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KYGO – EXCLUSIVE ONLINE COVER SHOOT AND INTERVIEW

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Kygo – real name Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll – is always on the go. When we caught up with the tropical house sensation, he was in New York, doing promo for his new sophomore album, ‘Kids In Love’. It won’t be long until he’s jumping on a plane to his next destination.

 

The 26-year-old DJ and producer wasn’t planning a career in music, but what started off as experimentation on Soundcloud has resulted in a meteoric rise to fame, billions of streams, and shows at huge festivals such as Coachella and TomorrowWorld. We caught up with Kygo to chat about mixing up his sound, his dreams to work with Ed Sheeran and never sitting still.

Hoody by Kygo Life | Trousers Kygos own

 

How has your unexpected success affected you personally and how do you stay grounded when you’re playing gigs to thousands of people on an almost daily basis?

It’s about the people you surround yourself with. I’ve kept all my old friends, my manager, my girlfriend. They keep me grounded. It [fame] doesn’t really affect me that much. I see my family, I keep busy by always traveling and playing shows. I get to do what I love for a living.

 

You popularised tropical house to the point where you were working with superstars such as Ellie Goulding and Selena Gomez. How did you arrive at this unique personal sound?

It was just through a period of experimenting. When I was studying [at university] I would play music in my bedroom all the time. I spent hours and hours experimenting with different sounds. I was inspired by [artists like] Avicii and Swedish House Mafia but I felt like everyone else was trying to sound like them, so I started listening to other stuff like deep house and found the sound I have now. It wasn’t like a plan, it was just stuff that I thought was cool.

 

How do you prepare to play live? Do you have any pre-show rituals?

I like to take ten or fifteen minutes before the show to concentrate and get in the zone. There’s always so much stuff going on and so many people around.

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You’ve recently collaborated with a plethora of artists such on your new album; some which are well known, like John Newman and OneRepublic, but some which are still largely under the radar like The Night Game. Why did you choose to work with these artists in particular?

My label sets up a lot of studio sessions for me. They recommend people to work with. I like to be very open-minded about people I work with. Even some songwriters or artists I’ve never heard of before, I’ll just try it and see what happens.

 

Is there anyone you’d love to work with down the line?

There’s a lot of people! Always on top of the list is Ed Sheeran. I did some remixes of Ed Sheeran four years ago. The Weeknd would be cool. Coldplay could be cool. Imagine Dragons as well.

 

In what way is your new album, ‘Kids in Love’ the follow-up or partner album to your last record, ‘Cloud 9’?

I think it’s a follow-up. There’s definitely some of the same sounds in there but a little different. I’ve tried to have fun with myself and my sound and mix it up. I didn’t want to make the same album or a similar album all over again, I wanted to make something new. I’m very happy with it. Some of the songs I’d be jamming on the piano but some of the songs were demos that would get sent over that I’d feel really inspired by. With the OneRepublic track and The Night Game track, we wrote those both from scratch together.

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Do you have a favourite song from the album?

It’s always tough to pick a favourite as I like all the songs on the album but I think ‘Kids In Love’, the title track if I had to pick, would probably be my favourite.

 

Is it because it means the most to you?

Yeah, it does! I’d been working on the song for over a year. When I make a track it only takes three days or a week or two, then after a while, you make some tweaks and release it. I usually like to tweak a song but it doesn’t make it much better. It’s not good to change it too much. This song sounded so big and powerful that I wanted to make sure it was perfect before I released it, so I spent a lot of time on it.

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What is your FAULT?

I’m definitely always late. I can’t sit still. If I’m sitting in a chair I always have to move my feet. It must be quite annoying – not for me but for the people around me!

 

Words: Aimee Phillips 

Photography: Conor Clinch 

Styling: Dee Moran

Grooming: Graziella Vella using Becca and Kevyn Aucoin

Production: Adina Ilie

 

FAULT Weekly Playlist: Eric Sharp

Eric Sharp is a mustached man and producer from Los Angeles. Inspired by the blissful disco pop sounds of RUFUS and Flight Facilities, Eric’s latest single “Too Much” is a pulsating dance floor filler. The track is a stacked collaboration, featuring talents from French Horn Rebellion and Drew Kramer. Written about the first feelings of falling in love, “Too Much” is a song you’ll find yourself deeply infatuated with.

