Don’t Tell Me “Real Music” Is Dead When Jacob Banks Is Selling Out Venues Worldwide

 

Words & Photography: Miles Holder

You hear it all the time, “oh real music is dead”, “the industry isn’t what it used to be”. You hear it from those joyfully reminiscing on the heydays of Aretha, Gladys and Muddy Waters, you hear it from those inside and outside of the industry, and of course, you hear it from people who just want to feed into the false economy that vocal talent isn’t worth dust anymore. I say this to anyone we ever interview, I say it to anyone who thinks themselves an authority in the music industry, and I say it to you if you believe that young musicians aren’t slaying it night after night with powerhouse vocal performances – believe me, they are.

You might be asking why this article comes across so hyped up, what life-changing performance did I witness that has led to this passionate “come at me bro” review? Well, I’ll tell you! It was Jacob Banks playing to a soldout crowd at London’s Village Underground.

Opening act Joy Crookes, while small in stature captivated the room with her sultry and hypnotising singing voice. While only 18 years of age, the Elephant & Castle native has the stage presence of an artist far beyond her years. Exclaiming “I do this all for fun” as she played arguably her best-known tracks ‘Sinatra’ and ‘Bad Feeling’. It was her final track, ‘Power’, which truly set the crowd ablaze. In her soft speaking voice Joy began by telling the crowd, “I think that all artists should stand for something”, but ‘Power’ isn’t a whaling battle-cry anthem you might expect from the name, nor did it need to be for the message conveyed. Joy’s vocal control and her delicate grip on the melody had the crowd clinging on to every note she sang. Lyrics ‘You got bitches, you got hoes, We the people, and we know, All we want is to be accepted’, delivered so eloquently arrested every listener in the room and lyrics ‘I sing, you can’t take my power’ left us all shouting a resounding “Amen!”

Then, came the main event, Mr Jacob Banks. Starting his set with ‘Worthy‘ from his 2013 record ‘The Monologue’, (a track I presumed he would end on) it was only the beginning of what would be an epic show. We’ve all come to love Jacob for his soulful voice and blues revival on recorded tracks but live; there’s a whole new layer of grit in his voice that I for one hadn’t heard before. On the small stage, Jacob brought the audience to church, becoming the church chorus, conductor, alto, bass, soprano, pews and all. When ‘Unholy War’ rolled around, hands instinctively shot up and waved as Jacob boomed ‘Wade in the water’. Jacob also played a new and unreleased tracks, a fast-paced jazz infused track leading into an impressive guitar solo by Daniel Byrne. The whole performance was sublime, ‘Rainy Days’ merged into ‘Dear Simone’ so seamlessly and when Jacob returned for his encore, ‘Cahinsmoking’ left us all in awe.

While Jacob’s music transcends any generation divide, I do want to point out from what I could see; the crowd was 80%, young people. Young people who happily parted with their money to listen to Jacob’s and Joy’s FAULTless voices. Two days later and the whole performance still echoes in my mind, and I’m sure the same goes for everyone there – “real” vocalists still exist, and not in the dark corners of dilapidated blues houses! They’re selling out large venues in London to New Orleans and if anyone tells you that “real musicians” don’t exist in modern music, tell them that on the contrary, they’re just not looking in the right places.

FAULT Magazine Premiere: Joel Baker’s ‘Bag Of Dreams’

 

For many of us, our first experience of Joel Baker’s soulful funk music came from his breakout single ‘Story’ feat Abra Cadabra last month. Today, the Nottingham born singer is back with the release of the title track for his upcoming mixtape ‘Bag of Dreams’.

This time round, we’re introduced to a less animated but far more personal look into the life of Joel through his effortless heart-wrenching lyricism, vocal and production.

