KYGO – EXCLUSIVE ONLINE COVER SHOOT AND INTERVIEW

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Kygo – real name Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll – is always on the go. When we caught up with the tropical house sensation, he was in New York, doing promo for his new sophomore album, ‘Kids In Love’. It won’t be long until he’s jumping on a plane to his next destination.

 

The 26-year-old DJ and producer wasn’t planning a career in music, but what started off as experimentation on Soundcloud has resulted in a meteoric rise to fame, billions of streams, and shows at huge festivals such as Coachella and TomorrowWorld. We caught up with Kygo to chat about mixing up his sound, his dreams to work with Ed Sheeran and never sitting still.

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How has your unexpected success affected you personally and how do you stay grounded when you’re playing gigs to thousands of people on an almost daily basis?

It’s about the people you surround yourself with. I’ve kept all my old friends, my manager, my girlfriend. They keep me grounded. It [fame] doesn’t really affect me that much. I see my family, I keep busy by always traveling and playing shows. I get to do what I love for a living.

 

You popularised tropical house to the point where you were working with superstars such as Ellie Goulding and Selena Gomez. How did you arrive at this unique personal sound?

It was just through a period of experimenting. When I was studying [at university] I would play music in my bedroom all the time. I spent hours and hours experimenting with different sounds. I was inspired by [artists like] Avicii and Swedish House Mafia but I felt like everyone else was trying to sound like them, so I started listening to other stuff like deep house and found the sound I have now. It wasn’t like a plan, it was just stuff that I thought was cool.

 

How do you prepare to play live? Do you have any pre-show rituals?

I like to take ten or fifteen minutes before the show to concentrate and get in the zone. There’s always so much stuff going on and so many people around.

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You’ve recently collaborated with a plethora of artists such on your new album; some which are well known, like John Newman and OneRepublic, but some which are still largely under the radar like The Night Game. Why did you choose to work with these artists in particular?

My label sets up a lot of studio sessions for me. They recommend people to work with. I like to be very open-minded about people I work with. Even some songwriters or artists I’ve never heard of before, I’ll just try it and see what happens.

 

Is there anyone you’d love to work with down the line?

There’s a lot of people! Always on top of the list is Ed Sheeran. I did some remixes of Ed Sheeran four years ago. The Weeknd would be cool. Coldplay could be cool. Imagine Dragons as well.

 

In what way is your new album, ‘Kids in Love’ the follow-up or partner album to your last record, ‘Cloud 9’?

I think it’s a follow-up. There’s definitely some of the same sounds in there but a little different. I’ve tried to have fun with myself and my sound and mix it up. I didn’t want to make the same album or a similar album all over again, I wanted to make something new. I’m very happy with it. Some of the songs I’d be jamming on the piano but some of the songs were demos that would get sent over that I’d feel really inspired by. With the OneRepublic track and The Night Game track, we wrote those both from scratch together.

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Do you have a favourite song from the album?

It’s always tough to pick a favourite as I like all the songs on the album but I think ‘Kids In Love’, the title track if I had to pick, would probably be my favourite.

 

Is it because it means the most to you?

Yeah, it does! I’d been working on the song for over a year. When I make a track it only takes three days or a week or two, then after a while, you make some tweaks and release it. I usually like to tweak a song but it doesn’t make it much better. It’s not good to change it too much. This song sounded so big and powerful that I wanted to make sure it was perfect before I released it, so I spent a lot of time on it.

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What is your FAULT?

I’m definitely always late. I can’t sit still. If I’m sitting in a chair I always have to move my feet. It must be quite annoying – not for me but for the people around me!

 

Words: Aimee Phillips 

Photography: Conor Clinch 

Styling: Dee Moran

Grooming: Graziella Vella using Becca and Kevyn Aucoin

Production: Adina Ilie

 

FAULT Issue 17 stars Temples unveil new video prior to announcing Spring tour of USA

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Outtake from our shoot with Temples for FAULT Issue 17 – available to pre-order now. Temples were shot in Kettering by photographer Andy Wilsher

FAULT Favourites and psych-rock newcomers Temples have unveiled a new video for their track ‘Mesmerise’ prior to an imminent announcement regarding their upcoming second tour of the US. The foursome, who hail from Kettering, England, will tour this Spring in advance of place on the billing at Summer’s Coachella festival in California.

