First Aid Kit talk Ruins, burnout & brave new beginnings for FAULT Online cover

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Photographer: David Yeo, Fashion Editor: Rachel Holland

 

FAULT: Stay Gold came out in 2014. What were you doing for the four years until Ruins?

Johanna (First Aid Kit): We toured Stay Gold intensely for about a year and a half following it’s release. After that we felt quite burnt out and exhausted. We could’ve kept touring forever. However, since we’d toured pretty much non-stop since we were teenagers we felt like we needed a little break. We needed time to figure out our lives, beyond First Aid Kit. We lived in separate countries. I stayed in Stockholm while Klara moved to Manchester for two years. It was necessary to get a break from not just the band and the music, but from each other. It was pretty difficult but we feel like we learnt so much about ourselves and about life during this time period. We built serious relationships, bought our own apartments. Klara started taking acting classes. I got a driver’s license. We needed to catch up on some grown up things we’d been missing out on.

 

When did you start work on Ruins?

Johanna (First Aid Kit): When we took our break we told ourselves we didn’t need to work on new material straight away, we didn’t want to rush another record. We didn’t even have to listen to any music or go to any shows if we didn’t want to. However, pretty quickly after the touring ended we felt quite eager to perform and write again. Klara broke up with her boyfriend and had a little bit of a life crisis. This inspired the theme of the album and sort of got us started on it.

We went to Los Angeles for six weeks in April 2016. We rented a house in Echo Park and went on road trips across California. We hung out with other musician friends and gathered inspiration. That’s when we finished writing most of the tracks that ended up on Ruins.

 

 

How does it differ to your previous records?

Johanna (First Aid Kit): We wanted to try new things on Ruins. Because it’s dealing with a relationship ending, the lyrics are both more personal and more universal than on our previous records. Before our lyrics were a lot more fictional and had more story telling elements. This time the songs are more direct. I think it stems from us being older, more experienced and more in touch with our own emotions. We’re also braver in a sense, it takes a lot of courage to write so openly about your inner feelings.

We decided to work with a new producer in a new city, so we reached out to a long-time favorite producer of ours, Tucker Martine. We told him we wanted to make an album that was less polished, had more of a live feel and a little more edge. Previously, we’d been pretty strict about the sounds we allowed on our records. It had to be very folky, pretty and acoustic. This time we sort of through all those ideas away, and we’re very open to new things. Whatever fit the song, we went for. It was super refreshing.

 

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Johanna Wears: Red Silk Slip Dress by Amanda Wakeley, Black Poloneck Top by Alice McCall, Red Boots by Zadig & Voltaire, Pearl Hooped Earrings by Dower & Hall

 

Obviously, this is your fourth album, has the process been different to your others? 

Klara (First Aid Kit): The songwriting process hasn’t changed that much since we started, but this time we wanted to make sure we really took the time we needed not to rush the record. All songs stem from a line, an idea, a lyric and then we work from there. Sometimes that takes less than five minutes, sometimes it takes years. In the end the most important thing for us is that we end up with songs that feel real and interesting. Something that makes us curious.

This time the recording process was different because we had a live session band that improvised a lot in the studio. It was so much fun! Getting to hear all these musicians that we’ve looked up to for so long play on our songs was a dream come true.

 

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Klara Wears: Black Blazer by Stine Goya, Red Tule Skirt by Amanda Wakeley, Black Top by Black Gold by Diesel, Red Loafers by Kim Kwang, Gold Curved Earrings by Dower & Hall, Silver Ring by Dower & Hall

 

How have you grown since your 2010 debut?

Johanna (First Aid Kit): When I watch old YouTube clips of us performing I feel like we’ve changed so much. We were just kids when we started out, although we felt like we were so much older back then. We were pretty insecure. We can hear in our old songs when we’re trying to imitate our idols and it’s kind of cute. It’s definitely not something we’re ashamed of.

We’ve always been good at what we do and had a strong core in our music, but we’ve just grown so much more confident with the years. Both in the studio and on the road, we trust our instincts much more and can relax. I don’t think we care so much about what people think anymore. We’ve always sort of been following our gut feeling, and it’s lead us this far…so we must be onto something, right?

