SUNDARA KARMA RELEASE NEW TRACK ‘A YOUNG UNDERSTANDING’ – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH FAULT ONLINE

 

Reading’s golden boys Sundara Karma have only just unveiled their new single ‘A Young Understanding’. The indie-pop quartet has seen undeniable success over the past year with only just two EPs under their belt and things seem to be getting bigger and better for the boys. They haven’t even released an album yet and they’re already set to globetrot around Europe’s festivals on the same bill as Years and Years, The 1975 and many other household names. It’s difficult not to label them as the next big thing. We caught up with Oscar Lulu, Sundara’s lead singer, and we’re tempted to say that England’s new wave is in safe hands.

 

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You’ve just finished recording your first album. What can you give away?

I can give away that it’s done and that we’re proud of it. It’s a really weird and difficult thing to say. To be honest, I don’t really want to say it. I find it difficult letting things go.

Have you done anything different with the album or is it going to be a continuity of what you’ve released so far?

We’ve released two EPs and I think the album is just going to be an evolution from those two EPs. Our second EP was a progression from our first EP and I think the album will just be a natural progression from the two combined. If you’re fans of the EPs, you’ll be fans of the album. There isn’t a direct distinction.

What’s your production process?

Well, I’m the main writer so it just comes from me singing in my room and messing around, thinking of ideas. Sometimes literature can be a source of inspiration or a certain philosophy that struck a chord.

You’ve also got a tour lined up in March. This is going to be your second headline tour after supporting acts like The Wombats, Wolf Alice and Circa Waves. What do you have in store?

This is going to be our second headline tour, so it should be fun. I couldn’t say what to expect from our shows except for a really good night out. Let’s just say that they’re going to be like an extreme house party.

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Let’s talk a bit about what you’ve released so far. Vivienne and Flame are some of your most popular tracks. What can you tell me about those two?

The early versions of both of those tracks were so different to how they sound now, after we’ve recorded. I think there’s something in the four of us. When we come together, we have this unidentifiable quality that suddenly comes to life. So I suppose those two tracks came to life the same as the others. Flame is more of a wake up call. If someone says something, it shouldn’t be taken at face value. There are different possibilities and there is more to life than meets the eye. That’s what Flame is about. As for Vivienne, we like to think of it as a classic love song.

What about the visuals for the tracks? How much input do you get on them?

For Vivienne, I put that together along with the director. We’re hands on with everything we do, creatively speaking. I feel really strongly that as an artist, you can’t be complacent or lazy about it. You need to be on top of all of it. Especially now, with social media and everything, because people never look at an album cover and see just that. It’s got a lot more to do with the music videos or the pictures that you upload on Instagram. It’s a bigger beef rather than just your music.

What was your concept behind the Vivienne video then?

Tragedy and escapism I suppose.

Do you always have a certain thing that you try to convey through your tracks? As you said, they all come across as a form of escapism, from the outside looking in at least.

I think that the broader message within the tracks is hard to define. You know, I’m 20 years old and I’m still young. I don’t feel like an adult. At all actually. Everything is coming from a very young point of view and it’s just my way of seeing the world at this very moment. I’m trying to stay away from mundane, cliché things. What interests me is obsession and ritualism. Love, hate, sex and drugs.

It’s not your job to tell people what to take away from your music, but if it was, what would you want people to take away from it?

Joy or happiness, if you can.

What are you listening to at the moment?

Let It Happen by Tame Impala and 15 Step by Radiohead.

What’s your FAULT?

Impatience.

 

 

You can check out Sundara Karma’s new single below.

 

 

Words: Adina Ilie

 

Susanne Sundfør exclusive photoshoot and interview for FAULT 22

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Maroon polo neck: DAGMAR
Circle loop Earrings: HPR (SMITH GREY)
Gold Ring: Spanner Wingnut

 

 

Susanne Sundfør might well have recorded the most audacious pop album of 2015. Endlessly inventive and unrepentantly her own, Ten Love Songs—her fifth long player since 2007—sees the Norwegian chart topper skillfully weave complex layers of synthetic and organic instrumentation to create a mix of precision-engineered electro and drama-soaked mini-symphonies. It is the sound of an artist operating without boundaries, seeing each idea through towards its maximum potential.

