FAULT in conversation with Warpaint’s Theresa ‘TT’ Wayman

Words: Jennifer Parkes

 

Have you heard of TT? The moniker may not be too familiar right now, but you’re almost certain to know of Theresa Wayman, founding member of iconic indie rock band Warpaint, and otherwise known as TT.

 

While the group’s psychedelic dream pop has enticed and entranced fans for the past 14 years, last month saw Wayman release her own offering, LoveLaws, under her two-lettered alter-ego. But this is no band break-up – Warpaint shows no signs of slowing down, with several tour dates in the diary for 2018. FAULT caught up with Wayman in between shows to talk more about her debut solo offering, the challenges facing women in the music industry, and dream festival line-ups…

 

So, you’ve just released a solo album, which is pretty exciting! What made you decide to do that alongside Warpaint?

I just needed to be expressing more than I can do in Warpaint; it’s been 14 years being in a collaborative process, and I wanted to experience being on my own and having more control.

 

Did you approach this album differently at all to how you approach creating an album as a band? What were the challenges in that?

I didn’t have to do it in any specific timeframe, so I was able to indulge myself and question things more. It was scary to do that at times, and I worried I would never make it to the end – sometimes it seemed like I could keep questioning forever, but I figured it out!

 

You examine love and relationships in a number of ways across different tracks, but I’m also intrigued by the album’s title ‘LoveLaws’ – how did that come to be?

I thought of that title as a good concept to build an album from. I was feeling ruled by love and romance, and also seeing love as being a fundamental of life in so many ways. It seemed important to write about it.

 

Who would you say your influences have been, both in your own music and as a band? 

First and foremost, my music is always influenced by my emotions and mood. I tend to go into starting a song feeling blind, like I have no idea what will come out of me until I see it on the page. But then I start to hone it and let influences in, like Al Green, Sade or Trip Hop like Portishead and Massive Attack. Also current artists like King Krule, Rihanna and Adele, and that song ‘Get Free’ by Major Lazer.

 

How do you feel Warpaint’s sound has developed over the last 14 years?

I think Warpaint has gone in many directions over the years; we’re becoming more concise with our arrangements and clearer in what we’re saying. We used to jam a lot and write together in a room, but we did less of that on this last album – I think we’re into the idea of going back to that again, just because that old way now seems like something new and different.

 

 

It’s impressive that, as an all-female four-piece, Warpaint has stood the test of time in a notoriously misogynistic industry – how have you dealt with challenges that you’ve faced over the years in this respect? 

I think there’s more freedom in the indie-rock world for a girl band to exist, and not feel as much pressure and expectation to be something appealing to men. I think that’s a lot more common in the pop world.

 

I’ve generally felt very welcomed by our male peers, although there are times I’ve felt excluded from “the boys club”, like I can’t be a part of some technical conversation or ask questions. But I think the guys that act like that are the most insecure, and ultimately want to exclude women just because they just don’t know how to talk to them or don’t feel attractive to them.

 

Are there any new artists that you’re into at the moment you think we should keep an ear out for?

Kali Uchis, who I’m sure you’ve already heard of! And Dick Stusso – he’s from Oakland, he’s a really great singer/guitar player/overall musician, and he’s self-produced.

 

You guys have a few tour dates  over summer, including playing at All Points East Festival – are there any bands you happened to catch while you were there, or at other festivals?

Yes! War On Drugs at All Points East, and I saw Bjork and Fever Ray at Primavera – they were absolutely incredible!

 

If you were to host a festival, anywhere in time and space, what would your dream location and line-up be? 

Probably on the beach somewhere in the Caribbean. It would be Bjork from the Homogenic tour, so that she’s playing songs from debut and post too, with Portishead, Nirvana, Al Green, Kendrick Lamar, Fever Ray, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, and Bob Dylan playing all my favourite songs from over the years (I would get to choose)… the list could really go on and on!

 

Lastly, something we ask all of our guests, what is your FAULT?

I can be really stubborn and not let things go, and I always need to be right. I’m working on it!

 

LoveLaws is available to buy now – visit ttlovelaws.com for more info.

 

FAULT Magazine Premieres Stephanie Rainey’s Brand New Single – ‘100 Like Me’

Happy Thursday FAULT Readers! Today we’re premiering a brand new track by FAULT Favourite Stephanie Rainey. Written about self-consciousness and anxiety, Stephanie chants ‘Tell me I’m not the only one hiding’ as she pleads that someone out there shares the same hardship.

The track is written for anyone dealing with the heavy weight of their FAULTS (see what we did there) and reminds the listener that no matter what, they are not alone and should never feel that way. Obviously, we love the message and we know it will resonate with many FAULT readers, now more than ever.

With such a wonderful message and an awesome track, we’re very much looking forward to Stephanie’s new album slated for release next year. We’ve been promised the soaring full-band anthems that we’ve come to love from her ‘Half of Me’ EP.

