Earlier this year, the world fractured when Australian musician Chet Faker, who we’d known by that name for the longest time, decided to change that name and dub himself “Nick Murphy”.
“its [sic] 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,” he wrote at the time.
“theres [sic] an evolution happening and I wanted to let you know where its 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.”
Faker Murphy has subsequently shared two singles under his new name, which it should probably be noted, is his real name.
But one thing the artist formerly known as Chet Faker has failed to do is actually explain why he decided to make such a devastating decision? Until now.
“A lot of you are probably wondering why the f**k I changed my name,” a new missive shared via Murphy’s Facebook page opens, summing up precisely what we’ve all been thinking since he changed his name.
“Me too, sometimes,” he continues. “A lot of things changed in my life, including me. I learnt and relearnt a lot about myself. It felt like I needed to make that a thing for everyone.”
“So I’m not fighting preconceptions and everyone can start the evolution with me. The only important thing is that it feels new and inspired to me, and I’d like to think that’s all that matters to you as well.”