Dougie Poynter’s Exclusive Photoshoot and Interview for FAULT Magazine Online

 

Dougie Poynter first burst onto the scene back in 2004 as part of the band Mcfly  who in their career spanning over thirteen years have amassed 19 top 10 singles, 5 albums and will be heading off on their 14th tour in September! Dougie’s personal writing skills are just as impressive, credited for his songwriting on tracks by 5SOS and One Direction respectively, he has also cut his teeth as FAULT Magazine’s own guest reporter at London Collection Man. 

We caught up with Dougie to discuss next month’s tour, favourite band moments and where his creative steps will take him.

 

When the news broke that bandmate Harry Judd had suffered a neck injury forcing you to postpone your Mcfly Anthology tour, were you relieved for the extra rehearsal time?

It’s weird, it felt like someone had moved Christmas. I’m still very excited though and now Danny will actually have learned all the songs again. The only bit of production we were bringing on tour was an autocue for lyrics so it’ll be nice to just let loose without it!

 

You’re going from 6 members in McBusted back to 4 in Mcfly, will the stage feel more daunting with less members?

There will be more space, that’s for sure because with 6 of us we were constantly running into each other. When we would play arenas it was fine because the stage was massive but our guitars came away full of dents! I have some gnarly jumps up my sleeve now we have the extra space.

 

In a few words, what can fans expect to see on your tour?

It’s every album back to back. There will be songs that as a band we’ve only ever played one time during recording sessions but never played live. It will definitely be a one off for us.

 

Looking back to 2013 and to McFly’s first album, many people said you’d be a passing fancy but here you are in 2016 you’re about to embark on nationwide tour. How does it feel to prove so many naysayers wrong?

It doesn’t feel like good in a smug sense because for us it’s been a continuous thing. It really weirds us out when people are like “you were my first concert when I was in year 6” and now they’re all adults with jobs and kids! We’ve never really stopped working, even when we took 9 months off after McBusted to work on other projects, we were all still working.

We are just grateful that we have had the opportunity to stay making music because we always say to ourselves that “the band won’t be around forever” although we’re starting to think it will be! Our awesome fanbase keeps us going even though we haven’t released new music in so long. We’ve actually recorded 2 albums and just scrapped them because we can’t make up our minds at all!

 

Do you foresee there will be McFly tour when you’re old and grey?

If we survive that is! Everyone keeps hurting themselves, Harry has slipped a disc and Danny fractured his elbow so it’s pretty good we had more time to recoup and recover!

 

Can you pinpoint one favourite moment from your career?

We’ve done some really cool stuff and won awards and set world records but honestly, when we’re all together and reminiscing, our favourite moments are when we’re just pissing around and getting up to no good. It’s the little things…Although it is nice to win awards.

 

Future plans for the rest of the year?

Everyone has their own thing going on. As we’ve gotten older our solo careers keep us busy, Tom has his songwriting and Danny is a DJ and I’ve been out in the states doing my own thing. We’ll probably postpone the tour again after I hurt myself on this shoot!

What are you working on in the states?

I’ve been studying acting for the last 2 years. I just really enjoy studying and taking on new crafts. It’s a bit of everything and by the end of the tour I plan to relocate to LA and continue the acting.

Despite only ever putting your music out there, the press continuously write about your personal relationships, has that pressure every become too much for you?

I don’t like the personal stories about me. It always freaks me out, I know some celebrities can just brush it off and say any press is good press but there’s something about it that makes me feel very uneasy.

What is your FAULT?

I hate the feeling of powerlessness. I’ve been very involved with charities cleaning up the ocean and stopping plastics and micro plastics from being dumped but it Is bewildering to see just how much needs to be done and how little I can do alone.

 

Words: Miles Holder

 

 

FAULT talks to photographer Alan Silfen at the launch of his exhibition ‘STILL’ alongside Lionel Richie

Last night FAULT was at an exclusive viewing of ‘STILL’, an exhibition by Alan Silfen showcasing the life and adventures of none other than Lionel Richie, who was also in attendance. Hosted at The Dorchester hotel, we managed to grab Alan to ask him what it was like shadowing such an icon.

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Lionel Richie – Photo courtesy Alan Silfen

FAULT: So first off, how does it feel to have an exhibition like this in The Dorchester?

Alan: Oh, it’s amazing; it’s ridiculous. I’ve been shooting Lionel Richie for 40 years and you don’t realise until something like this that it has been 40 years. It’s been a trip and it’s so funny remembering time and the fun and the craziness of The Commodores.

FAULT: I bet you couldn’t imagine back when you first shot Lionel that it would ever lead to exhibitions and shots of Royalty.

