UK Music Video Awards Announces 2017 Nominations

 

For all its problems, 2017 has truly been a great year for music in the UK and across the globe. As the UK Music Video Awards 2017 roll around again this October 26th, we’re reminded of some great music videos to come out this year.

Mercury prize winner Sampha receives four nominations this year and Mercury prize nominee Loyle Carner. Ray BLK, Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, Loyle Carner, Mura Masa and Rag n’ Bone Man also make some of the young British talents all in the running this October. Kendrick Lamar and alt-J tie for most nominations, both picking up seven.

What’s got us excited this year is to see younger artists appreciate in the same categories as some music veterans. Dua lipa and Charli XCX are in the running alongside Elton John for Best Pop Video while A$AP Mob and Young Thug go toes to toes with powerhouse and living legend, Jay Z for Best Urban Video – international

FAULT will most certainly be in attendance on the night but until then, find a full list of the nominations below.

Best Pop Video – the UK in association with Rushes
Aquilo – You Won’t Know Where You Stand / Silhouette
Charli XCX – Boys
Dua Lipa – New Rules
Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill
Elton John – Bennie and The Jets
Jessie Ware – Selfish Love

Best Dance Video – UK
BICEP – Aura
Bonobo – Kerala
Bonobo – No Reason
Duke Dumont x Gorgon City ft Naations – Real Life
SOULS – Bad Girl
Stylo G + Jacob Plant – Bike Engine

Best Rock/Indie Video – UK
All We Are – Animal / Dance
Coldplay – Everglow
Kasabian – God Bless This Acid House
Mick Jagger – England, Lost
Radiohead – I Promise
Royal Blood – Lights Out

Best Alternative Video – UK
alt-j – 3WW
alt-j – Deadcrush
alt-j – In Cold Blood
Metronomy ft Robyn – Hang Me Out To Dry
Sampha – Process
Young Fathers – Mr Martyr

Best Urban Video – UK in association with PPL
Loyle Carner – Isle of Arran
Mura Masa & A$AP Rocky – Love$ick
Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin
Ray BLK – Patience
Sampha – (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano
Tinie Tempah – Chasing Flies

Best Pop Video – International
Cassius ft Pharrell Williams & Cat Power – Go Up
HAIM – Want You Back
Katy Perry – Bon Appétit
Lorde – Green Light
Oren Lavie ft Vanessa Paradis – Did You Really Say No
The Weeknd – False Alarm

Best Dance Video – International
Jain – Makeba
Joris Delacroix – Start The Engine
Kanye West – Fade
Majid Jordan ft Somewhere Else – Move Together
The Avalanches – Because I’m Me
The Blaze – Territory

Best Rock/Indie Video – International
Every Time I Die – Map Change
Father John Misty – Things It Would Have Been Useful To Know Before The Revolution
Mourn – Irrational Friend
Naive New Beaters – Words Hurt
The All-American Rejects – Sweat
Twenty One Pilots – HeavyDirtySoul

Best Alternative Video – International
Beck – Up All Night
Leningrad – Kolshik
Mashrou’Leila – Roman
Peder – Shadows Of My Mind
Polo & Pan – Coeur Croisé
The Avalanches – Subways

Best Urban Video – International
A$AP Mob ft A$AP Rocky, A$AP Nast, Yung Lord, Skepta – Money Man / Put That On My Set
Frank Ocean – Nikes
Jay-Z – Moonlight
Kendrick Lamar – ELEMENT.
Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.
Young Thug – Wyclef Jean

Best Pop Video – Newcomer
Cartae – Long Time
Charlotte Cardin – Like It Doesn’t Hurt
Lea Santee – Rollin’
Poppy Ajudha – Spilling Into You
Slang – What Happened To You
Stars and Rabbit – Man Upon The Hill

Best Dance Video – Newcomer
Cathedrals – Try To Fight
Courage – Latinman
Fabich ft Josh Barry – Hold On
Noga Erez – Dance While You Shoot
Obongjayar – Endless
Punctual – What I Love

Best Rock/Indie Video – Newcomer
Lemon Twigs – I Want To Prove To You
Marika Hackman – My Lover Cindy
Microwave – Vomit
The Shins – Half A Million
Ultrasound – Kon-Tiki
Willie J Healey – Would You Be

