Usher – first look at our exclusive shoot for FAULT Issue 19’s front cover

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FAULT Issue 19 front cover star Usher was shot by Sinisha Nisevic and styled by Sammy and Judy/Cloutier Remix.
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FAULT Magazine Issue 19 – the Millions Issue will feature legendary R&B recording artist Usher as its front cover feature this Fall. Having already sold nearly 23million records in the US alone, Usher is undoubtedly one of the most instantly recognisable faces in the music industry today – just as he was after the release of his first UK number one single, ‘You Make Me Wanna’, back in 1997.

Usher’s feature – which includes an in-depth interview alongside the exclusive photoshoot by photographer Sinisha Nisevic and stylists Sammy and Judy (aka renowned LA celebrity stylists The Kids) – runs over 13 pages in the print issue. Usher also covers the Men’s Fashion section inside the magazine.

The shoot, based on the issue’s theme of ‘Millions‘, is designed to showcase two distinct sides to Usher’s character. In one sense, the shoot presents the public face of a star known and loved by ‘millions’ but, juxtaposed with this, we also see a revelatory side of a sensitive, thoughtful man. The latter gives insight into the thought process of a man who has reached the point in his career where keeping his fans happy and challenging both himself and the limits of his creativity have become his most important goals.

There is an Usher who poses happily with models and plays up to the camera and also the Usher who dances in the studio as much for his own amusement as for the sake of a great photo. The great thing for Usher, one feels, is that for him– more often than not – those two worlds are intertwined.

In his interview, entitled ‘The Man Who Can Do it All’, Usher discusses his role on ‘The Voice’, his motivations and goals for producing music that he loves, regardless of commercial success, his upcoming acting role in ‘Hands of Stone’, the biopic of famed boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and, of course, the main themes of his highly anticipated new album.

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Interview by Heather Seidler

FAULT: Did you learn anything from doing ‘The Voice’ that you’ll use in your own career?

Usher: Part of the reason why I did ‘The Voice’ was so people would get a chance to see a different perception of me….The more I know about life, the more I know about people, the greater the person I am, the more understanding I have about how to make music and how to do things that will grow us as people.

[So making this album was] not about making commercial hits?

I don’t feel that I’ve got to sell out this tour, or sell crazy amounts of albums, or have the number one single. It’s great to have all those things, but that isn’t what I’m doing.

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Creative Director: Andre Bato Producers: Leah Blewitt & Bryant Robinson Special Thanks: Shoshanna Stone & Team Usher

 

Let’s talk about the movie you just finished, Hands of Stone. Tell me about your role as Sugar Ray Leonard.

The film revolves around a very compelling story in history. A lot of people want to know what happened with Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard during that infamous fight. Why did he quit? Why did he walk out of the ring? No one knows the truth. We address all of that. It’s going to be a great piece of work, because of everyone involved in telling this really significant part of boxing history.

I spent time with him [Sugar Ray Elonard] in Atlanta, and here in Los Angeles. We boxed together; we chilled. He became a great friend of mine, almost like a brother to me.

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Tell me about the new album you’re working on.

It’s still a work in progress. I’m at a place where I really just want to have fun and do what I feel is significant to me.These last three years have been the hardest times of my life. I’ve wanted to break down, I’ve wanted to quit. I’ve wanted to throw in the towel but my spirit wouldn’t allow me… The one thing the album represents is confidence. Not confidence in a cocky way, but being open about what I feel, take it or leave it. If I’m not honest about my feelings then you’ll never know how I really feel.

Who are some of the people you’ve been jamming with, who’s producing and working with you on it?

I reached out to work with people that I haven’t worked with before like Ryan Tedder, Ed Sheeran, and Skrillex. Also people who I have worked with before like Diplo…and Pharrell [Williams].

‘She Came to Give it to You’ – the new single from Usher’s upcoming album – is out on 28th September

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Mac Miller & Dylan Reynolds: Behind the Scenes video from our exclusive FAULT Issue 17 shoot

 

 

Video courtesy of Bryant Robinson/Three Way Productions

 

Music: ‘Spanish Civil War’ by Dylan Reynolds

Mac Miller and Dylan Reynolds were shot exclusively for FAULT Issue 17 by photographer Danny Williams (Topshelf Jr), with styling by Luke Storey (School of Style). The shoot took place at Mac’s house in LA, with most of the Behind the Scenes footage above shot in Mac’s private studio. Mac Miller is one of the most popular rap/hip-hop artists in world music today, with two studio albums which reached #1 and #3 in the US charts. Dylan Reynolds is signed to Mac’s REMember label. The pair grew up together in Pittsburgh, PA.

 

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Mac Miller & Dylan Reynolds were shot at Mac’s private studio in LA by photographer Danny Williams (Topshelf Jr), with styling by Luke Storey (School of Style), exclusively for FAULT Issue 17
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Mac Miller & Dylan Reynolds – exclusive shoot for FAULT Issue 17

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A day in the life of the GAME – exclusive for FAULT Issue 13

GAME was shot by Bryant Robinson for FAULT Issue 13. All clothes are GAME's own

GAME was shot by Bryant Robinson for FAULT Issue 13. All clothes Black Wallstreet. Behind The Scenes Exclusive video coming soon…

We first had the pleasure of working with rap royalty GAME back in 2011, prior to the release of his chart topping fourth album R.E.D. GAME‘s shoot with us received global media attention and got GAME in some trouble with the LAPD due to a social media mishap. More recently, FAULT had the honour of being invited to GAME’s home this past Fall to speak to the Compton MC about the making of his fifth album, Jesus Piece. We learned first hand that when it comes to GAME, you should definitely expect the unexpected…

You are about to release your fifth album. Can you tell us how you settled on the name Jesus Piece?

