Chet Faker took everyone by surprise. Including Nick Murphy.
“It was always meant to be a temporary project,” says Murphy of his musical moniker. “But so much has changed. And I moved through some things. To the point where I finally realised, Holy shit this isn’t temporary. This is not the be all and end all of what I want to do.”
At 28 Murphy has done a lot. Emerging in 2012 with the Thinking in Textures EP, Murphy took Chet Faker international with the release of his self-produced 2014 debut LP, Built on Glass.
As Chet Faker, Murphy has performed sold out shows on five continents, and appeared at the likes of Coachella, Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, and Primavera. He performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Boiler Room, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Built on Glass won Murphy five ARIAs, including Best Male Artist and Producer of the Year. His tracks have been streamed in the tens of millions.
So why put that recognition in jeopardy?
“Chet Faker was me trying to prove something to myself,” says Murphy. “But my tastes are pretty dynamic and I realised I’ve spent time resisting that. Now I want put everything in. It’s not conceptual anymore. It’s just me, and it made sense to show that in a name. It feels like a rediscovery.”