Best Alternative Video – Newcomer
BadBadNotGood ft Kaytranada – Lavender
Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve – Black Crow
Bonnie Banane – L’Appétit
Cherry Glazerr – Told You I’d Be With The Guys
Ghostpoet – Freakshow
Moses Sumney – Worth It

Best Urban Video – Newcomer
Avelino ft Stormzy & Skepta – Energy
Bossman Birdie – Walk The Walk
Monster Florence – Resourceful
Newham Generals ft Wiley – Unruly
Oscar Worldpeace – Tate Modern, Wary, Pearls
Slick Don – Highs & Lows

Vevo MUST SEE Award
Charli XCX – Boys
Dua Lipa – New Rules
Jay-Z – The Story of O.J.
Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.
Marika Hackman – My Lover Cindy
Young Thug – Wyclef Jean

Best Interactive Video in association with The Mill
Björk – Notget
Chainsmokers – Paris VR
Gorillaz – Saturnz Barz (Spirit House) 360
Naïve New Beaters – Words Hurt
N’to – Chez Nous (Fantasynth)
Portugual. The Man – Rich Friends

Best Production Design in a Video
Bonobo – No Reason
Elton John – Bennie and the Jets
Frank Ocean – Nikes
Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.
Sampha – Process
Young Thug & Carnage: Young Martha ft Meek Mill – Homie

Best Styling in a Video in association with i-D
Beck – Up All Night
Frank Ocean – Nikes
Kendrick Lamar – ELEMENT.
Police Dog Hogan – Tyburn Jig
Rosalía – De Plata
The Blaze – Territory

Best Choreography in a Video
alt-j – Deadcrush
Everything Everything – Can’t Do
Kanye West – Fade
P!nk – What About Us?
Polo & Pan – Coeur Croisé
Sia – The Greatest

Best Cinematography in a Video in association with Panalux
alt-j – 3WW
Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill
Jimmy Whoo – Motel Music part ll
Kendrick Lamar – ELEMENT.
Placebo – Life’s What You Make It
The Avalanches – Because I’m Me

Best Colour Grading in a Video in association with CHEAT
Jain – Makeba
Jay-Z & Damian Marley – Bam
Majid Jordan ft Somewhere Else – Move Together
Mick Jagger – Gotta Get A Grip
Radiohead – I Promise
The Hamilton Mixtape – Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)

Best Editing in a Video in association with Cut+Run
alt-j – Deadcrush
Bonobo – Kerala
Elton John – Bennie and the Jets
Leningrad – Kolshik
The Rolling Stones – Ride ‘Em On Down
Young Thug – Wyclef Jean

Best Visual Effects in a Video
Arcade Fire – Everything Everything
Jain – Makeba
Leningrad – Kolshik
Majid Jordan ft Somewhere Else – Move Together
Royal Blood – Lights Out
The Weeknd – False Alarm

Best Animation in a Video
Elton John – Rocket Man
Father John Misty – Things It Would Have Been Helpful To Know Before The Revolution
Jay-Z – The Story of O.J.
Kaada /Patton – Red Rainbow
Katie Melua – Perfect World
The Avalanches – Subways

Best Live Session
Alicia Keys in Paris – A Take Away Show
J Hus – Common Sense (Four To The Floor, Channel4)
London Grammar – Rooting For You
Mr Jukes – Angels/Your Love (Live At The Church)
Mura Masa ft Damon Albarn – Blu (Live)
Vevo Presents: The Weeknd – False Alarm

Best Live Concert
HAIM – Behind The Album
Metallica – Hardwired at House of Vans
Rammstein – Paris
The Killers – Hyde Park
The Rolling Stones – Trip Across Latin America
Toro Y Moi – Love From Trona

Best Commissioner
Andrew Law
Elizabeth Doonan
James Hackett
John Moule
Phil Lee
Semera Khan

Best Producer in association with WPA
Amber Millington
Clemence Cuvelier
Katie Lambert
Natalie Arnett
Nathan Scherrer
Tom Birmingham

