M briansleeve cannon designer mrs jones fashion designer jay norton singer-songwriter lander khadel rapper janiece myers singer -songwriter kimi oâ€™neill stylist dan audio band lcb poet and rapper
backword h Welcome to M, the newest music and fashion magazine to hit the shelves. M is the only music and style manifesto filled with exclusive interviews from up and coming singers and bands as well as the latest trends to hit the catwalk. We are here to fulfill your every music and fashion need. Our unique 7â€? record sized magazine brings music history into the future as well as being the only magazine of its type. Vinyl has always had its A and B side, so we have decided to make M into a double sided magazine. We have both music and fashion covers so read from front to back or back to front and youâ€™ll still get great content, seamlessly mixed for you viewing pleasure! Make your way through our content with the A and B playlists. As well as all this content, each issue comes with a specially designed record sleeve to keep your hard copy in perfect condition as well as an ode to Vinyl. Each issue will feature the latest in womens and mens fashion and beauty trends in our style section as well as interviews from a fashion stylist with tips for the season and an up close and personal interviews with musicians. M will be available on a bi-monthly basis in print, online and as an iBook. For more info check out our website at www.m-mag.co.uk
music + fashion = m The first issue of M is here. M is a music and fashion collaboration here to rock your world. Here at M we wanted to try something different so our magazine is the size of a 7” record, our tribute to music history. With the first issue out this July, we’ve got summer covered with the top 5 European Music Festivals you can’t afford to miss (A), as well as your wardrobe for when you get there. Get the low down on up and coming Menswear Designers to watch in 2011 with ‘Spotlight’ (B) as well as an interview with the man behind the success of Oasis and The Verve, Brian Cannon (B). Meet Mrs Jones, stylist and designer to the likes of Kylie and Madonna (A), get to know up and coming singer-songwriters like Jay Norton (A) and Janiece Myers (B) as well as much much more. Along with all this content, every issue comes in a record sleeve to keep it looking great. As well as the hard copy, you can view M online at our website or download it as an iBook to read on your iPhone or iPad. We are bringing music and fashion together seamlessly so enjoy our first issue of M, the style and music manifesto you need to read.
playlist b Interview:Brian Cannon
20 Womens Beauty
Fashion Story:Head On
34 38 Are you a Beliber?
A-Z of Festival Fashion
Fashion Story:Fields of Barley
A day in the life of an X Factor Contestant
The Death of Analogue
Top 5 European Festivals
60 Seconds with Mrs Jones
60 Seconds with LCB
Fashion Story: Jelly on a Plate
Fashion Story: Dancing in the Shadows
Fashion Story:Block Party
40 Mens Style
56 Postcards from NYC
definitely brian Who was the leading man in Oasis? Noel? Liam? Brian? Meet Brian Cannon, the man behind the Oasis brand Brian Cannon is one of the most influential sleeve designers of the last 20 years. His work with Oasis has been triumphed as some of the best design of all time.Working with the band until 1998 he created some of their most memorable sleeves including the ‘Definitely Maybe’, ‘Some Might Say’ and ‘Be Here Now’ covers. Not only has he worked with rock and roll royalty Oasis, he also created artwork for The Verve and Super Furry Animals.
When talking to Cannon about the visual side of music he explains the change in the times. “The sleeve of a record was an integral part of the whole music experience. If I’m doing it it’s incredibly important, my name goes on the back of the sleeve and is there forever, so it’s a personal thing with me, it HAS to be good”. Working with Oasis has definitely been a highlight in Cannons career , “I started working with them when they were unknown and to see the whole project go through the roof was incredible” As well as working with musicians, he has added fashion to his list.“My approach to fashion is pretty much the same, the only real difference is you’re dealing with a huge corporate company instead of a guy in a band – there tend to be more people involved in the decision making process, which usually doesn’t help.” Making art for some of the biggest bands is an expensive business, with Oasis ‘Be Here Now’ costing a whopping £75,000, “Putting Rolls Royce’s in swimming pools don’t come cheap!”. When asking Cannon about where his inspiration come from he explains his creative process,“I always start by listening to the music, then reading the lyrics and wherever possible hang out with the band or at least the creative force in the band and try to get into their heads to see where they are coming from – then it just flows out.”