Watch the new video for ‘Mesmerise’ here:

Or check them out in FAULT Issue 17, available to pre-order from HERE

If you’re in the UK, you can catch Temples supporting Interpol during March’s NME Awards Tour. All dates below:

TEMPLES – NME AWARDS TOUR (w/ Interpol)
Tue. Mar. 18 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy
Wed. Mar. 19 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy
Thu. Mar. 20 – Manchester, UK @ Academy
Sat. Mar. 22 – Liverpool, UK @ O2 Academy
Sun. Mar. 23 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Tue. Mar. 25 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy
Wed. Mar. 26 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy
Thu. Mar. 27 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton

Temples debut LP, Sun Structures, is out  on Feb 10th (UK) or 11th (USA)

Q&A WITH YELLE FRONTWOMAN JULIE BUDET

YELLE performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg (yes, in Budweiser pants)

YELLE has spent this fall traveling the globe from Europe to Australia to South American, and so on… in celebration of their infectious sophomore release, Safari Disco Club. We caught up with the Electro Pop frontwoman Julie Budet before the trio’s sold out performance at Brooklyn’s Williamsburg Music Hall for a few words.

FAULT: Bonjour! How’s the tour going?

Julie Budet: We’re really happy about how the tours going. Its been fun and we’ve met lots of people, visited lots of countries… It’s good.

FAULT: You have just a couple shows left, with a finale in Paris. Are you excited to finish?

Julie Budet: Yes, I’m really happy. Tonight the show is sold out and it’s sold out in Paris, too.

FAULT:In the beginning of your career, people we’re always a bit fascinated by the idea that you had such a massive audience, but only sang in French. Do you feel that people are still going on about this, or has it just become accepted?

Julie Budet: People are still enjoying both the old songs and news songs… I still think they don’t really care if they don’t understand you. It’s just, like, the energy and the mood. Lots of people are telling me they took some French lessons to help understand, which is really funny. I just think it’s more about vibe and communication and I think the live show really helped us get this connection with people and I express a lot of the lyrics with my body.

FAULT: Your shows are pretty much a big dance party. How do you do that night after night and not get exhausted?

Julie Budet: I’m not going out after. I’m not drinking. I’m not taking drugs… It is, like, really boring (laughs). It’s the only solution to stay healthy and keep this level of energy because, yeah, it’s really intense every night.

FAULT: You, Grand Marnier and Tepr all have different musical backgrounds. What was yours before beginning YELLE?

Julie Budet: I grew up with lots of different styles of music, and my father was a French musician. We were listening to Rock and Roll, Pop bands, Classic Music and Blues… And, I was listening to lots of Rap and mainstream music. A mix of everything. I’m still listening to different styles of music now today.

FAULT: Who are you listening to now that you really like?

Julie Budet: I’m a big big fan of Warpaint. I saw them at Coachella… It was prefect. A really intense moment.

FAULT: Speaking of Coachella, you met Katy Perry there and that turned into a big thing. You ended up opening for her in the U.K. You’ve mentioned that the English audience is a little bit unique…

Julie Budet: Yeah, because, you know, the English people just listen to English music. Like in the U.S., you listen to Spanish and other music, but the English they have a really good scene so they don’t really care about the others, particularly from France. So it was quite a challenge for us to play every night in front of… I don’t know, tens of thousands of people. You know? But, they were really nice and open-minded in the end.

FAULT: Katy Perry, like most American pop stars, comes with that “visual packaging.” It becomes a huge brand. YELLE, on a cooler level, is very into visual—from shows to videos to album artwork, etc. Do you all collaborate on the visual aspects as well?

Julie Budet: Most of the time it comes from the brain of Grand Marnier [main producer and percussionist] because he likes to think about the aesthetics. It’s important for us to have control on our image. We just launched our label and it was important because we wanted to decide and have the choice, and if we make mistakes, it’s our fault, it’s ok. It’s not a problem!

YELLE performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg

FAULT: You recently did an acting debut… Is film something you are going to be getting into more?

Julie Budet: Yes, I just did a short film. It was a great experience and I received some prizes, so I was like okay cool. And actually, I’m going to be shooting a little scene in a long film coming up soon. I’d love to act more because I really loved it, but it’s important to find a good project with good people and good roles.

FAULT: Now… You’re a bit of a fashion icon!

Julie Budet: (Laughs.) It’s always funny for me to hear that because sometimes I’m just dressed like… nothing.

FAULT: What would you say is your personal style?

Julie Budet: I don’t know? I guess it’s a mix between old, vintage clothing and new designers, such as Jean-Paul Lespagnard, the guy who did all the outfits on the cover of the album. I love him. And I enjoy collaborating with designers, because sometimes, there’s just a connection, you know? I like to mix bright colors a lot, except right now I’m wearing all black…

FAULT: Well, you are in New York.

Julie Budet: (Laughs). And it’s cold!

FAULT: So what’s next after the tour?

Julie Budet: We’re going to have holiday with family and friends, be off for two months and then start to work on new songs. I don’t know what will happen, we just want to take the time to be in the studio and do new stuff.

FAULT: What is your FAULT?

Julie Budet: That’s hard to answer… I don’t know. I love candy a lot. It’s probably really bad for my teeth, my stomach… and, my ass.

Interview by Rachel Eleanor Sutton/Photographs by Tescia Deak