 

Does this last album feel like the most “First Aid Kit” like album?

Johanna (First Aid Kit): I think all records are very ”First Aid Kit”-like in their own pretty ways. They’re just documents of who we were at that certain period of our lives. We think of them as time capsules. We don’t want to stick to a sound too much, we truly are open for experimenting. Who knows what the future will bring, getting too comfortable in a certain style is boring.

 

So talking about Ruins, can you tell me a bit about the lyrical inspirations behind it?

Klara (First Aid Kit): When we went to Los Angeles to write the record I had just gone through a breakup. The wound was quite open. I thought I was going down one road and then it all changed. The songs came through that and so of course, they all mirror that intense experience of this major loss. Visually, we see the record as a ruin of a relationship, walking around it, exploring it and trying to understand it. It felt like an important record to write as honestly and boldly as possible. That is how you get a real connection with people, which is always what we strive for.

 

And musically?

Klara (First Aid Kit): We always follow where we feel the songs want to go, arrangement wise. We usually have more a broad sense of what we want a record to be – this one we felt needed to be a little more raw with more of a live sound. Honestly, it’s all about the gut feeling. You go on in with ideas and expectations but in the end you go with what feels right and good.

We were listening to a lot of different music during the writing process, like Big Thief, Angel Olsen, Whitney and Mitski. We are always returning to our old favorites Townes Van Zandt, Joni Mitchell, Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan too. The list is endless. It’s hard to pinpoint where the inspiration comes from, it can be so random.

 

You’ve said that most of the record is about questioning yourself following the breakdown of a relationship. Can you tell me a bit about that?

Klara (First Aid Kit): It’s so easy to grow comfortable and be blinded by what you once thought was good. It’s hard to uproot yourself and leave it all behind. You feel so very lost. In the midst of all that it’s hard not to second guess yourself, looking for simple answers to things that will never really make sense. The record was written during a really vulnerable, exciting, scary time.

 

Do you find it cathartic to write about these kinds of subjects?

Klara (First Aid Kit): It is very cathartic. Writing is the way that we deal with whatever is hard in life, which is why our music is so sad, haha. Getting to share our deepest emotions with people, even though that can be scary, is so rewarding. The connection that we feel with people who love our songs is so special. Playing shows and singing the lyrics to another human being in the crowd, seeing their reaction and knowing the song means so much to them, there is nothing like it.

 

You’ve previously said that you wanted this album to be “more real”. Can you tell me about the ideas behind that? 

Klara (First Aid Kit): That wasn’t something that we planned to do but the songs ended up being more direct and open. Like we previously stated, we wanted to have more of a raw feel, of a live performance.

 

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Klara Wears: Tan Leather Jacket by Scotch & Soda, White Embroidered Shirt by MCQ by Alexander McQueen, Black Leather Skirt is Klara’s Own, Black & White Ankle Boots by Malone Souliers, Silver Ring by Dower & Hall

 

Is it difficult knowing that such personal songs will be listened to around the world?

Klara (First Aid Kit): All the songs and themes are very universal. We left out names or anything that felt too personal. The songs are still very emotional and of course that can be scary but it’s ultimately the most rewarding thing, when people react to something that came straight from the heart.

 

How has your relationship with each other changed during this album?

Johanna (First Aid Kit): I think our relationship is stronger now than ever. Touring together for so long has been hard. We’ve been put under a lot of pressure and pretty much been around each other 24/7. No wonder we some times argue and can’t get along.

For a while I think we were on totally different wavelengths. We wanted different things for the band but didn’t express it clearly enough. We’re much better at communicating now to make sure we’re on the same page. We also know when we need space from each other. We have so much more fun together now, too!

 

Now that it’s out, how has the reception been?

Johanna (First Aid Kit): Honestly, it’s been pretty darn amazing. Releasing Ruins was scary, especially after that four year break in-between albums. We didn’t know what kind of reaction to expect from either music critics or our fans. We didn’t know if anyone was still into our music. We never expect anyone to care or take our popularity for granted.