Alan: No way! I was 17 when I first shot him. 17. That lead to being scared out of my mind in a room with Lionel, Princess Diana and Prince Charles and not knowing how to act; I wasn’t even meant to be in the room. They finally said I could go in but I had all these bodyguards staring at me and burning a hole through me with their eyes. Then, all of a sudden, I hear Princess Diana say “could you take a picture of us?” What would you do? I said yes. It’s about moments like that. That’s how it feels: crazy.

 

Princess Diana and Lionel Richie - Photo courtesy Alan Silfen

Princess Diana and Lionel Richie – Photo courtesy Alan Silfen

 

FAULT: One of my favourite images on display has to be the rolls of proofs where Lionel has circled and crossed out images he does and doesn’t like in red pen. What was the thinking behind including it in the exhibition?

Alan: Well, that was one of things about putting this exhibition together. All of the early work is on different types of film. These images are all on Kodak 120 roll film, so it’s all negatives and on a proof sheet which is around A4 size. You would sit down with a magnifying glass and you would circle the ones you like. So when I found this sheet, I thought it would be perfect and so I printed it oversized and then Lionel saw and said “I’m going to go to town!” So I got him some acrylic red paint and he did his usual process of crossing off the ones he didn’t like. What he does and doesn’t like hasn’t changed in 40 years. He doesn’t like the moody images; he prefers to be engaged.

 

Photographer Alan Silfen. Photo courtesy Robert Baggs

Photographer Alan Silfen – Photo courtesy Robert Baggs

 

FAULT: Do you ever not agree with his image selections?

Alan: Oh of course! That’s half the fun of it!

FAULT: Who wins usually?

Alan: I’ll leave that to you to figure out… it could be me, it could be him.

FAULT: The Glastonbury image from last year is absolutely incredible. To see Lionel’s fan base having just grown and grown; the crowd is phenomenal.

Alan: This image to me is the ultimate. Just to think that Lionel broke the record for the biggest crowd at Glastonbury and then his album went number 1 after this. The album had been out for 18 years.

FAULT: You must have shot a lot of his live shows.

Alan: Yeah, a lot of his live shows and I’ve gone on tour with him. We also do all of the album packaging and marketing for the tours but my favourite is going in to the studio with him.

 

Photo courtesy Alan Silfer

Lionel with Lenny Kravtiz – Photo courtesy Alan Silfer

 

FAULT: He has worked with some incredible artists.

Alan: Yeah, like sitting in with him and Lenny [Kravitz]… the two of them together is crazy. They work all through the night until 9 the next morning and you don’t even realise it because it’s amazing to see people like that write music. Just being allowed to be there to photograph it is amazing and they forget I’m even in the room. That’s how I’ve been very lucky because Lionel has always been that way with me.

 

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Lionel with LL Cool J – Photo courtesy Alan Silfer

 

FAULT: It is shots like that that are iconic and my personal favourite over posed images.

Alan: Yeah and that shot of the two of them always reminds me of how he writes. That frame is from 1996 but it could be from 1980 or it could be from yesterday. What he does is he’ll have the melody done and then they book him for a vocal session and he hasn’t even written the words yet. So, when he had to do the vocals for Easy he hadn’t even written them yet. So he was sitting there like a school boy with a pencil and a lined notebook writing words.

FAULT: I couldn’t agree more. As a photographer I know just how incredible it feels to capture a great moment and just what it means.

Alan: Exactly – you can understand then. I mean, I can’t play [an instrument] but I love music and I can’t play a note. The camera is my way to be around him and so that’s what I did and from that I get to meet all these people you see, including that man over there. His name is Barrie Marshall who owns Marshall Arts Ltd. He promotes all the major tours; Sir Paul McCartney, Elton John and so on. That is how I got to work with Paul McCartney. In fact, Barrie promoted the first Commodore concerts in Europe and to do this day he still promotes Lionel.

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Photo courtesy Alan Silfer

FAULT: It seems as if Lionel has surrounded himself with the same people throughout his career.

Alan: Yes and that says a lot about Lionel.

FAULT: He must be great to work with!

Alan: That and he is very loyal.

FAULT: Over these years working together, have you seen your work evolve along with his?

Alan: Oh, definitely. You can walk around and see that. There was a style I always did, but if you look at my new portraits you can see how the style has altered; perhaps it’s a more sophisticated style. You know how it is Rob, the more you shoot the more you realise what you like and what you like to look at.

FAULT: Certainly. Developing your own style is a difficult goal to achieve as a photographer.

Alan: That’s really the hardest thing: figuring out what you like. After that you just have to figure out how to do it. When you figure out what you like it’s just the fun of working out how to make it work.