Until then, allow us to present Stephanie Rainey’s brand new single ‘100 Like Me’ below! Enjoy

 

Ryan Tedder announces One Republic’s latest single, ‘Wherever I Go’

FAULT Issue 18 cover-star, Ryan Tedder has announced One Republic’s brand new single entitled ‘Wherever I Go’. Taken from their upcoming which is set to drop later this year, in an interview with Wonderland, Ryan had this to say, ‘It’s very much about obsession…It doesn’t personify the entire album and I think it’s going to really surprise people”.

The music video has been directed by Joseph Kahn who Ryan describes as ‘a bit of a mad kind of unicorn’. You’ll know Kahn’s name from his previous spellbinding direction on Britney Spears’Toxic’ and the Pussycat Dolls ‘When I Grow Up’. In that vein, should we expect to see a scantily clad One Republic gyrating on a plane/building site? Probably not, but one can dream…

‘Wherever I Go’ will impact radio play on May 24th.

Coves Exclusive Video Premiere On FAULT Magazine Online

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Coves first appeared on FAULT’s radar in early 2014 as we fawned over their then newly released album, Soft Friday. 

Fast forward to 2016 and we’re very excited to premiere video for their track ‘You’re Evil’. Arguably the best song (and Radio 1’s Huw Stephens agrees with us) from the duo to date! The video directed by Jos Crowley, sees  front-woman Beck walking her way through Folkestone in southern England as the head banging and truly unapologetic track plays in the background.

 

Beck had this to say about the video production:

“Working on the You’re Evil video was great because I was able to work with friend and director Jos Crowley, who managed to capture the image of the song in a really clever way. I also got to freeze my ass off in Folkestone for the day and slip down some very wet steps, which got captured on camera… I’m still waiting for it to be turned into a gif.”

 

‘You’re Evil’ is set to release on 25th March ahead of their sophomore album ‘Peel’ which drops on 1st April. Here at FAULT we’re not only excited to hear the whole album but extremely proud to see how far this once FAULT Future has come. If you haven’t, be sure to check out our shoot and interview with the duo back in 2014 HERE.

But that’s enough from us, we are proud to present the music video below!

 

 

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

FAULT Magazine exclusive stream of Mariann Rosa’s ‘Frikkin’ Fantastic’

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FAULT Favourite’s Norwegian vocalist and DJ, Mariann Rosa is back with new single ‘Frikkin’ Fantastic’ and we’ve got the first exclusive stream! Following up from ‘Banjo for My Bitches’ which took over the airwaves earlier this year.

The track is unique and everything we’ve come to expect from Mariann as she quickly becomes the queen of futuristic electro-pop. Produced by Zebra1 and mixed and mastered by Dario Dendi, the single will be released via POPjoy on 5th October.

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While she might be a new name to our readers, in Mariann’s native country of Scandinavia she is well known for her time as front woman of power pop band Surferosa and supporting The Killers, Electric Six and Turbonegro. Not to mention the fact that she  once sat on the judging panel of Norway’s version of ‘Idol’.

With a personal style as unique and wondrous as her music, Mariann Rosa is definitely one to watch for the coming months as her music continues to garner interest on an international scale. We are very proud to present you with the brand new track ‘Frikkin Fantastic’ below!

 

 

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Lion Babe Exclusive Interview/Photoshoot with FAULT Magazine

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Jillian:
White leather dress : 2nd day
White leather cropped jacket : 2nd day

Lucas:
Tailored navy blazer : Guess
Tailored navy trousers : Fillipa K
Vintage T-shirt : Lucas’ own

Lion Babe are an act that seemed to appear overnight, yet had everyone talking. Born in New York, as the lovechild of singer/songwriter and performance artist Jillian Hervey, and instrumentalist and producer Lucas Goodman, they mix a spectrum of sounds, and stunning visuals, influenced by the likes of A Tribe Called Quest and Sergeant Pepper-era Beatles. With a fresh new music video for ‘Impossible‘ released today, an album later this year and a headline show at Heaven on November 24th, we sat down with the electric duo to find out more! 

Who/what are your main influences?

Jilian: Musically I think we both have an eclectic taste.  We’re both influenced by soul music and a lot of the stuff going on in the late 50s to 70s era. One of my favourite artists and performers is Josephine Baker. Our influences are always changing but there is definitely a strong influence from that era. Also, I use Tumblr loads so a lot of times that has introduced me to people that I look at as inspiring. Whether that’s based on their style or the quotes they have.

How do you incorporate these influences into your own music?

Lucas: We are just listening to loads of records and taking elements – like “oh I like that guitar” etc. We’ll either just do an actual sample or maybe listen to those records the day before we go to the studio and it usually just comes out. But, always with a new twist to it. Whether it’s something more futuristic, an electronic thing, or you know, just doing it a little differently than they probably would have back then.