We asked Eric to put together some of his current favorite dance tunes, including cuts from Justin Jay and The Chemical Brothers. Tune in below!

Justin Jay ft. Josh Taylor – Ease Up
After riding the quirky tech house wave with a string of Dirtybird releases, Justin Jay decided to follow his heart and pivot, forming a live band for the new songs he was writing. In the often overwhelming times we live in, this song is a reminder to be kind to ourselves. Message matters.

Motez ft Antony & Cleopatra – The Future (Purple Disco Machine Remix)
Absolutely love what Purple Disco Machine is doing, and this remix checks all the boxes for me. Pensive, emotive, and beautiful take on Motez’s cut that hits me right in the feels. I can dance, cry, or both to this.

The Chemical Bros ft. Beck – Wide Open (Joe Goddard Remix)
This got nominated for a grammy last year and I really wish it had won. Goddard’s incredible synth work takes you on a meandering voyage, subtly adding layer after layer in a slow-burning crescendo with Beck’s vocals interweaved throughout.

Riton ft. MNEK & House Gospel Choir – Deeper
MNEK hit my radar on Duke Dumont’s breakout song “Need U (100%.)” I’m a bit of a sucker for 90’s house themed tunes, and this new collab with Riton respectfully nods to house music’s gospel roots by literally pairing MNEK’s soulful tones with a choir.

Camelphat & Elderbrook – Cola
Every so often an underground tune is just catchy enough to cross over and all I can do is tip my hat. Cola features a nonchalant vocal riding atop a dark, minimal soundscape that would be just at home in a Berlin afterhours as it would on a fashion runway.

Kölsch – Grey
I recently had the privilege of attending Pete Tong’s live show at the Hollywood Bowl where he had a 64 piece orchestra performing with him. They did a live rendition of Grey and it was mindblowing. The horns in this instrumental offering get me every time.

Klangstof – Hostage (Sasha Remix)
I did a house remix of this awesome song for the label and they turned it down. My ego was bruised. Then I heard this immaculate version by a legend and I didn’t feel so bad.

Moon Boots – Red Sky
Moon Boots is a wizard on the keyboards. His original work ranges from deep introspective tunes to funky groovers, with this hitting the former end of the spectfum. Red Sky is probably my favorite tune on his debut ‘First Landing’ album, showing off his signature sophisticated interweaving of melodies and harmonies.

Jamie XX ft Romy – Loud Places
I was so bummed to see Jamie XX part ways with the band, and this collab with Romy (the lead singer) helped quench my thirst for more collaboration. The song is a poignant look at people’s differences in their approach to the world, presumably during or after a breakup.

Moby – Into The Blue
Moby is handily one of my strongest musical influences. This song is from Everything Is Wrong, the album that turned me onto him. It’s staggering to me how much brilliant work he’s been putting out for decades.


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FAULT Weekly Playlist: Cape Cub

We love Cape Cub and over 18 million Spotify streams, we’re positive we’re not the only ones. His brand of indie pop runs deep with listeners, rooted in its storytelling around the warmth and vitality of human relationships.

His latest single “Searchlight” showcases his natural flair for uplifting and rousing melodies, this time with a more contemplative and autumnal vibe. We’re looking forward to hearing more from Cape Cub in 2018, but before then we asked him to put together a playlist of what he’s currently got on heavy rotation.

Billy Bragg – A New England

I remember hearing this song when I was about 14. It was music to my ears, literally. It had a sense of escapism. Just one bloke and a guitar, no pretence about it and he sounded like a dreamer. I didn’t have a clue at that age who Billy Bragg was or the significance of this song, but it just stood out to me as a beautiful song with a beautiful message.