Lionel with Muhammad Ali - Photo courtesy Alan Silfen

Lionel with Muhammad Ali – Photo courtesy Alan Silfen

FAULT: With the candid work you have that control, but what about the live work? That must be much harder to put your stamp on. Do you ever wish you could have done it differently after the fact?

Alan: Always. When I first arrived at this stage at Glastonbury I thought “how am I going to capture this?!” Do I go down and shoot from the crowd – what do I do? I tried to go to the crowd but I couldn’t get in to it as it was so packed. I mean, if you dropped something it wouldn’t hit the ground. Also, it was a tall stage and I didn’t want to shoot up the guy’s nose and that doesn’t tell the story of the madness. But it’s trying to combine that with Lionel being Lionel that was the difficulty.

FAULT: Well again, it’s the photographer in me talking but I don’t think this could have been a better shot to capture the atmosphere and the composition is just perfect. Lionel is caught right in full flow and even the background is perfectly aligned to the rule of thirds!

Alan: It’s good that you noticed that actually. Lionel likes things to be symmetrical – in his life too. He likes order in everything and particularly in his writing. He likes things to be simple and one word titles.

FAULT: Well, I will leave you to entertain now and enjoy your exhibition!

Alan: Thank you – any time.

Photo courtesy Alan Silfen

Photo courtesy Alan Silfen

Interested in visiting the exhibition? You can find more information via The Dorchester website here.

Words: Robert Baggs

Exclusive interview with Ady Suleiman at Glastonbury

With smooth bluesy tones and sultry eyes, Ady Suleiman serenades a small crowd as a prelude to his later performance at the Pussy Parlure at Glastonbury. His tunes create a dreamy atmosphere and the muddy surroundings of the tiny tent melt away. The 23-year-old grew up in Nottingham and has been honing a unique sound ever since.

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Looking back on the puzzle pieces that have slotted together to create the singer he is today, Ady references inspiration from every era. ‘The song that got me into music was Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix,’ says Ady, grinning at the memory. ‘I remember I got his compilation CD when I was 13 and when I first listened, I fucking hated it. I didn’t understand it at all – I was like, “what is this psychedelic shit?’’

 And then I actually put the CD back in the wrong case and went on holiday and when I opened it up I thought “fucking hell I’ve only bought this CD and I’ve got to listen to it the whole time on my walkman”. I thought, well, it’s better than no music so I put it on and as I got to Little Wing I just understood the emotion that he was trying to convey.

Honestly it nearly brought a tear to my eye which was fucking weird. Because I understood it, I went back again and kept listening to it and I was like “Oh my god this is amazing!” Because it took me a while to get it so when I got it I appreciated it even more.’  

Ady started writing when he was 14 and music soon became a sizeable portion of his life. ‘When I started making music I loved it just the same as playing football in the park. It wasn’t because I was thinking about a career,’ he says. ‘I watched DVDs of Woodstock and got involved in the whole culture. It just became part of my personality, you know, it was like “that’s Ady the guy who fucking loves music”. You’ve got the sports guys and the maths guys at school and my thing was music.’

While writing came first, performing in public didn’t happen until later. ‘I never had the confidence to go out and gig in my teenage years really. My first gig was school when they put a band around me with soul and jazz stuff but I didn’t do any solo stuff till 18/19. I’d been writing but never really playing it for anyone. I was at school and it wasn’t really my focus on the weekend. I never thought “Oh I’m gonna go and do a gig.” I thought I would chill with my mates. Being at university in Liverpool with people who are into music as a career gave me the confidence to go out and start gigging. There’s great music history and culture in Liverpool… it’s a cool place for music to develop.’

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After studying in Liverpool, Ady attributes returning to his hometown as the reason he found his place on the scene. ‘I had to go home to get a fucking job to pay the rent. When I got there I just felt really at home, everyone was into hiphop and reggae and there was a fucking amazing soul scene at the time. I just thought this is the right place for what I’m doing at the moment.’

The Nottingham music scene has gone from strength to strength, with BBC Radio Nottingham’s Dean Jackson picking up on acts like Jake Bugg. ‘Dean played a massive part because he is like fucking obsessed and enjoys his job, so when he sees talent he doesn’t just play your fucking record, he’s like “I’m gonna fight for you”, because that’s his job. The whole city got behind me and he put me forward to Radio 1Extra and Mistajam became a fan of mine and was playing my records.’

‘I come from a small town, it’s not like I come from London. Saying I wanted to be a recording artist sounded a bit stupid because it didn’t sound like a realistic thing, but my family were so supportive. People from round where I’m from would be like “Nah go and study some boring shit.” But people in school said I was a good singer and my parents were like if that’s what you love doing, you should do it. Without their support and people telling me I was decent I wouldn’t have done it.’

