FAULT speaks to Ella Eyre about her new single ‘Ego’ and upcoming album

BRIT School-educated Ella Eyre first stepped into the spotlight back in 2012 with a feature on drum and bass hit ‘Waiting All Night’ by London band Rudimental. Since then, the award-winning singer-songwriter has featured on feel-good tracks with Wiz Khalifa, Naughty Boy, DJ Fresh and more recently, Sigala. Now, Eyre is back with pop single ‘Ego’ and a sophomore album in the works.

We spoke to the songstress about taking a new direction with her new music, guilty pleasures, supporting her rivals, and learning not to swear on social media.

Hoodie – Gucci at MyTheresa.com / Sunglasses – For Arts Sake

Your new song ‘Ego’ ft. Ty Dolla $ign is out now! What were the inspirations behind the track?

Finally! I wrote it last year so it’s been a long drawn out process trying to make sure it’s perfect. I think it’s fair to say that most of the men I’ve ended up dating have been quite sure of themselves and confident. When you first have a crush on someone you wind each other up. It’s that sort of playfulness in the early days of dating that I wanted to capture for this song.

Dress – Vetements at MyTheresa.com / Earrings throughout – O Thongthai / Trainers – Vans / Socks – Topshop

You’re currently in the process of writing your new album. Will you be changing direction from your debut album ‘Feline’ [2015] at all?

Completely, yeah! I’d say there was quite a bit of pop on the first album so I’m definitely honing that more and moving away from drum and bass. I love drum and bass and I’ve had so much fun touring it but I want to show diversity in my voice and explore a different genre. At 23, I’m still very much in my youth so I want to maximise that. I feel like my first album was rather sad and depressed because as a teenager you think the world is against you. Off the back of that, though, I’ve taken some time to reflect, travel the world, see my friends and realise life’s not all that bad!

Dress – JW Anderson at MyTheresa.com / Trainers – Converse

Who are you working with on the album? Any exciting collaborations with other artists?  

There will be a few more [besides Ty Dolla $ign on ‘Ego’]; I don’t know how many yet as it depends on what songs are on the album. I came up on collaborations and I feel like it’s a really great way of introducing new artists who’ve come up with something new, different and exciting, so there will definitely be more!

You recently teamed up with Sigala for feel-good dance track ‘Came Here For Love’ as well!

The fact that it was the official soundtrack for London Pride was amazing! I’m so glad I was a part of that.

Hoodie – Gucci at MyTheresa.com / Trousers – Topshop / Sunglasses – For Arts Sake

You have been a well-known face in the music industry for several years now. How have you developed as an artist in that time?

I’ve definitely learnt to be more patient. I’m quite an impatient person, especially when it comes to things like my career. Even if you don’t want to be, you become a role model and people aspire to be like you. One of the hard things for me has been learning not to swear on Twitter. I still do sometimes but when you have young people following you, you gotta stay PG [laughs]!

Have you noticed a change in the way people treat you [in the industry]?

I came from the Rudimental team and they’re all about family, so whenever I meet somebody who might be seen as a competitor, like Jess Glynne or Raye, I’ll always be friendly. I think being happy for other successful people is something people really struggle with in this industry but it’s something you have to do because the industry is so unpredictable.

Dress – Topshop Boutique

What is your biggest bugbear?

A lot of things piss me off. For a start, I hate automated phone calls. Having to call up a company and speak to a robot for half an hour before I can speak to an actual person. I hate balloons – I hate the rubber ones because when they pop they’re so loud! It makes me anxious when people hold them [laughs]! I also really hate slow drivers.

Who would be your dream dinner party guests?

Joanna Lumley, Stormzy, Barack Obama and Lauryn Hill!

Bra – Love Stories / Jacket – Le Seine & Moi / Trousers – Rick Owens at MyTheresa.com / Trainers – Adidas / Choker – O Thongthai

What is your guilty pleasure?

When I was younger, I would mix butter and sugar in a bowl and eat it! I still do it sometimes when I’m sad.

What is your FAULT?

Never being satisfied with what I have and not appreciating how lucky I am. I would like to think I could retire happy.

Ella’s new song ‘Ego’ ft. Ty Dolla $ign is now available on Apple Music, Spotify and iTunes. Find Ella on Instagram.

Words Aimee Phillips

Photos Jack Alexander

Styling Daisy Deane @ Frank Agency

Hair and Make Up Yasmina Bentaieb using Kerastase hair and MAC Cosmetics

Stylist’s Assistant Lois Jenner

Special thanks Jon Greenland

Victorious Festival | Pre-Coverage

Victorious FestivalFAULT isn’t giving up on the summer yet – it’s not over until the last Bestival act sings! There’s plenty more festivals to fit in until then too and next weekend we’re heading to Victorious on Southsea Seafront.

