Mollie King Is Set To Surprise In Our FAULT Magazine Online Covershoot

 

 

We first became aware of Mollie King as part of the girl group ‘The Saturdays’. With thirteen top 10 singles across their five studio albums, the girls called a hiatus in 2014 to focus on their solo project. Now two years later, Mollie is on the cusp of debuting her first solo material which we’re told is going to be completely different to her previous projects.

FAULT caught up with Mollie to find out more in this exclusive online cover story.

FAULT: Hi Mollie, how is the upcoming music sounding?

Mollie: Really good! We’re just on the cusp of everything releasing and I’m so excited. I’ve been putting it together for a good year and a half and I’ve just shot the video so everything will be revealed in the next couple of weeks! It’s really exciting and going to be very different to what people are expecting so everyone will be very surprised.

 

When you’re in a band situation it’s difficult to display your own musical style, how different is your solo music compared to what we’ve heard from The Saturdays?

It’s definitely still a pop record, just very different to the pop music. In a band, it’s so difficult to make the music go down the lane you want it to, but this is actually the kind of music that I love and it’s very personal throughout. You’ll be able to tell straight away from the first single that stylistically, it’s worlds apart from The Saturdays.

 

What did it feel like to listen back to your first solo recording and hear your vocal without 4 other voices?

It’s definitely very strange and nothing that I’m used to. Everything from shooting the videos to photo-shoots, I’m just used to having 4 other girls with me. It’s a new experience and I do feel very vulnerable up there on my own, especially when I’m writing the songs about personal experiences and putting it out there to the world. Obviously I’ve got nerves about it coming out as well but all I can do is believe in the project and I do adore my debut track and I love the video. I played the song to the other Saturdays girls and they all really loved it and that means the world to me.

 

How easy have you found the the writing process?

There are definitely days when I felt more on the roll than others. When I went to write the single I wasn’t really feeling up to going into the studio but in the end it was one of the most productive days ever. You never really know until you get in there how the songs are going to turn out and that’s really exciting. I’m still learning so much about production and song writing and I hope I continue to learn it forever as you can never get to the point when you know enough with these things. I’ve just been so fortunate to work with amazing producers and writers.

 

Who has been a big musical inspiration throughout the project?

I listen to all kinds of music and have a very eclectic taste sometimes I just come home and I just like to listen to really acoustic tracks by James Vincent Mc Morrow although I’m also a massive pop fan so I love Ariana Grande and Jessie J and take inspiration from Prince and Michael Jackson. Although with this record it’s so pop and so personal to me, that a lot of inspiration has come from what I’ve been through the last couple of years.

 

Where did you shoot the video?

I shot the video in England and I’ve never been prouder of anything else I’ve created. We worked with such an amazing director and team and everyone is going to be very surprised.

You also run a fashion blog via Mollieking.com, how would you describe the “Mollie King Signature Look”?

It’s tough, I really do like to dress up and as a woman, it’s always nice to have that dressed up feeling but I also love any look that looks effortless.  I do tend to stick to more neutral colours and classic shapes. I feel my most confident in my style when my hair, makeup, and outfit are all in sync.

 

What is your FAULT?

I’m far too indecisive! It will take me a billion years to make up my mind on things and as a Gemini, I’m constantly going back on fourth.

 

Photographed at The Athenaeum Hotel

Cover Credits:  Nude bra by Base Range Black Leather Jacket by Second Female  M necklace by Alexi K necklace by Alexi

Alesso sits down with FAULT Magazine to discuss success, collaborations and new music!

 

EDM has risen to new levels of prominence in recent years and right at the very heart of that, stands Alesso. Despite acquiring success and fame as a musician, DJ and producer at a very young age, he bucks the trend of being persistently in the media. His achievements are undeniable yet he has remained grounded and almost enigmatic as he oscillates from a reserved disciple of music to lord of the dance (music). Since 2012 Alesso has been charting gold and platinum hits with big names and has wracked up an obscene number of downloads and plays across all mediums. If he can achieve all that he has in four years and at 25 years of age, you have to wonder what he will be able to achieve in forty.

