FAULT Exclusive: Phlo Finister for Issue 10

Photographer: Miguel Starcevich, Stylist: Luke Storey; Interview: Leah Blewitt

Singer/songwriter Phlo Finister is based in LA, but spends time in both N.Y. and London. Although she’s only 20, Phlo has worked as a model, stylist, and fashion editor, and recently collaborated on a track with Peaches Geldof. Music, she tells us, is her main focus and passion, and she has recently released a new EP Crown Gold via 3/4 (3qtr records). FAULT caught up with Phlo on our exclusive editorial shoot with the songstress, featuring Los Angeles designer Maria Dora.

FAULT: Can you tell us about your musical background?
Phlo: Sure. I pretty much grew up around music since the age of 5 from singing in church to having different friends who’s parents where in the entertainment industry.

What artists, musicians have inspired you the most?
I have a broad spectrum of musical influences from Janis Joplin to Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground.

What is your song writing process like?
It depends on the producer, but as of now I start by creating an original beat with my producers. Then record melodies that I may like, then I either write to the melody I composed or I go line for line and sort of freestyle it. Pretty much depends on how much emotion the track evokes. I write all of my thoughts down though daily its easier for me when I see me thoughts written down. It’s more like poetry before it becomes a song .

Can you tell us about the “Youthquaker” movement?
Yes  – well, the term itsself was coined by Diana Vreeland in 1963; she was the editor of Vogue magazine at the time. Edie Sedgwick was the first to be featured in Vogue as an actual Youthquaker . Then other girls became poster girls of the term “Youthquaker” such as Penelope Tree Vuruschka, Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton. London was the center of the movement and it was dominated by teenagers . It became a musical fashion movement empowered by the youth, it was all about teen spirit…

Read the full interview with Phlo Finister in FAULT Issue 10