FAULT Focus: Russian rockers Mumiy Troll

At a time when Russia is making global headlines for all the wrong reasons, it is important to remember that, amidst all the wide-reaching political machinations and life changing military decisions, there are still people in every country with a story to tell.

With that in mind, FAULT was privileged to be able to speak to one of the one of the most influential voices in contemporary Russian popular culture – Mumiy Troll‘s Ilya Lugutenko. Since starting the band in 1983, Ilya – raised in Russia’s Far Eastern port of Vladivostok (on the Sea of Japan) – has shaped the face of a generation. Mumiy Troll is as popular in Russia now as it has ever been. In total, they have released 16 albums over a period of almost 30 years. After initially serving in the Russian Air Navy, Lugatenko speaks Mandarin, has worked in both China and the UK, featured in the globally popular cult film ‘Night Watch’, recently started his own music festival and is an outspoken supporter for ecological conservation. Mumiy Troll were also one of the first musical acts to support the activities of PSI organization fighting AIDS in Russia.

It is a cosmopolitan story from a driven, complex and, above all, creative character. If nothing else, it is a pleasure to be able to take a step back to focus on an individual – their passions, achievements and creative spirit – rather than on the collective judgments of an entire nation.

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FAULT: In 2012, you released your very first album in English entitled Vladivostok. Could you tell us a little more about the meaning of your single ‘Love Contraband’, which also appears on that album?

ILYA: These days Russia is usually associated with vodka, spies or oil fortunes …not even ballet anymore. I guess a Russian rock band is still not a very legit term for most westerners… I have a really simple message here – we love to write and perform good songs and would love to share them with as many people as possible.

Your songs sound like a romantic declaration to the world… can you tell us from where do you draw this romanticism?

I hate to hate anything. I would love to be able to love every single thing on the planet and beyond. I know it’s not easy. I know it is almost impossible but I am still trying to be “the Poet and not a Revolutionary”. I came from a little town on the sea, which happened to be major Russian navy base on the Pacific. I never wanted to jump on the Trans Siberian train. I was more curious about what was behind the ocean’s horizon.

In 2012, you decided to release your first ever album in English [Vladivostok] – why?

I’ve never won a lottery. I’m a bad gambler. It took me quite a lot of hard work to prove to myself that my writing and performance abilities had the potential to expand beyond my hometown. We never had a major recording deal and our international touring experience grew very gradually – limited by the band’s own resources and aspirations.

This album is not really an experiment. It just shows the current state of where the band is at in this moment. It’s a mixture of our life experiences forged with a rather universal rock sound.

Our very good friend and owner of The Village Studios in Los Angeles, Jeff Greenberg, has pushed the idea of making an English language record – he once heard us recording our Russian material at his studio. After falling crazy for it he kept on us… saying, “Guys, this has to be heard in English”. It took us few years to came up with an album and finally we arrived at Vladivostok.

The album presents Mumiy Troll’s spirit to people who do not understand Russian. It is named after our home city where I and most of the band members grew up. MumiyTrollWebsite_09

How has living in Vladivostok influenced your music (if at all)?

It has influenced in many ways. All of our songs have something to do with the Ocean and being from Vladivostok. You can understand that. I have even written a song named Vladivostok Vacation. In Russian it’s called Vladivostok 2000 which has put the city on the map in Russia in a way. It has actually been quoted that this song did more for the city in terms of promotion than anything the government has ever done (which only used to be stereotyped before as a place for drunken sailors and lots of crime on every level). I always believed Vladivostok to be a place to Rock. Being almost 10 hours flight away from Moscow and 3 hours drive from China certainly affects your identity. I grew up to be an alien to my countrymen in general and to world music tastes in particular.

In your book, My Eastyou recalled that Khrushchev predicted in the year 2000, Vladivostok would become Russia’s San Francisco. Do you believe his successors succeeded in this?

That’s still only in our dreams. I have also co-written a fiction novel named Vladivostok 3000 which describes my vision of how the city could be in a totally different dimension. However, whatever the public criticism of the APEC summit, etc., I sincerely welcome and support all changes including new bridges and a new university into my hometown. My own graduation was in Chinese History and Economics and I remember discussing the futuristic visions of Vladivostok back in my student years. I never believed in the industrial revolution in the area but I was sure that it could be an Educational and Entertainment centre fed by the biggest Port on the Russian Pacific.

For a few years I was obsessed with the idea to stage a Pacific Rock Festival in Vladivostok where bands and artist from Siberia, China, Korea and the rest of Australasia would meet annually. However, the local government is still thinking of different priorities with their agendas (ed: see below – VROX Festival is now up and running).

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Where was your first performance abroad as Mumiy Troll?