The Smashing Pumpkins – 1979

This is one of them that doesn’t hang about, it just jumps at you immediately and takes you with it. I love how they used electronic drums but in a super organic way. It never sounds contrived and is one of the more poppy tunes The Smashing Pumpkins put out, but it’s obvious why it’s such a huge song in how it just speaks to you.

Maggie Rogers – Dog Years

Maggie Rogers is one of them artists who just has an identity of their own. She kind of exists in her own sphere and I really respect that. Her songs don’t quite tread on the same stones but jump from place to place and it just makes her a super exciting artist to listen to. I’m looking forward to what comes next.

Bon Iver – 8 (circle)

It’s a current one, and not one of the obvious Bon Iver ‘classics’, but oh my days this song is just KILLED me the first time I heard it. I can’t really go too much into describing this song as it speaks for itself. As a band we went to watch Bon Iver at the Edinburgh playhouse and they were amazing. Their live set has hugely, hugely influenced what we intend to do with ours. It’s about pushing the boundaries that people set for you and if you aren’t going to do that then what’s the point?

Joji – Will He

Jack our lead guitarist put me onto this guy, who’s making pretty cool, odd RnB. He’s an incredibly talented vocalist and producer with an ear for atmosphere. I’m not really much up to YouTube personalities, but he’s apparently a huge YouTube person with his alter-ego and did the Harlem Shake, hilariously. Anyway I digress, check this tune out it’s boss and he’s doing cool things.

The Cure – Letters to Elise

There’s a darkness with the cure that is haunting yet achingly romantic. They do the happy-sad thing better than anyone and are probably one of, if not THE, biggest influences on my songwriting. Robert Smith is a dude.

Wolf Alice – Space and Time

Their new album is phenomenal and I’m still not sick of listening to it. They’re hands down the most exciting UK rock band for some time. I love them and everything they represent. Not since I was a kid have a band got me this pumped. This song is what I can imagine if Stevie Nicks went punk rock and collaborated with the Ramones. Just makes me want to go crazy in a venue somewhere.

Led Zeppelin – Babe I’m Gonna Leave You

Sometimes you’ve got to purchase a one-way ticket to vibe central and Led Zeppelin are the band to do that for you. I’ve been listening to them a lot recently – I grew up listening to them thanks to my Dad – and fuck me they’re just pure, straight from the soul rock and roll. Every single one of them is (and were) so god damn talented and dedicated. This is one of my favourites and gives me the chills every time.

Death Cab for Cutie – Different Names for the Same Thing

Death Cab are one of my all-time favourite bands and Ben Gibbard is one of my biggest influences as a songwriter. I couldn’t pick a favourite song so I just grabbed this one out of Plans. Each of their albums offers something different and again, like Maggie Rogers, they’re a band that exist within their own sphere and no one elses. They channel that independent spirit of Seattle in the north west corner of the USA, something which I totally get and relate to being from the north east of England. You kind of have to make your own way and do what’s true to you. I think that’s what this band represent to me.

Joni Mitchell – River

Finishing with this one. Joni Mitchell has a sense of spirit that as an artist you can only ever dream of having. I think every artist can take something from her songwriting. It’s approaching Christmas so I’ve chosen this song, in which she speaks of regret and sadness and everything in between. This song is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard and just breaks me every. single. time.

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Gary Numan: Exclusive FAULT Magazine photoshoot and interview preview

Gary Numan

I know exactly what I’m doing and I’m in a really good place.”

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Given his new-wave edge and awkward façade, not to mention his well-documented Asperger Syndrome, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Gary Numan was a shy, introverted man. You’d be mistaken. The quick-witted and honest songwriter has a lot to say – both about his own past and his (partly) Trump-inspired vision of a near-apocalyptic future. Despite maintaining a cult following to this day, the 80s electro trailblazer has only recently returned to the limelight with Savage, his first top 10 UK album since I, Assassin all the way back in 1982.

FAULT: How’s the tour going?