Best Production Company
Agile Films
Caviar
Friend
Iconoclast
Pulse Films
Riff Raff Films

Best New Director in association with Time Based Arts
Hector Dockrill
Matilda Finn
Max Weiland
Salomon Ligthelm
Thomas James
Zhang + Knight

Best Director
Dent de Cuir
Georgia Hudson
Jake Schreier
Oscar Hudson
Ryan Staake
Young Replicant

Best Artist
alt-j
Bonobo
Kendrick Lamar
Radiohead
Sampha
The Weeknd

FAULT attends the 2017 NME Awards with ID&C

 

 

“We have more readers today than any other time in our history” exclaims Mike Williams as he opens the 2017 NME awards to roaring applause. While NME has gone through a number of editorial shifts in lifespan of over 50 years, good music has always been at its core and last night was certainly no exception. With performances from Bastille, Wiley and The Petshop Boys – the night’s lineup was a glimpse at just how diverse the UK music scene is. Those weren’t the only performances of the night however, FAULT Alumni Dua Lipa and Charli XCX also took to the stage the latter as part of Bands4Refugees.

Christine and The Queens picked up the first award of the night for ‘Best International Female supported by VO5’ but would also later return to the stage to accept a second win for ‘Best Track supported by Red Stripe’ for her critically acclaimed single, ‘Tilted’. Moments before taking to the stage, Dua Lipa fought of tough competition from Anderson .Paak and Zara Larsson to collect the award for Best New Artist supported by TOPMAN.

Wiley’s performance was definitely a highlight of the night. Grime might not have ever gone away but it certainly has seen a huge surge in plays over the past year and who else but the ‘Godfather’ should have been up on that stage. Performing ‘Speakerbox’ and ‘Can’t Go Wrong’ from his latest album, it was great to see Wiley had finally received the recognition he deserved.

Of course, the night isn’t all about music with Louis Theroux collecting his award for Best Film for ‘My Scientology Movie’, Fleabag winning for Best TV Series and Glastonbury winning for best festival.

Best British Female Artist went to M.I.A who took the chance to speak out against the current administration attitude towards refugees before appropriately introducing Bands4Refugees – a group comprising of Olly Alexander, Slaves’ Isaac Holma, Charli XCX and more in aid of supporting refugees worldwide. [You can text REFU to 70700 to contribute £5 to Help Refugees]

NME Coverstars and winners of the ‘God-like Genius Award’ The Petshop Boys closed the night with a spellbinding set and mesmerising light show which closed the evening.

So what’d we think? We had a great time – it was wonderful to see so many familiar FAULTfaces have gone on to do such great things. From both FAULT Magazine #24’s Maya Jama and Frank Carter of Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes presenting awards, to FAULT #16’s Charli XCX performing live and to FAULT #23’s Dua Lipa collecting an award – it’s wonderful to see that everyone is still active in their craft.

For what was quite a dismal year in music, it’s great to see that the arts still managed to flourish in 2016 and it’s that, that was appreciated last night by NME. We look forward to seeing what else is to come in 2017. Thank you to our friends over at ID&C, who provided the fabric wristbands for NME Awards, for inviting us along. Find out more information about  wristband for events on the ID&C website.

 

 

FAULT Presents: Our Top 20 Albums of 2013 (part 2)

Part 2 of our Top 20 Favourite Albums of 2013 feature. You can find part 1 HERE. Remember, these are just our personal favourite albums of the year, in no particular order. Let us know if you think we missed anything!

10. John Legend – Love in the Future

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John Legend inside FAULT Issue 13

Remember John Legend’s first album? Well, this is absolutely nothing like that. For a start, it’s executive-produced by Kanye West and features songwriting collaborations with Rick Ross. It’s unashamedly sexy, dramatic and soulful, and even manages to make schmaltz sound cool.‘All Of Me’ is a pop ballad in the truest sense, and wouldn’t sound out of place being sung by One Direction. It’s a polarising point on the album, but Legend’s smooth soul flows throughout, and he’s incredibly good at it.