 

There’s so much to love about Ten Love Songs and the lead single, ‘Delirious’, is a certain standout. How did that one come together?

Thank you! Well, I wanted to record a pop song. Most of the arrangements were written in bed, actually. The melody was the first thing I wrote. Sometimes I just start with beats or baselines, which is what I did with ‘Insects’, and the vocals came later. I don’t have a recipe for how I do it. It’s completely random what comes first.

Lyrically, ‘Delirious’ is dark: “I told you not to come, my victim number one.” It feels quite aggressive compared to a lot of the other tracks on the album.

It’s sort of a game, isn’t it? I wanted to write from a femme fatale perspective. It’s still a pop song, and pop music doesn’t necessarily have to be fun. Arrangement-wise, it’s definitely more pop than anything I had written before. I wanted it to have a spy movie-vibe to it as well. The harmonies were inspired by Depeche Mode.

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Suit: Filippa k
Grey Shoes: Melissa x Alexandre Herchcovitch
Pearl Claw Gold ring: Tessa Metcalfe
Gold ring: Spanner Wingnut

What kind of parameters do you set for yourself when you’re making music?

Since it’s a big task, I’m a fan of being in the moment. That just works really well in the way I like to work conceptually. I think coming up with a concept for an album is the hardest part. Luckily, I work with people in the business who don’t push me. The only pressure put on me is my own doing. They just know how musicians like to work. There are certainly musicians out there who can tour with a 9 to 5 job and go into the studio at night, but I don’t work like that. When I work on someone else’s music, I would never want to give them something I’m not happy with.

 

What are some early ideas you’re toying around with for the next album?

I think I’ll maybe go a little more ambient and darker, and not so much pop. I don’t really know yet because I haven’t had the time to think about it in-depth. It’s like Ten Love Songs and how I wanted it to be very dark and industrial. I recorded ‘Fade Away’ and that made the album something different. So that’s what’s in my head.

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Black Polo neck: Theory
Navy Textured Wool suit: 2nd Day
Khaki shoes: Filippa K
Brown socks: item m6

What is your FAULT?

I’m whimsical and forget things all the time!

 

Photographed at the Urban Villa Hotel

Words: Kee Chang

Fashion Editor: Rachel Holland

Photographer: Woland

Make-Up: Faye Marie Quinton

Hair Stylist: Kieron Lavine

Stylist’s Assistant: Belda Chung

Phoebe Ryan interview and photoshoot for FAULT Magazine

 

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Blasting into the world of pop in a tangle of R Kelly mashups and vivid green hair, 24-year-old singer Phoebe Ryan has taken Soundcloud by storm. She boasts over two million plays for her collaborations with Jaymes Young and Skizzy Mars, and perhaps it’s not too surprising to find her recent single, ‘Mine’ with over a million hits on YouTube. With the likes of Taylor Swift listing to Ryan’s latest single under her selection of songs ‘that will make your life more awesome’, things are looking pretty peachy for this LA-based songstress.

 

What’s been your favourite part of your whirlwind journey into the world of music so far?

Waking up every day and remembering that I’m lucky enough to be living my dream. Still can’t really wrap my head around it sometimes. It rules. I’ll never take it for granted.

 

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Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane
White short sleeve:Nanette Lepore
Black and White Lace Jacket: Tadashi Shoji
Tulle dress: Betsey Johnson

What’s your creative process when it comes to songwriting?

Honestly it’s different every time I sit down to write. Sometimes I’ll start with a word, sometimes a concept, sometimes a melody. It’s also important for me to write every day, even if it’s just a couple of sentences. I find that being consistent about it helps me fight writer’s block.