Also, when we’re making music we’re constantly torn between feeling like what we’re doing is the greatest thing ever and feeling like it’s a complete piece of shit. Sometimes when you’re in the studio singing a song you feel like it’s a masterpiece. Then when you get home and get some perspective on it, you listen to it and get doubts about it. That definitely happened with Ruins in a sense. However, it’s been amazing playing these sold-out tours full of crowds who know the new songs by heart. When we look at our listeners we can tell that the songs mean so much to them. It’s powerful.

 

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Johanna Wears: Pink Embroidered Suit by Alice Archer, Silver Silk Shirt by Bogdar, Silver Mules by Jones, Gold Earrings by Dower & Hall, Silver Rings by Dower & Hall, Bracelet by Dower & Hall

 

What do you want people to take away from your latest album? 

Johanna (First Aid Kit): We want people to feel comforted, to not feel alone in their feelings. We hope it’s a relatable album. Everyone goes through heartbreak in their lives, one way or another. It’s important to realize that it’s completely normal and that things are going to be OK. That’s the beauty of sad songs. They allow you to wallow in those sad feelings for a while and then hopefully gather the strength to move on.

What are you working on next?

Johanna (First Aid Kit): Though we just started touring Ruins, we’re already thinking about the next record and future tours. We can’t say much at this point. All we know is we think we’ve got a really exciting future ahead of us.

 

Interview by Ely Watson

To find out more and to purchase RUINS, visit here.

Photographer: David Yeo
Fashion Editor: Rachel Holland
Make-up artist: Jaimee Thomas at Untitled Artists
Hair Stylist: Jordan Leigh
Nail Artist: Diana Drummond
Stylist’s Assistant: Ana Carnu
Photographed at Yoyo Studios

FAULT Magazine 10 year anniversary @ UNIT London with Bulldog Gin & Snog

FAULT Magazine 10 year anniversary event & Issue 27 launch

FAULT Magazine 10 year anniversary: FAULT Magazine director Nick Artsruni (left) with Issue 27 front cover photographer Jack Alexander (right)

FAULT Magazine director Nick Artsruni (left) with Issue 27 front cover photographer Jack Alexander (right)

We celebrated the FAULT Magazine 10 year anniversary in style with the likes of Rizzle Kicks’ Jordan Stephens, Rae Morris, Felicity Hayward, GIRLI, Dakota Blue Richards, Jonny Nelson and Sascha & Mimi Bailey at UNIT London gallery last week.

While the BULLDOG Gin sponsored bar served their signature gin & tonics (with a slice of crisp grapefruit on the rim) downstairs, guests enjoyed an exhibition of some of our favourite-ever FAULT shoots with the likes of Kylie Jenner, Usher, Ellie Goulding, Ben Barnes, Big Sean, Nick Jonas and Gary Numan. Well, we hope they enjoyed them, anyway!

Pride of place, of course, was our latest cover with Liam Gallagher. Shot by Jack Alexander, the front cover for FAULT 27: the Best of British Issue was the focal point for our showcase event that was catered exclusively by stupendous fro-yo trailblazers Snog and their brilliant new brand, Beltane & Pop.

The official ‘FAULT Magazine 10 year anniversary afterparty’ took place at Mahiki Mayfair…we think. To be honest, we weren’t quite sure where we were once our private section started overflowing with bottles of vodka and Mahiki’s trademark treasure chests!

Nick Artsruni with Jordan Stephens of Rizzle Kicks

 

FAULT Magazine editor Miles Holder with women’s fashion editor Rachel Holland

 

TV presenter Jonny Nelson

 

Felicity Hayward and Rome Fortune with Nick Artsruni

 

Presenter James Stewart at FAULT Magazine 10 Year anniversary event

 

Rae Morris

 

Dakota Blue Richards

Mimi Nishikawa-Bailey, Sascha Bailey, Nick Artsruni (l-r)

 

FAULT Magazine contributor Adina Ilie

 

GIRLI and friend (l-r)

 

Guests enjoy SNOG

 

 

Lucy Chappell with photographer Jack Alexander

 

Roxxxan with Nick Artsruni

 

Sophie Hopkins with Jack Alexander

 

Miles Holder with Melisa Whiskey

 

Model Alexander James

 

Model Chad Kuzyk

 

FAULT Magazine contributor Olivia Pinnock (centre, red hair) and guests

 

FAULT Magazine contributor Aimee Phillips

 

Some of the prints on display at the exhibition are available for sale.