Gary Numan: It’s great! Last night in Bournemouth was fantastic – much better than the first night, which was a huge shock to the system. I’m still trying to get to grips with it all again while remembering my lyrics. It’s been a completely different experience to my other tours, but I’m really enjoying it.

Do you feel more in control of your work nowadays?

I’ve always felt that I had a say but, now that I manage myself, it’s opened up a whole new path for me. I was always fairly in control of my work before: I’ve always written everything and been hands-on in the process, so it doesn’t feel that different. The thing about my new album, Savage, is the self-managing aspect. It’s been the first big project that I’ve been in charge of from beginning to end without anyone to lean on. I’ve had to make all the big decisions myself, which was a bit daunting to begin with but, strangely enough, once I got into it, I began to realise it wasn’t that too difficult. There’s no black magic involved, just staying organised.

 

Can you talk us through the ideology of Savage?

It came from a book I’d been writing, which was set in a post-global warming future. The idea being that the earth’s temperature wasn’t controlled and it became this unstoppable phenomenon, leaving the planet with a large amount of desert and full of despair. That’s it in a nutshell.

If you go into it further, it looks at people living in that world and how brutal it would be. It looks at the evaporation of [grouped] eastern and western cultures and the potential for us to become far more fragmented and tribal. The album presents snapshots of how brutal it would be, and how unforgiving and savage the environment would become.

It was also influenced by Trump and how he’s come along and started to undo all the good that has been done. I didn’t write the album because of Trump but he certainly helped it along.

 

Gary Numan was shot at Cable Street Studios, London

How has your style developed over the years?

Visually it’s certainly evolved, but I have adapted musically as well. I think it’s easier because my music is essentially electronic. Every time I’ve started a new album, there’s been new technology that helps me to adapt my style and create new sounds. It’s difficult not to change your sound and move forward if you’re working with electronic music – every album should sound like a progression of the one before. My early stuff was very minimal and simple and, as I’ve grown as an artist, it’s become more complicated and heavier. The thing that has never changed – in terms of being recognisable – is my voice.

Would you call yourself a British icon?

No way! I don’t really know what makes an icon. What qualifies an icon? There are many people I look up to but I wouldn’t call them icons. I’m a huge Trent Reznor [Nine Inch Nails] fan. I think he’s done pretty amazing things but he’s not British.

There aren’t many people I would say I look up to, but there are many British people I admire. If you have a look at the music industry now there are some pretty phenomenal artists. For example: M.I.A. In terms of what she’s trying to achieve – both in the music industry and outside [it], she’s definitely someone I admire. There are definitely a lot of artists doing a hell of a lot of good.

What is your FAULT?

I don’t think you’d have enough ink! If I have to choose one, it would probably be my lack of patience. My wife, however, would say that I’m very, very moody. Actually, let’s go with that. My kids would love that I’ve admitted to being moody.

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Spotify Presents ‘Who We Be’ Launch Is A Roaring Success

Last night saw the debut of Spotify Presents ‘Who We Be’, a night of live music in celebration of the best urban, grime and hip hop the country has to offer. FAULT Magazine was in attendance to see if the event had the legs to take on and further expand where the Apple Music Festival left off.

Taking place at London’s Alexandra Palace, the line-up was a mixture of both longtime seasoned acts like Giggs, Bugzy Malone and Dizzee Rascal alongside fresh faces in the game, Stefflon Don, J Hus and the international rapper of the moment, Cardi B.

Starting off the show was Stefflon Don who has been flying high these last few months with the runaway success of singles “Ding-A-Ling” ft Skepta, “Hurtin’ Me” (featuring French Montana) and no-nonsense anthem ’16 shots’. All the tracks mentioned above went down a treat with the crowd, it was early in the night, but Stefflon Don commanded the stage as if it were her very own headline concert. Regarding showmanship, Stefflon did not come to play! She brought backing dancers, routines, engaged with the audience, discussed her writing process (without boring the audience) and ended on Ding-A-Ling  to a roaring crowd. A hard act to follow!

King of the North, Bugzy Malone followed ending his set by bringing on FAULT Magazine Issue 26 star Tom Grennan on stage for their performance of ‘Memory Lane’.