With party-banging headliners like Basement Jaxx, Tinnie Tempah and Ella Eyre, as well as some rock legends including The Darkness and Ray Davies of The Kinks over two days, this festival has attracted big names for only its fourth year. It has also made the shortlist for the AIM Independent Music Awards Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Music Festival. What’s more, it’s one of the most affordable festivals in the country, perfect for a last minute bank holiday escape!

Southsea Seafront music festival

There’s nine stages to keep you entertained including an acoustic stage, a ‘beats and swing’ tent and a showcase stage for new talent. There’s also a real ale festival and boutique garden and market. Want to make a weekend of it? Your wristband also gets you free entry to lots of attractions on the Southsea Seafront.

You’re more likely to find us reliving our teenage years listening to The Fratellis, The Subways and Super Furry Animals on the main stage though!

For the full line-up and tickets visit the Victorious Festival website.

LXN – FAULT MAGAZINE – STANDON CALLING

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When you take a look at the sheer calibre and diversity of the acts performing at Standon Calling this year, it’s easy to see why independent festivals have boosted the UK economy by £1bn in the last four years alone. That’s quite a sobering thought to let hang over your head for a minute – especially when you consider that it’s largely born of our love for hanging out of our arses being anything but sober for a weekend.

This is a festival that we’ve not been to before, so we don’t really know what to expect. What we do know is that after beginning life as a Birthday BBQ for founder Alex Trenchard back in 2001, it’s evolved into the weird and wonderful, 5000 capacity spectacle that awaits us.

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Standon celebrates its official 10th anniversary this year, and has settled on a Wild West theme they’re calling: ‘The Town of Two Faces’. By day we’re promised dog shows, a Hillbilly Hoe-down, creepy Taxidermy classes, sweaty Rockaoke and the chance to mosaic our own Tombstone thanks to the boundary pushing art collective, The Treatment Rooms.  By night, we hear it will be a very different story in their resident Cowshed nightclub, where we’re hoping to catch sets from The 2 Bears and Bondax.

The line up is a mixed bag, covering everything from the alt-rock of The Dandy Warhols, rap artist Roots Manuva and the scuzzy rock sounds of Kieran Leonard. Witness the fitness, indeed. We’re going to embrace the pick n mix vibe and try to take it all in as it’s such a small festival – but we’re putting a bit of time aside to make sure we’ve got the stage times for Basement Jaxx, The Horrors, Staves and Prides down.

All we can hope is that the Wild West theme doesn’t mean that we’re going to find ourselves standing in a sea of glittery Stetsons, feeling like we’ve accidentally stumbled upon a flash mob of middle aged women on a Hen do in Blackpool – or worse still, like we’re in a 90s Steps video. Which we’re 99% sure it won’t.   

Either way, it’s a good excuse for us to dust off those leather chaps and get reacquainted with the idyllic Hertfordshire countryside and dance away the effects of the Giant Filled Yorkshire Pudding that we’re almost certainly going to be smashing our faces into on a daily basis.

It’s safe to say that we’ll definitely be giving the outdoor pool a miss.

Ella Eyre Releases Audio for ‘We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off’

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Ella Eyre was shot by Miles Holder and styled by Rachel Holland at the Malmaison Hotel for FAULT 18.

 

We first heard part of this track back in January 2013 as part of ‘Virgin Records:40 Years of Distribution’ and it obviously put Ella on our radar as we would go on to feature the star in FAULT 18. This weekend Ella Eyre has gifted us by releasing the audio to her stripped back cover of ‘We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off’ on her official Vevo account.

The track is full of Ella’s raspy vocals which made so many of us fall in love with in the first place. While it goes without saying that after hearing Ella belt on track ‘Waiting All Night’ with Rudimental that her voice packed some awesome punch; it’s just great to hear her sing with her raspy jazz-tones and vulnerability exposed in such a way.

We’re hoping that we can hear much much more of this on her upcoming studio album ‘Feline‘ set for release on 4th May 2015. Listen to the track below!

 

ELLA EYRE – EXCLUSIVE SHOOT FOR FAULT ISSUE 18 (TEASER)

We are delighted to reveal Ella Eyre as FAULT Magazine Issue 18’s opening feature for the ‘Sounds of 2014’ section. Ella’s soulful voice, bold style  and energetic stage-presence encompasses everything it means to be RAW on and off the stage.

Ella Eyre was shot by Miles Holder and styled by Rachel Holland  at the Malmaison hotel

Ella Eyre was shot by Miles Holder and styled by Rachel Holland at the Malmaison Hotel. Click here to get your copy delivered worldwide.

At just 20 years old, Ella Eyre is already making waves with her soulful voice, phenomenal stage presence, and bold style. A graduate of the BRIT School, she cut her teeth on tour with Rudimental, featuring on their no.1 single ‘Waiting All Night’ in 2013 …

FAULT: You’ve got a distinctive personal style, from your clothes to your already famous hair. What about the relationship between music and fashion?

