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Chet Faker

Nick Murphy
Chet Faker at The Rolling Stone Awards, 2013.jpg
Murphy at the Rolling Stone Awards, Beach Road Hotel, Bondi Beach, in January 2013
Background information
Birth nameNicholas James Murphy
Also known asChet Faker (2011–2016, 2020–present)
Born (1988-06-23) 23 June 1988 (age 33)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • keyboards
  • bass guitar
  • synthesizer
  • percussion
  • programming
  • guitar
Years active2011–present
Labels
Websitenickmurphy.com

Nicholas James Murphy (born 23 June 1988), known professionally as Chet Faker, is an Australian singer and songwriter. In 2012, as Chet Faker, he issued an extended play, Thinking in Textures, and signed to Downtown Records in the United States. In October 2012, he won Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Thinking in Textures won Best Independent Single/EP at the Australian Independent Records Awards. In January 2013, the work won Best Independent Release at the Rolling Stone Australia Awards for 2012.

Murphy's cover of Blackstreet's "No Diggity" was featured in a 2013 Super Bowl commercial for Beck's Sapphire. In April 2014, Built on Glass, his debut studio album, was released to generally positive reviews and debuted at number one on the Australian ARIA Charts. Three tracks from the album were voted into the top ten of Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2014, including the number one spot for "Talk Is Cheap".

In September 2016, Murphy dropped the Chet Faker name to start performing and releasing material under his birth name, beginning with the release of a pair of singles later that year, and the Missing Link extended play in 2017. Murphy's second studio album – the first under his birth name – Run Fast Sleep Naked was released in April 2019. This was followed up by a surprise instrumental album, Music for Silence, in March 2020, initially released via the Calm meditation app.

In October 2020, four years after dropping the moniker, Murphy revived the Chet Faker name for the release of a new single, "Low".

Career

Early career

Murphy played under his stage name after people came to his shows thinking he was a different and already established musician, Nick Murphy. He settled on the name as a 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." Other influences he has cited include Bob Dylan, as well as his mother's Motown albums and his father's "chilled out Ibiza CDs".

Thinking in Textures and collaborations (2011–13)

He first rose to prominence after his cover of Blackstreet's "No Diggity" went viral online, reaching number one on the Hypemachine chart in May 2011. He released his first extended play, 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". The EP was also popular with fans, with its second single, "I'm into You", landing at number 24 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2012.

Murphy has collaborated 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.

Lockjaw EP and Built on Glass (2013–15)

Murphy performing at the Positivus Music Festival, Salacgrīva, Latvia in July 2014.

On 12 August 2013, Murphy released a new single, "Melt", featuring American vocalist Kilo Kish. In November 2013 Flume and Murphy released an EP, titled Lockjaw. Murphy released his debut studio album, Built on Glass, on 11 April 2014. The album's full release was preceded by its lead single, "Talk Is Cheap", and an accompanying music video on 11 February 2014. The album debuted at number one on the ARIA Charts.

Murphy performed at the Boston Calling Music Festival in May 2015. Later that month, "Talk Is Cheap" was named the number-one song in the 2014 Triple J Hottest 100, while two other singles, "Gold" and "1998", also reached the top ten, placing at number 7 and 8, respectively. In June, Murphy released a new single, "Bend", a previously unreleased track intended for Built on Glass. It was promoted by his Australian Built on Live tour in October.

Murphy released a new EP, Work, a collaboration with London-based DJ Marcus Marr on 4 December 2015.

Nick Murphy (2016–2019)

On 8 September 2016, the artist wrote on his Facebook page, "It's been half a decade since I started releasing music as Chet Faker and all of you have been the driving force behind the music since. There's an evolution happening and I wanted to let you know where it's going. The next record will be under my own name, Nick Murphy. Chet Faker will always be a part of the music. This is next."[non-primary source needed]

Chet Faker revival (2020)

In October 2020, Murphy revived the Chet Faker social media accounts and released "Low", his first single under the Chet Faker moniker since 2016. This marked his first release through BMG Australia & New Zealand, with whom he had recently signed a record deal.