Written and produced by Joel, through lyrics “got about two people I can trust, rest of them they don’t know enough” we’re given the closest look into the man behind the music as he reveals the stories from a time of his life filled with anguish and self-deprecation

Speaking about ‘Bag of Dreams’, Joel says: “Bag of Dreams was written at a very dark time. The big city sold me a fairy tale and I believed it. Occasionally a song will come around when it writes itself in minutes. You aren’t really writing it, you’re just coughing up your heart trying to capture what comes out. A few people tried to convince me to change lyrics because they said it made me sound ‘bitter’. But I was bitter. That’s how I knew the song worked.”

From Joel’s first two releases we’re very excited to hear his upcoming mixtape which will also feature guest appearances from Kojo Funds and Abra Cadabra.

That’s enough from us though! We’re very proud to officially premiere ‘Bag Of Dreams’ available today!

 

 

 

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FAULT speaks to Sharleen Spiteri of legendary Glaswegian band Texas

FAULT: Hey Sharleen, how are you?

SS: I’m very good, thank you.

 

FAULT: How is the campaign going for the new album?

SS: It’s going very well, we’ve been doing loads of promo; been here, there and everywhere. Doing some European and UK TV so it’s good, but it’s quite funny because when you release internationally you suddenly notice people want to cut you into little pieces and poke you.

 

FAULT: Your ninth studio album ‘Jump On Board’ came out a few months ago, have you had chance to showcase any of the songs to your fans yet?

SS: Yeah just as the album was released we played some pub gigs around the UK that were recorded for radio. Listeners could win tickets and that was really great and we literally played in manky, old pubs which were fantastic. Really sticky carpets and old beer aroma, you couldn’t step back on stage and it was all about the music and the audience. It was good to try out the new songs especially up against the old ones and the big hits, you can suddenly think “oh yeah, this is as good as we thought it was”.

 

FAULT: So from this strong combination of hits and new songs from’ Jump On Board’, what can fans expect from the setlist on the Winter tour?

SS: It will be the ‘Jump on Board Live Tour’ but it will be journey because when you’ve got a band that has had such a long career, there is a lot there to chose from. Some nights we change different songs in different places, but definitely mixing the big hits in with the new stuff.

 

FAULT: Is there a venue you’re looking forward to playing most? You’re playing your hometown for a few shows that must be special?

SS: Yeah we’ll be playing in Kelvingrove Park, which is funny because it’s the park that I grew up in. I used to go up on the bandstand and my Mum used to drag me off. It’s going to be strange being up there without getting shouted at to get down.

 

FAULT: You’ve had a long career; it must be special to experience that retrospective on stage?

SS: Yeah the nice thing is that doing interviews it reminds you that you’re not looking at that part of it, as you’re too busy moving forward and onto the next thing. It is nice to think that it has been long and it has been great, we feel really lucky to still be doing this at the level we are doing it.

 

FAULT: When did you begin writing the new material?

SS: In bits and pieces really, when we put out the last album we hadn’t produced an album in a long time, so you never know what to expect when you release a new record. The love that was shown to the band after we put out ‘The Conversation’ was great and it makes you think, “wow, we’re still relevant”. You’re doing it because you love it, and the truth is you don’t know how to do anything else. We love performing and making records, we’ve had the height of our careers and we’re doing it for the passion and the love of it. We really didn’t expect the reaction of, “it’s great to have you back” so it was so inspiring. It really does give you that boost to continue doing what you’re doing. Rather than by just re-packaging the greatest hits and adding some new songs, we thought that we’d give the fans something with all new songs written and packaged all together. Funnily enough, ‘Lets Work It Out’ was a song that was written probably about 8 to10 years ago but it was never finished, it was one of those songs where we’d try out ideas but we never quite got the melody sitting in it.

FAULT: How has the reaction been to your latest single ‘Tell That Girl’?

SS: That is one of those new era Texas songs; lyrics mean something different to everybody and when I see the people that I’m singing it to; it sort of becomes everybody else’s song in that moment.