North of Japan we played a festival. It felt like home as it is very similar to Vladivostok weather wise. Also, Greenland where nobody had heard of us and they never really had rock bands come over to play a gig then. It was truly a memorable experience.

Who is your greatest musical inspiration?

Characters who can make it on their own terms. It does not relate to particular music styles and they are maybe not the biggest acts on the planet – probably more of those who can explore, change, unite different cultures without compromising pop sensibility… Ryuhci Sakamoto or David Bowie for instance…

You have sung your songs in Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and English, what is next?

Good question. By the way, I also did versions of our songs in Ukrainian and Latvian, though as of yet they have never been released… It’s simply life experiments to see how it feels. I’d like to try Portuguese. Sounds funny but Portuguese and Russian have so many similar sounds which is kinda tough to pronounce for any others in the world.  

One of the things that we find most interesting is your support of AMUR (named after the Amur tiger). What is your goal with the AMUR project and why have you been so supportive of it?

The Amur tiger is a symbol of the area in the Far East that I come from. I was introduced to the head of the AMUR fund in London and was asked to help with some public awareness projects which gradually developed into quite a mission. Ten years later I [found] myself launching an idea. [It was] an international charity music/ball event, Saving the Tigers, which ended up being a part of an important International Tiger Summit in St. Petersburg – we not only had Vladimir Putin and Heads of States of the13 so-called “Tiger countries”, but also celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio. He personally donated a large sum of money to the cause and Naomi Campbell co-hosted the event with me. I compare Tigers to Independent music – rare, hard to survive, but brave and beautiful.

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What were your expectations for this year while touring in the US and the UK, and has performing there been what you anticipated?

To reach out to non-Russian speaking communities we do not have any media resources behind us. So, the only way is to physically go their and play. For me, it’s a big privilege to perform in front of people no matter where and no matter to how many. One day could see us performing to 10,000 hardcore fans in Russia and the next day in a small club in a ghost town of Pontiac to couple dozen people who just came to see us out of curiosity.

Does fashion play any role in how you wish to portray your band’s musical style?

I always thought that music and fashion should walk together. However, I’ve never paid too much attention to what happens in the fashion world. I guess, like in music, I’d prefer things which never get out of fashion… I’d prefer to set the trend unintentionally instead of follow any.

‘Flow Away’ – Mumiy Troll – March ’14

Do you have any favorite fashion designers?

My good friends from Britain – Bolongaro Trevor (who were the original designers of All Saints). Also, Arsenicum, the Russian brand by Dima Loginov who is a great example how our music really influence people to do things – standing out from the usual crowd by being very stylish and an instant classic.

And finally, as you travel from country to country, how would you define success?

By seeing results. You have to work hard for them and you have to work hard to be successful… to have genuine enthusiasm, passion and energy – and not to be so afraid of failure that it stops you trying. Because in the end, you learn from mistakes in order to keep going forward. That’s what Iv’e always done. That’s what I will continue to do. Keep moving.

What is your FAULT?

I trust people too much.

In August 2013, Ilya welcomed musicians, artists, and creative talents around the world to join him at the inaugural VROX Festival  in Ilya’s hometown of Vladivostok, Russia.

In Spring 2014, Mumiy Troll will be releasing their second ever album in English, following the release of their first English-speaking album entitled Valdivostok. While Vladivostok was recorded in Los Angeles with highly regarded producers Joe Chiccarelli and Mike Clink, the new album was recorded around the world while the group took part in a global sailing voyage and again attracted the attention of top producers: Ben Hillier (Depeche Mode) Simon Gogerly (U2) Greg Brimson (Eminem) and Keefus Ciancia (T bone Burnett).

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Upcoming Tour dates:
Liverpool, UK - Sound City Festival - May 1 
Vladivostok, Russia – V-Rox Festival - 29 August
Shanghai, China – MIDI Festival - Oct 1
 For more information, visit: mumiytroll.com

 

Creative Director / Photographer: Adrenus Craton
Interview by Adrenus Craton & Victor Savkin
Model: Charlie Melchiori – Novelmodels
Elite Hair: Michael Marenco  (sponsored by Label M)
Makeup: Cathy Widawska
Styling: Gillian Phelan
Film Director: Giovanni Fumu
Lighting Direction: Francois Dupont & Olivier Herold
Location: Chiswick House and Gardens
SPECIAL THANKS TO: Mumiy Troll Team Bolongaro Trevor London Victor Savkin Cato Music Creative Door Studios Paris Biondini Champs Élysées Givenchy Homme
MENSWEAR Bolongaro Treavor Avelon 22_4 Hommes Femmes by Stephanie Hahn Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Glenn Martens Nanthalat
WOMENSWEAR Arsenicum Cassadei Gerbe
Introduction: Nick Artsruni

FAULT Favourites Band of Skulls release third album, ‘Himalayan’