 

How do you find inspiration for your music?

I find relationships to be a great source of inspiration, not just with other people but with myself and the world.

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Jacket: ICB
Necklace: Lulu Frost
Tshirt: Junkfood

 

 

We all heard Taylor Swift give you a shout out back in October – what was your reaction?

 

Complete disbelief, shock, and gratitude. It was one of the highlights of my year. If I’m ever in Taylor’s position to be such a tastemaker, I will certainly pay it forward and give credit to up and coming musicians, too.

 

Your producer, Kyle Shearer, has worked with the likes of Tove Lo and Augustana, both of whom produce pretty big and epic sounds; who, if any, would you say are the main influences on your music?

That’s really hard to answer, because I’m influenced by so many artists in a really big way. Even if I’m not completely obsessed with someone’s music, I’m still influenced by their work ethic and the way they carry themselves. I always want to know what makes a great artist tick, and I feel like I’m constantly studying. Whether it’s Katy Perry or some dude at an open mic night at a bar…   

 

What’s your plan for 2016?

Keep doing my damn thing. Go on tour, put out a record, meet more fans, write songs for other artists, stay focused and healthy.

 

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Sunglasses: Thierry Lasry
Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane
Jacket: Nanette Lepore
Dress: Michael Kors

 

Any dream collaborations you have in mind or hopes for the future?

I want to do a hologram duet with Ray Charles. Been listening to him a lot lately. That would be cool, right?

 

Your hit song ‘Mine’ seems to be all about loving yourself for who you are. It’s a strong message for anyone – were you singing to a younger-you perhaps? Who are you trying to get through to with this track?

I was definitely singing to a younger me. I had gone through a really rough period in my life, maybe as most people in their early 20’s do. I want to reach people who feel the same way I did. I get messages pretty often from people who totally understand and relate, and that’s the best thing in the world.

 

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Jacket: Kaelen
Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane
Necklace: Lulu Frost
Teal blouse: Cynthia Rowley
Skirt: ÖHLIN / D
Pants: Betsey Johnson
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

 

What is your Fault?

I can be so moody sometimes. I try not to take it out on other people, but it’s really hard for me. It sucks, I always feel bad. But I’m working on it!

 

Words: Josie Carder

Photographers: Alex + Iggy
Stylist: Chaunielle Brown
Stylist Assistants: Donika Hoxhaj + Kerry Robinson
Hair: Akihisa Yamaguchi Using Aveda Hair Care
Makeup: Kuma For Mac Cosmetics
Manicurist: Michelle Matthews/Rona Represents Using Zoya Nail Polish
Manicurist Assistant: Karla Carrington

 

Anne-Marie Photoshoot and Interview for FAULT #22

Today Anne-Marie has released the first single from her upcoming album and so to celebrate, we’re sharing some excerpts and images from our feature with the young star in FAULT #22.

Anne-Marie has been spending the past two years touring the world with Rudimental and now she’s progressing to pop’s waiting list after the release of her debut EP ‘Karate’. She’s clearly no rookie to the music industry and has her eye on the prize.

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Suit jacket: Filippa K
Slim trousers: Filippa K Cross kiss ring: Meghan Farrell Jewellery
Single beat ring: Meghan Farrell Jewellery
Single beat cuff: Meghan Farrell Jewellery
Rose gold jawz earrings: Meghan Farrell Jewellery

You’re first and foremost known as Rudimental’s Anne Marie. Can you talk us through your history with them? How did it all come about?

I had a writing session with them about three years ago and that was before I had any music out, so we just became friends basically. And we stayed friends until they needed someone to go on tour with them and that’s when they chose me.

Do you remember what your first show with them was like?

It was quite scary. I remember just being on stage and being stiff and quite overwhelmed. It was quite a lot to take in. It was a big show as well, it was at a festival in Wales. I ended up getting used to it though. I’m a little bit better now but back then it was a bit scary.