Website www.microdotcreative.co.uk Twitter @Microdot66 Image: Brian Cannon
“Putting Rolls Royce’s in swimming pools don’t come cheap!”
photography and styling m.constantinou model alex bartlett
in this issue, m is putting graduate menswear designers in the spotlight
zak atkinson collection:united we stand The inspiration for the collection came from two vestments of different times, both yearning an understanding. Merging late British Empire uniform and colonial pastâ€™s with Early 80â€™s Decay and wanting optimism. A collection of historic Dandy and looking at military accents, meeting youth culture. They both use uniform to display their meanings and worth. The Uniform that is worn is a statement of their own ambitions and regimental arrangement whether institutional or anarchic. Website: www.artsthread.co.uk/p/zakatkinson
pippa jane fairhall collection:america’s most wanted Fairhall took inspiration from her Dissertation, “How important is image when serving life behind bars” which observes the harsh reality of America’s most dangerous men and studying the relationship between image and crime. Such films as, Public Enemies, Bronson and Favela Rising then inspired the concept further. Three very visually stimulating and thought provoking films reflected her intentions for the collection, violence, colour and creative silhouettes. Website: www.wix.com/PippaFairhall/Portfolio
morgane press collection:a curious disposition The initial point of inspiration for this collection started when Press was living in Paris. She became fascinated with every detail whether it was the shear beauty of the city or a homeless man, sleeping on the ageing tiles of the metro floor. Intrigued by how clothing has a purpose and when the function of a garment meets with reason, a large part of the collection is multi-functional, garments that transform into another modes of function, including jackets that become bags. Website: http://www.artsthread.com/viewer/graduate_portfolio?p=3847Â
â€œthe venue was full of plant pots and they just threw them at us, i thought we best get off the stage nowâ€?
We meet band Dan Audio backstage before one of their gigs at the o2 Islington Academy for an exclusive interview with front man Dan, guitarist, writer and producer. How would you class your music, what genre is it? We have rock guitars and we mix it with a bit of rap, hip hop, reggae, the sort of stuff you’ll see at a festival, we just try to keep the hooks remember able. You’ve just set up your own record label; can you explain how that happened? We just wanted to release our own music, because we’ve not released anything before. I know a few people in different studios in Leeds and realised you need to release your music through a label. So we just thought to set one up and release our music through there. We’re not looking to get any big record deal or a big advance, so we just thought it would be better to do it independently. Do you feel that by creating your own label it has helped you control what you do? The music we’re making at the moment isn’t mainstream pop, it has a underground feel. We talk about stuff like politics, council estates, and all different types of things. Because we produce it ourselves it is kind of a good thing in a way we don’t have anybody from the label breathing down our necks disagreeing with things we do. Your band has been part of the BBC Introducing stages in Leeds, how did this come about? This provided us with another avenue of getting into music festivals. It was just through a promoter in Leeds who I have worked with for a couple of years, he
works for the guys at the BBC and we played for one of the BBC nights and they really liked it and invited us for an interview and acoustic session. We just did a bit of networking, which could hopefully keep going and push us into the national side of the BBC. On the note of networking do you feel like this is an industry where its not what you know, its who you know? A lot of it yeah definitely, I did a competition in London in 2007 called Project Talent and met loads of cool people who I’m still in touch with, and from that I’ve gone to a few gigs and met some publishers. You just got to get yourself out there, go to gigs, take your CVs, talk to people, get their cards and ring them up, pester them, keeping talking to them and just let them know what your doing. You have to have a good product because anybody can give you a record deal but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to work. But yes, networking is definitely one of the major parts of trying to break into the industry and get noticed. So you said you write your songs about politics and where you’ve grown up. Your songs have some really crazy names! Yeah there’s one called ‘Where’s your pension gone?’ and ‘Ketamine Party’. I prefer to write about stuff that happens to me or is happening in the world and the things that I feel most passionate about. How does your style reflect your music? I like my hats, rings, necklaces etc. (Laughs). When we’re doing the music its like you become a different person and little things like hats helps you to get into a different character, so I wouldn’t claim that I’m fashionable, I just try to create a character so that I can forget who I am.