 

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FAULT first spoke to lead singer and bassist Emma Richardson  back in 2011 to discuss the release of their breakthrough second album, Sweet Sour for FAULT Issue 10: the Legacy Issue. From their early days touring as Fleeing New York in the late noughties, we knew that this was a band to watch, one that would stand the test of time. Here’s what we wrote about them back then:

From their relatively recent incipience in 2008, the female fronted, blues heavy, old fashioned raw and ready rock outfit are perhaps rivalled only by the Black Keys, both in terms of their ‘old school’ guitar-heavy style and their similarly meteoric rise to fame. In one dazzling swoop, these groups have utterly dismissed that old (circa 2006) adage that ‘guitar music is dead’ – with Emma Richardson, Russell Marsden and Matt Hayward doing so in particularly impressive style. The Brits have been ‘cracking the US’ in such an accomplished fashion that they have drawn comparisons from some quarters to rock legends Led Zeppelin. With their pulverizing basslines and soaring – yet oddly searing – vocals, Band of Skulls are a firm FAULT Favourite.

Now, three years later, we were pleased to get a chance to catch up with drummer Matt Hayward about the highly anticipated release of their third album, the brilliantly constructed Himalayan.

 

Welcome back to FAULT! How are you feeling about the new album?

Matt: We’re really proud of the record that we’ve come up with and we’re feeling really good about it. It’s been quite frustrating because we finished it at the end of last summer so we’ve had it in our hands for quite a while now but it’s finally upon us now so we’re very excited!

How does the new album differ from your last two?

We’ve said is that it kind of takes elements from the last two albums and makes a record out of that. Whilst we were writing and recording the last two albums we isolated ourselves out in the countryside in an old farmhouse and this time we decided to go in to central London and I think that definitely rubs off on the record. There’s an energy about being in London which is great, we were going in every day and then being able to leave the studio too which gives you a lot more objectivity about things, you can listen to your demos on the train home and all these little things which we never had before so I think that played a big part in the sound of it.

Do you have any favourites or standout tracks on the new album?

It chops and changes, it always changes by night really. It’s interesting that a lot of it is down to crowd responses, it’s funny the ones that you get different reactions from and not always reactions you were expecting. At the moment, we’re just really excited to play any of it really, it’s been such a long time we’re just itching to get going.

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Band of Skulls shot by Annick Wolfers for FAULT Issue 10

When we spoke about your last album you cited The Beatles, Neil Young and Bob Dylan as influencers, are these still relevant to the new album or have you found inspiration elsewhere?

We have a pretty strong rule in the studio that we don’t play a lot of current music whilst we’re recording because we’re keen not to have anything influence us too heavily.

We listen to a bunch of different stuff, there’s definitely a glam element to this record. When we got in to the studio we hung out for a few days with our producer Nick Launay and played our favourite records, there was definitely a theme of T-Rex swagger, and everyone bringing in Prince albums.

When you’re piecing songs together, creating new music do you envisage an ideal setting in which it will be played back? Where would you like your music to be heard?

For me, my favourite time is listening to music is on aeroplanes. I get a real kick out of it, that excitement and nervousness of travelling. You’re on your way to somewhere and to have a soundtrack to that sort of emotion is quite similar to playing shows in a way, it’s exciting it’s nerve-wracking, and full of adrenaline all of those wonderful things. If I could pick a place for anyone to listen to this record it would be getting a flight somewhere.

Are you thinking about playing the album out live whilst recording and writing?

Yeah definitely but we try and keep the two things very separate. We like to thing that making a record is like taking a photograph. It’s taking a photo of where you are at and what you’ve been coming up with of. At the moment we’re at the rehearsal studios piecing together how we want to do things live and it inevitably changes quite a lot which we really like. For us, going to see a band and they just sound like the records is not so exciting, it hasn’t got that element of danger to it.

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Photography: Annick Wolfers for FAULT Issue 10

Can you see another live album in the future?

Yes, hopefully a little bit further down the road of touring so we’re a bit more warmed up. Also we recently did an acoustic show last week which we hadn’t really done before. We do quite a bit of acoustic stuff for radio but we’d never done a show before. It was just something completely new, we had a string quartet and with us having never played with any other musicians but ourselves it was really strange but there’s definitely talk of doing something like that again on a bigger scale.

Speaking of working with other musicians, how do you feel about collaborations, is there anybody you could see yourselves working with?

We’ve never really talked about collaborating with other musicians, it’s never been put in front of us so we’ve never really thought about it but I’m sure it would be really interesting. It’s not particularly on our list of things to do. But if an offer came up then yeah sure, if Prince gives us a call then by all means…

What does the rest of 2014 hold for you?