Ady’s debut single ‘Running Away’ is out now. You can find him on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Words Alex Bee

 

Alesso sits down with FAULT Magazine to discuss success, collaborations and new music!

 

EDM has risen to new levels of prominence in recent years and right at the very heart of that, stands Alesso. Despite acquiring success and fame as a musician, DJ and producer at a very young age, he bucks the trend of being persistently in the media. His achievements are undeniable yet he has remained grounded and almost enigmatic as he oscillates from a reserved disciple of music to lord of the dance (music). Since 2012 Alesso has been charting gold and platinum hits with big names and has wracked up an obscene number of downloads and plays across all mediums. If he can achieve all that he has in four years and at 25 years of age, you have to wonder what he will be able to achieve in forty.

 

You have had well in excess of half a billion plays across all platforms with hundreds of millions of views on Youtube alone. When was the first time you felt as if you’d ‘made it’?

I don’t ever feel like I’ve made it. I’ve set goals for myself since the beginning of my career. Like I hope I get to release a track, then I hope I play at least one live show a month, I hope I get to signed to a label. So each experience for me has been incredible and I don’t take anything for granted.

 

You’ve played some of the best festivals and venues in the world and this got me wondering: what would you say is the best moment of your career so far?

There isn’t just one particular moment I can pick. I’ve had a few. Headlining the Sahara Tent at Coachella not only once but twice. My own show at the globe in Stockholm and now this year headlining Summerburst festival has all been monumental moments for me.

 

If you could choose to play anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I love going to Asia. It’s one of my favorite places in the world and I enjoy my time there so much.

 

You’ve collaborated with A-list music stars like Calvin Harris, Usher and David Guetta. So, in a similar vein, if you got to choose your next collaboration, with whom would it be?

Drake.

 

Knowing what you know now, is there any warnings you would have given 16-year-old you before your music career took off?

Enjoy every moment. Don’t take anything for granted. And it’s always going to be hard work.

 

Similarly, what advice would you give to aspiring musicians who want to follow in similar footsteps to you?

Just stay passionate, be confident, be brave and you will find your way.

 

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be?

I think I would still have a job in entertainment or music in some capacity.

 

What should we look out for from you in 2016?

New music!

 

What is your FAULT?

Making people dance!

 

Words: Robert Baggs

Lion Babe talk new music exclusively to Fault

They’re a duo. And they’re not Neo Soul, stop calling them that. Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman are Lion Babe. Their popular, eclectic, feel good, organic sound has recently been compressed into a summer mixtape ‘Sun Joint’. We caught up with them before their Glastonbury performance to talk all about it.

Fault Magazine: You guys are performing in Glastonbury this weekend. As a clean freak myself, how will you cope?
[both laugh]

Jill: We’ve definitely heard it’s muddy, but this one seems to be a whole other world type of mud, but we’re excited. I think Glastonbury is always going to be an adventure. We actually just got some wellies, so we feel a little calmer than going in with just some proper shoes, because that was the scary part for me.

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Images from Lion Babe’s exclusive FAULT shoot, July 2015

FM: I always imagined the artist experience at Glastonbury to be so much fancier. Surely you are arriving via helicopter…

J: [laughs]. Not fancy for us! If Drake or someone was stopping by, then maybe. We’re driving up there and roughing it out just like everyone else.

FM: Your first single ‘Treat Me Like Fire’ did so well in the UK, you were then signed over here, before signing a deal in the US. I’m assuming you spend/have spent a lot of time in the UK thus far?

J: Yeah, especially in the beginning, we spent a lot of time here, doing shows… Last summer we spent a lot of time in the UK doing festivals as well. We just kind of followed our following. The UK was just always really supportive of us, especially when ‘Fire’ came out. Its just been a natural thing. At this point the UK is very much our second home. We have family here and a real relationship with the country, so…

FM: Given that, could you tell me one thing you love, hate, find weird and admire about Britain?

J: It’s kind of random, but what I love about the UK is the amount of greenery that is in the city. It’s so nice to feel like you’re still in the city and its so urban and you have everyone in this thick melting pot, then you have all these amazing trees… In New York, you do not have as much. It’s just a nice mix of nature and city life.
L: I hate that you can’t really get as much great Mexican food over here.
J: There’s definitely a bunch of weird things over here… like cheese and onion sandwiches, I don’t understand. These are all food related things, but there are definitely some food choices over here that I find a little weird. Like eating this with this, or you will have that cold, or this hot. Also the lack of toasting of bread here is also very…
L: Yeah, I agree… And bagels!
J: And bagels! …With sandwiches, ya’ll never toast the bread and I don’t understand that.
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Images from Lion Babe’s exclusive FAULT shoot, July 2015


FM: Things you admire…
L: We love the music scene out here.
J: Yeah, we definitely admire the music scene. Just the fact that it seems like culturally everyone is involved. There are ways for just regular people to become big artists, they don’t have to go through any label or that kind of thing, they can just really be heard, which is so cool.