Throughout the writing and recording of the new album, one song remained true – that being ‘Jesus Piece’. The transition/transferring from a track title to the main album title was a natural progression. So we took the song and ran with it, and that’s where the theme concept derived from. Everyone living under one God. It was a creative process: the streets and music all coming together.

This album sounds like a very personal journey for you. What made you decide at this point in your life and career to explore and share that spiritual side of yourself with your fans? Religion to most is such a personal thing.

To me religion and beliefs are a public thing. It’s all about people becoming closer to God and dealing with religion without judgement. I’m not coming from a ‘holier than thou’ position with the album. Look at prison inmates, for example. 99%, if you asked them, believe in God, despite the fact that they know that they are viewed by most as being beyond redemption. But there is hope for everyone in life, that is Jesus’s message. I’m not afraid of my love for God. At the end of the day, I was like “fuck it ,this is what I want to do with the album!”

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Special thanks: Greg Miller

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Words: Leah Blewitt
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Behind the Scenes Exclusive – John Legend for FAULT Issue 13

 

Video courtesy of Bryant Robinson
Outtakes below from FAULT‘s exclusive LA shoot, where John was shot by Miguel Starcevich and styled By Avo Yermagyan

 

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John Legend is our Music cover for FAULT Issue 13

John Legend was shot by Miguel Starcevich and styled by Avo Yermagyan for FAULT Issue 13

John Legend was shot by Miguel Starcevich and styled by Avo Yermagyan for FAULT Issue 13

Excited to announce the first preview shots from John’s shoot in the upcoming issue of FAULT today. The 6-time Grammy award winner - who releases 5th studio album Love in the Future this Spring - was photographed by Miguel Starcevich and styled by Avo Yermagyan exclusively FAULT Winter 2012-13. Keep an eye on FAULT Online for our Behind the Scenes video view, but. in the meantime, check out an excerpt from our feature below:

 

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Above – John wears a Trench coat by Oumlil  tie by Title of Work ; suit by Alexandre Plokhov ; shirt by John Varvatos ; shoes by Gucci.Here – T-shirt, denim and shoes by All Saints ; blazer by John
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For nearly 10 years, John Legend has been living up to one of the most ambitious stage names in the business. Born John Roger Stephens, few can argue that the undisputed king of contemporary soul has well and truly earned his appointed title of Legend.

Over the past decade John Legend has made an indelible mark on the music industry with his countless hit singles, unique style and extraordinary talent. As a nine-time GRAMMY Award winner, Legend has garnered respect not only for his successes in the music industry, but also by becoming something of a mainstream renegade in the world of contemporary soul music. From Get Lifted,(his 2004 debut) to his latest offering, Love in the Future, his innovative collaborations with artists such as The Roots, Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco has seen John merge various genres and blur the lines of soul, hip hop and inspirational music with effortless cool.

FAULT had the pleasure of spending time with John during the course of our exclusive editorial. We got a chance to speak in-depth with the superstar and get his insight on the music industry as a whole, his personal growth as an artist and what his plans are for 2013.

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Shirt by Life AfterDenim; tie by Title of Work; trousers by General Idea; shoes by John Varvatos.

Can you tell us the reason why you choose Love in the Future as the title for the album? What can your fans look forward to with this LP?

The title was chosen for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I am getting married next year. And secondly, I really wanted to make a modern 21st century soul album. I wanted to create something fresh and exciting yet organic, modern and relevant. So much of music today is computerized, electronic and processed and, with Love in the Future, I wanted the album to be truly reflective of the times – modern soul music.

 

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Interview & Production by Leah Blewitt
Grooming – Anna Branson
Hair – Ron Stephens
Special Thanks to : Shoshanna Stone, Bryant Robinson

FAULT vs 2NE1 – full spreads + our favourite outtakes & fan art

Just a quick post to thank all the fans of 2NE1 for their support over the last couple of days!

Remember, you can still get your extra-special print edition with the girls delivered to your doorstep from this link. Our Facebook fans can also still take advantage of our discount offer for the next 24 hours – so make sure to order soon! If you’re country isn’t listed on our sales partners website, you can email them to add it – FAULT is delivered worldwide via DHL Global Mail.

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, we’ve included the full spreads as they appear in print below – along with some of our favourite outtakes (courtesy of photographer Giuliano Bekor) and fan art (as reposted by YGLadies):

 

 

 

Outtakes:

 

..and your fan art(!):

(Fan art credits from YGLadies: eromaknaetattooedmusicmx-kryssfantasticfloreschaelinahshoot-forthe-starslove-shockminzy-ps,yghighkimhimechan,x02081123aranyeaeonjekajiim-walkin-out-of-destinykamiira50shadesofchartreuseladyevilent,nazwiskotonieimieallthoseprettyfaces mame-v, chartworkerkimvip7smile-its-new-day2NE1inmyheart)

 

2NE1: Behind the Scenes Exclusive for FAULT

On shoot with the girls of 2NE1! The group star in a 12 page fashion editorial, exclusively available in FAULT Issue 12.

 

 Video Production courtesy of Bryant Robinson

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