Royal Talk with… Nathan Fake

Ahead of his slot on the Castle Stage on Sunday (Epic, 9:40 pm), we caught up with Nathan Fake to talk about coffee, Japan, and who he’s tipping from the Land of Kings bill.

 

YOU PURSUE A UNIQUE LINE IN PRODUCTION, AND IT’S EVOLVED OVER TIME. WHAT INSPIRES THE MUSIC YOU MAKE?

At the moment new bits of gear, hanging out with friends. Hearing new music inspires me to make music too. Not stuff influenced by what I’ve heard, but when I hear music that excites me it makes me want to go turn on some gear and mess about.

 

PRODUCING IN THE STUDIO, OR PLAYING BEHIND THE DECKS?

Definitely studio. I do love playing live though, I get loads of ideas for tracks when I’m jamming stuff on stage.

 

YOU’RE PLAYING THE CASTLE STAGE AT EPIC THIS YEAR. ANY OTHER ACTS ON THE BILL YOU’VE BEEN KEEPING AN EYE ON?

Yeah, looking forward to seeing Koreless. Also the Public Information DJs, really like the stuff on that label.

 

YOUR MUSIC’S TAKEN YOU ALL OVER THE WORLD. ANYWHERE THAT STANDS OUT FOR ITS VIBRANT CREATIVE SCENE?

Sapporo, Japan. Some interesting and unexpected characters there. Also Montreal, nice energetic vibes when you walk around it.

 

HAVE YOU SPENT MUCH TIME IN DALSTON, ANY FAVOURITE SPOTS?

Yeah, I lived sort of round that area for about five years. Dalston Superstore is a fun place, also Cafe Oto. Obvious choices I guess, hah. There’s loads of new places there now though since I left. #old.

 

HAVE YOU PLAYED AROUND HERE BEFORE? ANYWHERE MUSICALLY THAT STICKS OUT FOR YOU?

Yeah loads. Cambria launch night was at Oslo (Hackney) which was obviously memorable. I can’t remember names of other places I’ve played really, some warehousey type things.

 

YOU’RE STILL BASED OUT OF NORFOLK. MANY WOULD’VE RELOCATED WITH THEIR MUSIC. WHAT IS IT YOU LOVE ABOUT THAT AREA?

I did live in London for a few years. Norfolk’s just home though, I sort of love and hate it, but at the moment I’m pretty happy here.

 

AND FINALLY, WHAT’S YOUR IDEA OF AN IDEAL PRE-FESTIVAL BREAKFAST?

Just some decent coffee I reckon.