Chet Faker

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Chet Faker
Chet Faker at the Rolling Stone Awards, 2013
Chet Faker at The Rolling Stone Awards in January 2013 at Beach Road Hotel, Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia.
Background information
Birth name Nicholas James Murphy
Born (1988-06-23) 23 June 1988 (age 26)
Origin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres Electronica, downtempo, soul
Years active 2012 (2012)–present
Labels Opulent, Remote Control, Downtown (United States), MapleMusic (Canada)
Associated acts Ta-ku, Flume
Website http://www.chetfaker.com/

Chet Faker (born Nicholas James Murphy; 23 June 1988) is an Australian electronica musician. In 2012 he signed to Downtown Records in the United States and issued an extended play, Thinking in Textures.[1][2] In October that year he won Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Thinking in Textures won Best Independent Single/EP at the Australian Independent Records Awards.[3] In January 2013 the work won 'Best Independent Release' at the Rolling Stone Australia Awards for 2012.[4] His cover of Blackstreet's "No Diggity" was featured in a 2013 Super Bowl commercial for Beck's Sapphire.[5] In April 2014 Built on Glass, Faker's debut album, was released to generally positive reviews and debuted at number 1 on the Australian ARIA Charts.[6][7]

Career beginnings[edit]

Nick Murphy has played for a band called Sunday Kicks, and an electronic/dance duo "Knicks". He has also played under the name of Atlas Murphy. Murphy decided he needed to play under a stage name after people came to his shows thinking he was a different and already established musician named Nick Murphy. He settled on the name Chet Faker as an homage to Chet Baker: "I listened to a lot of jazz and I was a big fan of ... the way he sang, when he moved into mainstream singing. He had this really fragile vocal style—this really, broken, close-up and intimate style. The name is kind of just an ode to Chet Baker and the mood of music he used to play—something I would like to at least pay homage to in my own music."[8] Other influences he has cited include Bob Dylan, as well as his mother's Motown albums and his father's "chilled out Ibiza CDs".[8][9]

He first rose to prominence after his cover of Blackstreet's "No Diggity" went viral online, reaching #1 on the Hypemachine chart in May 2011.[8] He released his first EP Thinking In Textures on 22 March 2012 to positive reviews, being described as "wonderfully loungey" and praised for its ability to "mix subtlety with impressive beauty".[10] The EP was also popular with fans, with single "I'm Into You" landing at number 24 on the 2012 Triple J Hottest 100 chart.[11]

Faker has worked with several other artists since the release of his debut EP, including collaborations with Flume and remixes of songs by MS MR and The Temper Trap. He was a featured vocalist on Say Lou Lou's "Fool of Me", which was named Best New Track by Pitchfork in May 2013.[12]

He released a new single featuring Kilo Kish on 12 August 2013.[13] In September of 2013, Flume announced that he and Faker had recorded an EP, stating that the final result "doesn't sound particularly like Flume or specifically like, you know, a Chet Faker record it really is kinda like a hybrid of both sounds going to one" and he feels like everything they did with the EP "was collaborative about the whole effort, and I think that shines through."[14] Faker's debut album,[15] Built on Glass, was released on 11 April 2014,[16] which was preceded by the release of lead single "Talk Is Cheap" and its accompanying music video on February 11.[17] The album debuted at number 1 on the ARIA Charts.[7]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
AUS
[18]
AUS
Dance

[19]
AUS
Indie

[20]
BEL (FL)
[21]
BEL (WA)
[22]
FR
[23]
NL
[24]
NZ
[25]
SWI
[26]
UK
[27]
UK
Indie

[28]
US
[29]
US
Dance

[30]
US
Indie

[31]
Built on Glass 1 1 1 31 38 76 51 6 49 87 18 158 6 29

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
[18]
AUS
Indie

[20]
Thinking in Textures
  • Released: 23 March 2012
  • Label: Opulent, Remote Control
  • Format: CD, 12", digital download
38 4
Live Sessions
  • Released: 21 March 2013[33]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Lockjaw EP
(Flume & Chet Faker)
  • Released: 22 November 2013[34]
  • Label: Future Classic
  • Format: CD, 12", digital download
Dec 18, 2013 – Good Danny's Austin, TX
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
[36]
AUS
Dance

[37]
AUS
Indie

[38]
FR
[39]
"Terms and Conditions" 2012 Thinking in Textures
"I'm Into You"
"Love and Feeling"
"Drop the Game"
(Flume & Chet Faker)
2013 18 5 1
  • ARIA: Platinum[40]
Lockjaw EP
"Talk Is Cheap" 2014 34 9 3 Built on Glass
"1998" 55 16 6 95
"Gold" 40 5 5
"On You"
(Chet Faker x GoldLink)[41]
N/A
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

List of promotional singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUS
[36]
AUS
Indie

[38]
"Melt"
(featuring Kilo Kish)
2013 60 4 Built on Glass

Other charted songs[edit]

List of songs, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUS
[42]
AUS
Dance

[43]
"This Song Is Not About a Girl"
(Flume & Chet Faker)
2013 52 12 Lockjaw EP
"What About Us"
(Flume & Chet Faker)
53 13

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album Notes
"Mahal" (Ta-ku featuring Chet Faker) 2011 LATENYC
"Fear Like You" (Chet Faker and The Royal Swazi Spa) 2012 The Key of Sea — Volume 2
"Left Alone" (Flume featuring Chet Faker) Flume
"Moon Plain" (The Coober Pedy University Band featuring Chet Faker) 2013 Moon Plain
"Fool of Me" (Say Lou Lou featuring Chet Faker) Julian
"Rock On" (Nkechi Anele & Chet Faker; David Essex cover) Non-album release
"Try It Over" (Yujen) No Aware Vocals

Production[edit]

Title Year Artist Album
"Don't Regret Me" 2012 Rainy Milo Limey
"Deal Me Briefly" 2013 Non-album single

Remixes[edit]

Title Year Artist
"So Sorry" 2011 Geoffrey O'Connor
"Trembling Hands" 2012 The Temper Trap
"Dark Doo Woop" MS MR

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s)
"Terms and Conditions" 2011 Isabella Giovinazzo[44]
"I'm Into You" 2012 Josh Mckie[45]
"Drop the Game" (Flume & Chet Faker) 2013 Lorin Askill[46]
"Talk Is Cheap" 2014 Toby & Pete[47]
"1998" Domenico Bartolo[48]

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Director(s)
"Left Alone" (Flume featuring Chet Faker) 2013 Rhett Wade-Ferrell[49]

Awards and nominations[edit]

AIR Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated artist/work Result
2012 Best Independent Artist Chet Faker Nominated[50]
Breakthrough Independent Artist Won[3]
Best Independent Single/EP Thinking in Textures Won[3]
Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album Nominated[50]
Best Independent Dance/Electronica Single "Terms and Conditions" Nominated[50]

Rolling Stone Australia Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated artist/work Result
2012 Best Independent Release Thinking in Textures Won[4]

References[edit]

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