Growing up in Norfolk and attending a school where being into music made you an outsider, Nathan Fake’s early interest in the electronic scene came from hearing acts like Aphex Twin and Orbital on the radio and reading about the equipment they used in music magazines. Having begun to acquire and experiment with his own gear, an encounter with James Holden in 2003 led him to align with the then fledgling label Border Community, releasing his first material, the “Outhouse” single, that same year.
The relationship with Holden’s label continued with further EP releases – “The Sky Was Pink” and “Silent Night” – leading to his breakthrough debut album “Drowning In A Sea Of Love”, released in 2006 to widespread praise from the likes of Pitchfork and the Guardian, and hailed as one of Mixmag’s top albums of that year. Fake recorded two further albums for the label – 2009’s “Hard Islands” and “Steam Days” in 2012 – before establishing his own label Cambria Instruments in 2014 alongside former Border Community associate Wesley Matsel. Their collaborative single “Black Drift / Bismuth” was followed by Fake’s solo effort “Glaive” EP in 2015.
Throughout this time he also took on a number of impressive and diverse remixes, from Radiohead to Jon Hopkins to Clark, working for labels such as Ninja Tune, Domino, Warp and Kompakt. Extensive touring has taken his sound across the globe, including notable tours with Orbital, Four Tet, Jon Hopkins & Clark.
In September 2016 Nathan announced his signing to Ninja Tune with “DEGREELESSNESS / Now We Know” 12”, featuring NYC’s Prurient aka Vatican Shadow (Hospital Productions). This is the first music to be released from his forthcoming album for Ninja Tune, set for release in 2016.
In 2021, Nathan Fake is touring the UK and Europe, in support of his new album ‘Blizzards’. ‘Blizzard’s methods largely mirror Nathan’s live show, single takes of entrancing, melodic, club music generated from limited hardware.
Nathan says: “From the start, the idea behind the album was that it was the soundtrack to my ideal rave, which might not be to everyone’s taste, but is perfect for me. The album is probably more of a journey than any of my previous albums, and was heavily inspired by playing live over the last couple of years.
The live set for 2017’s Providence album went from being experimental / nonclubbyto a total full on club set, over two years of touring it, whilst retaining a wonkiness and freeform vibe. There are various peaks and troughs throughout the album as there are in my live performances, and many of the tracks are based around live improvisation.” First track from the album, ‘Tbilisi’ is available to stream and download from 12th February.