 

Please contact us if you would like to inquire about any of the works listed below:

From left-right:

  • ‘Kylie Jenner for FAULT Magazine Issue 20’ – photographed by Lionel Deluy (black and white A0 canvas print)
  • ‘Ben Barnes for FAULT Issue 15’ – by Sinisha Nisevic (black and white A0 canvas print)
  • ‘Ellie Goulding for FAULT Issue 15’ – by Louie Banks (full colour A2 canvas print) – not for sale
  • ‘Usher for FAULT Issue 19’ – by Sinisha Nisevic (black and white A0 canvas print)
  • ‘Liam Gallagher for FAULT Issue 27 cover’ – by Jack Alexander (full colour foam board print)

 

  • ‘Nick Jonas for FAULT Issue 21’ – by Matt Holyoak (full colour A2 canvas print) – not for sale
  • ‘Kylie Jenner for FAULT Magazine Issue 20’ – photographed by Lionel Deluy (black and white A0 canvas print)
  • ‘Gary Numan for FAULT Issue 27’ – by David Richardson (full colour A0 canvas print)
  • ‘Big Sean for FAULT Issue 15’ – by Steven Gomillion & Dennis Leupold (full colour A2 canvas print) – not for sale

N.B: Where the works are not available for sale, we encourage you to contact the photographer directly!

 Special Thanks:

UNIT London Gallery

BULLDOG Gin

Outer Insight

Snog and Beltane & Pop

Mahiki Mayfair

Photographers on display: Lionel Deluy, Sinisha Nisevic, David Richardson, Matt Holyoak, Louie Banks, Jack Alexander

Amazing people who went above & beyond for us: Hermione Benest, Tim Lucas Allen, Vassilissa Conway

FAULT Team on the night: Miles Holder, Rachel Holland, Adina Ilie

This is your FAULT

 

Martin Garrix covers FAULT Issue 26 – available to order now

Martin Garrix was shot in Ibiza by photographer Eva Kruiper and styled by Rachel Holland exclusively for the front cover of FAULT Issue 26. Click here to pre-order your copy of this issue!

FAULT Issue 26 cover star Martin Garrix was shot by Eva Kruiper and styled by Rachel Holland. Click here to pre-order your copy of this issue!

Ten minutes into an hour-long conversation with Martin Garrix, it’s blindingly obvious that there’s something more simmering underneath the surface of what people now call ‘The World’s Number One DJ’.

If you dispel the chaos and sparks that surround him on a regular basis, you’re faced with a 21 year old who is wise beyond his years – maybe even too smart for his own good. Martin is the brain behind the songs that we’ve had stuck in our heads for the past years. He knows what we want to listen to before we do. Labeled as the top EDM DJ and a self-confessed computer nerd, Martin’s got it all figured out. What makes him tick though? We try to find out. Here’s Martin Garrix – FAULTs and all.

On the pressure that followed after ‘Animals’:

“I made ‘Animals’ as a club song. I couldn’t wait to play it live to like… 300 people at that time?! Next thing I knew everybody started playing it. And then the pressure followed. The label people were like – so when’s the follow up coming? I had no fucking clue. I had nothing.”

On maintaining his integrity as an EDM artist:

A lot of EDM artists go like – ah you’re a sell out. [After the radio success of ‘Animals’] It took me a really long time to get my credibility back in the club scene. I had to do a crazy amount of club songs. And radio people kept asking about new radio singles. I had to shoot them down every time until this year – when I started doing radio songs again.”

Martin wears looks by McQ by Alexander McQueen, Homme Plissé by Issey Miyake and more in the lavish ‘I Am On Top of the World’ penthouse suite at the stunning Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel in Ibiza

On his personality:

“Oh me? I’m just a nerd, a pure 100% computer nerd. And I’m always very happy. If you ask anybody – they’d just say that I’m a crazy person who always runs around with a big smile.”