Ella: It’s really interesting because my Mum was a fashion designer for about twenty years and so she’s always sort of forced clothing on me! I was a real tomboy so I’ve always just wanted to be comfortable, but also to look good. My motto is a kind of ‘simple but sexy.’

What do you want to say with the album? Are core themes starting to emerge?

 I wrote my album over the course of three years so it’s a lot of growing up, and a lot of experiences that I had to deal with. As I said, it’s not that my experiences are more important than anyone else’s, I just want people to listen and relate and tune into the feeling of each track.

Your debut single ‘If I Go’ came out in July. Can you tell us a bit about it?

‘If I Go’ is basically about being with somebody and feeling caged in a way, or feeling that it’s not healthy. It was a question of me going, ‘this isn’t working at the moment, before I commit fully can I go away and do what I want to do, and come back to it…It’s not that I don’t want you now, it’s that I want you later. [laughs.]

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FAULT Issue 18 – The RAW Issue – is now available to pre-order

We are pleased to announce that FAULT Issue 18 – The RAW Issue – is available to order NOW.

Official release: 20/07/14

Pixie Lott was shot in London by photographer Simon Harris and styled by Marika Page exclusively for the front cover of FAULT Issue 18  Click here to pre-order your copy of this issue!

FAULT Issue 18 front cover star Pixie Lott was shot by Simon Harris and styled by Marika Page. Reversible cover star Dannii Minogue was shot by James D. Kelly and styled by Rachel Holland.
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FAULT Magazine  – the RAW Issue – proudly presents exclusive shoots and interviews with:

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Pixie Lott

Ryan Tedder/One Republic

Example

Stromae

Ella Eyre

Lydia Hearst

Zara Martin

Corinne Bailey Rae

Alpines

SXSW ’14 – backstage exclusives

Plus a FAULTless selection of the the finest Film, Fashion, Music & Photography that ripped up the status quo in 2014 – all presented in style that juxtaposes, on the one hand, a sense of minimal, effortless style characterised in the world of contemporary fashion and, on the other, the untamed, in-your-face passion that underpins so much of the natural talent in the arts and entertainment industries.

 

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Ella Eyre announces new single ‘If I Go’, available 6th July

EllaEyre_If_I_Go_New4aFAULT Favourite Ella Eyre has announced her new single ‘If I Go’ will be officially released on the 6th July, produced by Jarred Rogers who has worked with the likes of Lana Del ReyTinie Tempah and Mark Ronson. The audio clip for the track has already been viewed on YouTube over 60,000 times  in 4 days, which bodes well for the 20 year-old singer who has already had a No.1 as the featured vocalist on Rudimental‘s ‘Waiting All Night’.

It’s been a big year for Ella; she was the runner up for the BRIT Critics’ Choice Award and the BBC Sound of 2014 award, as well as appearing on collaborations with Bastille, Wiz Khalifa and, of course, Rudimental. She recently finished her first UK tour, and is now embarking on another set of ambitious live dates (below). Look out for her exclusive feature in the upcoming issue of FAULT.

ELLA

 text by Will Ballantyne-Reid

MTV Brand New announces two showcases at Islington Assembly Hall

MTV has announced that some of the most exciting names on its Brand New 2014 shortlist will perform in two exclusive sessions at the Islington Assembly Hall. On January 29 and 30, the venue will play host to up-and-coming stars like Banks, Ella Eyre, Kwabs, Joel Compass and BRITs Critic’s Choice winner Sam Smith.

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Katy B is also confirmed as a special guest performer on the 29th, where she’ll join George Ezra and Ella Eyre.

“I’m so excited to be doing a Brand New session for MTV at The Islington Assembly Hall,” says Katy of the performance.  “I’ll be playing an exclusive set to really make the most of the intimate space.”

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Ella Eyre, who collaborated with Rudimental last year on their hit ‘Waiting All Night‘ and was nominated for the BRITs Critic’s Choice Award as well as being on the MTV Brand New shortlist, is equally as excited, saying: “Being nominated alongside such great new artists was incredible – so I’m really looking forward to bringing my live show to MTV Brand New for 2014.”

The two shows are being held in association with Emporio Armani Diamonds and will see five of the most promising names on MTV’s shortlist perform to a crowd of industry insiders. The performances will be broadcast on MTV Music on February 9. January 30’s line-up consists of Sam SmithJoel Compass and Kwabs.

FAULT Favourite Banks also appears on the shortlist. Check out her track, ‘Waiting Game’, showcased in our exclusive behind the scenes video with Sasha Grey:

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Joel Compass

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Kwabs

The full MTV Brand New 2014 shortlist features:

Banks
Ella Eyre
Elyar Fox
George Ezra
Joel Compass
Kwabs
Royal Blood
Sam Smith
The Vamps
Marie Naffah (Unsigned Winner)

Words by Thea de Gallier