It’s just relentless touring in front of us now. Next week we’re off to America then coming back to do some UK shows and then Europe, after that it’s back to the States and then Australia… we’ll be heading back in time to hit festival season which will be really exciting. So yeah there will be a whole lot of living out of suitcases.

Final question, what is your FAULT?

There’s no way to win this one! If I don’t say anything then it sounds like we’re just perfect… I guess we’re bad sons and daughters to our parents because we don’t see them enough as we should. Yeah we’re bad kids, we’re always gallivanting…

Himalayan is out now

Interview by Louis Sheridan

Mac Miller & Dylan Reynolds – exclusive shoot for FAULT Issue 17

 

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Mac Miller & Dylan Reynolds were shot at Mac’s private studio in LA by photographer Danny Williams (Topshelf Jr), with styling by Luke Storey (School of Style), exclusively for FAULT Issue 17
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Music, friendship, success and going global. Sound great? Yep, we agree.

Friends since elementary school, and now bringing their individual styles to the world at large, Mac Miller and Dylan Reynolds might represent completely different genres but they also share a passion for great composition and all-round musical ability.

While rappers traditionally talk a big game when it comes to representing their home town and their friends, it’s hard to think of any who come close to the level of loyalty and belief shown by Mac in Dylan. We caught up with the Pittsburgh-born duo at Mac’s house in LA (thanks again Mac, we had a blast). While Dylan posed in Mac’s private studio for our shoot, Mac shunned the limelight and insisted that Dylan be the focus of our piece.

This wasn’t a meaningless show of sentimentality. Mac clearly believes in Dylan’s talent – and it’s hard to argue about musical ability with a man who has garnered almost implausible levels of success in such a short time. Over the past couple of years, the facts speak for themselves: two studio albums full of hit songs, millions of fans, the launch of his own record label and an MTV show in his honour.

Listening to Dylan’s work, we can’t see why you’d want to disagree with Mac. Signed to Mac’s REMember Music label (a classic example of ‘putting your money where your mouth is’), Dylan brings a unique talent to the roster. His flawless (or should we say FAULTless?) voice is matched by the incredible emotion he brings to each of his songs. It really is a pleasure to hear an artist register the level of feeling that Dylan does while still hitting his notes so cleanly.

Speaking to the two artists, one thing became immediately and abundantly clear: both of them put great stock in their personal convictions. Neither have any intention of compromising their integrity for a quick fix of fame – that is most likely something else that has kept the pair so close for so long. They’ve kept their own styles while retaining a respect for other people’s – more than that, they’ve both openly embraced diverse genres and inspirations. It’s something that Dylan is only just beginning to show in his music that is available to the wider public (check out ‘Tightrope’) but it’s something that is definitely to be applauded.

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Singer-songwriter Dylan Reynolds – stepping into the spotlight in 2014. Grooming by Anna Branson.

FAULT: Mac – 2013: what a year for you! T.V show, tours, mix-tapes, launching your own record label, a clothing line… What’s up next for you?

Mac: If I told you that, I’d have to kill you.

What kind of talent are looking to sign to your REMember Label?

I’m looking for people who have a genuine love for music. I’m not looking for people who want a ticket to the “Big Show”. I want people who are ready to build and learn and become great. I want artists with potential and an open mind. No specifics in genre.

How would you describe Dylan’s music and what kind of impact do you see him having on the industry?

Dylan is honest. In a world where young people are manipulated and turned into consumers. Dylan is the truth. He is a young man with a story to tell. He has a passion for the art and he just wants to inspire people. He is not trying to turn his fans into consumers and become a product. His goals are far higher.

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Interview and production by Leah Blewitt. Filmed footage by Bryant Robinson. Special thanks: Hayley Cammarata

FAULT: Dylan, can you tell us more about your musical background? How long have you been writing and recording, and who/what have been the biggest influences on your sound?

Dylan: I started playing guitar and writing when as a teenager after my family moved out to a pretty isolated house in the country. So it was really out of boredom at the time, although it quickly morphed into something very different. Early on I started as a drummer.

You’ve been working on your EP – did you have an overall theme in mind for the tracks? What were some of the influences behind the singles? We’re especially curious about ‘Spanish Civil War’…

There is a definite theme to this album. It starts with a track called ‘Lifeline’ (the title track), which is about a time in a relationship when I realized I wasn’t going to die if it ended. So it’s essentially about a toxic co-dependent relationship in its final stage. The album kind of follows this trend and documents different stages of multiple relationships in different surrealistic settings.

Did you ever think in a million years, when you were growing up in Pittsburgh, that you’d ever being making music, working and touring together with Mac?

I think I always had a feeling that we were both going to be involved with music pretty early on, but I had no idea that it was going to turn into what it is. Working this closely with one of your best friends is pretty special.