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Denim button-down dress : Guess

How important are visuals to you?

Lucas: It is really important. It is the other half to our whole. For us, it has always been multimedia, in the sense that we want there to be two sides – whether that is in our videos or our shows.

Jilian: I come from a performance background [as the daughter of Vanessa Williams] and performance art was what I was doing before I met Lucas. I could never be just singing as I think visually. When we are writing songs, for me, it happens in unison. That’s my way of bringing to our world what I have been trained to do my whole life.

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Tailored navy blazer : Guess
Tailored navy trousers : Fillipa K
Vintage T-shirt : Lucas’ own

Lucas, before Lion Babe you were producing music as Astro Raw. How is the writing process now you work as part of a duo?

Lucas: I love it. It is so nice to have collaboration. When you are making beats by yourself it is totally cool because you’ve got your own vibe, but, as a duo we can turn it into something more than a beat and transform it into a song. Jilian is a naturally awesome song writer. The first time we ever really worked on something together it felt really good. When two brains are working on something twice as much happens. Sometimes we collaborate with another artist or producer and it’s amazing because three times as much is happening. It’s just more fun than being by yourself all the time [laughs].

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White faux fur jacket : Guess
Black leather peplum skirt : Guess

At the moment you are touring around the UK – how has that been?

Jilian: Last night we played in Manchester, at the Ruby Lounge, and it was a lot of fun because the crowd were so into it. It was so funny because people seemed to know the lyrics to new songs, and I have no idea how they know but they just know! [laughs] Maybe we have spies in the studio!

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Leather shirt : AG
Tailored navy trousers : Fillipa k

You are both from New York, what would you say were the main differences between the American and British music scenes?

Jilian: There is definitely a difference in the pacing of things. Things move faster here. The fact that Lion Babe is being played on the radio in the UK now is pretty exciting. When we first started we never thought our songs were going to be played on the radio. It is pretty cool to know that a country is embracing your sound and helping people discover you.

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Gold & Black fringed jacket : Tim Ryan
Black lace-up stiletto’s : Alexander White
Black silk jumpsuit : Dagmar ‘Romance
Never Dies’, gold ring : Meghan Farrell
Jewellery Black heart gold ring : Meghan Farrell Jewellery

Lion Babe has been collaborating with some big names (Pharrell, Mark Ronson etc.) who have strong recognisable styles. Did you ever worry that your own developing sound would be overlooked?

Lucas: Not really because the process of how these records were made involved so much conversation between us and them. With Pharrell we had a two day writing session with him in Miami. It was so surreal and exciting, especially for it to happen so early on for Lion Babe. He would be like ‘put together a riff and I’ll be back in two hours’. Then he’d come back and we would work out a rough song which we would then take back to New York add other elements to. It is a mix of flavours- you can hear Pharrell, but in the end it is definitely Lion Babe.

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What is your FAULT?

Jilian: I hate to admit this, but I am not the best at time management. Marilyn Monroe was also a Gemini and she had the same issue!

Lucas:
Just management in general (laughs)

The new single ‘Impossible’ out August 28th in the UK, preorder now http://po.st/WWiTYT . Out now ex UK. Listen to LION BABE on Spotify http://po.st/LBEPSpotify

 

 

Words  HENRIETTA SCRINE

Photography DANIEL SACHON

Fashion Editor RACHEL HOLLAND

Hair BIANCA SIMONE SCOTT

Make Up NICKY WEIR @ SARAH LAIRD USING BOBBI BROWN

NAILS KIONE GRANDISON

Fashion Assistant BELDA CHUNG

Johny Dar writes and directs new debut music video – ‘I’m Grey’

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Fashion designer, illustrator, body painter, sculptor and now, music video director, Johny Dar’s latest creative project continues his explorations in identity. The American artist has written his first song ‘I’m Grey’, and directed an off-the-wall film to accompany it.

The simple lyrics of “Well sorry Mama, I’m not white enough. Well sorry Papa, I’m not black enough” repeat throughout the drum n bass track over a jungle beat and folk synth melodies with an energetic and aggressive vibe that will make you want to get up and dance.

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The background set for the music video features a typically Johny Dar print of abstract shapes in, unsurprisingly, black and white. In the foreground, two lithe, semi-naked bodies jerk, bend and prowl around the scenery, one painted head to toe in black, the other in white. Their wild hair and undressed state is as primal as their movements, stripping them back to their core humanity.

Johny explained that this piece was designed to “express the pain of the ‘identity crises’ and the challenge faced when claiming our own voice.”

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The new release ties in a number of elements from the artist’s previous work including the expressive patterns on the backdrop referencing the work included in ‘Dar the Book’ and body painting, from his work on Tuuli by Dar, all of which explored themes of identity and expressing the inside on the outside. However, using music as his medium this time is much more engaging and the video feels like a call to express yourself when listening to this track.    

Words: Olivia Pinnock