ZEUS Main Stage

23 SEPT 2023

Growing up in Norfolk and attending a school where being interested in music made you an outcast, Nathan Fake’s early interest in the electronic scene came from listening to artists like Aphex Twin and Orbital on the radio and reading about the equipment they used in music magazines. After beginning to acquire and experiment with his own equipment, a meeting with James Holden in 2003 led him to join the then fledgling Border Community record label, and he released his first material, the single “Outhouse”, that same year.

Holden’s relationship with the label continued with further EP releases, such as “The Sky Was Pink” and “Silent Night”, leading to his successful debut album “Drowning In A Sea Of Love”, released in 2006, which received widespread praise from outlets such as Pitchfork and The Guardian, and was hailed as one of Mixmag’s best albums of the year. Fake recorded two more albums for the label: “Hard Islands” in 2009 and “Steam Days” in 2012, before establishing his own label, Cambria Instruments, in 2014 with his former Border Community associate, Wesley Matsel. Their collaborative single “Black Drift / Bismuth” was followed by Fake’s solo EP, “Glaive”, in 2015.

During this time, he also produced a series of impressive and diverse remixes, from Radiohead to Jon Hopkins and Clark, working for labels such as Ninja Tune, Domino, Warp and Kompakt. He has taken his sound on extensive tours around the world, including headline tours with Orbital, Four Tet, Jon Hopkins and Clark.

In September 2016, Nathan announced his signing to Ninja Tune with the release of the single “DEGREELESSNESS / Now We Know” on 12″ vinyl, and on 10 March 2017 he released his fourth album “Providence”, which included his first career collaborations, with Prurient (aka Vatican Shadow and founder of Hospital Productions) and Raphaelle Standell-Preston of the band Braids. Described by FACT magazine as “a career-defining album”, it received high praise from publications such as The Observer, DJ Mag (Album of the Month), Wire and Crack. It was Bleep’s “Album of the Week” and received support throughout the year from artists such as Four Tet, Ben UFO, Helena Hauff and many others. Later in 2017, Nathan released two “Providence Reworks” EPs featuring Overmono, Huerco S, Konx-Om-Pax and Olga Wojciechowska. 

In 2018, Nathan released the EP “Sunder”, which stood out as being methodologically and sonically different from his previous work, and this 4-track release came via Ninja Tune.

The studio album “Crystal Vision” was released on 7 April 2023 on Nathan’s own label, Cambria Instruments.