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What are you currently working on, Dylan, and what are you plans for 2014?

I’ve just finished my debut EP and I have a video for my single ”Young and Set” that will be coming out soon as well. I don’t know whats going to happen in 2014 but think its gonna be a big year for me in some way.

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Meet unisex fashion maker Rad Hourani

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Rad is not an ordinary fashion designer. He has more than one timeless and genderless string to his bow. He creates garments, images, movements, lines, always in black and white in a delicate and meaningful manner. His artwork knows no bounds. Born in Jordan from a Jordanian father and a Syrian mother, Rad’s creative débuts took place in Montreal, Quebec. He used to scout new faces for a modelling agency before officially entering the fashion scene as a fashion designer in Paris under the « couture » patronage of big and influential CEO at Christian Dior Couture, Sidney Toledano. This active drive allowed him to join the « Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture » as a guest member no later than January 2013. For your information, Rad is the first foreigner fashion designer to introduce his collections during the Parisian select Haute Couture calendar. This is no little matter, it is not an easy task to be admitted as a couture house by this organisation…  At a Rad Hourani’s show, it is more likely to catch sight of a Larry Clark or a Michael Pitt in the front row… Hayden Christense, Lady Gaga, Caroline de Maigret, Jared Leto, Diane Pernet are part of the mystic guru’s followers, just to name a few socialites (It is always good to link fashion designs to renowned fashion followers). What is his primary source of inspiration ? His own self –dreamer, skinny and virgin- virgin from diktats and directions. Rad Hourani has no labels, he does not like labels. He prefers number sequences. His collections are numbered as follows : RH#1, RH#2, RH#3… RH#11. Thus their flat identity evolving inbetween the feminine and the masculine is confirmed.  As stated earlier, Rad is not an ordinary fashion designer. His free spirit drifts between multiple fields : fashion, visual arts and architecture. So we cannot assert that Rad is a fashion designer, it would be too reductive.  And we cannot either say he is a multi-talented artist (He does not like labels). Say Rad Hourani is a universal human being, a contradictions lover whose mission is to free people from their preconceived ideas about gender, space and time. 

Let’s thank this special talent for his global contribution to the human condition through his artwork and also, for dedicating time to answer our questions before the rush of the Parisian fashion week… Meet unisex fashion maker Rad Hourani.

FAULT : Hi Rad ! How have you been ?

RH : All is being great. I’m in a very happy place in my life.

FAULT : Are you ready for Paris fashion week? (Do you know what you are going to wear ?)

RH : I guess you have to be always ready, it’s not a choice. I’m always organized and on time in terms of everything as I like to know that everything is in control. I wear Rad Hourani head to toe everyday, I haven’t shopped for the past seven years. I even started my own underwear line.

FAULT : I heard winter was pretty warm in Paris right now which is good news for the Parisian fashion sphere. No snow, no drama. Are you going to support your Haute Couture Godfather Sidney Toledano (CEO at Christian Dior Couture) ?

RH : This is the best winter we have ever had in Paris for five years. I’m very proud to have Mr Toledano as my godfather to become an « guest member » in Haute Couture. And I’m always available to support him at any occasion.

FAULT : Are you introducing your new collection at your clinical-styled art space/shop rue Charlot –converting your white thick shelves in benches ?

RH : This has been my full time unisex gallery for two years now. I do my photograph exhibits there and some pop up shops as well.

FAULT : Selling luxury goods is a form of art in itself. Do you agree with this statement ?

RH : Absolutely. Everything can be a form of art.

FAULT : I remember first time we met it was at the opening of your space in Paris and I was really impressed by the all white interior design, the lighting and the adaptable structure to any kind of shows and performances. I was immersed in a white box with only black and dark grey garments hung along walls ; Sharp chemists serving champagne… Disturbing and calming at the same time. Who designed your Parisian space ?

RH : I designed it myself. I don’t see why we need to have a title for what we do in life. I find it very limiting to be set in one category. Clothing is the first element in which you can express yourself and your personality. What we wear is what we are in a way and I think it was a logical thing for me to start with that but I don’t consider myself as a designer, a photographer or a filmmaker. I am all of those things in one. I want to be able to express my vision through all media to communicate my unisex language completely. I am someone living on planet earth and I use different media to express myself: design, art, film, photography, music, etc. You can call me a visualist if you want to label me.

FAULT : It seems like you see art as a form of therapy. Is art a key to happiness ?

RH : Art is a form of expression and my methodology revolves around the notion of the present existing without a past. A pure present can’t exist if you are not in the now. To be in the present is to be freed from both the past and the future. And I think it’s the same for clothing, it is about creating a form that can be the present at all times without fitting in any past categories. It’s a very challenging thing to me as it’s very easy to design trends or be the cool thing one day and be nothing the following day.