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Floorwork Cream Top: Antipodium
Taylor Denim Skirt: Pepe Jeans
Black Leather Jacket: Filippa K
Abbott Stud Black Boots: Rebecca Minkoff
Cross Kiss Ring: Meghan Farrell Jewellery
Single Beat Ring: Meghan Farrell Jewellery

 

Now you’re coming into your own and releasing your own music as well. What do you feel is the main difference between yourself as an artist and yourself as a featured artist? How do you plan on differentiating yourself?

Well, apart from the obvious outcome of being a featured artist where all you do is sing other people’s music, which I love doing nonetheless, as my own artist, I can write my own stuff, I can put across something that I want out there. I always write about personal experiences or experiences that other people who are close to me have been through. So, it’s finally fine to sing about something that is important to me, which I’m really looking forward to. Obviously when you’re singing other people’s music, it’s still important to have a connection with it, but it’s not the same as it is with your own writing.

Music Video for Anne-Marie’s latest single – Do It Right

Pink Embroidered Faux-Suede Jacket: Fyodor Golan

Pink Embroidered Faux-Suede Jacket: Fyodor Golan

What’s your FAULT?

My biggest fault is that I’m really impatient. And I need to learn how to be patient; it’s becoming a problem.

Words: Adina Ilie

Photographer: Daniele Fummo

Fashion Editor: Rachel Holland

Make Up Artist: Nicky Weir at Sarah Laird using Bare Minerals

Hair Stylist: Kieron Lavine using L’Oreal

Stylist’s 1st Assistant: Belda Chung, Emma Ellen

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Robert Sheehan for FAULT Magazine issue 22 – Sneak Peek

 

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Irish actor Robert Sheehan brings an air of tragedy to every part that he plays. Now he’s touching new grounds and has taken on the role of auteur as well as actor in his upcoming production ‘Jet Trash.’ Prior to that, you’ve seen him deliver compelling and dynamic performance in ‘The Road Within,’ where he plays a young man with Tourette’s syndrome, proving his versatility once more. His latest release,
‘The Messenger,’ sees Sheehan as a wayward character, a bit homeless looking, who shows up at people’s funerals and talks to dead people. There wasn’t too much debate on who else would’ve been a more suitable fit. After going back into theatre for ‘The Wars Of The Roses,’ we caught up with the Irish actor and it’s safe to say that his excitable, charming, yet compelling, and substantial characters aren’t a far cry from the real deal.

 

Now you’ve taken on the role of auteur as well as actor in ‘Jet Trash.’ This was your first time producing and building something from the ground up. How was the whole process for you?
All in all, it’s been about a two and a half year experience. Andy Brunskill, who’s the main producer, came to my agent with
a treatment of about 15 pages and said ‘Would Rob like to come on as an actor but also as a producer?’ And for over six to 12 months we commissioned a writer to do the script, who was actually the writer of the book that ‘Jet Trash’ is based on. Initially, we weren’t too happy with it and had to transform it into a more complex body of work. That was a brilliant experience because it was the director, Charlie, and myself sitting in my kitchen until five or six in the morning, managing sections of the script. Afterwards, we all went out to film
in India for five weeks and had this sort of chaotic experience. It was something that we’ve been developing and growing for a year and a half and all of a sudden, we had all these people helping us make it. It wasn’t without it’s chaos but it was a really joyous experience.

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Since you were so heavily involved in it, did you manage to keep any sort of objectivity?

I don’t think so, no. The only way you can improve it, particularly in post-production is to keep watching different manifestations of it, take notes, see what bits stuck with you most and then fight for those bits. I was in LA, so I was watching cuts of the film digitally, taking notes and then comparing the notes to the last thing. I was trying my best to have objectivity, but, by definition, you can’t because you’re so close to it. You feel loyal to bits that might not entirely work. But you get better at it; you learn to kill your smaller babies in order
to save the bigger babies.