 

You have had well in excess of half a billion plays across all platforms with hundreds of millions of views on Youtube alone. When was the first time you felt as if you’d ‘made it’?

I don’t ever feel like I’ve made it. I’ve set goals for myself since the beginning of my career. Like I hope I get to release a track, then I hope I play at least one live show a month, I hope I get to signed to a label. So each experience for me has been incredible and I don’t take anything for granted.

 

You’ve played some of the best festivals and venues in the world and this got me wondering: what would you say is the best moment of your career so far?

There isn’t just one particular moment I can pick. I’ve had a few. Headlining the Sahara Tent at Coachella not only once but twice. My own show at the globe in Stockholm and now this year headlining Summerburst festival has all been monumental moments for me.

 

If you could choose to play anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I love going to Asia. It’s one of my favorite places in the world and I enjoy my time there so much.

 

You’ve collaborated with A-list music stars like Calvin Harris, Usher and David Guetta. So, in a similar vein, if you got to choose your next collaboration, with whom would it be?

Drake.

 

Knowing what you know now, is there any warnings you would have given 16-year-old you before your music career took off?

Enjoy every moment. Don’t take anything for granted. And it’s always going to be hard work.

 

Similarly, what advice would you give to aspiring musicians who want to follow in similar footsteps to you?

Just stay passionate, be confident, be brave and you will find your way.

 

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be?

I think I would still have a job in entertainment or music in some capacity.

 

What should we look out for from you in 2016?

New music!

 

What is your FAULT?

Making people dance!

 

Words: Robert Baggs

Corrine Bailey Rae Premieres Video for new single ‘Been To The Moon’

 

The British singer is marking her comeback on the music scene with a brand new video. Her latest release is also the first single from her forthcoming album.

It’s been a while since we last heard of Corrine Bailey Rae, but now she’s back into our playlists and she’s more poignant than ever. Her forthcoming album entitled ‘The Heart Speaks in Whispers’ marks six years since her last studio album dropped.

To commemorate the two-time Grammy winners return, the video is an electric and vibrant visual treat that brings forward her well missed soulful vocals and humble spirit.

You can check out ‘Been To The Moon’ below

 

 

SUNDARA KARMA RELEASE NEW TRACK ‘A YOUNG UNDERSTANDING’ – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH FAULT ONLINE

 

Reading’s golden boys Sundara Karma have only just unveiled their new single ‘A Young Understanding’. The indie-pop quartet has seen undeniable success over the past year with only just two EPs under their belt and things seem to be getting bigger and better for the boys. They haven’t even released an album yet and they’re already set to globetrot around Europe’s festivals on the same bill as Years and Years, The 1975 and many other household names. It’s difficult not to label them as the next big thing. We caught up with Oscar Lulu, Sundara’s lead singer, and we’re tempted to say that England’s new wave is in safe hands.

 

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You’ve just finished recording your first album. What can you give away?

I can give away that it’s done and that we’re proud of it. It’s a really weird and difficult thing to say. To be honest, I don’t really want to say it. I find it difficult letting things go.

Have you done anything different with the album or is it going to be a continuity of what you’ve released so far?

We’ve released two EPs and I think the album is just going to be an evolution from those two EPs. Our second EP was a progression from our first EP and I think the album will just be a natural progression from the two combined. If you’re fans of the EPs, you’ll be fans of the album. There isn’t a direct distinction.

What’s your production process?

Well, I’m the main writer so it just comes from me singing in my room and messing around, thinking of ideas. Sometimes literature can be a source of inspiration or a certain philosophy that struck a chord.

You’ve also got a tour lined up in March. This is going to be your second headline tour after supporting acts like The Wombats, Wolf Alice and Circa Waves. What do you have in store?

This is going to be our second headline tour, so it should be fun. I couldn’t say what to expect from our shows except for a really good night out. Let’s just say that they’re going to be like an extreme house party.

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Let’s talk a bit about what you’ve released so far. Vivienne and Flame are some of your most popular tracks. What can you tell me about those two?