FAULT : Where does your love for black colour come from? What feelings could you associate with this colour ? 

RH : I am interested in the juxtaposition of somber and luminous, classical and modern. It is the deconstruction and reconstruction of visual elements gathered along different spaces and experiences. People are perpetually obsessed with what is hot now, or what is coming next, but are rarely concerned with how its visual production will transcend time. Most fashion and art publications are the direct result of the market economy which tends to show the ephemeral nature of objects that reflect our human finality. My way of existing in the current paradigm is a dichotomy: I create garments, videos, graphic art, and photography that appeal to a very contemporary sensitiveness, yet they appear to belong to their own time. This timelessness seems effortless, and is not season specific. My photographs show moments that could last forever.

FAULT : Yohji Yamamoto once said : “Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious. But above all black says this: “I don’t bother you – don’t bother me”.” Do you feel the same way ?

RH : I think that black is the most unisex timeless color and my objective is to create garments that can be worn by anyone at any time. Therefore, I do not start every new season with a specific concept, but rather try to establish continuity from one to the next. My pieces are timeless and freed from any strict gender differentiations. I am not afraid of doing what makes sense to me and inventing a unique style and not caring about being fashionable.

FAULT : You two seem to value the importance of space and freedom in whatever you undertake. Through your work I can see that you want to enable people to secure their own freedom. Correct ?

RH : The idea arose from a series of questions: who decided that a man should dress in one way and a woman in another? Or that different ages should dress differently? Who imposed these codes? Each piece can be worn by any gender or age. It doesn’t make sense to me to limit things and that’s why I took a full year to study male and female bodies to create a canvas that can fit both.  I think it’s about the yin and yang in all of us, the negative and positive, the masculine and feminine, the dark and light, the passive and active, the intuitive and logical, the cold and hot, the soft and hard.

FAULT: Are you satisfied with fashion today? What do you wish to see in the next years?

RH : Fashion is a trend machine that makes no sense to me. I have no interest in fashion. My interest lies in the world and in the people. I would like to keep on doing what I enjoy the most. To communicate my unisex vision in the world and hopefully participate in building a modern world where I can see more people observing things instead of doing what society tells them to do. To see more people questioning everything that has been imposed on them: gender limitations, religion, borders, age, race, nationality, etc. Yes I am a dreamer and I can’t live without dreaming.

FAULT : I saw the neo-noir film you directed (View on Nowness) featuring ballet dancer Zofia Tujaka, entirely filmed in black and white. You collaborated with choreographer Edouard Lock (Known for his collab with David Bowie, Frank Zappa and alikes) and I was wondering what made you want to collaborate with him ? How did you two connect ?

RH : I think his work is pretty much related to unisex without really showing it. I see many things in his work that reflect my vision. He’s one of the few artists in the world that I’m interested in and I’m very proud to have  collaborated with him.

FAULT : This short film was part of Seamless, the retrospective of your five-year art work that you curated at Montreal’s Phi Center last November. How did you feel about it ? Why did you pick this particular place to exhibit your work ?

RH : It was the meeting of the great Phoebe Greenberg that made me want to do this exhibition at Phi. It was an honor to collaborate with her.

FAULT: You were born in Jordan from a Jordanian father and a Syrian mother. Are you going back to your birth country sometimes? How’s the fashion field like over there? Is creativity encouraged ?

RH : I travel every week for work and I don’t really have much time to travel for pleasure only. And I have no idea how the fashion is in Jordan as it’s been more than ten years since I last went there. I think it is a wonderful thing to live and grow up in different societies and cultures as it shows you the world from different angles, and makes you understand that we are all the same with common interests in life. And above all it makes you realize that we live in one world and not one country or one city.

FAULT : Do you feel homesick ?

RH : Never since I have been moving around from early age. That has made me consider things in a wider perspective with no restrictions. I also want to convey this notion in my line, and design clothes that can be worn anywhere, anytime. I design for people who appreciate a certain sobriety, yet who want to look effortlessly slick at all times.

FAULT : It is been now nine years you have been based in Paris. What do you enjoy most by living in this city on a day to day basis?

RH : Walking on the streets as it’s the city where I walk the most!

FAULT : What is your FAULT ?

RH : Fault can be anything as everything is an illusion…

 

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Rose McGowan – exclusive shoot for FAULT Issue 17

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When speaking of her starring roles in the upcoming movies, ‘The Last Duane’ and ‘The Tell Tale Heart,’ Rose McGowan is funny and honest, and when speaking of her directorial debut, she is positively exuberant. But when speaking of things not work related, one can’t help but feel her guard come up.

FAULT: I want to talk about the two movies you have coming out in 2014: The Last Duane and The Tell Tale Heart; with the economy the way it is, let’s say you have only ten bucks, which do you see?

