s a track for everyone [laughs]

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Shirt: Our Legacy
Jeans: Waven
Shoes: Conor’s own

Your latest single from the album, Talking About, features Craig David. How did that come about?

I’ve always been a big Craig David fan. Whilst working on this album, there was one day when my manager and I were sitting in the studio and we were almost a bit down because we had all these tracks ready to go, but just didn’t have that one song to really kick things off. Then this song came through and it was just the one!

It was risky because it’s a bit different – it’s house-influenced, it has the drop in it– but we went ahead, I recorded it, and a few days later we heard that he had listened to it and loved it.

Are there any dream collaborators you have in mind for the future?

I’d love to work with John Mayer; it’s quite random I know, but I think his Continuum album is one of the best out there. He comes across as a really cool, down to earth guy so I keep dropping his name in interviews, hoping to make it happen [laughs]

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Jacket: Musee Noir
Sweater: Ben Sherman
Jeans: Waven
Boots: Redwing

Finally, what is your FAULT?

Where to begin? [laughs] I guess I can be a bit lazy – I will make excuses to leave the studio early, just because I want to go home and get to bed!

Words: Will Ballantyne-Reid

Photographer: Miles Holder

Fashion Editor: Kristine Kilty @ Lovely Management

Grooming: Amy Brandon @ Lovely Management

Fashion Assistant: Shannon McGrath

PRE-COVERAGE – FRESH ISLAND, CROATIA – FAULT MAGAZINE

 

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Far from the dingy basements of London, Hip Hop is getting a new home this July. Fresh Island’s Festival, running from the 15th- 17th of July on Zcre beach, is set to be the place for all things Hip Hop, RnB and Rap this summer. And the best bit- we’ll be there!

With awesome headliners like Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Pusha T and Joey Bada$$ it’s almost easy to forget the excitement of actually partying on a beach! Sun, Sea, Sand (well, pebbles) and most importantly SKEPTA. Growing up in North London, SKEPTA is probably most famous among lesser Grime fans for his 2014 Anthem “That’s Not Me”. He is most definitely one of the most hotly anticipated artists playing the festival, and we’ll be sure to be up front.

Other goals for the weekend include a selfie with “Tim Westwood”, seeing Migos perform “Versace” whilst donning Versace (or similar knockoff) and attending as many boat parties as possible. Yes, that’s right Boat Parties. And word on the street is, it’s well worth peeling yourself from bed to make these (and the pool parties).We will definitely be taking our sore heads to catch Ladylicious on Thursday 16th.

Check it out here: www.2015.fresh-island.org

FAULT Reviews Field Day 2015

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It’s that time of year again where Field Day hands over those spectacular glittering VIP wristbands giving us the chance to cover the east London-based festival exclusively for Fault Magazine. In its 9 years of showcasing incredible talent the festival has refined it’s good looks and efficient scheduling making it in my opinion the best festival here in London. The line-up included Chet Faker, Daniel Avery, Andrew Weatherall, FKA Twigs Caribou and Patti Smith.

Before we got carried away with the music we have to give some special appreciation to the huge offering of great quality food including local and organic produce. The festival seemed to support local businesses a lot as I spied Mary, the pretty pink burrito van from the Mexican Street Food ’Luardos’ (www.luardos.co.uk) serving up delicious beef brisket burritos with fresh guacamole.

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Belly’s full, we got stuck right into the festival to see Daniel Avery b2b with Andrew Weatherall getting us and everyone else into the party spirit. The set brought together a mixed age group all coming together to welcome in the long-awaited yet short-lived sun drenched British summer. I couldn’t resist heading to John Talabot’s set, even after seeing him numerous times before, as I know he can deliver an uncompromising performance.

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As the day grew old with beers still flowing we found ourselves joining in the various fairground attractions- expensive- but very fun and ensuring we remind ourselves to hold on to our youth. It certainly set us up for the headline act, Caribou. These guys have come a long way since playing in the infamous Montague Arms, Peckham back in 2008. We were slightly apprehensive of how the crowd would receive the set in an open air stage rather than a covered tent but we were well and truly blown away especially with their huge track ‘Can’t do without you’.

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For what you can get out of the festival- the music, food, activities and rides, it’s fantastic value and we’ll be running to get our tickets at the early bird prices here:

http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/YQK0406W?brand=fieldday

Words/Photography: LXN