The early versions of both of those tracks were so different to how they sound now, after we’ve recorded. I think there’s something in the four of us. When we come together, we have this unidentifiable quality that suddenly comes to life. So I suppose those two tracks came to life the same as the others. Flame is more of a wake up call. If someone says something, it shouldn’t be taken at face value. There are different possibilities and there is more to life than meets the eye. That’s what Flame is about. As for Vivienne, we like to think of it as a classic love song.

What about the visuals for the tracks? How much input do you get on them?

For Vivienne, I put that together along with the director. We’re hands on with everything we do, creatively speaking. I feel really strongly that as an artist, you can’t be complacent or lazy about it. You need to be on top of all of it. Especially now, with social media and everything, because people never look at an album cover and see just that. It’s got a lot more to do with the music videos or the pictures that you upload on Instagram. It’s a bigger beef rather than just your music.

What was your concept behind the Vivienne video then?

Tragedy and escapism I suppose.

Do you always have a certain thing that you try to convey through your tracks? As you said, they all come across as a form of escapism, from the outside looking in at least.

I think that the broader message within the tracks is hard to define. You know, I’m 20 years old and I’m still young. I don’t feel like an adult. At all actually. Everything is coming from a very young point of view and it’s just my way of seeing the world at this very moment. I’m trying to stay away from mundane, cliché things. What interests me is obsession and ritualism. Love, hate, sex and drugs.

It’s not your job to tell people what to take away from your music, but if it was, what would you want people to take away from it?

Joy or happiness, if you can.

What are you listening to at the moment?

Let It Happen by Tame Impala and 15 Step by Radiohead.

What’s your FAULT?

Impatience.

 

 

You can check out Sundara Karma’s new single below.

 

 

Words: Adina Ilie

 

FAULT FUTURE: Steven A. Clark Talks Music with FAULT Online

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Happy New Music Monday! We sat down to talk to Steven A. Clark shortly after the release of his debut album entitled ‘The Lonely Roller‘. Steven struggled to find his footing within a music genre he could call home but with influcenes from Michael Jackson, N.E.R.D and Kanye West’s 808s, he has bloomed at the perfect time. With the resurgence of true RnB and 80s synth-pop sounds currently ruling the airways, it’s the perfect time to get to know this FAULT: Future. We’re very excited to hear what else is to come but for now, please enjoy the interview.

 

FAULT: You’ve recently released your debut album, after the success you had with your LP “Stripes” and your EP “LATE”. What have you taken from those two and merged  into the full album? What have you decided to leave out?

Steven: We kept a couple of records from the earlier projects because those songs birthed the sound of this album. I wanted to include those songs because they were two of the main parts of the lonely roller story. These songs are lonely roller and she’s in love.

 

Your music can be seen as a confessional. Did you find it difficult to outpour emotionally on a record?

No, I’m a fairly introverted person so my release/therapy comes from writing songs.

 

 

 

In terms of influences, we can hear a lot going on. Which ones were at the creative forefront of the album?

Definitely Michael Jackson and Peter Gabriel. You can throw in some Bruce Springsteen, Tom petty, 808s Kanye.

 

You haven’t collaborated musically with any other singers. Is this something that you’d consider in the future? Who do you feel would complement your sound best?

I’m not sure who the ideal collab would be, but I’m not opposed giving it a shot. That’s not something I would want to force. I’d like for it to happen naturally. There are so many great artists nowadays.

 

What do you feel is the most important bit in your development as an artist?

I think it’s just about living. It’s about the journey and keeping an open mind to the things I find inspiring.

 

What is your FAULT? 

Fear is my fault.

 

Words: Adina Ilie

 

 

Get Steven A. Clark’s debut album on the links below: 

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/stevenaclark_it

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/stevenaclark_amz

Support your local independent record store:http://smarturl.it/stevenaclark_indies

The Secret Garden Party announces Theme for 2016

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The Secret Garden Party presents…The Gardeners Guide to the Galaxy. To all first-timers, this isn’t the typical rooftop, beers all round knees up that you may spring to mind. No, this is Secret Garden Party revolution at its best! (Why else would we religiously attend!?)