ROSE: Probably The Last Duane. I like westerns and I liked the people involved. I kinda hope the other stays on the shelf. I felt a little duped by Tell Tale. Blinded by Poe, as it were. Sometimes you think people have a strong vision, and it’s often not the case. Very hard to tell beforehand. Sucks discovering it.

 

Have you ever done a movie you later didn’t like?

Tell Tale. And there are more where that came from. It’s very hard to make a film that comes together on all levels. It’s like painting with 100 paintbrushes that are held by individual egos. Also, I’ve worked with some not so nice people. Such a drag. If I have a troubling experience, I won’t watch the product.

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Interview by Chris Purnell

I really want to see the short film you directed, Dawn. What made you want to direct this story?

I have my own vision, and it’s a strong one. I want to tell my own stories, not just interpret someone else’s. I feel like I’ve finally found the right job and it’s awesome. Getting into Sundance as a director, (over 8,100 submitted, 12 were chosen for narrative competition) is the high point of my career. By far. To be at Sundance representing myself is huge.

 

Is directing the future?

That is an unequivocal yes.

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Quite a lot is made of your love life.  I was wondering how it feels to have your personal life reported on.

Well, I feel it’s lazy when “journalists” dredge up past relationships. I also don’t need to explain myself or my choices to anyone. I can understand interest in current ones, but the past is the past. I think less of the writers who ask, they disappoint me with the banality of their questions. You at least asked it in a more interesting way.

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor – exclusive shoot for FAULT Issue 17 Beauty cover

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She first wowed us with her sharp vocals and quirky style with now-defunct band Theaudience back in 1997. Since then, Sophie Ellis Bextor has duetted with the Manic Street Preachers, released four solo albums and appeared as a contestant on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

Her fifth studio album, Wanderlust, was released in January, and a tour in support of the album will get under away this year. FAULT spoke to Sophie in between gruelling ‘Strictly’ training sessions and found out about her past, present and future, what it is that she loves about French dance music and what to expect from her new album.

FAULT: You’ve had a busy year this year – completing your new album Wanderlust and now appearing on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. Has it been hard being away from your family?

Sophie: The first half of the year was really nice and chilled – we actually produced my album in 10 days! I’m looking forward to Christmas with my family as Strictly has been so time-consuming, but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I had to go into it thinking, ‘I’ll never get to do this again, so I have to make the most of it.’

 

How are you finding your time on ‘Strictly’? What have been your best and worst moments of the series?

Most of it is the best bit! It’s a lot of hard work learning all the steps but when the show starts and the music plays, something kicks in and you forget everything and just get this elated feeling. The worst part is the anticipation and nerves before going on stage, and wondering if it’ll be ‘alright on the night’, as it were.

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Interview by Thea de Gallier

Will you stay in touch will fellow contestants once the show has ended? Anyone you got on with particularly well?

Honestly, all of them! I speak to Abbey [Clancy] a fair amount and she’s lovely. Everyone has their guard down, there’s no cockiness as we all went into it thinking ‘What have we signed up for?’

 

How would you describe the sound of your latest album Wanderlust? Do you feel you’ve grown up/evolved as a musician?

It’s hard to pin down; I’m rubbish at describing the sound of my music. Someone said it sounds like the soundtrack to a Seventies Eastern-European movie! I suppose it is slightly more grown up, but it still has a bit of bounce as I love dance.

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Do you find it difficult juggling being a mum and a famous musician?

Yes and no – I’ve spent a large part of my career as a mother and I’ve never considered not working, so they’ve had to come along for the ride. I just sweep the kids up on a trip or to a festival; they don’t know any different. I can definitely think of worse childhoods than having people around you making music all the time, though! 

 

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FAULT INTERVIEWS: Breton

Returning from their self-imposed isolation period within Berlin’s ‘Funkhaus Studios’ – Breton release their second album War Room Stories’ with a live performance at the historic Rough Trade East. FAULT went along to see the band perform and catch up with vocalist Roman Rappak to see just what they’ve been up to.

 

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FAULT: It’s been two years since your last album, what have you been up to?

Roman: Touring the record and really getting to bottom of what being in a band actually means. It sounds strange but you put together some tracks and you think you’ll make some films and do this and that but it isn’t until half way through touring that you realise what you’re working with. You write something and think it will work in a show but until you play a gig from start to finish, it’s hard to understand your own creation. It’s about creating a big ball of chaos and slowly moulding it as you tour and perform it.

 

Where did you record the album?

We found a place in Berlin called Funkhaus and we were trying to find a place where we could switch off and be left alone. I think that if you’re too surrounded with bands that sound a similar way or a scene that pushes a particular way, you end up never pushing too far away from what everyone else is doing. I think that the opposite is true, the things you come up with in your fourth week detached will just sound different to what everyone else is doing.

