FAULT Feature: Kiwi singer-songwriter Gin Wigmore

FAULT spoke to the equally tattooed and talented singing sensation about her road to the top of the charts in her native New Zealand, and how her hit song ‘Man Like That’ made her a Bond girl.

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FAULT: You’ve recently finished your UK tour. Which do you prefer – touring or being in the studio?

Gin: Both equally!

You started writing music from a very young age (14). How important is it to have a sense of perspective looking back at your song-writing history – as opposed to being a newcomer to the writing process?

Yes and no. I waited till I was older though, to start properly making music. I didn’t really get into professionally it until I was about 20/21 so I got that time to grow up and mull around, which was definitely a good thing.

A lot of your songs have such a personal history; what is it like to work with other people on production for those personal musings?

No, because I think when you write a song it’s very personal and you can hold onto that moment, but once it gets recorded it takes on a whole new life. The personal moment never leaves but the song goes out into the big wide world and becomes other people’s experience and helps to enrich their lives and for them to deal with their own personal issues.

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You’re a multiple number 1 hit-maker back home in New Zealand. How hard will it be to repeat the trick in Europe or the US?

It’s not a big deal for me to get number 1 again. The most important thing is being able to play shows and that people turn up to and enjoy. I’m focused on just consistently touring and making good music and if it works it works. There’s no trick or sole purpose in life to get number 1. Just play shows and have fun!

Who makes better pop music – the UK or the USA (generally and/or at the moment)?

I don’t really listen to top music these days. Back in the 60s I would say the UK. They were making great pop music – The Beatles were awesome!

Tell us about your personal style. Your wardrobe changes quite considerably between the flamboyant and the understated in your videos – which (if either) is the “real” Gin Wigmore?

I don’t walk around dressed like I am in ‘Man Like That’ walking to shops or anything. My personal style is definitely more understated. Videos are times to have fun, dress up and play around.

We love the video for ‘Man like That’. How did you come with the concept for that?

I always start thinking when I’m writing a song what I’m going to do with the music video. I thought to myself, I really want to do video where I’m dancing and being silly and stupid and not taking myself seriously. I decided to do a little Charleston kind of Black Bottom dance. It’s an old street dance taken from what cows do when they get stuck in mud. Had a little dance lesson, put on a little dress and away we went.

Speaking of “Man Like That”, it was, of course, used recently for the Heineken ad that tied in with Skyfall. How did that come about?

That was my music publisher. They pitched song to the ad agency and we were kept waiting for month to find out where I was going to get it. We drank a shitload of Heineken and hoped and prayed and finally we got the call, came out to London and shot it!

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Who are underrated at the moment, music-wise? Who is over-rated?

Underrated: Anthony and the Johnson – he’s great! Overrated – Nickleback.

What is your FAULT?

I still bite my nails.

Words by Rebecca Unger; Photography by Annick Wolfers. Special Thanks: Shoshanna Stone

John Legend is our Music cover for FAULT Issue 13

John Legend was shot by Miguel Starcevich and styled by Avo Yermagyan for FAULT Issue 13

John Legend was shot by Miguel Starcevich and styled by Avo Yermagyan for FAULT Issue 13

Excited to announce the first preview shots from John’s shoot in the upcoming issue of FAULT today. The 6-time Grammy award winner - who releases 5th studio album Love in the Future this Spring - was photographed by Miguel Starcevich and styled by Avo Yermagyan exclusively FAULT Winter 2012-13. Keep an eye on FAULT Online for our Behind the Scenes video view, but. in the meantime, check out an excerpt from our feature below:

 

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Above – John wears a Trench coat by Oumlil  tie by Title of Work ; suit by Alexandre Plokhov ; shirt by John Varvatos ; shoes by Gucci.Here – T-shirt, denim and shoes by All Saints ; blazer by John
Varvatos.

For nearly 10 years, John Legend has been living up to one of the most ambitious stage names in the business. Born John Roger Stephens, few can argue that the undisputed king of contemporary soul has well and truly earned his appointed title of Legend.

Over the past decade John Legend has made an indelible mark on the music industry with his countless hit singles, unique style and extraordinary talent. As a nine-time GRAMMY Award winner, Legend has garnered respect not only for his successes in the music industry, but also by becoming something of a mainstream renegade in the world of contemporary soul music. From Get Lifted,(his 2004 debut) to his latest offering, Love in the Future, his innovative collaborations with artists such as The Roots, Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco has seen John merge various genres and blur the lines of soul, hip hop and inspirational music with effortless cool.

FAULT had the pleasure of spending time with John during the course of our exclusive editorial. We got a chance to speak in-depth with the superstar and get his insight on the music industry as a whole, his personal growth as an artist and what his plans are for 2013.

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Shirt by Life AfterDenim; tie by Title of Work; trousers by General Idea; shoes by John Varvatos.

Can you tell us the reason why you choose Love in the Future as the title for the album? What can your fans look forward to with this LP?

The title was chosen for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I am getting married next year. And secondly, I really wanted to make a modern 21st century soul album. I wanted to create something fresh and exciting yet organic, modern and relevant. So much of music today is computerized, electronic and processed and, with Love in the Future, I wanted the album to be truly reflective of the times – modern soul music.

 

FAULT MAGAZINE ISSUE 13 (WINTER 2012-13) – THE CONTRASTS ISSUE – IS  NOW AVAILABLE TO ORDER

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Interview & Production by Leah Blewitt
Grooming – Anna Branson
Hair – Ron Stephens
Special Thanks to : Shoshanna Stone, Bryant Robinson