FAULT Future: Flo Morrissey

 

Flo Morrissey is a chanteuse who sits somewhere between a Lana Del Rey penchant for romantic nostalgia, the bohemian power of Florence & the Machine, the whispered and mystical vocals of early Björk, and the effortless charm of Jane Birkin or Stevie Nicks.

At only 20, her sound and lyrics are incredibly well-honed, born of influences her contemporaries haven’t heard of and a detachment from pop culture that has made her incredibly unique both to listen to, and to look at.

Having just released her debut single ‘Pages of Gold‘, and just finished her first tour in the UK supporting The Staves, we sat down with Flo to talk cinematic sounds, the world around the artist, and the power of not always saying yes…

Flo Morrissey (2015), by Kurtiss Lloyd

Flo Morrissey (2015), by Kurtiss Lloyd

How are you finding the tour so far?

I’m loving it – it’s my first one so it was quite daunting to start with, doing something new every night for people who haven’t necessarily come to see you! But it’s great to be playing with The Staves because the audience is there to really listen.

In terms of your biggest performances so far – SXSW, Green Man, etc. – it seems like you are really selective when it comes where to play. Is that the case?

Yeah, it’s just the way my path has gone. I think it’s down to the Internet- I started putting up my demos at 14 and never really did shows in pubs or clubs like other acts. I was just lucky that my manager found me online. I think people say yes to too many things nowadays, and it takes away the special nature of actually doing a show.

Is the live aspect something you enjoy, or is it something you find daunting?

I enjoy it more and more because I’m still new to it – but you never know how you’re going to feel after a show. One thing could change and you wish you had done it differently. But I want to perform more and I’m excited to do more shows. It’s just hard in the beginning! When I go on the road, I’ll hopefully have a multi-instrumentalist to play with me so it will be a little less daunting and lonely.

Beyond the live show, is sharing the actual music something that makes you feel vulnerable?

I don’t really think about it until after, when I realise how weird it can be to speak about the songs. I’d rather people had their own interpretation of it. It’s nice to think that someone else might get something from it as well.

Flo Morrissey (2015), by Kurtiss Lloyd

Flo Morrissey (2015), by Kurtiss Lloyd

The individualism of your music and vision is clearly close to your heart. As you grow as an artist- being signed and managed and touring in the UK and beyond- is it harder to retain that sense of self?

I picked my label because they completely let me do what I want to, and I don’t have to compromise. People have this idea of the music industry as this place where you always have to say yes, but you really don’t. I still do my own Facebook and Instagram, and I wouldn’t want that to ever change.

How did you start writing music?

I started putting stuff on Myspace when I was about 14. I used to sing more classical music at school, but I started playing guitar and it was just more fun! So I made my own recordings, and my own videos, and put covers online. I was this 15 year-old girl acting as my own manager, sending my music out to blogs and it just felt really natural.

In that vein of being your own manager, it seems that your vision is really all-encompassing? Is it important to you that all the elements are cohesive in that way?

I think it is really important to have a kind of world around the artist, but then you can’t think about it in that way. I just try to be natural about it.

How do you see yourself going forward? Pages of Gold, (the upcoming single), marks a shift towards a much bigger sound.

I am really open to experimentation and a lot of the songs on the album have big string sections. I’d love to bring a live band on tour because a lot of the songs are quite cinematic and I’m glad it went that way. It could have been a real folk record but I always wanted to have this more cinematic sound.

Flo Morrissey (2015), by Kurtiss Lloyd

Flo Morrissey (2015), by Kurtiss Lloyd

How was the process of recording your album in LA over the summer?

It was quite lonely at time because LA is just such a huge place. It was the longest I’ve ever been away from home but my manager lives there which was great, and I get along so well with Noah, the producer.

You are quite a quintessentially British artist- what do you see as the differences between making music in the US and the UK?

It was quite inspiring to be there because they won’t say no- they had this kind of “you go girl!” mentality (laughs) and it was actually really good for me! They strive for a lot and it’s so easy, and English, to be self-deprecating but it helped in music terms to have that empowerment on hand.

Do you feel the music industry has been really supportive so far?