J: With radio as well, I feel like there’s a lot more opportunity to hear good music, stuff that you would only ever really hear online, but here, if someone finds it, they’ll just play it. That’s dope.

FM: Britain and London covered, growing up in New York must have been such an inspiration musically… 
L: Just the area I grew up in, the East Village, so much good music came out of there. The punk music and rock ‘N’ roll music that happened around there… Growing up my dad would tell me all about that stuff. The area has huge artistic influence.
J: It’s also nice to be able to place a lot of places. I remember reading, Patti Smith ‘Just Kids’ – one of my favourite books – and reading about all these venues, with all these famous artists and they were literally down the block. You could see what coffee shop she was talking about, or at least where it was. You feel a kind of energy within that, which is awesome. You also have instances where you run into people, you’ll see them on such a casual basis. This dancer, Bill T. Jones – he’s super famous – but you can just run into him at dinner. I met him at dinner and I couldn’t even say my name! [laughs] but it’s just nice to have those moments that catch you off guard. You feel really connected, because it’s like, ‘oh, everyone is doing the same thing’.

When I was little, it was just going to Times Square. My mum would take us to all the Broadway shows. As a young girl I thought that was the city… All the bright lights, it wasn’t until I got much older and saw down town that I realised you could live there [laughs].

FM: Your brand new Mixtape ‘Sun Joint’ is out now. Having released an album not so long ago, what is the purpose of this mixtape. Is it for touring purposes, because you felt like it, because you had music ready to go…?
L: It’s kind of all of those things. There’s a lot of music on this mixtape. Some old stuff, some new stuff, some covers… We’ve just been working on stuff and wanted to put it out. It’s still fresh to us now, we’re going on tour and wanted to do some new music and it’s just for us and the fans and for summertime.

J: ‘Begin’ was the beginning of everything for us for a couple of years. It’s 14 songs, but we were already expanding and growing. I think it’s just something that we share, whenever we want to put something out we just do it.

FM: ‘Sun Joint’ features the hotly tipped, Jungle Pussy and Raury. How did those collaborations come about?
J: Raury, we basically met at a gig we both played at in LA, maybe a year or two ago and we’ve been fans of each other since the beginning. We connected there briefly and have always been in talks. We were thinking of someone to be on ‘Jungle Lady’ and he [Raury] was really into the original and wanted to try something and obviously, we weren’t going to say no.
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Images from Lion Babe’s exclusive FAULT shoot, July 2015

FM: You’ve spoken about your group dynamics and writing process in the past, but who is the boss, who gets the final say?
[both laugh]
J: well obviously we both get the final say, but I know he [Lucas] wouldn’t just send something off without checking with me. It’s just with vocals I get super anal and he knows not to piss me off with that, but obviously, he is working tirelessly to get the track to where it needs to be, so you know, we’re both the boss.
L: Sometimes when I work on something for that long, I’m like, ”Jill… please… just like this’.

J:… Yeah, and I might not [laughs] A lot of times I do. It’s just little things. I think it was because I was new to this, so I couldn’t really communicate what I wasn’t liking? But now I’ve spent so much time in the studio I can say, ‘oh, the frequency’ or just running through something, all those things I had to really learn. So now we’ve kind of figured that out its good.

FM: Have you ever had any major musical disagreements? 

L: Not really. It never really gets to that.

J: I don’t think anything super major, I just think as a singer/songwriter there’s definitely a difference sometimes. Lucas has a greater ability to step away from it. Obviously he’s thinking of Lion Babe, but sometimes he can see things I don’t yet, because I’m just hearing my vocals on it. I don’t feel as connected to it, but he knows what he’s doing when it comes to that, so it’s fine.

FM: Lucas, your T-Shirt game is amazing. Where do you shop?