Tom wasn’t the only unlisted surprise of the night. However, Hardy Caprio who saw success with hit ‘Unsigned’ kicked off the night, but the best surprise award has to go to the man of the moment ‘Big Shaq’. It goes without saying that the crowd went wild for ‘Man’s Not Hot’! In a year where serious Grime has rewound itself straight into the charts, it’s a great feat that Big Shaq had one of the best selling grime singles of 2018, but we’re here for it and more power to him!

Cardi B’s performance started slow, it was clear that the crowd wasn’t too familiar with ‘Lick” which usually features her fiance Offset, but when ‘Bodak Yellow’ began, hoards of people came running back from the bar phones in hand ready to capture the queen of social media do her thing.

Next up came J Hus, who has arguably had the best year. We watched J Hus earlier this year at the 2017 Mercury Awards in which he was nominated for his debut album Common Sense. Despite still being on his debut, J Hus already has enough hits to fill his set time and then some. Luckily for us, he didn’t disappoint after performing hit after hit with highlights being ‘Bouff Daddy’, ‘Spirit’ and ‘Friendly’.

Grime veteran ‘Giggs’ was next up, his acclaim certainly merits him such a coveted time slot. Performing roof-raising renditions of ‘Active’, Lock Doh’ and of course ‘Whipping Excursion’ had the audience in a frenzy.

Dizzee Rascal closed the night with timeless classics ‘I luv You’, ‘Fix Up, Look Shark’ and ‘Jus A Rascal’ – it goes without saying that he owned the stage. With over 15 years of playing stages, Dizzee more than proved his worth as a performer. It is worth noting that he played to a noticeably thinner crowd than the other acts. It could be the audience flooded out to beat the cloakroom rush but more disheartening; it could be the fact that the average birth year of the crowd was around 2000, making them three years old at the time of Dizzee Rascal’s debut release. Although a young crowd is by no mean a negative, quite the opposite, it was humbling to see a whole new generation of music lovers appreciating Grime and Hip Hop; and not just at small underground venues anymore. Not many Grime artists of the mid 00’s played to such large crowds so it’s a credit to the genre to see them selling out Alexandra Palace of all venues.

The UK hip-hop and grime scene have attracted the masses and Spotify ‘Who We Be’ has brought that fact to light in the best of ways. If anything, Spotify has proved that there is a large enough audience in the UK wanting for an event like this. When it comes to music, Spotify has the data to prove that there’s a want and now with the roaring success of their first ‘Spotify Presents’ they’re more than ready to fill that need. The future looks very bright, and we hope to hear more from Spotify ‘Who We Be’ in years to come.

Dive into the cooling waters of Australian singer/songwriter Benji Lewis

After the triumphant success of his “Home For Now EP”, Melbourne singer-songwriter Benji Lewis took a little trip to California to visit his sister and soak up the sun. Teaming up with Los Angeles based artist TRACE, Benji returns with the effortless new single ‘Never Mine’.

The track came at a time where Benji needed to unload pent up thoughts and emotions from a broken down relationship. It was messy and it wasn’t easy, but soaking up the sea breeze in Venice Beach saw a new bond develop between Benji, TRACE and producer Mike Derenzo.

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FAULT Weekly Playlist: A Story Told

A Story Told, comprised of vocalist Alex Chaney, guitarists Josh Allen and Jason Lieser, bassist Zach Holley, and drummer Casey Hardman, are an emotionally forward and irresistibly catchy five-piece outfit that are pioneering their way through the West Virginia scene. Trailblazing their way through the Appalachians, A Story Told, kicked off their career with their full-length debut album, Keep Watch in 2016. The 10-track effort struts along the intersection of pop and rock with songs like “All of You” and “Cold Blooded” showcasing their enthralling rock melodies, while “Weather” spotlighted their pop disposition.

After the recent release of their second album “Good Looks,” we asked to guys to put together a list of their current favorite tracks. Stream them below in a new exclusive playlist for FAULT.