I’ve been so lucky but I try not to think about it too much! I sometimes feel like my music is maybe not that accessible, especially with just me and a guitar because it’s so vulnerable and raw. It won’t appeal to everyone but I strangely like that. Usually the best things are the ones that have flaws.

On that note, what is your FAULT?

I worry too much!

Flo Morrissey (2015), by Kurtiss Lloyd

Flo Morrissey (2015), by Kurtiss Lloyd

https://www.facebook.com/FloMorrissey

All photographs by Kurtiss Lloyd

Jameson First Shot : Three filmmakers win the Opportunity of a Lifetime & Make Short Film with Uma Thurman & Kevin Spacey

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Uma Thurman for Jameson First Shot

FAULT Magazine has just returned from a sunny trip to Santa Monica, LA, as guests of Jameson Whisky. We flew out to view the winning films of this years Jameson First Shot Competition. It’s a once in a lifetime chance for three filmmakers to direct and produce a short film starring Hollywood legend Uma Thurman and to work closely with Kevin Spacey as both the Creative Director and Producer.

The competition is fully supported by Jameson First Shot & Trigger Street Productions and allows new talent access to Hollywood filmmaking in a creative space that was never before obtainable.

The winning films were showcased at an industry party at the YouTube Space in Los Angeles, before being released to millions of viewers on YouTube.           

The three new shorts THE MUNDANE GODDESS (writer/director: Henco J), THE GIFT (writer/director: Ivan Petukhov) and JUMP! (writer/director: Jessica Valentine) can be viewed below.

Keep an eye out for our interviews with Uma Thurman & Kevin Spacey, which will be featured in the next issue of FAULT Magazine (Issue 19).

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JUMP

 

 

The Gift

 

Riccardo La Valle’s Exclusive Editorial For FAULTOnline

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Skirt: Greta Boldini
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Shawl: Di Liborio
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Photographer: Riccardo La Valle

Stylist: Ilaria Medaglini

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Set Designer: Marina Manfredi 

Makeup Artist: Silvia Baini 

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Hair Stylist: Marco Steri

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Assistant: Roberto Calcaterra

Backstage Photographer: Veronica Perri

FAULT Favourite Stromae releases new single ‘Tous Les Mêmes’ on May 26th

 

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Belgian pop sensation Stromae has announced that May 26th will see the official release of his new single ‘Tous Les Mêmes’. The single is the latest from his album Racine Carrée, which has already sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide and been No.1 in France for a pretty remarkable 27 weeks. This comes just after his announcement of a third show at Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo, on December 9th, his biggest UK show to date.

The self-directed music video for ‘Tous Les Mêmes‘ (which you can see below) has already garnered over 37 million views on YouTube, causing a stir with Stromae at his androgynous best, switching seamlessly between man and woman.

We recently caught up with Stromae to discuss his latest album, his new videos and his creative process. Look out for the exclusive interview in our upcoming issue!

Truls Qvale’s FAULT – EXCLUSIVE EDITORIAL FOR FAULT ONLINE

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Dress: NLY trend. 7+8. Malin.
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Skirt: Helmut Lang
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Little Mix: Exclusive Behind the Scenes video with our FAULT Issue 17 Music cover stars

 

 

Video by Julian Ruiz/Killer Pixel Films

 

Music: ‘Kids Grow Better Under the Sun’ by Anymals

 

Perry, Jesy, Jade and Leigh-Anne, who have a huge 12 page spread in the issue, were shot exclusively for FAULT by Benjamin Johnson and styled by Marika Page. The in-your-face style of the images reflect the band’s constant evolution in terms of musical style: not content to rest on their laurels after the success of their debut, DNA, the girl’s second album, Salute, has called a much wider audience to attention. Love them or hate them: Little Mix refuse to be ignored.

 

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Little Mix – as featured inside FAULT Issue 17. The girls were shot by Benjamin Johnson and styled by Marika Page.
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FAULT FUTURE: YOUNG KATO

Young Kato are a band who first came to our attention when they were selected for a cameo gig in TV series Made in Chelsea. Since then, they’ve been busy putting together their debut album and have just announced their first headline tour of 2014, which kicks off in Oxford on April 22nd and ends in Bath on May 2nd. This follows their own London Highbury Garage show on March 27th and a nationwide tour supporting You Me At Six. We caught up with them to discuss tour preparations, bands of brothers, failed marriages and the return of rock & roll.