L: That’s another really big influence, just growing up in the neighbourhood there’s a lot of vintage clothing stores with rock ‘N’ roll vibes… I’ve actually just been collecting …for a long time [laughs]. I just love T-shirts. When you have a t-shirt on with a really cool person or band, you can really identify… It’s almost like you can absorb their talent.
J: I collect for him too. It’s really fun.
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Images from Lion Babe’s exclusive FAULT shoot, July 2015

FM: You’ve worked with some great people, Pharrell, Mark Ronson… Who else would you really like to work with?
L: There’s definitely a bunch…
J: I really want to work with Missy Elliott. I just feel like it would just be awesome. She’s one of my greatest influences. She’s so cool, so creative… We had a brief conversation on the phone after one of our shows. It turned out Pharrell talked to her about us, which is even cooler. She was a super fan and was just like, ‘keep carving your lane out’. When you get that kind of love from someone like that, then to imagine working with them… It would just be amazing.

FM: Speaking of… I saw Erykah Badu had said that Jillian had ‘peace fingers’ did you ever work out what that meant? 

J: I haven’t! I feel like she has her own language. She’s so cool. She’s her own species. The meaning is probably buried in a cave somewhere, or in Pandora’s box or something. It was definitely a complement. I loved it. It was so amazing to have an interaction with her. She was beyond our expectations of cool. To have these people who are such amazing influences support us and be proud of us is just the best.

‘Sun Joint’ is out now (and absolutely free) https://soundcloud.com/lionbabe/sets/sun-joint

 

 

Images from Lion Babe’s exclusive FAULT shoot, July 2015
Photography DANIEL SACHON
Fashion Editor RACHEL HOLLAND
Hair BIANCA SIMONE SCOTT
Make Up NICKY WEIR @ SARAH LAIRD USING BOBBI BROWN
Nails KIONE GRANDISON
Fashion Assistant BELDA CHUNG

Actress Charlotte Spencer gives us an insight into her new BBC1 series ‘THE LIVING AND THE DEAD’

Charlotte Spencer, Screen International’s Star of Tomorrow 2015, is heading back to yesteryear in new BBC One drama The Living and The Dead, set in Somerset at the end of the 19th century. She stars as Charlotte alongside Colin Morgan as her husband, Nathan Appleby – a young couple, whose new life in the isolated English countryside is threatened by strange, unsettling, and dangerous supernatural forces. FAULT sat down with Charlotte to talk corsets, elephants and spooky on-set happenings ahead of the new six-part drama, airing on BBC 1 this June.

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White Shirt – Di Liborio / Black jacket – Di Liborio

What was it that drew you to the role of Charlotte Appleby?

Well, since I was a child, I’ve always wanted to do a period drama; my parents would always ask “Why are you putting on Lark Rise to Candleford? Why do you like this?” and I just was like, “I love it! I want to be in it!” So it’s a dream being fulfilled, really. Also the character, Charlotte, is so cool – she’s quite a modern woman for her time, and that’s what drew me to her.

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Top & Shoes – Topshop / Pink long floral skirt – Michaela Frankova

What sort of research and preparation is involved in getting ready to star in a period drama?

Colin and I had a lot of rehearsals before shooting, and we would go through things like the way we stood, little etiquette things, like you had to make sure you didn’t slouch or anything – it’s very hard to slouch in a corset anyway, believe me! And you want it to be realistic so, as much as they’re quite a modern couple for their time, they still have very Victorian values. Even though we wanted to stay true to our characters, we had to remember that they are living in Victorian times.

Are supernatural or horror shows something that you enjoy watching?

Yeah, I love anything that’s a bit out there and original, and I’m pretty into supernatural stuff – I’ve been watching American Horror Story and things like that for a while now. I’m watching a lot of documentaries at the minute, like Life and Death Row, which is really interesting and kind of insane.

I love all the dramas that are out as well, I think TV is in a really good place right now; Peaky Blinders is great and I’ve really loved Undercover, it’s amazing. Basically, the BBC is smashing it at the minute!

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Black & white Polka Dot Mesh dress – Jayne Pierson

After wanting it for so long, what was it like to be part of a costume drama at last?

I’ve loved every minute of it, I really have! Learning how to be in a corset on set was the hardest thing, but everything else I’ve absolutely loved. The costumes were amazing, so beautifully made and really well put together, they were just fantastic. Our designer also made sure that, because Charlotte Appleby is quite a practical woman, all my costumes were practical – but the beauty of them was well maintained. Our characters are living on a farm, so all of the costumes had to be farm-ready.

So, now that you’ve fulfilled one dream, what’s the next thing you’d like to check off?

For me, the main thing that attracts me to a project is good characters. I’d love to do a Western, or something with swords or gun slinging; a cowgirl kind of thing, that’s what I’d like.

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You’ve previously starred in the West End, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Stephen Ward, is that something you’d like to do again?

Definitely, I love it all – musical theatre, theatre, film, TV, all of the genres. Musical theatre is where I started so I hope that, if the right part came up, they would have me back!

