Solar Fake is the electro-act of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Sven Friedrich, also known for his other projects Zeraphine and Dreadful Shadows. The first songs were written in 2006, and in 2007 Sven formed Solar Fake, asking Frank to join as live keyboardist. In 2008, they released their debut album “Broken Grid” on the label Synthetic Symphony / SPV. Several concerts and festival performances followed (e.g. Blackfield Festival) and in 2009, the band supported VNV Nation on their “Of Faith, Power and Glory“ tour through Germany and Europe.
In December 2009, the band released along with their performance at neuwerk Festival the strictly limited “Resigned” EP which includes besides the title track several cover versions and a :Wumpscut: remix. This EP was only available at Solar Fake live shows and therefore it was sold out very soon.
In 2011, the release of Solar Fake`s second album “Frontiers” took place and the band started to hit the dancefloors. This album was placed for the maximum number of eight weeks in the German Alternative Charts (DAC). The band performed on several festivals (e.g. Amphi Festival, E-Tropolis), most of their headlining shows were sold-out and several support tours followed, e.g. with VNV Nation in the UK, Project Pitchfork, Covenant and Peter Heppner.
In October 2013, the band‘s third album “Reasons to Kill” was released and entered the official German album charts. This album was placed again all possible eight weeks in the top ten‘s upper half of German Alternative Charts (DAC).
In November 2013, Solar Fake played in Tel Aviv for the first time, in December performances in Madrid and Barcelona followed as well as the Darkstorm Festival. In January 2014, their headliner tour named after the album “Reasons to Kill” started and led through Germany, Russia and Switzerland.
In the first half of the year 2014, the live line-up changed. First, André Feller (former guitarist of Dreadful Shadows) joined Solar Fake to stay in for Frank who had fallen ill. Soon, Sven asked him to stay as second keyboardist and for a short period, the band performed live as a trio. Only a few weeks later, Frank announced his exit.
In summer 2014, Solar Fake performed at several festivals, e.g. Amphi Festival, M´era Luna Festival or Orus Fest in Mexico City.
As part of the Amphi Festival’s exclusive final party “CALL THE SHIP 2 NIGHT” on board of “MS RheinFantasie”, Solar Fake performed their first acoustic show “One Step Closer” with a set especially arranged for vocals, piano, synths and acoustic guitar. Dirk Riegner played the piano and Solar Fake could welcome in Peter Heppner a very special guest performing with Sven a special version of “Die Flut”.
In March 2015, Solar Fake appeared as special guest during Camouflage‘s “Greyscale” tour in Germany and played at several festivals like E-Only Festival, E-Tropolis Festival, Blackfield Festival and Nocturnal Culture Night. During the whole year, Sven worked hard on the material for the upcoming album.
In 2015, the band signed a new contract with the Berlin-based record label “OUT OF LINE”. On September 25, the single “All the things you say” (limited to 777 copies) as well as the associated videoclip was released. The single was sold out a few days after the release, only a small number of remainders can be found in some shops. On October 30, the fourth album “Another Manic Episode” was released. For the first time, a Solar Fake album is available in several versions, e.g. as a box set, a 2CD deluxe version and even on Vinyl. The deluxe version’s second CD offers two cover versions and many remixes, for example by Project Pitchfork, Aesthetic Perfection, Desireless and Operation of the sun and many more. On the same day, the band played a sold-out release show in Berlin at Frannz Club with Peter Spilles (Project Pitchfork) having a guest appearance, performing with Sven the Project Pitchfork-hit “The Dividing Line”. The album “Another Manic Episode” hit rank 31 of the offical German album charts (billboard).
The by now most successful headliner tour “Manic Episodes Tour” took place in February 2016 in Germany. Most shows were sold out. After that the band played at several festivals, like Wave-Gotik-Treffen and Amphi Festival. More shows are still to come in 2016, e.g. in Helsinki, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Bremen and Vienna. And Solar Fake will participate in November 2016 in “Gothic Meets Klassik”, where their songs will be performed by the orchestra of Zielna Gora at Gewandhaus Leipzig.
Sven Friedrich is responsible for the music production as well as for all compositions, lyrics, arrangements and recordings, what makes Solar Fake his “no-compromise-act”. The artwork of “Frontiers” was made in close cooperation with the Berlin artist Christian Ruhm. Since “Reasons to Kill”, Sven has been working closely with the artist JK, not only on the album artworks, but also on the videoclips.
From “Frontiers” on, the last booklet pages provide a listings of things and people that were necessary to finish the album or other thoughts that concern the musician in some way. All this is not meant seriously, but funny to read.