 

FAULT: The video itself for ‘Tell That Girl’ focuses on you guys up close and personal, how was it filming that?

SS: Yes, up close and personal; just plain. Sometimes you’ve got switch it up a lot and you know, when you get on stage it changes completely. There is normally so many elements to consider and you get a bit fed up of the lenses you know?

 

FAULT: After years of making music videos, the camera lenses drive you mad?

SS: Yeah on certain videos, the 2 videos from this album have been really fun I’ve got to say, the ‘Lets Work It Out’ one especially. We’re just having a laugh and hanging out, its not just you and there is someone else to shoot it with, it’s completely different with a band. It’s not like “oh here we go again” you know?

 

FAULT: You’ve had your solo campaign and little projects in-between, do you think that fans want to pick up on this success during the Texas shows?

SS: We played a couple of tracks from my solo stuff on the last tour actually, so we kind of mix it up. The thing about why I went solo was that I needed to say something and get it out there as it’s not Texas. The band were heavily involved in it and as a band we kind of like each other you know? We see each other outside of Texas as we’ve known each other since we were 17. We’ve grown up together, had kids, marriages, divorces and all we have been through a lot of stuff together. These people are my life and my friends; it’s weird because Texas was never a job for us, it’s never become a job, but when each one of us is doing something separate from Texas, we all go along and support them. We all support each other.

 

FAULT: Is it the lyrics or the music that comes first when writing a new song?

SS: It comes when it comes; there are no rules when we write. Sometimes it can be a melody, sometimes a lyric or an old melody or a set of bridges, or sometimes completely new. Sometimes you’re lying in bed and link the two instantly; I don’t really know how it works even though that’s what I do. [Laughs] Everybody wants to analyse things nowadays, that’s how you do it etc. I think anyone who has created things in the moment find it hard to describe how they did it. I think if you look to closely at it then it becomes a path, and that path can soon become boring.

 

FAULT: What is your FAULT?

SS: You’ve got your strengths and you’ve got your faults, I think the strength is to be able to show your faults and identify that they’re there. Your fault is what sometimes makes magical things happen. Everybody has faults and do things that are seen as annoying, mine is probably that I never shut up. [Laughs]

Texas are on tour later this year from August until December and includes 3 huge homecoming shows in Glasgow, a large UK and European tour with some special shows in South Africa just added. You can view all their tour dates on their site here. Texas’ ninth studio album ‘Jump On Board’ is out now on Sony BMG. You can purchase the album here, and check out their latest single ‘Tell That Girl’ here.

 

Words Stuart Williams

Lights of Soho opens new exhibition: Signs That Say What You Want Them To Say

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On the evening of 8th of October, Lights of Soho opened their doors to welcome a new wave of neon artists.

The exhibition accurately entitled “Lights That Say What You Want Them To Say” showcased over 30 artists from around the globe. The show, curated by renowned light artist Robert Montgomery, united storytellers and poets alike.

ClusterFront - Bobby PatmoreThe gallery hosted a wide range of neon art. You had traditional approaches to neon, courtesy of Victoria Lucas, who uses art with selected subject matter that play on memory, narrative, absence and temporality. Her piece, ‘Quiet Dustis a quote taken from Bronte’s Jane Eyre and relates to the aftermath of an event and describes the eerie stillness after an encounter has taken place.

Although it may have seemed from the distance that the artworks were clustered around the gallery, all the items were connected in the subtlest way. It was a show that was deep rooted in lyrical inspiration and stories hidden beneath the bright lights.

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When talking about the exhibition, curator Robert Montgomery said that in an ideal world we would give the billboards back to the people and everyone could write their dreams in neon. Which is exactly what’s happening now at Light of Soho.