Read John’s own thoughts on the album inside FAULT Issue 13. Excerpts from our interview (and some shots from inside the issue) are available here and our behind the scenes video from our shoot can be found here

John Legend – ‘All Of Me’:

 

9. Haim – Days are Gone

Haim inside FAULT issue 15

Haim inside FAULT issue 15

2013 was undeniably Haim’s year. They’ve been universally praised by the likes of The Line of Best Fit and The Guardian as well as garnering extensive airplay on Radio 1. Instant classics like ‘Falling’ and ‘Don’t Save Me’ secured their debut’s position as one of the most anthemic and memorable records of the year.

We spoke to the sibling trio in FAULT Issue 15 while they were recording Days Are Gone, in which they told us what to expect from the album (needless to say, it didn’t disappoint): “Be prepared to have some fun! We had a lot of fun making it, so I hope it sounds fun. There are a bunch of new songs as well as songs that we released before.”

Read more from the interview, or get the full feature in FAULT Issue 15 from here

Haim – ‘Falling’:

 

8. Bass Drum of Death – Bass Drum of Death

bass drum of death

While Black Lips fans await their next album, they’ll probably be filling the gap with Bass Drum of Death. The Mississippi outfit’s honest, fuzzy garage-rock may not be particularly pioneering, but they demonstrate an excellent grasp of the genre in their second full-length offering, with infectious melodies and a purposefully under-produced sound. They also really, really like reverb. Who doesn’t?

Bass Drum Of Death – ‘Crawling After You’:

 

7. Charli XCX – True Romance

Charli XCX inside FAULT Issue 16

Charli XCX inside FAULT Issue 16

She’s had a fantastic 2013 by anyone’s standards – the past year has seen Charli XCX tour with other FAULT Featured artists Ellie Goulding and Marina and the Diamonds, as well as Paramore. She’s gone from underground sensation (her first album, ‘14’ was an acclaimed underground hit in 2008, but never commercially released) to the potential ‘next big thing’ of leftfield quirky-pop. Her vocal tone is strikingly similar to Marina Diamandis but her songwriting and grasp of melodic devices is phenomenal for her 21 years.

 In her recent interview for FAULT Issue 16, Charli revealed that she “always see[s her] music in colours. , my first record, was purple, whereas this [upcoming] album is going to be red. I’m inspired visually by red lips, blazers and things that blow up!…It’s going to be much more alive than True Romance.”

Read more excerpts and see more shots from the shoot here – or get the whole story in FAULT Issue 16, available from here.

Charli XCX – ‘You’re The One’:

 

6. SUUNS – Images du Futur

suuns Slightly freaky but wholly compelling, ‘Images du Futur’ really is something of a masterpiece, juxtaposing the heady sound of electro-indie (think Holy Ghost, Cut Copy) with what can only be described as futuristic lo-fi garage. FAULT Favourites SUUNS are carving their way through multiple genres with this impressive second album, and as a result, saw themselves nominated for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize.

Check out our interview with the Montreal four-piece in full on FAULT Online here

SUUNS – ‘Edie’s Dream’:

 

5. Jessica Sanchez – Me, You and the Music

Jessica Sanchez inside FAULT Issue 16

Jessica Sanchez inside FAULT Issue 16

The American Idol runner-up showed she’s not just a pretty face with her impressive debut album. After a stint on Glee, it would have been easy for her to continue down the squeaky-clean teen pop route, but she shakes off any preconceptions with the R’n’B-influenced ‘Me, You and the Music’, which includes a collaboration with Ne-Yo and songs co-written by Tom Petty and Sia.

Read Jessica’s own thoughts on the album inside FAULT Issue 16. Excerpts from our interview (and some images from inside the issue) are available here, along with our exclusive behind the scenes video. Get the whole story in FAULT Issue 16, available from here.

Jessica Sanchez – ‘Tonight’:

 

4.Big Sean – Hall of Fame

Our (in)famous shoot with Big Sean inside FAULT Issue 15

Our (in)famous shoot with Big Sean inside FAULT Issue 15

If you miss Notorious B.I.G as much as we do., Big Sean is there to fill the void. His unashamedly retro hip-hop, with song titles like ‘MILF’ and ‘Freaky’ borders on being a pastiche without crossing the line into ‘Trapped In The Closet’ territory. Collaborations with Li’l Wayne, Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz make this one of the most noticeable new hip-hop releases, and Sean’s lyrics segue between the humorous and the filthy with ease.