 

Of all the roles that you’ve played, which one do you reckon was the one that you could relate to most?

I think in my early 20s, I was more like the character Lee in ‘Jet Trash.’ Not as selfish as him, but I was always trying to be the life and soul of the party and absolutely craved human company. But I was a decent kind of person who was doing stuff kind of hair-brained. I’ve mellowed out to some extent in my old age.

 

What’s your FAULT? 

My biggest fault is the ability to forget everything that’s not in front of my face. If someone’s not getting me to focus, it just goes clean out of my head.

 

Find the whole interview and photoshoot exclusively inside FAULT 22

Words: Adina Ilie

Photography: Joseph Sinclair
Styling: Krishan Parmar

Grooming:Stefano Mazzoleni @ EMMA DAVIS

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Jamie Campbell Bower is FAULT Issue 22’s Menswear cover

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Sweater:Scotch & Soda
Necklaces: Pyrrha 
Cuff: Pyrrha
Large knuckle ring: Pyrrha
Bronze Ring: Dominic Jones
Silver Ring: Chrome Hearts

 

You’ve seen Jamie Campbell Bower everywhere ever since his acting debut in 2007 with ‘Sweeney Todd’. In the meanwhile, he’s done a Burberry campaign, started a band and played in the all-top fantasy film franchises (‘Twilight’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Mortal Instruments’, you name it, he’s done it). He’s the kind of character who uses all of his creative outlets when he’s going through shit and makes something worthwhile out of it. Living in a day and age where instant gratification is a given, Jamie Campbell Bower is a prime example of how sometimes you just have to work really hard and be patient in your pursuits.

On the Menswear cover of FAULT Issue 22, we catch up with the young star about his experiences within the industry, and where he hopes to take his craft.

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Tshirt: Jil Sander
Jacket: BLK DNM
Jeans: BLK DNM
Boots: Aigle
Necklace: Pyrrha

You’ve worked with both Johnny Depp and Sir Ian McKellen. Which one of them stuck with you?

Johnny was really lovely to me, he could tell that I was nervous; he could tell that I was a bit rash and quite young. And with Ian I spent about five months. I tend to go a bit stir crazy when I’m on set just because it’s quite a weird experience, and Ian was always there, he was around when things would get a bit hectic. I think we come from the same genes, we’re pretty similar and he’s a phenomenal actor. I’ve always been the kind of person who’s a bit of a magpie. I’ve always taken little bits of other people’s performances or other people’s writing and tried to make them my own. Art is imitation at the end of the day. But yeah, I loved them both. I think of myself as quite a personable person. I like to talk; maybe I piss people off sometimes. But I like to find out about people’s lives and try to do the best that I can.

What about the music? What happened with The Darling Buds?

The music is going mental as well. We put The Darling Buds to bed at the beginning of this year. It’d been going for so long and I loved it, but there was something about it that didn’t seem like me. It was all very light and I’ve been through some hefty shit in the past year or so and I needed something that allowed me to rid myself of the things that really affected me. Music allows me to be me. To say what it is that I feel, how I feel, in an artistic fashion. I’m trying to be genuine and honest. I’m trying to be as real as I possibly can be on a day-to-day basis. And so, we changed the name of the band to Counterfeit and it’s the most raw and fucking real thing that I will have ever put out there. There are things out there that I haven’t told anyone and there are things out there that I’m nervous to talk about. But at the same time, they come across on the record and they come across beautifully. And it’s fucking loud. Jesus Christ, is it loud.

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Jeans: BLK DNM
Boots: Aigle
Necklace: Pyrrha

Of all the things that you’ve done so far, which ones are closest to your heart?

I couldn’t live without every single thing that I do. If my acting was to fall away, I’d be crushed. If my music was to fall away, I’d be crushed, if my creativity was taken away from me, I don’t know what I’d be. This isn’t to say that I define myself by what I do, I define myself by how real I am with what I say and what I give. I put so much effort and work into everything that I do that if one of them was taken away, it would feel like a part of me was missing. I wouldn’t be able to function anymore.