How he handles the pressure of being in the public eye:

“At the end of the day, I have a responsibility to put songs out there for my fans – so you won’t really catch me drunk before a show. I do drink and go out with my friends, but I have some common sense not to Snapchat the whole thing, do you know what I mean?”

On his decision to launch STMPD RCRDS:

“I started my own label last year called STMPD RCDRS – just so I could do whatever I wanted and whenever I wanted it. Now nobody can tell me what I can and can’t release. Plus I really wanted to support new talent in the industry – but it’s nice that I’m able to do whatever I feel like.”

On “the naughtiest thing he’s ever done”:

“We were in Paraguay … We came back after doing a show and I really wanted to go for a swim. The swimming pool was shut and I had nowhere to go – apart from the small pool in the hotel lobby. It was more like a mini-fountain, totally part of the hotel décor, by the way.

“And I just went swimming in there. Which was more like lying on the floor playing with water ’cause it was about 10 cm deep!”

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Anne-Marie Photoshoot and Interview for FAULT #22

Today Anne-Marie has released the first single from her upcoming album and so to celebrate, we’re sharing some excerpts and images from our feature with the young star in FAULT #22.

Anne-Marie has been spending the past two years touring the world with Rudimental and now she’s progressing to pop’s waiting list after the release of her debut EP ‘Karate’. She’s clearly no rookie to the music industry and has her eye on the prize.

Suit jacket: Filippa K Slim trousers: Filippa K Cross kiss ring: Meghan Farrell Jewellery Single beat ring: Meghan Farrell Jewellery  Single beat cuff: Meghan Farrell Jewellery  Rose gold jawz earrings: Meghan Farrell Jewellery

Suit jacket: Filippa K
Slim trousers: Filippa K Cross kiss ring: Meghan Farrell Jewellery
Single beat ring: Meghan Farrell Jewellery
Single beat cuff: Meghan Farrell Jewellery
Rose gold jawz earrings: Meghan Farrell Jewellery

You’re first and foremost known as Rudimental’s Anne Marie. Can you talk us through your history with them? How did it all come about?

I had a writing session with them about three years ago and that was before I had any music out, so we just became friends basically. And we stayed friends until they needed someone to go on tour with them and that’s when they chose me.

Do you remember what your first show with them was like?

It was quite scary. I remember just being on stage and being stiff and quite overwhelmed. It was quite a lot to take in. It was a big show as well, it was at a festival in Wales. I ended up getting used to it though. I’m a little bit better now but back then it was a bit scary.

Floorwork Cream Top: Antipodium Taylor Denim Skirt: Pepe Jeans Black Leather Jacket: Filippa K Abbott Stud Black Boots: Rebecca Minkoff Cross Kiss Ring: Meghan Farrell Jewellery Single Beat Ring: Meghan Farrell Jewellery

Floorwork Cream Top: Antipodium
Taylor Denim Skirt: Pepe Jeans
Black Leather Jacket: Filippa K
Abbott Stud Black Boots: Rebecca Minkoff
Cross Kiss Ring: Meghan Farrell Jewellery
Single Beat Ring: Meghan Farrell Jewellery

 

Now you’re coming into your own and releasing your own music as well. What do you feel is the main difference between yourself as an artist and yourself as a featured artist? How do you plan on differentiating yourself?

Well, apart from the obvious outcome of being a featured artist where all you do is sing other people’s music, which I love doing nonetheless, as my own artist, I can write my own stuff, I can put across something that I want out there. I always write about personal experiences or experiences that other people who are close to me have been through. So, it’s finally fine to sing about something that is important to me, which I’m really looking forward to. Obviously when you’re singing other people’s music, it’s still important to have a connection with it, but it’s not the same as it is with your own writing.

Music Video for Anne-Marie’s latest single – Do It Right

Pink Embroidered Faux-Suede Jacket: Fyodor Golan

Pink Embroidered Faux-Suede Jacket: Fyodor Golan

What’s your FAULT?

My biggest fault is that I’m really impatient. And I need to learn how to be patient; it’s becoming a problem.