 Big Sean told us in FAULT Issue 15 that Hall of Fame featured “the best music [he’d] ever made”. Read more from the interview, and see more shots, here – or get the full story in FAULT Issue 15 – available from here.

Big Sean – ‘Guap’:

 

3. The Black Angels – Indigo Meadow

black angels

Not only did they use some seriously Sixties cover art for ‘Indigo Meadow’, they also showed that they’re still one of the American underground rock scene’s forerunners with an album that’s as melodic, lyrically dark and introspective as you’d expect from the Texan five-piece.

Read our interview with the psych-rockers in full on FAULT Online here

The Black Angels – ‘Indigo Meadow’:

 

2. Beyonce – Beyonce

beyonce

One morning, we all awoke to a new Beyonce album. No media fanfare or indeed any clues at all preceded the release of Beyonce’s self-titled fifth album, which began as an iTunes exclusive. Following the release, she announced that she ‘sees’ music, explaining the fact that each track came with its own music video. Throughout the course of the album’s accompanying visuals, she portrays an exploited pageant queen (‘Pretty Hurts’, which is co-written by Sia), a happy theme-park goer (‘XO’) and sings an entire song about having sex with Jay Z (‘Drunk In Love’).

Beyonce – ‘Drunk In Love’:

 

1. Mac Miller – Watching Movies with the Sound Off

mac miller

Mac Miller described his second album as ‘introspective’ and he certainly lived up to that promise with ‘Watching Movies with the Sound Off’. His previous style of playful party anthems has been shelved in favour of deeper lyrical content and a clear desire to make music for no-one other than himself – although the lead single is officially ‘Somebody Do Something’ (abbreviated to S.D.S) there is no particular standout track. Taking this approach is a risk, but one that’s paid off for Miller.

 Look out for more of Mac Miller in FAULT Issue 17 – more info announced this Friday 10th January!

Mac Miller – ‘S.D.S.’:

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Read the rest of our Top 20 FAULT Favourite Albums of 2013 feature:

Part 1

Part 2

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Words by Thea de Gallier

Charli XCX is our Music section cover for FAULT Issue 16

Charli XCX was shot by Olgac Bozalp and styled by Leanne Trigg exclusively for FAULT Issue 16's Music section cover

Charli XCX was shot by Olgac Bozalp and styled by Leanne Trigg exclusively for FAULT Issue 16‘s Music section cover

 

At the bright young age of 21, Charli XCX has already released a top-selling album, had a number-one single, played stadium gigs around the globe and written a song
for Britney Spears. The self-confessed Essex Girl has an exciting year ahead of her: She’ll be touring with Paramore and finishing up her new album, among many other things. Charli spoke to FAULT about her ambitious career, the philosophy behind her music and why she’s all for people getting her music for free!

FAULT: Tell us a bit about the album you’re currently working on. How is it different from your first album?

Charli XCX: I see this whole second record as being the colour red. I always see my music in colours. True Romance, my first record, was purple, whereas this album is going to be red. I’m inspired visually by red lips, Chanel blazers and things that blow up!…It’s going to be much more alive than True Romance. I want to record it all in a really short space of time, because I took so long to record the first one. I just want to push this one out and really work on it fast and catch this moment in time.

 

Charli XCX - FAULT Issue 16 insdie shot 1

Charli’s feature inside FAULT Issue 16 – entitled ‘Cat-Eyed Queen’. Words by Rebecca Unger.

What’s an average day like in the life of Charli XCX?

Write some music. I have to colour-code everything when I write stuff, so there’s lots of colouring in. Also, I don’t know why—I’ve always been obsessed with the movie  Clueless— but I feel like, recently, maybe it’s because it’s outfits and dressing up in my room. That’s become a frequent thing in my life. It’s like one of those awful wardrobe scenes from every chick flick! That’s what my bedroom is like at the moment: an explosion of ’90s wonderfashion! I feel like Cher Horowitz.

What would your advice to young people starting out in the industry be?