They are back in 2016 with another annual arts and music extravaganza but this time there’s a twist! With the help of science fiction and inspiration of Arthur C Clarke, Azimov, Philip K Dick and Douglas Adams they are going to grow your imaginations from childish roots up into something more.

 

The instalment scheme is now on sale; with even more options. To help those Gardeners, who prefer to spread the cost of their tickets, there are two types of instalment plans now available for adult tickets.

For these tickets, visit www.secretgardenparty.com for more mud, music and entertaining madness!

FAULT Reviews Field Day 2015

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It’s that time of year again where Field Day hands over those spectacular glittering VIP wristbands giving us the chance to cover the east London-based festival exclusively for Fault Magazine. In its 9 years of showcasing incredible talent the festival has refined it’s good looks and efficient scheduling making it in my opinion the best festival here in London. The line-up included Chet Faker, Daniel Avery, Andrew Weatherall, FKA Twigs Caribou and Patti Smith.

Before we got carried away with the music we have to give some special appreciation to the huge offering of great quality food including local and organic produce. The festival seemed to support local businesses a lot as I spied Mary, the pretty pink burrito van from the Mexican Street Food ’Luardos’ (www.luardos.co.uk) serving up delicious beef brisket burritos with fresh guacamole.

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Belly’s full, we got stuck right into the festival to see Daniel Avery b2b with Andrew Weatherall getting us and everyone else into the party spirit. The set brought together a mixed age group all coming together to welcome in the long-awaited yet short-lived sun drenched British summer. I couldn’t resist heading to John Talabot’s set, even after seeing him numerous times before, as I know he can deliver an uncompromising performance.

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As the day grew old with beers still flowing we found ourselves joining in the various fairground attractions- expensive- but very fun and ensuring we remind ourselves to hold on to our youth. It certainly set us up for the headline act, Caribou. These guys have come a long way since playing in the infamous Montague Arms, Peckham back in 2008. We were slightly apprehensive of how the crowd would receive the set in an open air stage rather than a covered tent but we were well and truly blown away especially with their huge track ‘Can’t do without you’.

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For what you can get out of the festival- the music, food, activities and rides, it’s fantastic value and we’ll be running to get our tickets at the early bird prices here:

http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/YQK0406W?brand=fieldday

Words/Photography: LXN

FAULT Favourite Flo Morrissey releases debut album ‘Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful’

 

FAULT Favourite Flo Morrissey, who we featured for FAULT Online in March, will be releasing her debut album ‘Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful‘ next week, on Monday 15th June (Glassnote Records.)

Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful, (Glassnote Records), released June 15th

Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful, (Glassnote Records), released June 15th

We were able to have a listen to the record before Flo releases it into the world and it is a remarkably strong statement for a debuting artist (especially one who is only 20 years old.) Her voice is haunting and unique, richly retro-inspired, and hallmarked with the influence of Kate Bush, Devendra Banhart, Bjork, and Jeff Buckley. Her lyrics have a child-like fragility, and we see her exploring the journey into adulthood (especially pertinent given that she herself is on the cusp of a similar leap into the spotlight.) ‘Pages of Gold‘ and ‘Show Me‘ are statement tracks, with pop-power and surging melodies, whilst ‘Wildflower‘ and title-track ‘Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful‘ are somehow both ghostly and anthemic- an unexpected and beautiful balancing act. ‘Why’ almost teeters too far into fairytale-territory, with it’s lilting melody reminiscent of the Disney score for Sleeping Beauty (perhaps this particular reference says more about me than Morrissey), but its searching vocals are intriguing and anchor the track in emotion and experience. It is impossible to ignore the force of Morrissey’s artistry, and just how enchanting her voice truly is. Full of range, story-telling character, and effortless stylistic variations, we have no doubt she will continue to captivate as this album finally reaches its eagerly-awaiting public.

Revisit our exclusive feature with Flo here, with photographs by Kurtiss Lloyd.

Flo Morrissey, photographed exclusively for FAULT Online by Kurtiss Lloyd in March 2015.

Flo Morrissey, photographed exclusively for FAULT Online by Kurtiss Lloyd in March 2015.