Which has been you favourite gig to date? We’ve done a few gigs for the BBC in Leeds now, I’d probably say the first one last November, because I’ve had a bit of time off for about a year so it was our second gig back and I just gathered all the band members, a new drummer, new base player, new second guitarist and it was like our first gig. We only had a short while to prepare for it, so many things could have gone wrong but we got it filmed and edited and it went better than could ever be expected really. It proved to me that we could actually do what we set out to do, because it was like a make or break thing. It went really well, it brought us all together, and from then on we just carried on going. It wasn’t a massive packed out crowd, probably about 300 people there but it really inspired us! Which has been your least favourite gig? We did an acoustic gig at a baseline night which was the worse we ever had. It was full of 19-yearold kids screaming at us. I played a cover of the hallelujah song; I think they thought I was a priest or something (Laughs). But we got through it. So you won’t be going back there? I don’t know! It was full of plant pots and they just threw them at us, I thought we best get off the stage now. It’s Leeds, you get a lot of strange things out there. Tell me a bit more about your hometome, Leeds Yeah, I was born in Leeds a place called Bramley, I lived there most of my life. Bramley’s all right, I can’t really say too much that’s bad about it. I did want to leave when I got to 19, 21. Has your hometown Leeds shaped your bands music?
Of course, a lot of the people we looked up to when they were starting off their music like a guy called Elis K, he got signed to Sony when we was all 16, and they all grew up where I grew up. It wasn’t a bad area, but then when I moved out and went to a place called Gambles in high-rise block towers you get to see some pretty crazy stuff, like a lot of heroin and a lot of people that just got out of prison, there’s a lot of desperation around there. But its not all doom and gloom there’s some really nice people around there, too but I think there is a real-ness to what we write about, not in every song but we’re not afraid to talk about real life or the day to day things, like not having enough money to go to Morrisons to buy your shopping. Where I lived there’s definitely an influence to the music that I’m making, and has probably made me more passionate. I used to see a lot of kids that came from those areas and they were just ignored and left to do whatever they wanted and then maybe got into vandalizing stuff and getting in trouble. But at the end of the day there’s nothing for them to do, nobody was speaking to them to give them inspiration to do something or giving them the belief that they can achieve something and it made me want to inspire kids to believe in something. What’s next for you? Well we’ve got a new E.P coming about and that’s going to be released end of June and then another E.P out on iTunes, that’s going to be out in mid July which will be our first release from our own label which we are really excited about. That’s the next big thing that we are doing! We are going to be up and down the country promoting the E.P with as many gigs as we can fit in! Manchester, Leeds, London, Birmingham, we want to build up our fan base all over the country. We’re going to put the record out, and promote the hell out of it for the next 6 months and see where we get to!
make a splash Keep up to date with this seasons nail trends with our look at the 6 top shades for summer 2011
Left to right: Orange Tango/Mua/£1, Coral/Go Glo/£2.50, Draycott Manor/ Nails inc/£11,Violet/Revlon/£6.49,Hot Pink/No 7/£8.80, Peach/Models Own/£5
kings of neon Whatever you wear on your eyes this season be sure to keep it bright with the Kings of Neon in make up
flaming lipstick Here at M we love summer brights so here is our run down of the top 6 Lipstick shades for this summer
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M Mac www.maccosmetics.com Mango www.mango.com Margaret Mims www.margaretmims.co.uk Max Factor www.maxfactor.co.uk Millets www.millets.co.uk Miss Selfridge www.missselfridge.com Models Own www.modelsownit.com N Nails inc. www.nailsinc.com New Look www.newlook.com No.7 www.boots.com/en/No-7 O O.P.I www.opi.com P Paprika www.paprikafashion.co.uk R Ray-Ban www.ray-ban.com/uk Revlon www.revlon.co.uk Rimmel www.rimmellondon.com River Island www.riverisland.com S Sennheiser www.sennheiser.co.uk Skull Candy www.skullcandy.com Sony www.sony.co.uk T Ted Baker www.tedbaker.com Topman www.topman.com Topshop www.topshop.com
K Kurt Geiger www.kurtgeiger.com
U Uniqlo www.uniqlo.com Urban Outfitters www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk
L Lacoste www.lacoste.co.uk
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tik tok don’t stop Never miss a beat with our 6 top plastic time pieces for Summer 2011
Left to right: White Calculator Watch/River Island/£12.99, Orange Watch/New Look/£9.99, Navy Watch/H&M/£14.99, White Watch/Primark/£2.50, Black Watch/New Look/£9.99, Multi Coloured Watch/River Island/£24.99
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Photography, Styling and Headpieces M.Constantinou Model R.Mullen
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Strapless Top/Zara/ÂŁ6.99, Headpiece/M/ Price on request
are you a beliber? Meet this issueâ€™s die hard fans. Justin Bieberâ€™s populatiry is ever growing, so I meet the fans who are sure to be the future Mrs Bieber
ave I met the future Mrs Bieber? It seems I have definitely met a few of the contenders after Justin’s heart at a gig of his at the o2 Arena on the UK leg of his world tour. It’s been decades since this kind of love affair with a pop star has reached this magnitude, maybe Bieber is the new The Beatles or Elvis? Having met a few of the girls, lusting after Justin in the queue, I still haven’t put my finger on the exact reason they love this pintsized pop star so much. “Its everything, I love him so much, his hair, his face, everything!” said Estelle, 15. Having travelled 7 hours and spent a whopping £600 on VIP tickets to see Justin, Estelle and her 2 friends, are some of the first to arrive for his show at 3pm styling his trade-mark hat and t-shirts emblazoned with the “I heart Bieber” slogan.