I’d say don’t listen to my advice and just do your own thing. That’s how the best music and artists are created: when they don’t have all of this weird insider knowledge about everything and are just naïvely making something beautiful and amazing.

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See the whole shoot – exclusively in FAULT Issue 16!

What is your FAULT?

I apologise for everything. Maybe it’s a really British thing to do, because I feel like I get told off for it a lot whenever I’m in America.

FAULT MAGAZINE ISSUE 16 (FALL’13) – THE ILLUMINATE ISSUE – IS AVAILABLE TO ORDER NOW

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FAULT Fall ’13 (The ILLUMINATE issue) – now available to order

We are pleased to announce that FAULT Issue 16 – The ILLUMINATE Issue – is now available to order.

Official release: 15/10/13

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FAULT Fall ’13 cover stars. Lake Bell was shot by William Lords and styled by Lisa Nguyen. The Jonas Brothers were shot by Udo Spreitzenbarth and styled by Avo Yermagyan.

  FAULT Magazine  – the ILLUMINATE Issue – proudly presents exclusive shoots and interviews with:

The Jonas Brothers – REVERSIBLE COVER FEATURE

Lake Bell

Emile Hirsch

Jessica Sanchez

Caroline Flack

Charli XCX

Youngblood Hawke

Problem

Sasha Grey

Matthew Lewis

Plus a FAULTless selection of the best Film, Fashion, Music & Photography to ILLUMINATE popular culture across the globe in the latter part of 2013.

This is your FAULT

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FAULT Future: Charli XCX – Charli DJs Fred Perry’s Sub-Sonic Live on 21/11/12

We picked her out as one of our ones to watch this time last year – and, boy, were we right!

After a whirlwind summer supporting Coldplay and playing festivals up and down the country, Charli XCX returns to reality with an out-of-this-world new Mixtape– “Super Ultra”. The mixtape consists of eight tales of young love and the brutal sting of heartbroken sorrow. It includes her latest track ‘Cloud Aura ft. Brooke Candy’ along with many new mixes drawing inspiration from her past experiences. It is clear this young artist has no intention of leaving her listener weeping along to this mixtape – quite the opposite. FAULT caught up with Charli to talk about her summer and latest release.

FAULT: Hi Charli XCX!

Charli XCX: Hi, I’m always really worried because I’m always on the loo when someone rings for an interview. So I’m worried someone is going to interview me while I’m weeing. Although its ok with you so who knows…maybe that’s bad.

So… you had an exciting summer supporting Coldplay on tour, how was that?

Yeah it was really cool it was really exciting you know it was massively overwhelming, and it made me feel like I was this crazy superstar “it girl” standing on a huge stage with loads of people watching and having Chris Martin back stage saying,“I like your music” it was really crazy.

Did you get to spend much time with Coldplay while you guys toured?

They came and said hello and they got us 9 bottles of champagne, which was really nice. They were very supportive and said that they liked my music so it was really cool.

We understand you also supported SantiGold?

That was cool, I really admire Santi, she is just really an amazing performer. What was really cool about playing shows with her is that she understands everything; she is so on it as an artist. When it comes to sound checking she knows her shit she’s got it down and I’m like completely not like that, I’m all over the place. I’ll sound shit for like a minute and be like “errgghh!” So it was really cool to see such an organized artist compared to me. But it was amazing and the shows were really good and her band was really funny so it was cool.

You played loads of festivals as well. What would you say was your favourite shows over the summer?

It was definitely Bestival, just because it was really fun and everyone’s really dressed up. I did my show on Sunday and thought everyone would be really hung-over so I went with no expectations thinking everyone would be on a big come down and be depressed but everyone was so up for it and really energetic it was kind of like a pleasant surprise which was really cool.

Had you been to Bestival before as a festival goer?

I did! I think it was one of my first festivals and I was really over excited. I was one of those really embarrassing kids who get really drunk and really really stoned on the ferry over so when I got to the campsite at like 7pm I threw up all over myself. I was that person, like the really embarrassing kid who everyone is like “awhh it must be there first festival, poor them”. That was me at Bestival which was quite funny. I love dressing up so yeah it was really cool.

