Faulkner performing in Cambridge in July, 2011
|Birth name||Sam Newton Battenberg Faulkner|
11 January 1985 |
Reigate, Surrey, England
|Genres||Folk rock, pop rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, sitar|
Sam Newton Battenberg Faulkner (born 11 January 1985) is an English singer-songwriter and musician from Reigate, Surrey. He is known for his characteristic percussive style of guitar playing. In 2007 Faulkner's debut studio album Hand Built by Robots was certified double platinum in the United Kingdom. Hand Built By Robots made No.1 in the UK Album Chart in August 2007. He released three singles from the album, "Dream Catch Me", "I Need Something" and "Teardrop". "Dream Catch Me" was selected Jo Whiley's Pet Sound on her daily BBC Radio 1 show and made No.7 on the UK Singles Charts.
Faulkner released his second studio album, Rebuilt by Humans in 2009 which made No.3 UK Albums Chart. After an accident which damaged his right wrist he said that he had "been put back together again by humans". The first single from the album was "If this Is It" and the video was shown on Channel 4. "Dream Catch Me" was a featured song in the US film, She's Out of My League in 2010. An EP called Sketches was released in April 2012. In June 2012, "Clouds", the first single from his third studio album, received BBC Radio 1 airplay. Write It On Your Skin was released 9 July 2012 and made No.1 UK Albums Chart.
Faulkner is the second child of Sally Carolyn (née Battenberg, formerly Evans) and Keith William Faulkner. He has an older brother, Toby William Battenberg Faulkner and a younger sister, Charlotte (Lottie) Elizabeth Battenberg Faulkner. Faulkner attended the Hawthorns School in Bletchingley, Surrey. He began playing guitar at the age of 13 (after a few attempts at the drums and piano) and attended the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. He grew his trademark red dreadlocks at age 15. He then moved on to the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford in 2002, where he spent two years gaining both diploma and the higher diploma award under the tutelage of Eric Roche, amongst others.
His first band was a Green Day cover band, in which he played bass guitar. His experience on the stage grew as he formed 'Half A Guy', a funk rock group with a quirky edge, with band mates Matt Buchanan (credited in Newton's Hand Built by Robots tab book), Dave Elvy and Nicola Crawshaw. 'Half A Guy' recorded two demo CDs and managed two years before splitting. He then spent time recording and playing gigs under the name Newton Battenberg Faulkner, including the Lapagestock festival on 11 June 2005.
Hand Built By Robots (2005–2008)
In 2005 he made a sound for the game 'TrackMania Sunrise' called Take Back.
Faulkner made appearances in 2006 on BBC Radio 2 and he secured a Publishing deal with Peermusic UK who asked the Independent on Sunday to tell its readers to "watch this face". Faulkner performed at the 2006 South by Southwest music festival and at Guilfest 2007.
He subsequently signed with Sony BMG records and in July 2007 he released his début album Hand Built By Robots. He supported James Morrison on his February UK tour, Paolo Nutini on his UK tour in April, and John Mayer on his September dates in the UK. He also supported The John Butler Trio on a number of European dates.
In 2007 Faulkner's debut studio album Hand Built by Robots was certified double platinum in the United Kingdom. Hand Built By Robots made No.1 in the UK Album Chart in August 2007. He released three singles from the album, "Dream Catch Me", "I Need Something" and "Teardrop". "Dream Catch Me" was selected Jo Whiley's Pet Sound on her daily Radio 1 show and made No.7 on the UK Singles Charts. This gave the track exposure and was highly commented on by listeners to Jo's show by SMS and e-mail. On 29 July, "Dream Catch Me" reached No. 7 in the UK Singles Chart. His fourth single from the album, a cover of Massive Attack's "Teardrop", was released in December 2007. A new video for "I Need Something" was released in March along with a United States version of the video for "Dream Catch Me".
Faulkner has performed at several major UK summer music festivals. In 2007 and 2008 he played at Glastonbury Festival, V Festival, Connect Music Festival 2007, at Radio 1's Big Weekend 2008, Lollapalooza 2008 in Grant Park Chicago, Oxegen in Ireland and at the Isle of Wight Festival 2008.
Rebuilt by Humans (2009–2011)
Faulkner released his second studio album, Rebuilt by Humans in 2009 which made No.3 UK Albums Chart. On a video blog streamed live from Newton Faulkner's website on 22 June 2009, he stated that the new album would be called Rebuilt By Humans. The reason for this was that in December 2008, Faulkner slipped on some ice and badly injured his wrist, into which doctors fitted a metal plate. He then said that effectively, he had "been put back together again by humans". The first single from the album was "If This Is It", with the video exclusively shown on Channel 4 and released in September 2009.