His “Bielibers” are some of the most dedicated fans in the world, with over 8 million followers on twitter, second only to Gaga. A lock of his hair sold for £25,000 on eBay for charity earlier in the year. His song “Baby” has over 490,000,000 views on YouTube and is currently the highest played song on the site - unbelievable figures for a boy of just 17 year old. Getting caught in a Bieber “stampede” was definitly a new experience. From a quiet murmer of fans gathering, there was a great scream and the running began. With no idea what I was running for, I joined the crowds heading towards the back of the o2 building. The chinese whispers began. It was thought to be Justin himself, but turned out to be one of his dancers. A lot of running for little gain, but none of these fans seemed to mind. When asking some of the girls what it was that they loved about Bieber, the only answer I
seemed to get was “Everything”. When asking what the ‘everything’ was, the response was exactly the same from every girl. His music, his looks and his personality. His personality? How can they love the personality of a person they have never met. Is it the increased use of technology that brings Biebers fans to a new level? Facebook, Myspace, YouTube and Twitter have boosted his popularity 10 fold. Unlike the days of traditional promotion, fans today feel that they are in personal contact with their idol through his status updates and latest videos.
like I’m doing anything wrong. I’ve been best friends with him for a very long time. It does hurt my feelings a lot, but I try not to focus on it.”
Selena Gomez has been the name on every Bieliber’s lips after her and Justin’s relationship came into the limelight. Bombarded with death threats by Justin’s fans it seems that not everybody is as pleased about their relationship as they are.
“It’s hard. It hurts, it really does” Gomez, 18, says in a recent magazine interview. “I don’t feel
The worldwide Bieber phenomenon has prompted a backlash, by those frustrated with his fast rise to fame - Shaved Bieber is a website where you can download a plugins to ‘shave’ Bieber mentions from your internet browser, meaning that all text, images and videos are blacked out so you will never have to see or read about Justin if you don’t want to.
d is for Dry Shampoo
c is for Cat Eye Sunglasses
b is for Backpack
Cat Eye Sunglasses/Asos/£12
Aztec hotpants/New Look/£26.99
a is for Aztec
e is for Eyeliner
f is for Frills
a-z of festival fashion Festival Season is here so check out M’s Illustrated Guide to Festival Fashion from A all the way to Z
l is for Lipstick m is for Mascara
n is for Nails Shatter nail polish/o.p.i/£13.99
Trilby Hat/Ted Baker/£35
Jelly Sandles/KG by Kurt Geiger/£25
j is for Jelly Shoes
False Lash Effect Mascara/Max Factor/£10.99
k is for Kimono Jacket
i is for iPod
Yellow Kimono Jacket/River Island/£39.99
Demin Gillet/River Island/£35
g is for Gillet
Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick/Chanel/£29
h is for Hat
q is for Quartz Watch Quartz Watch/Casio/£44.99
r is for Raincoat Raincoat/Topshop/£75
s is for Suncream
t is for Tent
Suncream/The Face Shop/£5
Polkadot Playsuit/River Island/£34.99
o is for OMG p is for Playsuit
w is for Wellies x is for XL Jewellery XL ring/New Look/£5
y is for Yellow Yellow Belt/H&M/£3.99
Wellies/Henry Holland for Debenhams/£25
z is for Zebra Print Zebra Print Bikini/Asos/£7.99 per piece
u is for Ukelele v is for Vaseline
face the music Meet Janiece Myers, Liverpudlian Singer-Songwriter. She talks to M about her aspirations and how her collaboration with Grime Royalty Wiley came about. How would you describe yourself in a few words? I would describe myself as funny, friendly, vibrant and a bit random. How would you describe your musical style?
