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Born and raised in the wilds of Norfolk, Nathan Fake was obsessed with electronic music as a

teen. A few years on, he’s signed to Ninja Tune, plays all over the world and has just released a brand new album. Some are just born great. Nathan will be playing a homecoming show as part of his upcoming tour so I spoke to him about Kafe Da, Castle Rising and loneliness.

You grew up and went to school in Necton. I understand that at your school there weren’t many people who were into music – do you think that if you’d had the chance to join a band that would have been an option for you, rather than working on your own? No, I’d always been into electronic music really, if I’d wanted to join or start a band I probably would have done that. I was in a couple of minor band-type projects in college but nothing much came of them obviously. Who were your early influences in terms of electronic music makers? Orbital were probably the biggest influence early on;

I pretty much listened to nothing but them for about three years as a teenager. Also I got into Aphex Twin a bit later, but I didn’t really listen to a huge amount of different artists growing up, I just kind of got really obsessed with a couple of them. Did you often come to nights in Norwich or raves in the surrounding countryside when you were younger? Rarely to be honest! I went to Kafé Da a few times back in the day... that was a cool place. Tere was quite a difference in style between Drowning In A Sea Of Love and your next two albums. Was this a time of self-discovery, musically speaking? Well pre-Drowning I was


making pretty straight up techno records, so that album was kind of a statement against making club records really. Ten I guess the following albums were kind of a development of both styles… I guess they were a lot less considered than the first album. Steam Days is an album full of personal touches– there’s even a song about Castle Rising on that album. Is that a special place for you personally? Castle Rising the village doesn’t have any particular significance to me, it’s just a cool name! Most recently you’ve signed to Ninja Tunes which is a huge accolade – which of the artists on their roster do you particularly admire? Yeah it’s great to be on Ninja now. I always had a lot of respect for Coldcut and Bonobo – more recently I really like their releases by Jay Daniel and Hieroglyphic Being. New York’s Prurient/Vatican Shadow features on your first 12” for them. Degreelessness feels like your most developed and complex work yet. How did you get him onboard? We met at a festival in Switzerland we were both playing at, then hung out in New York some time after that and that’s when we had the idea of collaborating so we just sent each other some stuff when I got back to the UK and it all kind of went pretty smoothly and naturally from there. You’ve got a new album coming out soon. What can we expect from it? It’s quite texturally different to my previous records, I think it’s still quite melodic and powerful though. I think it’s probably my most emotive record to date.

What has inspired your new music? A mixture of using different gear and also life experiences. I guess I’ve been through a few ups and downs the last couple years and that defintely comes through in the music. You obviously work and tour pretty much on your own. How do you find it? Is it lonely or does it give you more opportunity to see places and meet new people? It does get lonely! But travelling the world is amazing and I feel very fortunate to have the chance to do so. Also being on your own kind of makes you make more effort to meet new people which is always nice. You’ve worked with Norwich visual artist Dan Tombs quite a bit. Are there any plans to collaborate again in the future? Ah Dan’s a good mate. We always have vague plans of working together on something or other so yeah, probably. What do you get out of making music these days? Without wanting to sound tacky, music is pretty much my whole life, it’s what gets me out of bed in the morning, and it’s literally the only thing which keeps me sane. So there you go. You’re off on a big headline tour next month, taking in not only the UK but also Europe. Is there anywhere in particular you’re excited to play (other than Norwich of course!) Oh yes, I’m definitely looking forward to playing Norwich again! Other than that I’m really looking forward to Japan and Australia. Te UK dates should all be fun too, as I’ve not done a UK tour for ages.


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Photo: Dan Tombs

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