 

You’re off on tour soon, where are you most excited about going?

It’s hard to say but I’ll give you a top 5 in no particular order – Montreal, Detroit (even though you can imagine it’s a weird abandoned city), anywhere in Switzerland, Munich and Hamburg.

 

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As a band with such an individual style, do you find it hard to find inspiration?

Not really, it’s an exciting time to be any kind of artist be it music, photography, journalism etc. Information is so readily available so new tracks, or new films can inspire you all the time. The huge flood of things coming out all the time is the exciting a part of it; we’re never at loss for inspiration and if anything we are overwhelmed by all the great stuff available.

 

If you could describe your new album ‘War Room Stories’ in 3 words what would they be?

Post Internet Hard-core.

 

Bands are forming up and down the country everyday and very few will get a glimpse at the success you have seen. What’s the secret?

It’s difficult to say, I think one thing I’m grateful for is success enough to be able to make a second album. That doesn’t necessarily mean selling albums or making money but it definitely means that we can have an idea at the beginning of 2013 and it can turn into an album today. I think to any Indie band starting up, you should never aim for any kind of success other than creative success. If you are creating something creative then you are doing it and you are making it. It doesn’t matter if 10 people come to your shows or if no one comes to your shows or if your band never plays a gig! If you’re making any kind of art then you’re making it as something you can engage with.

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What is your favourite tour story?

I think the craziest thing that has happened is on a random night in Prague when we ended up going to this illegal bar which was basically a bloke bribing the front desk of his private student halls and turning one of the rooms into a bar. It was just an unexpected and amazing way of seeing the city.

 

What is your FAULT?

One of my MANY faults is that I’m constantly trying to work out how to better things. Which in one case is positive but it does mean that I’m never 100% happy, but maybe happy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

 

INTERVIEW & IMAGES: MILES HOLDER

Jeremy Piven – exclusive shoot for FAULT Issue 17′s reversible cover

We are delighted to reveal our reversible back cover, featuring ‘Entourage’ and ‘Mr Selfridge’ star Jeremy Piven, for FAULT Issue 17. Our Other Issue (Winter 2013-14) also features Naomie Harris as our front cover star, Jeremy on the reversible cover (and internal Men’s section cover), additional internal section covers with Little Mix (Music), Sophie Ellis Bextor (Beauty) and extensive features with Rose McGowan and Ashley Roberts.

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He skyrocketed to fame as the ball-busting agent, Ari Gold, in the hit HBO series Entourage, but Jeremy Piven is adamant that his most recent role as Harry Selfridge in ITV’s Mr. Selfridge, is his most exciting to date.

FAULT: What can viewers expect from the new season [of 'Mr Selfridge']?

Jeremy: The backdrop is the First World War and some have to go off to war and we get to see this ripple effect throughout. I think the writers and everyone did a beautiful job of showing that this season. There are new characters and they all intertwine beautifully and seamlessly. I feel like with the amount of characters that we have, I wish we had more episodes because it’s an embarrassment of riches in terms of what they bring. Any one of them at this point could be our main story and it would be fascinating. I think the only problem we have on our show is trying to figure out a way to cut it.

Who are your acting idols?

The first person to come to mind would be Javier Bardem. He never lets you down. He’s a complete and utter inspiration. I like Tom Hardy’s balls. I mean not literally, I’ve never seen Tom Hardy’s balls, just for the record. We worked together in Black Hawk Down and he’s a gamer, he’s always up for it, he’s fearless and he’s really fun to watch as well.

Mark Rylance – I was lucky enough to see him on stage in Twelfth Night and I hope to see him in Richard III in New York. He’s completely improvisational, totally alive on stage doing Shakespeare.

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Interview by Rebecca Unger

Would you ever want to tackle Shakespeare again yourself? What Shakespeare character could you see yourself playing?

I’m just stupid enough to want to play Iago, especially after seeing Rory Kinnear do such a brilliant job. But it’s not about comparing and contrasting. He was just so beautiful in it and obviously so was Adrian and that would be a brilliant role.

I played Mark Antony before. I’d like to give it a shot again before I’m too old. Maybe I already am, I don’t know.

 

You may be on the cover of Men’s Fitness. I think that means you’re not too old to play Mark Antony again.

You never know. I already did the shoot. They may cover me with a wet blanket and put me on the last page, we don’t know.

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Is there anyone you’re absolutely dying to work with on a future project?

Getting back to Shakespeare, I’d love to mix it up with Idris Elba. I’d love to work with Idris really in anything.

 

The question you’ve been asked a million times: what’s happening with the Entourage movie?

It’s happening. I believe we’ll start shooting in the middle of February and it will probably be a summer movie.

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