 Super Ultra came out on the 7th  – congratulations! All you previous work is laced with a blissful chaos from the mega highs to the lows of the morning after. Can we expect the same brutal honesty on ‘Super Ultra’ as we did to your last ‘Heartbreaks and Earthquakes’ mixtape?

Its really hard for me to tell because my heads been in it for so long. I’ve been so into it I’ve sort of forgotten all sense of what its about, its all sound to me now but it is less highs and lows and more dreamy than ‘Heartbreaks and Earthquakes.’ I first started writing the songs when I was in Poland on tour with Coldplay. I was really down at the time of writing them homesick and I never really got like that ever. So I was having loads of breakdowns and crying like a complete crazy person so it was all an emotional blur while I was writing some of it. So it’s mainly more about heartbreak but I found it really emotional, sad and desperate a lot of the songs are desperately yearning to be like this naïve sexy girl.  That’s where my head was at the time.

Would you say your music is maturing as you do? 

I think so, I’m not that old yet. It’s all about stuff that I’ve experienced it never about stuff beyond my years. I always admire artists that can that and write about these deep decaying topics but my experiences of love and loss of love and enjoying love is where I’m at the moment. Everyone is always maturing so I’m sure my songs are too.

You mentioned that the mixtape is very dreamy can you elaborate on this?

The beats I’ve chosen to go over and the beats I’ve split up and worked with people on are very melancholic but also a bit gangster so for me the whole tone of the mixtape is angel pop. Its kind of the music you’d listen to while you’re in the sky-beautiful and whimsical.

Do you listen to any current artists in the chance and whom would you say was your favourite?

I do listen to radio and stuff and love the pop music in the chart but I’d say I really like ‘Rihanna’. I had a massive Rihanna kick a couple of weeks ago and I jut think she is really cool and love all the songs she has written by amazing people. She is just cool I like her vibe and her attitude and love her ‘Diamonds’ track it’s cool. I also really like Justin Bieber but then I balance that by listening to more Internet stuff. I really like Jessie Ware at the moment, she just did a really good track with BenZel its ‘If You Love Me’ and that’s cool. So I do listen to pop music and I want to make a pop album at the end of the day.

You’re a very original artist so who would you say are your musical influences?

Well its always been artists like Björk and Kate Bush so very real and very dramatic and emotional artists but then I also listen to Justice and Sebastian so French electro was definitely my first love and I’ve always loved Kate Bush’s magicalness. Recently people who have been inspiring me are the Outwork, musically and visually they have been so inspirational to be. I love everything they do its so perfect visually its on point, they definitely have their sound down and its really distinctive and I really like that

On November the 21st you’ll be DJing at Sub-sonic Live organised by Fred Perry and headlined by Tom Vek. How exciting is that?

I LOVE Tom Vek, absolutely love him and when he put out this album I was so psyched because obviously he hasn’t done anything in quite a while so when that came around it was like my jam. All the videos that came out were really great also I actually was meant to go and see him live when he was playing at some Rayban’s thing but I couldn’t go and it was really annoying because I really wanted to see him so I’m really psyched. I’m also DJing and I only just started so it’s kind of scary but cool.

Can we expect to hear an album soon?

Yes you can, I’m not just putting it off for no reason I just want it to be perfect. It’s a debut album in the end of the day if I fuck it up I’ve failed. I wasn’t happy with it so I delayed it I don’t know its like my first baby if its not perfect its just going to be annoying for my whole life. I had to delay it but its coming out early next year and its really in a good place because its something I have to be proud of. Sorry if it annoyed people by me pushing it back, my mixtape’s not like a piece of shit its something I put a lot of work into so hopefully people will recognize that.

What is your FAULT?

Probably I sometimes have word vomit. I talk a lot and say loads of stupid shit and I don’t have a sensor button so maybe that’s my FAULT. I think I sometimes say stuff that makes people really awkward.

 

Charli XCX will be performing with Tom Vek, Coves and Breton at Fred Perry’s Sub-Sonic Live on 21st November at the Garage in Islington, London. Tickets available now from just £5 – www.fredperrysubculture.com/sub-sonic-live

WORDS-MILES HOLDER