FAULT Magazine collaborates with the world’s leading artist’s in film, fashion, art and music. Miles Holder, Editor-in-Chief of FAULT, shares a few of his favourites with us.
What did you study and what was your favourite class?
In sixth form, I did Politics, ICT and Photography, but to be honest, photography was the only one I was any good at studying.
Tell us a little about your journey to becoming Editor-in-Chief of FAULT?
I was in the second year at university, and I usually spent my summers doing at least one internship. I wrote to about fifty different magazines, and FAULT’s Publishing Director Nick Artsruni must have seen something in me. After that, the rest, as they say, is history! I worked remotely for the magazine throughout my third year and stayed on after graduation becoming a Contributor, Features Editor, Online Editor and now Editor-in-Chief.
What do you love most about editing FAULT?
The freedom we’re given as an editorial team to feature who we genuinely have an interest in. I meet so many inspiring artists and get to work with people I never imagined I’d get the chance to. Of course the fancy all expenses paid holidays, and award shows are a fun bonus too!
How do you decide who to feature in the magazine?
For me, it’s all about the story and having an honest conversation with whoever we’re featuring. If the celebrity is open to the creative concepts our Fashion Editor, Rachel Holland, comes up with, it only makes the ride far more exciting for ourselves and the readers too.
Who is the most inspiring person you have met so far at FAULT?
It’s a recent interview actually, but I’d say the musician Seal. I’ve always been a massive fan of his, and we just sat and discussed music, photography and growing up in north-west London. We sat there for twenty minutes talking about my favourite song (My Funny Valentine), and it was the first time I’d ever been in awe of someone’s music knowledge.
What is your stance on print versus digital publishing, and is there a future for print?
I think both have their place and I don’t buy into the “print is dead” way of thinking. Sure, the way we consume content has changed significantly, but that doesn’t spell the death of all print media. FAULT is part of a larger media group (Linveco) with a number of print-led publications, so we’re always thinking about how to keep print content relevant. At FAULT, in particular, we’ve decided that any of the work we produce has to be timeless and not just flavour of the month. You can go back two years and read our interview with Boy George describing gender fluidity and his childhood inspirations, and it all still rings true for another ten years. So while people might not be turning to print for their weekly news supplements or project-based updates, I believe there will always be a place for coffee table publications as long as they can offer something unique that can’t be replicated on digital platforms.
Who is your favourite photographer?
I’ve never been able to answer this question, but I do have a favourite photo book. Paul Fusco’s RFK Funeral Train which follows the train transporting Robert F. Kennedy’s body following his assassination. I’ve always been interested in exploring mortality through photography, and the hope lost faces of the mourners as they bid farewell, tell a million stories in a way only photography could.
Favourite fashion designer?
Ashish, I don’t follow fashion weeks that religiously but I will always try to attend or watch his shows remotely whenever possible. Shocking because despite his consistently colourful aesthetic, I don’t own a single item of colourful clothing.
What are you listening to?
Kamille’s My Head’s a Mess EP and Jacob Banks’ Unknown (To You) have been on a continuous loop this week.
What are you dancing to?
Pah, I don’t dance.
What are you reading?
I’m just about to finish The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré. I just bought it on a whim on my way home from the airport when my phone had died, but I haven’t been able to put it down.
What are you watching?
I’m not entirely sure why, but I’ve been rewatching the X-Men cartoon from the 90’s a lot recently.
What are you drinking?
Town or countryside?
Town hands down! I’m a city boy through and through. I do enjoy the odd trip to the countryside, mainly if I’m abroad but otherwise I like to be where the action is while I’m still young enough to enjoy it.
Tea or Coffee?
Green Tea all day, every day.
Dog or Cat?
Dogs. I don’t know what it is, but I just don’t trust cats.
Favourite place in London?
Swiss Cottage, it’s where I grew up, and despite now living on the other side of London, I think North West London will always feel like home.
Favourite place in the world?
Despite just saying I prefer the inner city, in June last year I went to Essipit in Quebec and stayed in a log cabin with some other journalists. Sat around a campfire, drinking beer and telling jokes with the northern lights creeping across the night’s sky; it was like something you see in the movies, and I’m anxious to go back!
If you could have 3 people to dinner dead or alive who would they be?
Tiffany (New York) Pollard, Cardi B and Gemma Collins. I wouldn’t say anything; I’d just sit there and watch them all be extra while recording it all on my phone.