I love music first and foremost; I have been classically trained as a singer from a young age. I try to keep that classical and soulful element in what I do. I’m into different types of styles, for example pop in it’s newest form like electro. I also like dub step, urban and grime. To date, what achievement are you most proud of? I’m proud of being an independent artist and putting music out there, having people respond to it. I can’t pick a particular project or song; it’s just the response that people give towards my music. I’ve put an EP out called ‘Too low for radio’. It has a bit of acoustic on there, electro drum and base, its fresh but I’m keeping it underground. I’m really proud of it, it’s the very first project I’ve done without any kind of assistance, just 100% me. You’ve worked with established grime artist Wiley as well, how did that come about? Wiley’s a really random person, he came to
Liverpool asking which artists he should work with, and my name was given to him. We got in the studio and started working. I had a track called ‘Underground Love’ and I asked him if he wanted to feature on it and he agreed. So he signed it to his label. That was a really good luck; it was an achievement to get recognition from someone so established. So you live up here in Liverpool, what is life like about the town? The surroundings are quite different to London, what is it that makes Liverpool more unique, do you feel inspired by it or write about what you see? I think just being out of London gives you a fresh feeling because when you go into London you feel so inspired, everyone’s in a rush and you get involved. But in Liverpool its a lot more chilled, not as many people are doing what I do, so you can relax a bit more. The city in itself has big musical influences on me, there’s a lot of soul and blues. For example The Beetles, if you look into the history and the people in the community there’s a lot of gigs going on. I used to be involved in a Motown tribute band with elders from the city who were in soul bands themselves. So that soul feeling is definitely the part of Liverpool I’m from. Also there are a lot of people in Liverpool that I can learn from as well. Obviously this city has more number
Website www.myspace.com/janiecemyersmusic Twitter @JanieceMyers Image: Janiece Myers
1 hits than any city in the world. (Laughs) What is it that you base your music on, is everything about personal experience or things you see. Do you collaborate or write all your own material? It’s all of what you just said, its personal experience. Sometimes I think of a story and think I want to write a song about that or it could also be a sentence that someone says. Or maybe if I listen to a beat that a producer sends me I could just catch a vibe of that. I love writing so any kind of way that I could experiment with is good. Do you feel that you are predominantly a writer or an artist? I’d say I was an artist but I think my writing is what sets me apart. I think I’m a good writer, I have been told that my songs are really good which gave me extra confidence. I love creative writing and poetry, also the different formats that people write songs in. When did you know you wanted to be an artist, from day one, or was it something significant that happened in your life that made you decide? I always wanted to be a singer or a teacher from when I was little. When I was 12 the only extra curriculum activities that I had were performing arts, singing and dancing. So its always been my main focus, it was when I left school I joined a couple girl bands. I’ve never really seen any other career path as something that I would like to do, I’ve had jobs but being a performer and artist is what I’ve always wanted to do, it feels natural.
What makes you different from everyone else? You know what, I hate this question, because when people ask me what makes me special, you try to be humble about it (Laughs) I am who I am, I make songs, I love it and I’m good at it. I love to perform and put on a good show when I’m performing. What makes me stand out is the fact that I’m genuine with my passion, it’s what I want to do and it’s what I love. How would you describe you style? What do you like wearing, do you have a different wardrobe for performing or for when you’re just chilling out? Oh yeah! I like to be comfortable, that’s very important to me, I like to be glamorous and stand out, I like to be colorful as best as I can. I also like to always look smart, trendy and unique in what I wear. When I’m on stage I like to always stand out and wear something that’s a bit razzle-dazzle. In everyday life I just like to be comfortable, I still like to get dressed up and look presentable just in case I get recognised on the street. Fashion is important because its what makes you stand out as a person whether you’re an artist or not, what you wear says a lot about you. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time, what would you like to have achieved? In five years time I’ll be 26, I would like to be doing arena tours, I would also like to have incredible, successful albums under my belt. At the end of the day I want to be successful by reaching my ultimate potential.
Check out some of the hottest headwear this season with these candy inspired headphones
Pink Headphones/Skull Candy/£44.99
fields of barley Photography and Styling M.Constantinou Model M.Gower
Panama Hat/John Lewis/£79.99, Demin Shirt /Topman/£30, Sunglasses/Urban Outfitters/£8.99
Panama Hat/John Lewis/£79.99, Varsity Jacket/Topman/£34.99
Panama Hat/John Lewis/£79.99, Checker Shirt/Jack Wills/£79.99
Panama Hat/John Lewis/£79.99, Varsity Jacket/Topman/£34.99, T-Shirt/River Island/£15.99
Panama Hat/John Lewis/£79.99, Chinos/Urban Outfitters/£34.99, Demin Shirt/H&M/£19.99, Boombox/Beyond Retro/£35