Young Kato

You guys are about to embark on your biggest headline tour- how important is the live experience to you as a band?

To us, the live experience is ridiculously important. It’s something we take seriously, but at the same time it’s balanced with all 6 of us having a laugh.

In today’s music industry, how important is the live show for music acts in general?

Live shows are still important in today’s industry. Anyone who attends a live show will feel a greater connection to the musician. Fans appreciate live shows more than shit quality YouTube videos, that’s for sure.

What do you hope to achieve with this tour, having already had your music broadcast to households all across Britain?

We’ve seen over the last few tours that we have a great little fan base. Our aim is to give everyone who comes an amazing experience, so that they come back again and again and hopefully we can just carry on building from that.

6 members is a lot for one band – how does that dynamic work/ what challenges does it pose, if any?

It is great having quite a lot of people in the band really, though we don’t really know any different – we are all just a group of mates having a laugh though!

What is the balance of writing/playing/composing?

We have a main songwriter in the band in Joe Green. He builds the foundations to the songs and we all bring forward our respective parts. After the music is there, Green and I will write all lyrics, top lines, melodies etc.

You’ve half-joked about the band having started as a result of failed marriages (with Jack and Sam being stepbrothers.) To what extent do you feel hardship can encourage you to be more creative and does your music/songwriting tend to come from that place?

Haha yeah we have joked about that before! I guess stuff that happens definitely informs what you write about and can encourage creativity.

Young Kato

You are billed as “youthful, colourful, vibrant”,  with the ‘dark side’ having been dismissed, at least until ‘a few albums down the road.’ Is this a conscious effort to make feel-good music?

Our sound certainly fits in the brackets of ‘youthful, colourful, vibrant’ and we have songs that celebrate this. However we do have some mature ‘darker’ songs in us already too. Our debut album shows light and dark, and a balance that may surprise you.

You’ve been working with producer Dan Grech-Marguerat – who has previously worked his magic on the likes of Beck, The Vaccines, Howling Bells, Radiohead and Lana Del Rey – how much is this shaping the sound of your album?

Dan has a great ear for pop music, and we’ve completely embraced this in our album. We put a lot of thought into our album, we’ve taken every song apart and rebuilt it to be better. Dan for me is one of the best producers in the world at the moment and it was a pleasure working with him.

How has your process changed/evolved since signing a record deal?

We’ve certainly taken this a lot more seriously that’s for sure. Our label are very supportive and just allow us to just carry on as we were, 6 mates in a band playing songs.

You got your first big break when you were featured on Made in Chelsea – how important is pop culture to your process? Do you feel a pressure to please a certain fanbase having had a taste of this success with the more mainstream crowd?

All we really want to do with this band is to showcase it to as many people as possible. If they love it and get it then perfect and if they don’t, that’s fine, there’s something out there for everyone. We feel that we can appeal to a wide audience, so there’s no pressure to us accepting any sort of opportunity to do that.

Jack has said “we’re not always going to be the band that were on Made In Chelsea.” Have there been any downsides to the MIC experience (feeling fenced it, labelled etc.) or has it been a totally positive career move?

There’s no denying that the MIC experience has helped us greatly in our careers. It was a completely positive experience, we’ve got a great foundation of a fan base and it put us on people’s radars… what more could an up and coming band want?

At the BRITs the other week, Alex Turner gave a speech about the grand return of rock & roll and this is a change that British Indie bands seem to be at the centre of bringing about. Is this a movement you guys feel you are a part of?

I definitely agree that there are some great bands around at the moment doing great things and hopefully we can become a part of that!

Young Kato

Young Kato release their debut single ‘Help Yourself’ on March 24th, headlining Highbury Garage on March 27th.

For gig and tour dates, see: http://www.gigsandtours.com/tour/young-kato/

www.youngkato.com