Words: Adina Ilie

Photographer: Daniele Fummo

Fashion Editor: Rachel Holland

Make Up Artist: Nicky Weir at Sarah Laird using Bare Minerals

Hair Stylist: Kieron Lavine using L’Oreal

Stylist’s 1st Assistant: Belda Chung, Emma Ellen

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Preview – Fleur East Exclusive Debut on FAULT Magazine

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Words: Olivia Pinnock Photographer: Zoe Mcconnell
Fashion Editor & Art Director: Rachel Holland
Make Up Artist: Nicky Weir @ Sarah Laird using MAC
Hair Stylist: Takuya Morimoto @ Brooks and Brooks
Nail Artist: Diane Drummond @ Baptiste Agency Set Designer: Andy Macgregor
Photographer’s Assistant: Nick Graham
Styling Assistant: Emma Ellen
Photographed At Holborn Studios

 

The music industry has hit out at X Factor contestants in the past for being wannabes who take the easy route. Last year’s runner up Fleur East, certainly doesn’t fall into that category. In between her first appearance on the show in 2005 as part of fiery girl group Addictiv Ladies and her show- stopping finale performance of ‘Uptown Funk’ last year, Fleur has been chasing her dreams hard.

With nothing to apologise for, Fleur is taking the first and (arguably) the hardest steps of her career as she attempts to put X-Factor defeat behind her and reach for the stars! We caught up with Fleur in an exclusive photoshoot and interview! Pre-Orders for FAULT Magazine – The Unapologetic Issue are available here.

In the mean-time, enjoy this preview below!

 

What made you go back to X Factor a second time?

To be honest with you, I felt like I’d tried everything else. I got to the point where I’d featured on songs, I’d done backing singing for major artists, I’d done all these shows but it was always for other people. At this point I thought ‘What do I do now?’ I either go, just get a job doing something else, but that terrified me because all I know and all I love is music. My friends and family were saying to go on X Factor. I was dreading it and I didn’t really want to, I just knew how much pressure it was and how much of a risk it would be but I thought, I’ve got nothing to lose.

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What is it actually like going through the X Factor process?

It’s a lot less glamorous than it appears. It’s a lot of hard work. It’s probably the most stressful thing I’ve ever done. There’s so much pressure but I think if you really love it, if you truly love it and it’s your passion to sing, then that’s what will get through. I think if you don’t have that, you’ll realise quickly.

 

Was there are any part of you that wanted to be a runner up because in the past they’ve had more success?

A lot of people were saying that to me when I joined the process but I never really thought that because, how do I go into a competition and not want to win? That doesn’t even make sense. I was a little scared afterwards to be honest because I was thinking, ‘a contract is only guaranteed for the winner and I’ve come second, it’s not guaranteed for me.’

Is there a theme to the new album?

It’s all very positive, very uplifting. I think that music can sometimes be taken too seriously. I enjoy what I do and I want people to feel that. I’ve put a lot of time and a lot of love into it and I hope that people really get behind me and enjoy the music as much as I do.

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What do you want people’s reaction to be?

I just want people to react to it as though it’s a breath of fresh air. It’s sort of old school meets new school. It’s got a lot of old school influences, old school funk, old school hip hop, sounds that people miss. Influences like Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, proper good music that we all love.

 

Simon (Cowell) has said that with this album you ‘discovered who you wanted to be’, who is that?

I was fortunate enough that on the show, the songs that I was given represented the sort of direction that I wanted to go in. It’s basically really strong, sassy, full of attitude, really confident, vibrant and energetic.

 

What would you never apologise for?

I would never apologise for being myself and doing what I believe in. I think for years I was always like that. I was really shy. I’ve got to the point where I know, you’re not going to get anywhere if you think like that.