In 2010, "Dream Catch Me" was a featured song in the US film, She's Out of My League. In early 2010, Faulkner featured on the Hamish and Andy radio show in Australia, playing "I Hate Mondays" and this song charted at No.1 on the Australian Apple iTunes Store. Faulkner again performed at several UK festivals - Glastonbury Festival 2010, Oxegen Ireland, T in the Park 2010 in Scotland, Latitude Festival 2010, and the Beautiful Days music festival in Devon. In October 2010, he played a surprise set at the ACM Awards show at Indig02 at the O2 Arena in London and in November 2010, he appeared at the 'Christmas Lights switch-on' in Barnstaple.
In 2011 he played at "Movistar Summer Experience" in Pinamar, Argentina in February and at the 'Beach Break Live' in Wales. Faulkner headlined the 'Avebury Rocks Charity Concert' in July 2011 and this event raised money for a Cancer Charity the Love Hope Strength Foundation. In July 2011 he played at the Cambridge Folk Festival. In 2011 Faulkner performed at the Bath Forum as a part of the 'International Guitar Foundation'.
Sketches and Write It On Your Skin (2012–2013)
An EP named Sketches was released on 17 April 2012 and contained three new tracks. It was taken off iTunes on 21 April 2012, and was updated and re-released on 21 May 2012. In 2012, Faulkner got featured on the popular YouTube music channel 'NoteWorthySounds' which has been receiving great interest.
At several shows on his 2012 tour, Faulkner announced that his third studio album would be titled Write It on Your Skin, and a track called "Clouds" would be the album's first single. In June 2012 "Clouds" received BBC Radio 1 airplay. Write It On Your Skin was released on 9 July 2012 and made No.1 UK Albums Chart.
Faulkner performed two live gigs at Edinburgh's The Edge Festival in August 2012 with Reverieme. In September he played at Weyfest. In the Autumn of 2012, Newton and his brother Toby co-wrote several tracks with Janet Devlin for her upcoming debut album.
In 2012 Faulkner played a UK wide tour for his album Write It On Your Skin, and in 2013 he toured Australia.
Studio Zoo (2013–present)
Faulkner was making history, as the recording of his fourth album Studio Zoo was being streamed live online, 24/7 for 5 weeks from 11 June 2013 with regular updates on the social networks. His home studio in East London was set up with 4 cameras, to follow every detail of recording the album - with no producer or engineer, just Newton, a bunch of guitars, plus a few special surprise guests.
"I am as excited as I am terrified by the prospect of having a house full of cameras film me while trying to record an album. The entire recording process will be streamed live and nothing has been recorded in advance - apart from some particularly good hand claps recorded in Paris. The album will be made before your very eyes, no tricks, no producer and no engineer, just me, a guitar and a few surprise guests," said Faulkner.
On 16 June 2013 Faulkner played the main stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2013 with live streaming as part of the Studio Zoo project. He played "Dream Catch Me", "I Need Something", "Brick by Brick", "Orange Skies" and a cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody", among others.
The album Studio Zoo was released on 26 August 2013. It debuted at no. 10 at UK Albums Chart, becoming Faulkner's fourth top 10 studio album.
Newton's influences include musicians such as Michael Williams, Del Amitri, Eric Roche, Tom Waits, Jurassic 5, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, James Brown, Prince, Green Day, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Primus, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Nirvana, Cee Lo Green, Gordon Giltrap, DJ Shadow, The Beatles, The Neptunes, Jamiroquai, The Presidents, Slick Rick, Nick Harper, Robbie Williams, Cornelius, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Thomas Leeb, Ben Howard, Django Reinhardt.
|Title||Album details||Chart positions||Certifications
|Hand Built by Robots||
|Rebuilt by Humans||
|Write It On Your Skin||
|full fat EP||
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"I Need Something"||2007||107||—||—||—||—||Hand Built by Robots|
|"Dream Catch Me"||7||5||39||46||38|
|"All I Got"||2008||59||—||—||—||—|
|"I Need Something" (re-release)||70||—||—||—||—|
|"Gone in the Morning"||83||—||—||—||—|
|"If This Is It"||2009||56||29||—||—||—||Rebuilt by Humans|
|"Over and Out"||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Let's Get Together"||—||—||—||—||—|
|"I Hate Mondays"||2010||—||8||—||—||—||Non-album single|
|"Write It On Your Skin"||2012||54||—||—||—||—||Write It On Your Skin|
|"Losing Ground"||2013||—||—||—||—||—||Studio Zoo|
- 2010: Relentless Boardmasters (TV-series)
- 2011: You Instead
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- Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
- For all except where noted: "The Official Charts Company - Newton Faulkner". The Official Charts Company. 5 May 2013.
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- "Newton Faulkner - New Zealand Charts". charts.org.nz/ Hung Medien.
- Newton Faulkner at the Internet Movie Database
- Official website
- Video of Newton's performance at the 2010 ACM Awards.