Taylor Swift – …Ready For It?
“We’re all huge fans of Taylor’s work. Reinventing herself with every release, we had no idea what to expect in terms of new music after the insanely successful 1989. However, from the very first listen, this immediately became one of our favorite tracks she has ever written.”

Julia Michaels – Worst In Me
“This song kind of came out of nowhere for us. We had heard the single Issues and obviously many of the songs she has written for other artist such as Sorry by Justin Bieber, which led us to checking out her latest album. The emotion in the track immediately had us hooked.”

Lorde – Green Light
“We were so stoked on this release. Pop music can seem manufactured sometimes and Lorde as an artist I don’t feel falls in this category. Jack Antonoff produced this record and we totally geeked out over that fact in anticipation for this song/album with his impressive resume of artists he’s worked with that we love (Taylor Swift, fun, etc.)”

Paramore – Fake Happy
“We’re all life long die hard Paramore fans. We wouldn’t be who we are without them to be quite honest lol. Easily one of the most anticipated records of the year for all of us. It has an honest message that isn’t trying to be something it’s not. ‘Fake Happy’ sums up the album for us. A message that had influence in our latest record.”

COIN – I Don’t Wanna Dance
“We’ve been huge fans of COIN for quite some time now. We have mutual friends with them and couple of the guys grew up only 30 minutes away from us in Huntington, WV. Their sound is just so fresh right now. A perfect mix of rock & roll and synth pop. I Don’t Wanna Dance is a go-to track off their latest record.”

Ed Sheeran – Castle on the Hill
“‘Castle on the Hill’ I think speaks to the heart of every human being. It’s a feel good track that reminisces on ‘home’; whatever that may mean to you. It identifies to specific times, scenarios, people. Something we can all relate to. So it’s easily a song that sticks with you and has with us throughout the entire year.”

Here Again – A Will Away
“Easily one of the best songs I’ve ever heard lol. We heard about these guys through mutual friends in the Columbus, OH scene. They released this song as their first single with a video and I immediately sent it to the guys. It hits you the same way Castle on the Hill does.”

Symmetry – 7 Minutes In Heaven
“You could say we’re biased just coming off of a tour with these guys. But seriously, this anthem that is Symmetry packs so many emotions. I think that’s what we love about it. It’s been stuck in our heads for months.”

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Clean Bandit – Exclusive Online Cover Shoot and Interview

Clean Bandit, formed of Grace Chatto and brothers Jack and Luke Patterson, are known for their inescapably catchy hybrid of electro-classical-pop. The band, which originated in Cambridge, won a Grammy for their song, ‘Rather Be’ and have had three number one hits in the UK to date, a figure that will no doubt continue to climb as they release new music.

We caught up with the trio following their exclusive shoot for FAULT’s online cover, to talk about their upcoming sophomore album, dream collaborations, love of touring and not letting the pressures of success get to them.

GRACE – Top: River Island, Trousers: Aphid, Shoes: stylists own / JACK – Suit: New & Lingwood, T-Shirt: River Island, Shoes: Converse / LUKE – Jumper: Cheap Monday, Trousers: River Island, Shoes: Converse

‘New Eyes’ was released three years ago and you’ve got a follow-up album in the works. Can you tell us anything about the focal themes?

Grace: I think the first album was a lot more lighthearted, whilst our second album, with the lyrics anyway, are more serious. Some of them are about breaking up, like ‘I Miss You’ and ‘Tears’, which will both be on the album. The music is still quite dancey.

Jack: I think other acts find it easier to put out a larger volume of music at a time but as we produce and write all our own stuff, and we also produce and make the music videos, it just takes us so much longer to create each piece of music, so we’ve really been focusing on that the last few years. We were touring our first album for a really long time as well. But our second one is in the works and it’s nearly done. Hopefully early next year.

You’ve previously said that you focus on making individual songs rather than making music as a collective body of work. Is this the approach you’re continuing with?