What’s your FAULT?

Because of the way that my mind works, I wake up and send emails to people at five o’clock in the morning and, within an hour, if I haven’t received a response, I’d lose my shit. I have to constantly remind myself that not everyone else is as mental as I am and that they’re not up at five o’clock in the morning. I need more patience. I need to learn to be mild, to be calm and to be calculated rather than be a fucking lunatic at all times.

Words: Adina Ilie
Photographer: Sarah Dunn
Fashion Editor: Kristine Kilty @ Lovely Management
Grooming: Lee Machin @ Caren
Fashion Assistant: Belda Chung
With special thanks to Team Rock

 

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Jen Kirkman Talks To FAULT Magazine about new show at the Soho Theatre

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The title of comedian Jen Kirkman’s book tells us a lot about her. I can barely take care of myself, is a situation lots of us, in what our parent’s generation call arrested development, can relate to. Not only has the book been empowering lots of women to be proud of their choice not to have children, but it speaks to those of us that feel like we aren’t living up to the expectations our parents have for us. Her recent Netflix special, I am going to die alone (and I feel fine), is not a call to arms, it is not a message and it is not a movement Jen is creating, but it feels like it.

Performing at the Soho Theatre in London this month, we began speaking about what can and can’t be said on stage.

Political correctness is a huge issue in comedy. Do you ever have to edit yourself in case things get taken out of context or blown up into something bigger than they are?

Some people may think I swear too much or don’t like when I talk about grey pubic hair but those aren’t things that usually offend the so-called politically correct. I’ve never been censored nor felt en masse that audiences have made some huge sea change and can’t handle comedy.  I think what people can’t handle is ignorance and I’m glad that people who are lazy joke writers are now being challenged past using words like gay or retarded as a punch line.  Political correctness is a complaint of the boring status quo. Every comedian will be FINE and to the comedians who whine about political correctness, I say, in the words of Joan Rivers, “Oh, grow up.”

Speaking of what people think of you, Twitter lets you receive instant feedback on everything you do. What does that do to your psych?

Nothing. I don’t read many @ comments that much anymore.  It used to tear me apart.  It’s not so much that I don’t like it when people don’t like what I do but I don’t understand the culture of having TO TELL THE PERSON DIRECTLY that they suck.  I never wrote a letter to Mickey Dolenz to tell him that he’s my least favourite member of The Monkees.

Your last book seemed to have anger or frustration at people that asked you why you wouldn’t have kids, and the expectations put on you and women to have kids. Was this consciously the start of a movement?

I do appreciate that it feels like a movement but it was already there, and that’s why it was the perfect time to write a book.  I’d been frustrated for years with people butting into the lives of women who don’t want kids – and I knew LOTS of women who felt the same way. I’m not equipped emotionally with what it takes to have kids.  There’s nothing wrong with people being confused as to why women don’t have kids, after all I have the plumbing and the hormones, but it’s just that it’s not THEIR BUSINESS to say it to my face. I wouldn’t even say this is just a woman’s issue either. Men get the same stupid pressure to reproduce that women do. People think that your marriage isn’t a marriage unless there’s a child or that your life isn’t fulfilling if you only have a job as your major commitment. It’s always something.

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I was always told that to be a normal adult one must go to high school, then college, then get a girl/boyfriend, have a career, own a house, move in with that boy/girlfriend, get married and then have kids. If that’s not what adulthood is, then what is it?

My next book, I Know What I’m Doing And Other Lies I Tell Myself, is sort of the next step in all of this.  It’s about how everyone’s life looks so different and why anyone would tell anyone else what’s best for them based on what they have done – makes no sense to me.  I write about how I prefer to rent a place over own, being divorced, being forty-one and just finding the courage to explore the world on my own, having romantic relationships but not knowing how to do them well, having family obligations that frighten me etc. There is no normal. Thank God. We should all just talk about it more.  I think there’s still this perception that if you’re not a parent, married, with a house and a garage that you’re some kind of vagabond who hasn’t gotten their life together yet. It’s not just either or anymore. There are so many kinds of toilet paper – why can’t there be so many kinds of adulthoods?