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
AUS
AUS
Dance

AUS
Indie

BEL (FL)
FRA
NL
NZ
SWI
UK
US
as Chet Faker
Built on Glass 1 1 1 31 76 51 6 49 87 158
as Nick Murphy
Run Fast Sleep Naked 7
Music for Silence
  • Released: 6 March 2020
  • Label: Detail Records
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
as Chet Faker
Hotel Surrender
  • Released: 16 July 2021 (AU)
  • Label: Detail Records, BMG
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
19
as Nick Murphy & The Program
Take in The Roses
  • Released: 10 December 2021 (AU)
  • Label: Detail Records, BMG
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

Live albums

List of live albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
AUS
Indie

Live Sessions
  • Released: 21 March 2013[non-primary source needed]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
18 Dec 2013 – Good Danny's Austin, TX
  • Released: 18 December 2013
  • Label: Daytrotter
  • Format: Digital download
iTunes Session
  • Released: 28 November 2014 (AU)
  • Label: Future Classic
  • Format: Digital download
18 2

Extended plays

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

US
Dance

US
Heat

as Chet Faker
Thinking in Textures 38 4
Lockjaw EP
(with Flume)
  • Released: 22 November 2013 (AU)
  • Label: Future Classic
  • Format: CD, 12-inch vinyl, digital download
Work
(with Marcus Marr)
  • Released: 4 December 2015 (AU)
  • Label: Detail
  • Format: 12-inch vinyl, Digital download
42 9 23
as Nick Murphy
Missing Link
  • Released: 10 May 2017 (AU)
  • Label: Future Classic
  • Format: CD, 12-inch vinyl, Digital download
5 21
Cassette #1
(425 Made)
  • Released: 20 March 2020 (AU)
  • Label: Detail Records
  • Format: Streamed audio, digital download
Cassette #2
(350 Made)
  • Released: 5 June 2020 (AU)
  • Label: Detail
  • Format: Digital download
Cassette #3
  • Released: 14 December 2020 (AU)
  • Label: Detail
  • Format: Digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles

As lead artist

List of singles as lead artist, with year released, selected chart positions and certifications, and album shown
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
AUS
Dance

AUS
Indie

BEL
(FL)
Tip

CAN
Rock

FRA
NZ
US
Alt.

US AAA
US
Dance

as Chet Faker
"Terms and Conditions" 2012 Thinking in Textures
"I'm into You"
"Love and Feeling"
"Drop the Game"
(with Flume)
2013 18 5 1 125
  • ARIA: Platinum
Lockjaw EP
"Talk Is Cheap" 2014 6 2 2 53
  • ARIA: Platinum
Built on Glass
"1998" 55 16 6 71 95
"Gold" 40 5 5 51 17 32
"Bend" 2015 48 11 2 Non-album singles
"1998"
(featuring Banks)
31
"The Trouble with Us"
(with Marcus Marr)
8 1 1 9 31 47
  • ARIA: 2× Platinum
  • RMNZ: Gold
Work
as Nick Murphy
"Fear Less" 2016 10 Non-album singles
"Stop Me (Stop You)" 92 2
"Medication" 2017
"(Lover) You Don't Treat Me No Good"
(Triple J Like a Version)
2018
"Sanity" 2019 Run Fast Sleep Naked
"Dangerous"
"Goodnight" 2020 Non-album singles
"Introvertts Paradise"
as Chet Faker
"Low" 2020 7 18 8 47 Hotel Surrender
"Get High" 2021
"Whatever Tomorrow"
"Feel Good"
"It's Not You"
as Nick Murphy and the Program
"Old Dog" 2021 Take in the Roses
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Notes

  1. ^ Run Fast Sleep Naked did not enter the ARIA Albums Chart, but peaked at number 12 on the ARIA Digital Album Chart.
  2. ^ "Sanity" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 36 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.
  3. ^ "Get High" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 12 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.
  4. ^ "Whatever Tomorrow" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 26 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.
  5. ^ "Feel Good" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 25 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.