Luke: I reckon so, yeah. It kinda suits the way we work. We’ve been getting into the video side of things even more since the last [album]; making things even more extravagant working with bigger crews, trying not to limit ourselves.

Grace: A lot of our singles have been quite different styles but one thing that unifies this album is the way that we made it. It was much less produced from the beginning. With the last album, we would think about the sounds and make them on the computer but with these, it was more about the piano and voice firstly, then thinking about all the electronics afterwards.

Jacket, Topshop – Tee, River Island

You’ve collaborated with a number of British solo artists – from Anne Marie and Louisa to Jess Glynne – all of whom, at the time of working with you, were still up and coming. Did you choose to work with these singers because you feel it’s important to help nurture homegrown talent like yourselves?

Jack: All of those people are just so talented in their own right. We’re always looking for amazing voices to either write with or record and perform songs.

Grace: We always try to think about what voice will work best with the song we’ve got. We took ‘Rather Be’ to Jess Glynne and quite a few other singers as well to try out different voices but it worked best with hers. ‘I Miss You’ was different because we wrote it with Julia Michaels and it’s a very personal song to her. We heard Zara Larsson singing at a festival a few years ago, showed her ‘Symphony’, she loved it and came on board with it straightaway. It totally transformed the track. It’s exciting when someone brings a whole new personality and vibe to a song.

GRACE – Top: Monki, Trousers: Monki, Shoes: Jimmy Choo / JACK – Top: Coach, Trousers: Jack’s own, Shoes: Converse / LUKE – Top: Urban Outfitters, Trousers: Luke’s own, Shoes: Converse

Who would you absolutely love to work with?

Jack: Beyonce, Lana del Rey, Drake, Kendrick Lamar…

Luke: Stormzy.

Jack: Frank Ocean.

Grace: Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, Bryson Tiller.

You’ve got a big US tour lined up for next year. Do you enjoy life on the road?

Grace: I love it. It’s really cathartic thing for me because I love travelling and seeing real people react to our music in real time. There’s no feeling like it. I also love playing with other people.

Luke: I love being out there. I love dedicated time to tours when you know you’re going to be away for a month and you can really get into the zone.

Jack: Weirdly it’s only on tour that we find a routine. When we’re back in the UK what we’re doing is so disjointed.

Grace: Having a tour manager that looks after us all is like being on a school trip; telling us where to go, what to do [laughs]!

Jacket, Issey Miyake

Which are your favourite songs to play live?

Jack: ‘Disconnect’, our collaboration with Marina and the Diamonds. Some good keyboard moments in there.

Luke: It’s still ‘Rather Be’. We’ve changed it up a bit and have some insane key changes at the end of the song which just take it up a notch.

Jack: We like to remix older tracks as well when we’re playing live.

Grace: ‘Rockabye’ and ‘Birch’.

GRACE – Dress: Amanda Wakeley, Shoes: Stylist’s own / JACK – Top: Levi’s Jeans: River Island, Shoes: Filling Pieces / LUKE – Shirt: Paul Smith @ Finnicks Trousers: All Saints Shoes, Jimmy Choo

You’ve had three number one hits in the UK so far. There must be quite a lot of pressure to keep producing chart-toppers. How do you stay on top of your game and not let this get to you?

Luke: There’s a lot of collaborations that go on that are all about the fame game, but our mentality is just to write a quality tune rather than remixing something just for the sake of it.

Grace: We just try and make songs that we like rather than making what we think other people will like.

Jacket & Jeans, Topshop / Shoes, Grace’s Own

What is your FAULT?

Grace: I’m bossy. It can get on other people’s nerves but it can also help get stuff done.

Luke: What’s my fault?

Jack: Your fault? You’re a bastard [laughs]!

Luke: That’s not my fault, that’s your fault!

 

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Words: Aimee Phillips

Photography: Jack Alexander

Styling: Holly Ounstead

Make-Up: Elaine Lynskey using MAC Cosmetics

Hair: Narad Kutowaroo using Unite Hair

Styling Assistants: Ellie McWhan and Jordyn Antunes

Special thanks: Burlock