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Signs That Say What You Want Them To Say is open to the public until November 21st

 

Words: Adina Ilie

[SYNERGY] – Architecture and Fashion meet in capsule collection from Megan Sadler

Megan Sadler a multidisciplinary designer has designed a collection of garments called [SYNERGY] A capsule collection fusing Architecture and Fashion.  The capsule collection pushes the creative boundaries to explore Architecture through Fashion, as way to bring the work of Architects into the public eye. This is a first at looking at bringing Architecture and Architectural drawings to life through a more tactile approach, garments.

With an Architectural background herself, she found an opportunity in some of the beautiful drawings produced during studying, that inspired her to translate these drawings into textile prints, and create garments with forms inspired by the Architecture project. The garments have beautiful detailing, vivid prints and all use on-trend technical fabrics which lend lend themselves to creating the forms intended.

Click here for full collection

 

 

1. Roma Terminus Neoprene suit

2.Detail Myrkey Myrke Neoprene tails jacket

3.Neoprene lab coat x Brooklyn Dress styled with neoprene oxfords by unitednude

4.Neoprene lab coat styled with neoprene oxfords by unitednude

5.Neoprene Berlin bubble jacket

6.Detail Neoprene Berlin bubble jacket

 

The [SYNERGY] exhibition is re-appearing for a week (this week Monday 24th August-Friday) at Unit 2, Old street Station.
Designer: Megan Sadler
Photographer: Sophie Evans
Model: Erin Masson @ M+P Models

 

FAULT Magazine Issue 21 back on newsstands August 10th!

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

We know our FAULT readers have been dying to get hold of issue 21 following the initial rushes to order! We can now confirm that the printers are once again rolling and will hit the newsstands on August 10th for those still looking to get their hands on the issue. We’re excited for all to see and dates on digital copies via Zinio will be release very soon.

FAULT Magazine  – The POP Issue

Adam Lambert

Nick Jonas

Pete Wentz

Sofia Richie

Leona Lewis 

Bleachers

Conor Maynard 

Lion Babe 

Prides 

Chloe Howl

Janoskians 

Billie Piper 

and many more…

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

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

FAULT MAGAZINE ISSUE 21 – IS AVAILABLE NOW

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Lights of Soho brings Nevada’s Black Rock Desert into the heart of London through The Art Of Burning Man.

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Lights of Soho is London’s latest gallery and member’s club addition that’s got everyone talking. Embracing Soho’s history, the space once known as a porn shop (with a secret basement that previously hosted a brothel nonetheless) now operates as a cultural hub for creative neon and light art. Their acclaimed premiere exhibition, City Lights, included works from reputable light art artists alongside the up and coming, showcasing the likes of Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk, Robert Montgomery and many more.

For the second time round, Lights of Soho sets Brewer street ablaze with a new wave of artwork entitled The Art of Burning Man, an homage to the vibrant art and culture of the festival.

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If you’re not a fan of spending 7 days in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, this exhibition is pretty much the embodiment of everything that Burning Man stands for. It’s a place for art, self-expression and self-reliance. Although it’s nothing quite like the real deal, The Art of Burning Man is as close as you get to the full experience, except that you’re in a confined space with air conditioning and a drink in your hand.

For the first time in the history of the festival, the artworks are taken out of the festival’s context and put on display for everyone to see. Photographer NK Guy has been documenting the show ever since it’s early days in 1998 to its contemporary life in 2014 and he’s now releasing it to the public through his new book, The Art of Burning Man, published by Taschen.

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The gallery showcased some of his iconic prints alongside site-specific installations from artist duo Shuster + Moseley. Although the sculptures were made with Burning Man in thought, they’re slightly more delicate in nature than what you’d usually see on the festival’s site. You’ve got tiny glass sculptures hanging from the ceiling that manipulate natural and artificial light alongside a magnificent light installation that unifies geometry, lights and perceptual elements. It’s quite a visual treat.

Lights of Soho provided another immersive experience through The Art of Burning Man and their events promise to be getting bigger and better. The exhibition will be running on Brewer Street from the 24th of July until September 10th and, if you feel like grabbing a copy of NK Guy’s The Art of Burning Man, rest assured that it’s available for purchase at the gallery.