As featured artist

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUS
BEL
(FL)
tip

"Kill the Doubt"
(The Cactus Channel featuring Chet Faker)
2015 53 Non-album single

Promotional singles

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

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

Other charted songs

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

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

Other appearances

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 and Chet Faker; David Essex cover) Non-album single
"Try It Over" (Yujen) No Aware Vocals
"On You" (Chet Faker and GoldLink) 2014 Non-album single
"No Reason" (Bonobo and Nick Murphy) 2017 Migration
"I Need" (KING SOL featuring Chet Faker) Winter Thoughts EP
"Basic Needs" (Heathered Pearls featuring Nick Murphy) 2020 Non-album single

Production

Title Year Artist Album
"Don't Regret Me" 2012 Rainy Milo Limey
"Deal Me Briefly" 2013 This Thing of Ours

Remixes

Title Year Artist
"So Sorry" 2011 Geoffrey O'Connor
"North" Phoenix
"Nude" Radiohead
"Trembling Hands" 2012 The Temper Trap
"Dark Doo Wop" MS MR
"Pretty Girls" 2015 Little Dragon
"1998" (Nick Murphy Remix) Chet Faker
"Remains (Vocal Dub)" Shlohmo
"Story" 2020 ame_no_parade

Music videos

As lead artist

Title Year Director(s)
"Terms and Conditions" 2011 Isabella Giovinazzo
"I'm into You" 2012 Josh Mckie
"Drop the Game"
(Flume and Chet Faker)
2013 Lorin Askill
"Talk Is Cheap" 2014 Toby and Pete
"1998" Domenico Bartolo
"Gold" Hiro Murai
"The Trouble with Us"
(Marcus Marr and Chet Faker)
2015 Kinopravda
"Feel Good" 2021

As featured artist

Title Year Director(s)
"Left Alone"
(Flume featuring Chet Faker)
2013 Rhett Wade-Ferrell
"No reason"
(Bonobo feat. Nick Murphy)
2017 Oscar Hudson

Awards and nominations

A2IM Libera Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result R
2015 Chet Faker Breakthrough Artist of the Year Nominated

AIR Awards

The Australian Independent Record Awards (commonly known informally as AIR Awards) is an annual awards night to recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia's Independent Music sector.

Year Nominee / work Award Result R
AIR Awards of 2012 Chet Faker Best Independent Artist Nominated
Breakthrough Independent Artist Won
Thinking in Textures Best Independent Single/EP Won
Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album Nominated
"Terms and Conditions" Best Independent Dance/Electronica Single Nominated
AIR Awards of 2014 Chet Faker Best Independent Artist Nominated
Built on Glass Best Independent Album Nominated
Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album Nominated
AIR Awards of 2015 Chet Faker Best Independent Artist Nominated
AIR Awards of 2017 "Stop Me (Stop You)" Best Independent Dance/Electronic Club Song or EP Won

APRA Awards (Australia)

The APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS).

Year Nominee / work Award Result R
2014 "Drop the Game" (with Flume) Song of the Year Shortlisted
2015 "1998" (Chet Faker) Song of the Year Shortlisted
"Gold" (Chet Faker) Shortlisted
"Talk Is Cheap" (Chet Faker) Shortlisted
Chet Faker Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year Nominated
"Drop the Game" (with Flume) Dance Work of the Year Nominated
2017 "The Trouble With Us" (with Marcus Marr) Dance Work of the Year Nominated
Most Played Australian Work Nominated

ARIA Awards

Chet Faker received nine nominations at the ARIA Music Awards of 2014,

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 Built on Glass Album of the Year Nominated
Best Male Artist Won
Breakthrough Artist Nominated
Best Independent Release Won
Engineer of the Year (Engineer: Eric J Dubowsky) Won
Producer of the Year (Producer: Nicholas Murphy) Won
Best Cover Art (Art Director: Tin and Ed) Won
"Talk Is Cheap" Best Video (Video Director: Toby and Pete) Nominated
"Drop the Game" (with Flume) Best Dance Release Nominated
2016 "The Trouble With Us (with Marcus Marr)" Song of the Year Nominated

Australian Music Prize

The Australian Music Prize (the AMP) is an annual award of $30,000 given to an Australian band or solo artist in recognition of the merit of an album released during the year of award. The AMP was established in 2005.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 Built on Glass Australian Music Prize Nominated

J Award

The J Awards are an annual series of Australian music awards that were established by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's youth-focused radio station Triple J. The J Awards were established in 2005.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
J Awards of 2014 "Talk Is Cheap" Australian Video of the Year Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result R
2015 "Gold" Best Choreography (Choreographer: Ryan Heffington) Nominated

Rolling Stone Australia Awards

The Rolling Stone Australia Awards are awarded annually in January or February by the Australian edition of Rolling Stone magazine for outstanding contributions to popular culture in the previous year.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2012 Thinking in Textures Best Independent Release Won
2021 "Low" Best Single Nominated

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