In 2011, Nicholas Murphy recorded a cover of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” late one night just for his friends. Shared by a handful of people, the song spread like wildfire until reaching #1 on the indie blog charts Hype Machine, and so the Chet Faker identity was born – a nod to Chet Baker’s singing style but incorporating influences from a youth spent producing house and disco.
Before Chet Faker, Murphy spent his time in suburban Melbourne, Australia. Splitting his musical output between a penchant for soft and soulful singer-songwriter work and an appetite for electronic music production. But it was when he coupled his love of analogue instruments and sounds of early dance music – only this time slowing the tempo – with his natural ability for RnB soaked vocals that something truly exciting happened.
He soon began recording his debut EP and creating a dynamic Chet Faker live show alternating between solo performances and a 4-piece band, both backed by samples and an electronic soundscape. An invite to SXSW quickly followed and by March 2012, he had played a standout performance at the festival’s Filter Magazine party and was touted as a ‘must see’ act by The Austin Chronicle. Soon after, his debut EP Thinking In Textures was released on Opulent / Remote Control in Australia, Chess Club Records in the UK and Downtown Records in the USA, to widespread acclaim, and achieved Gold record sales status in Australia.
Chet went on to sell out two tours across Australia, before heading to the UK to perform at The Great Escape Festival with sold out shows in London. Meanwhile, his debut EP picked up spins from Gilles Petersen, Mary Anne Hobbs, Huw Stephens, Rob da Bank and was featured in Zane Lowe’s ‘Next Hype’ section.
Chet has since returned to Europe and the UK, selling out 14 dates across the continent and the UK and featured at the inaugural Laneway Festival in Detroit in 2013. Plus he supported Bonobo for much of his US tour, and even joined him on stage to sing Bonobo’s First Fires.
Chet Faker was nominated for five Jagermeister Independent Music Awards, winning for Best Independent Single/EP and Breakthrough Independent Artist. He was also nominated for two Rolling Stone Awards for Best New Talent and Best Independent Release, winning Best Independent Release.
Chet Faker then collaborated with fellow Australian electronic producer Flume on the EP Lockjaw, which has receiving wide, spread support from BBC Radio 1, and scored 7.0 on Pitchfork. Plus his recent feature on Swedish/Australian singers’ Say Lou Lou’s track Fool Of Me didn’t go unnoticed, earning Best New Music from Pitchfork. And he still finds time to lend his voice to the outback disco project Coober Pedy University Band headed by Tornado Wallace on Soft Rock’s label Kinfolk
Most recently, Chet Faker released his debut album Built on Glass. Two years in the making, it brings together all his influences from house to RnB and fuses it together with his smoky vocals. Built on Glass was released to a flood of positive reception and debuted at #1 on the Australian ARIA charts, and subsequently won five ARIA Awards including Best Male Artists, Producer of the Year, and Best Independent Album. Three of the songs from the album voted into the top ten of Triple J’s Hottest 100, including the number one spot for “Talk is Cheap”. Chet Faker is currently on a widely sold out world tour.
“Music to make you feel cool, contemplative, a little aloof” – Interview Magazine (USA)
“Exciting talent” – Zane Lowe, BBC
“Smooth, sexy and strangely haunting” – Acclaim Magazine
“Top pick” – The Austin Chronicle
“It keeps getting exponentially better with every listen.” – Pages Digital
“Chet Faker has carved out an instant niche for himself with this surreal, homespun blend of soul, r&b, pop and electronics.” ★★★★- Stack Magazine
“On the strength of forthcoming EP Thinking In Textures, he has the requisite talent to grow his own planet between the orbits of Hermitude and Daniel Merriweather.” – Herald Sun – HiT
“Brilliantly woozy yet soulful, glo-fi makeover of the Blackstreet smash hit from this Aussie producer.” – Time Out London (UK)
“Magnificent” ★★★★ – The Saturday Age