What is your fault? 

What is my fault? EVERY THING is my fault.  And my fault is everything you can imagine.

Words: Chris Purnell

Jen is at the Soho Theatre in London 16 – 21 November. More information can be found at www.JenKirkman.com

Preview – Fleur East Exclusive Debut on FAULT Magazine

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Words: Olivia Pinnock Photographer: Zoe Mcconnell
Fashion Editor & Art Director: Rachel Holland
Make Up Artist: Nicky Weir @ Sarah Laird using MAC
Hair Stylist: Takuya Morimoto @ Brooks and Brooks
Nail Artist: Diane Drummond @ Baptiste Agency Set Designer: Andy Macgregor
Photographer’s Assistant: Nick Graham
Styling Assistant: Emma Ellen
Photographed At Holborn Studios

 

The music industry has hit out at X Factor contestants in the past for being wannabes who take the easy route. Last year’s runner up Fleur East, certainly doesn’t fall into that category. In between her first appearance on the show in 2005 as part of fiery girl group Addictiv Ladies and her show- stopping finale performance of ‘Uptown Funk’ last year, Fleur has been chasing her dreams hard.

With nothing to apologise for, Fleur is taking the first and (arguably) the hardest steps of her career as she attempts to put X-Factor defeat behind her and reach for the stars! We caught up with Fleur in an exclusive photoshoot and interview! Pre-Orders for FAULT Magazine – The Unapologetic Issue are available here.

In the mean-time, enjoy this preview below!

 

What made you go back to X Factor a second time?

To be honest with you, I felt like I’d tried everything else. I got to the point where I’d featured on songs, I’d done backing singing for major artists, I’d done all these shows but it was always for other people. At this point I thought ‘What do I do now?’ I either go, just get a job doing something else, but that terrified me because all I know and all I love is music. My friends and family were saying to go on X Factor. I was dreading it and I didn’t really want to, I just knew how much pressure it was and how much of a risk it would be but I thought, I’ve got nothing to lose.

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What is it actually like going through the X Factor process?

It’s a lot less glamorous than it appears. It’s a lot of hard work. It’s probably the most stressful thing I’ve ever done. There’s so much pressure but I think if you really love it, if you truly love it and it’s your passion to sing, then that’s what will get through. I think if you don’t have that, you’ll realise quickly.

 

Was there are any part of you that wanted to be a runner up because in the past they’ve had more success?

A lot of people were saying that to me when I joined the process but I never really thought that because, how do I go into a competition and not want to win? That doesn’t even make sense. I was a little scared afterwards to be honest because I was thinking, ‘a contract is only guaranteed for the winner and I’ve come second, it’s not guaranteed for me.’

Is there a theme to the new album?

It’s all very positive, very uplifting. I think that music can sometimes be taken too seriously. I enjoy what I do and I want people to feel that. I’ve put a lot of time and a lot of love into it and I hope that people really get behind me and enjoy the music as much as I do.

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What do you want people’s reaction to be?

I just want people to react to it as though it’s a breath of fresh air. It’s sort of old school meets new school. It’s got a lot of old school influences, old school funk, old school hip hop, sounds that people miss. Influences like Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, proper good music that we all love.

 

Simon (Cowell) has said that with this album you ‘discovered who you wanted to be’, who is that?

I was fortunate enough that on the show, the songs that I was given represented the sort of direction that I wanted to go in. It’s basically really strong, sassy, full of attitude, really confident, vibrant and energetic.

 

What would you never apologise for?

I would never apologise for being myself and doing what I believe in. I think for years I was always like that. I was really shy. I’ve got to the point where I know, you’re not going to get anywhere if you think like that.

 

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