FAULT Weekly Playlist: Taska Black

Belgian producer Taska Black’s first introduction to music came at a young age in the form of violin and piano lessons. Like most kids, Tasks wasn’t initially keen on the imposed structure of a musical education. However, through improvisations, Taska found his deep-seated love for creating.

Stretching past genre definitions with his music, Taska first garnered international attention with his official remix of Charlie Puth’s “The Way I Am.” That soon led to releases on Martin Garrix’s STMPD label. His latest (and debut) five-track EP “Minds” was shared via San Holo’s indie label imprint bigbird.

With every track, Taska unravels a rawness through his intrinsic aptitude for melody and sound design which has seen him garner support from fellow heavyweights Zeds Dead, Alison Wonderland, Marshmello, Martin Garrix and more. Utterly refreshing and thrilling in its pursuit of greater sonic diversity in the pop sphere, Taska Black’s “Minds” EP showcases all the promising musical avenues that the young artist continues to progress into. As the year is winding down, listeners can only expect that Taska’s 2019 will hold even bigger musical moments, as hinted at by this debut EP. Until then, take a listen to his exclusive inspirations playlist for FAULT.

Sia – Soon We’ll Be Found

I’ve always loved Sia and she’s one of the best voices in pop music in my opinion. This is the very first song I heard from her from 2008 and I still can’t get tired of it.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-love

I’ve only recently got to know this band but they’re absolutely amazing. Whenever I’m traveling or doing nothing this is the only thing I listen to.

M83 – Midnight City

It feels like this song has been stuck in my head for 7 years now. That sound in the intro just never lets me go.

King Princess – 1950

When I first heard this song I was blown away. Just when that first verse comes in it just grabbed my attention and I can’t stop listening to it anymore.

Alison Wonderland – Church

I’ve always been a fan of Alison Wonderland. This is one of the songs off her “Awake” album and it’s just so well written.

Frank Ocean – Solo

I don’t think this one needs explanation. Blonde was one of my favorite albums of 2016 and ‘Solo’ has been in my daily playlist ever since.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside

When I was a kid I used to listen to the RHCP all the time. I could really pick any song of theirs because they’re all great, every single song is just so nostalgic to me.

ODESZA – Falls ft. Sasha Sloan

I don’t think ODESZA needs any explanation, they’re just legendary. Falls is definitely one of my favorite songs of their ‘A Moment Apart’ album.

Taska Black – Forever

This is a song I wrote with David Thomas Jr. His voice just sounds so good… This was my first song ever to be played on local radio in Belgium, where I live, and it was a crazy feeling to hear yourself on the radio like this.

Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (Zedd Remix)

I’m definitely a fan when it comes to Zedd’s music and it has been a while since he released a remix. This track inspires me because it shows how Zedd can twist a pop song and still push his sound and his production forward.

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Preview: Camila Cabello on the cover of FAULT Magazine Issue 25

Photography: Giuliano Bekor | Styling: Cat Wennekamp | Hair: Marcus Francis | Makeup: Allan Avendano | Nail Tec: Kim Truong

Despite still being very much within its infancy, Camila Cabello‘s solo career has already been rather unfairly mired in rumours surrounding her choice to split from her former girl group, ‘Fifth Harmony’. From the day Camila announced her departure, wild speculation and venomous allegations flew through the airwaves with no comment of ill from either party; seemingly the narrative of five bickering women proved more newsworthy than that of them respecting each other’s career choices. Nevertheless, Camila moves graciously through the attempted adumbration of negativity into the spotlight and onto our issue cover. With an AMA, VMA and countless other awards under her belt as part of Fifth Harmony and seldom mentioned co-writing credits for acclaimed artists Machine Gun Kelly and Shawn Mendes respectively, the sky is the limit for Camila Cabello. With that in mind, we sat down to find out more about the pressures and pleasures of going it alone.

Words: Miles Holder

 

Hi Camila, what’s been the scariest part of transitioning to a solo artist?

I think the scariest part about it is leaving a successful project to pursue a new dream with a path full of questions of self-discovery that only you can answer. But even when I feel so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of my former group, expressing myself as an artist became a necessity.

 

Do you feel a lot of pressure to have to get everything perfect?

I’ve always felt pressure to get everything perfect, and I’ve never gotten there, but I think that’s what keeps me growing, and keeps me frustrated with myself and keeps me reaching. I think if you’re ever comfortable and think “wow. This is it. I’ve figured it out.” , you stop trying and you stop growing.

What should fans expect to hear from your new music?

They are going to feel who I am. They are going to get a chunk of my heart, my experiences, my fantasies and everything in between.

 

What do you have lined up musically for 2017?

We’ll be touring worldwide for the rest of the year.

 

If you could describe the sound in 3 words, what would it be?

I couldn’t possibly boil it all down to three words but it will be me in sound form.

It feels like you’ve been working non-stop for the past 5 year, where did you find the time to prepare for your solo career in that time?

I was always writing, not necessarily for myself, but just because I really wanted to be a songwriter. I think as I was writing I found my own voice as an artist and as a person, and I’m discovering more about it every day.

 

What’s been the best part of the solo journey so far?

Working with so many talented writers and producers and following my own musical vision. I love the ability to create something out of nothing altogether.

 

You’re a young artist and it’s a very tough industry, where is your happy place when it all becomes too much?

My family and movies.

If you could give any advice to you younger self, what would it be?

Everything has to happen the way it’s going to happen so that other things can occur. And also, don’t be so hard on yourself.

 

There’s a lot of pressure on young artists (female performers especially) to be forced by the media to act a certain way or become bullied into dressing a certain way. What’s something you would never apologise for?

I think it’s important to make your own decisions about what feels right to you and follow your inner voice. Never compromise if it doesn’t feel right.

 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Everything is temporary and life has seasons of its own. Just like flowers don’t bloom all the time, there are moments of sadness and happiness, struggle and joy, and being human means feeling all of it, even in the bad times, so that you’re that much more grateful for the good times when they come.

 

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

I hope to release my first few songs before summer and then go from there and hopefully an album in the Fall.

 

What is your FAULT?

Overthinking, worrying about things that may not be in my control and not being present. I am sometimes too hard on myself and I get frustrated with how sensitive and emotional I can get, but I’m learning to love myself a little more during the times when I am sad or insecure, and I just remind myself that feeling those emotions is just a part of being human, and we have to love all the parts of our humanity, because they’re not there to hurt us, they’re there to make us understand ourselves a little better.

 

Read Camila Cabello’s full interview and see more exclusive photographs only in FAULT’s Special #25