 

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Billie Piper Is FAULT Issue 21’s STYLE Cover-Star

Photography MARK CANT Fashion Editor RACHEL HOLLAND Words Olivia Pinnock  Makeup NICKY WEIR @ SARAH LAIRD USING BOBBI BROWN Hair TAKUYA MORIMOTO @ BROOKS AND BROOKS USING L’OREAL PROFESSIONAL Nails DIANA DRUMMOND @ NAILS BY BAPTISTE AGENCY USING CHANEL ROUGE NOIR AND ESSIE MADEMOISELLE Photographer’s Assistant JACOB SNYMAN Fashion Assistant BELDA CHUNG

Photography MARK CANT
Fashion Editor RACHEL HOLLAND
Words OLIVIA PINNOCK
Makeup NICKY WEIR @ SARAH LAIRD USING BOBBI BROWN
Hair TAKUYA MORIMOTO @ BROOKS AND BROOKS USING L’OREAL PROFESSIONAL
Nails DIANA DRUMMOND @ NAILS BY BAPTISTE AGENCY USING CHANEL ROUGE NOIR AND ESSIE MADEMOISELLE
Photographer’s Assistant JACOB SNYMAN
Fashion Assistant BELDA CHUNG

 

How did Billie Piper get to where she is today; starring in Showtime’s high-budget  horror Penny Dreadful with top names in the industry? FAULT talks pop beginnings, wild teenage years and how acting was always the plan. It feels like only yesterday we were putting on our best pair of cargo trousers and singing ‘Because We Want To’ into our hair brushes but Billie Piper, the teenage pop princess, grew up into one of British television’s favourite actresses. With two platinum albums, 70 award wins and nominations and two children already in the bag by 32, is she a go-getting, force to be reckoned with? No, says Billie, she’s just restless.

FAULT Issue 21 features the star on our internal Style cover and we chat Penny Dreadful, upcoming movies and what it takes to go from teen POP-star to simply a popular culture icon – Only available in Issue 21!

Purple Latex Lace Coat: Holly Fulton Leopard Print Bralet: Base Range Black Pants: Base Range Fishnet Tights: Wolford Green Suede Boots by Robert Clergerie Photographed in Suite 610 at the South Place Hotel

Purple Latex Lace Coat: Holly Fulton
Leopard Print Bralet: Base Range
Black Pants: Base Range
Fishnet Tights: Wolford
Green Suede Boots by Robert Clergerie
Photographed in Suite 610 at the South Place Hotel

 

What was the hardest thing about becoming famous at such a young age?

Never being able to just walk around normally. And when you’re a pop star you’re always on duty. You’re suddenly a role model even though you don’t start out with ambitions of being a role model and also you’re a fallible mess yourself. So trying to keep some resemblance of togetherness and good behavior was just shit as a teenager.

Mostly that you couldn’t walk anywhere without people wanting pictures and autographs and I found that so suffocating. We all did at that time. I went out with Rich from Five and we used to just sit in our flat for days, if we weren’t working, and never leave. It made you really reclusive. That’s the stuff I hated.

 

Black & White Blazer: Escada Black Mesh Top: Aries Black Suit Trousers: ISSA  Boots with gold heel: Antiana

Black & White Blazer: Escada
Black Mesh Top: Aries
Black Suit Trousers: ISSA
Boots with gold heel: Antiana

 

What have been some of your favourite acting projects?

I love them all to be honest. I’d say I’ve had some of my best times doing plays. I’ll always

have an enormous soft spot for Dr Who. That was a gift as a job and everyone was so nice which is rare. I loved Secret Diary because it was mad and loose and other-worldly.

You’re playing Lily Frankenstein in Penny Dreadful which is out at the moment. It’s a bit similar to Dr Who with its supernatural elements. Is that something you enjoy?

It’s funny that I get cast in things like that, it’s either prostitutes or time travelers!

Black leather top: Amanda Wakeley Black Leather Jacket: BLK DNM Gold Spike Earring: Majdan Rocks Small Gold Hoops: Billie’s Own

Black leather top: Amanda Wakeley
Black Leather Jacket: BLK DNM
Gold Spike Earring: Majdan Rocks
Small Gold Hoops: Billie’s Own

 

You’re playing Lily Frankenstein in Penny Dreadful which is out at the moment. It’s a bit similar to Dr Who with its supernatural elements. Is that something you enjoy?

It’s funny that I get cast in things like that, it’s either prostitutes or time travelers!

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Is that something you would advise your children on?

Yeah, I think I’d be quite firm about it. I don’t know that I’d let my children get involved in that world until they’re about 16 or 17. But who knows?! Because if they were really dedicated and really gun-ho and passionate about it then you just support that but if you’ve got a kid who just wants to be famous I would just totally rule that out.

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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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