Outside of acting, is there anything on your bucket list to do?

I love animals, so some way of helping animals would be on the list – I love elephants, and I really, really want to go and help at an elephant sanctuary. But, at the same time, you have to make sure you’re around for work opportunities that might come up, so we’ll have to see.

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Off-shoulder pearl dress – Zuria Dor

What was it like behind the scenes of a show that’s so full of spooky goings-on?

It was great, genuinely! There were odd things that happened in the house now and then, because we were actually filming in a very old house; we’d hear noises and footsteps, and sometimes you thought someone was behind you, but they weren’t.

At one point the sound department decided to keep recording equipment in the kitchen overnight, and when we listened to it back you could hear these vibrations, and what sounded really strongly like someone clapping. When I was listening to it I thought someone was standing behind me and clapping, so I turned around but there was nobody there, it was all on the recording. But we never felt scared. We would scare each other more than anything else!

What is it that makes this show different to other supernatural dramas that have come before?

I think probably that it’s not trying to scare you – well, okay, I suppose it is – but it’s character driven, primarily. The hope is that viewers will love the characters, that you’ll care about them and what happens to them, more than all of the supernatural things that are going on.

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Hat – Mini Tran / Off-shoulder pearl dress – Zuria Dor

Judging by comments across social media, people are very excited about the show – without giving too much away, what can they expect?

Yeah, Colin has a lot of fans and they are all very sweet. I hope people like it and watch it. It’s different, but I think that’s good – you’re going to be shocked! There are some very good cliffhangers after every episode. I think that you’ll get really into it and start to understand the characters and, even by the end of the first episode, people are going to be like, “Oh my god, WHAT?!”

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Hat – Mini Tran / Off-shoulder pearl dress – Zuria Dor

Charlotte, what is your fault?

Oh wow, I have loads, I’m full of them! I suppose I’m quite loud. I sometimes think that everyone is on the same level of loudness as me but, no, they’re not. I can get a bit carried away with things, like I’ll be on a night out and dancing really enthusiastically and my friends are like “Charlotte, nobody else is dancing, just you.” So, I’m not always very aware…

The Living and The Dead is available now on BBC iPlayer, and will air every Tuesday beginning next week, 28th June, on BBC One at 9pm. You can follow Charlotte on Twitter and Instagram.

Words Jenny Parkes

Photography Jack Alexander

Styling Kate Sutton

Make-Up Natalie Viner

Hair Jonathon Eagland using John Frieda

Special thanks Wheatsheaf Tooting Bec

Preview: Caity Lotz Exclusive Photoshoot and Interview for FAULT 23

 

Caity Lotz has worn many hats in her career as an entertainer. Starting out as a dancer she toured with Avril Lavigne, Lady Gaga and appeared in a whole host of music videos for some of the biggest names in the industry. Caity then joined girl-group Soccx who enjoyed two top ten hit singles in Germany. Despite all of Caity’s success as a dancer and musician, it was her acting performances as Sara Lance on the hit TV shows Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow which finally saw Caity step out of the shadows and into the limelight.

We caught up with Caity to find out about her journey as a performer and just what it takes to play a hardened assassin on screen.

 

 

When did you first realize that acting was the dream?

I didn’t start acting until I was 21. Before that I was a dancer and in a singing group. I never pictured myself as an actor or even having a career as a performer. No one I knew had a job like that so I didn’t know that was an option. But I just followed the excitement and worked hard and I ended up being really fucking lucky because now I get paid to pretend to be an assassin.

 

Comic book fans aren’t the friendliest. They hate any interpretation of characters from comics that don’t exactly match what we think should happen. Is that a conscious pressure for you?

I feel very grateful to be embraced by the community even though my whole character is pretty much nothing like the comics. There was no Sara Lance, there was no “Canary” only “Black Canary”, and the “White Canary” in the comics is totally different. Though Sara Lance does really capture the essence of badassery that is at the heart of these comic book characters, so hopefully that counts for something.

What have your interactions with fans been? 

Amazing, touching, and sometimes weird. I’m super lucky to be able to travel all over the world and meet fans, it blows my mind how universal shows like Arrow and LOT are. Stories people tell me about how they’ve been inspired or empowered by my character melt my heart. A lot of LGBT fans really appreciate Sara representing a bisexual character and I love that I get to be a part of that. Fan interactions can be kind of weird as well. Like when people stare at you or take sly pictures but don’t actually come up to you. It makes me paranoid.

 

People write about you all the time. Bloggers, twitterers, and reviewers. It must be hard not to lose a sense of yourself when everyone has an opinion of you. How do you remain grounded?