Words: Adina Ilie

Jim Sturgess – Exclusive Shoot For FAULT Issue 20 Reverse Cover

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Words: Charlotte MCManus
Photography: Sarah Dunn
Fashion editor: Kristine Kilty @Lovely Management
Fashion assistant: Sheryl Kelly
Grooming: Johnnie Biles @ stella Creative artists

 

FAULT’s exclusive shoot with Jim runs over 10 pages inside the issue (in addition to the reverse cover) and also includes the issue’s Men section cover.

Jim was shot in the luxury Cheval Three Quays apartments overlooking London’s Tower Bridge. Photographed by Sarah Dunn and styled by Fashion Editor and Celebrity stylist Kristine Kilty, the shoot showcases Jim’s brooding yet playful style as he channels James Dean for this striking spread.

In his interview Jim opens up to FAULT on how he coped with the big-budget box office flop Cloud Atlas, an excitingly ambitious yet commercially disappointing multi-role epic which he starred in along-side Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. Jim also let’s us know what it’s like working on his upcoming blockbuster movie ‘Geostorm’ also starring Gerard Butler out later next year.

 

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I catch up with Jim on an icy February Friday, each of us shivering over the phone at our respective North London abodes. He’s not long gotten back from sunnier climes, having spent three months filming in New Orleans for upcoming 2016 blockbuster, Geostorm.

“It was fun – a big Hollywood splash. I was honoured that they asked me to do it,” says Jim, in his laid back, to-the-point manner. After recounting with warmth his off-set experiences in the lively southern American jazz scene, he describes the high-concept film has having “almost two stories, about two brothers – I played Max, a young politician on Earth, while Gerry [Gerard Butler] plays my older brother Jake, who gets sent up into space.”

“It was cool – a big piece of entertainment, although it does have a backbone in the world of global warming and geoengineering,” Jim says, musing on the idea of sci-fi flagging present-day issues rather than future ones. “Sometimes you reach more people with entertainment than some heavy-browed documentary. You can weave thoughts into their subconscious whilst making them laugh and showing them a good time… but I don’t want to make out that we’ve made a really important environmental movie!” he adds, ever-quick to see the humour in a situation.


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Another one to watch hits cinemas this year in the form of London Fields, an adaptation of Martin Amis’ darkly comic murder mystery Jim plays Keith Talent, the thug, philanderer and darts-player extraordinaire who becomes embroiled with Nicola Six (Amber Heard), Guy Clinch (Theo James) and Samson Young (Billy Bob Thornton [FAULT 13’s Cover Star] in a twisted love affair.

“It was such a bonkers movie – testing to make, and to dare to be involved in,” says Jim, alluding to the narrative’s brooding apocalyptic undertones and increasingly sinister sequence of events. “The nice thing about it, for me, was getting to travel around London and shoot in areas I hadn’t been to in years, like Brixton Market. It almost felt like I was seeing the city through new eyes. With a lot of Americans involved, it was good to be the host for a change – normally I travel to other parts of the world, being a guest in someone else’s town.”

 

So how does he deal with the disappointment? Along with smaller-production titles like The Lion’s Share, Jim recently starred in big-budget box office flop Cloud Atlas, an excitingly ambitious yet commercially disappointing multi-role epic with a story that spanned five centuries.

“As long as I feel I’ve made a good film, I can feel good about it. That’s what’s so frustrating about acting, because once you’ve done your bit, you kind have to hand it over… there’s so little you can do.” He pauses, contemplative. “You want a film to do well, but that’s not always going to be the case. With Cloud Atlas, I was hopeful that people would be excited to see something different, which was a bit hard to watch. So much work went into it; all it took was the distribution companies to give it some love and support, but they didn’t. But you know, we got such positive feedback from the people who did watch it – it connected with them, and that’s the most important thing.”

 

 

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