I have a very good crew around me. We’ve all been best friends for over 10 years and they don’t let me forget who I am. I think I’m actually pretty good about not taking it personally. I’ve done a lot of work (and am still working) to raise my self-esteem and that’s like a bulletproof vest. How do you raise your self-esteem? Accept and embrace who you are and how you look. Which is easier said than done I know, but it’s possible and the only person standing in your way is you.

 

 

 

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Check out Luke Pasqualino in his exclusive shoot and interview for Fault Online

Luke Pasqualino rose to fame in 2009 for playing teen skaterboy Freddie McClair on Skins. Now, he portrays d’Artagnan, a 17th century French swordsman, on the BBC drama The Musketeers.

In his interview, he discusses resiliency, justice, and what it was like to play a silent assassin who spoke only by pointing at his many tattoos.

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FAULT: How did you get your start in acting?

Luke: I got into acting when I was like nine years old. I joined a local drama workshop that was maybe an hour and a half every Monday night after school. I tried everything as a kid—football, ice hockey, tennis—and I got bored of those things very quickly. But the drama workshop was the one thing I never really got bored with, so I knew I was kind of onto something with that. And I really started to enjoy it as I got better at it. Then I left school at 16 and I worked for a couple of years—as a pizza chef in my cousin’s restaurant, and sweeping floors at my dad’s hair salon. And then, at 18, I got an agent and my first acting job, Skins.

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FAULT: But the first time you auditioned for Skins, you actually didn’t get the part, is that right?

Luke: I didn’t. I auditioned for Nick Hoult’s part originally.

 

FAULT: How did you bounce back from that rejection?

Luke: I think in this industry, you take a lot of knock-backs, especially in the early stages of your career. You get more knock-backs than you do successes. So it really does test your stamina and perseverance—having to push past the failures. You kind of become immune to it; you become conditioned to bring yourself back up. You learn from not getting jobs. I think, in everything really, you have to push through and move forward.

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Jacket – Parka / Shirt – Oliver Spencer Loungewear / Trousers – Levi’s

 

FAULT: In The Musketeers, what’s d’Artagnan’s motivation?

Luke: He’s a very hard worker; he grew up working on a farm, and he’s always had a talent for swordsmanship. But the thing that really drives him is his appetite for justice. He’s always wanting to make sure that people are treated well and have equal rights, and that no one gets what they don’t deserve. You know, he’s a real patriot of France, and he’s just a good man who doesn’t like to see bad things.

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Jacket – Parka / Shirt – Oliver Spencer Loungewear

FAULT: What’s the weirdest or most interesting role you’ve ever played?

Luke: The one that really sticks out is from a movie I did called Snowpiercer. I played a character called Grey who was actually a silent assassin. He didn’t say one word in the entire movie. And he was totally tattooed, so he would communicate by pointing to different words on his body. I had to get tattoo makeup for three hours every morning. He was quite a beautiful character.

And I learned so much from Bong Joon-ho, who directed it, as well as my incredible peers from the cast—Chris Evans, Song Jang-ho, Tilda Swinton, and Octavia Spencer. Playing Grey also taught me a lot about myself, so it was a very interesting role, especially because I couldn’t say a word.

 

FAULT: Did the inability to speak make it difficult for you to communicate the character to the audience?

Luke: My character was very expressive in his movements. Grey was sort of the protector of John Hurt’s character, Gilliam. He was a fighter; he could become this absolute raging monster when Gilliam unleashed him, so a lot of great story could be told with his actions. The character was actually really good for helping me move into the realm of getting a message across without saying anything.

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FAULT: Is there anything you can tell us about what we’ll see in upcoming episodes of The Musketeers?

Luke: Well the whole series this year, there are more adversaries, both physical and emotional, which the musketeers will have to bring to closure in combat. Paris is a very different place at this point. Every character has a good journey, and there are some surprises.

 

FAULT: Apart from The Musketeers, what are you working on right now?

Luke: I just finished a movie earlier this year called Solar Eclips (spelled like that!). It deals with conspiracies about Gandhi’s life. That comes out next year. And I’m currently shooting a five-part drama for the BBC called Our Girl, which comes out later this year. So yeah, I’m getting around.

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FAULT: What is your FAULT?

Luke: I’m quite impatient. Not all the time, but sometimes. You know, like I kind of get crazy when I get stuck in traffic, stuff like that. I get antsy because I like being on time, and I don’t like waiting for people very much.

 

You can catch Luke on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Musketeers continues on BBC1, Saturdays at 8.30pm.

 

Words Cody Fitzpatrick

Photography Jack Alexander

Styling Felicity Gray

Grooming Natalie Viner