Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Must Love... Chet Faker
When listening to the gravelly, soulful voice of Chet Faker, a 22 year old white guy playing music in his shed is not the first thing that comes to mind.
The new EP Thinking In Textures, is aptly named – featuring what I like to call “chilled soul” vocals mixed with funky but well thought out electronic sounds, this record has produced one of the most interesting combinations in music at the moment.
The Vine interviewed the man behind the name - Melbourne based Nick Murphy, earlier this year, with Murphy revealing that these songs weren’t actually created with the intention to play them live.
“It was a passion project. I sat down and thought 'You know what, I'm going to just write music that I really want to write and that I think is cool.'
“I've kind of always thought, you can spend time on trying to get it to the right people, or you can spend time on making sure your music is better. In which case, other people will spend time on getting it to the right people. If your music's good enough then people will like it and as a result it will eventually reach the right ears. But then that's pretty easy for me to say with the run I've had. I've had a pretty crazy rollercoaster year.”
Crazy would definitely be the word to describe the response Chet Faker received last year after uploading a few songs to his web page and making them available for free downloading.
Frankie Magazine sums it up in their latest issue, “Before he’d played five gigs, Nick Murphy had already reached number one on the internet’s biggest MP3 blog aggregator, Hyper Machine. Before double-digit gigs, he was picked up to play South by South West. Before his 20th gig, he was signed to Downtown Records, Gnarls Barkley’s record label.”
A pretty impressive fete, but well deserved. Murphy comes across as nothing less than honest, down to earth and passionate almost to the point of obsession about making music.
He summed up beautifully how music should be made in his interview with The Vine, “I feel like there's two ways to be in the industry now. You can produce [music] a certain way, make sure you tick certain boxes of likeability. Or...I mean at the end of the day, music was made to express a particular human emotion. And if you can do that accurately, then people are going to respond to it, regardless of whether you're some smoking hot blonde with a million dollars behind you or not. If the song is genuine you can still get to where you're going to go, without having to sell your soul.”
His music is the kind that transports you to a better place; a different destination depending on which track you listen to.
The newest single getting some serious Triple J airplay I’m Into You, takes me to an intimate bar setting – it’s cosy and dark apart from the low-lit exposed light bulbs draped from the ceiling and the flicker of candles. The person you’ve only recently started seeing is next to you, skin lightly brushing against each other, passion radiating and minds wandering.
Cigarettes and Chocolate, on the other hand, causes my mind’s eye to see a sun filled summer festival day, looking around at the beautiful friends you’ve come with, throwing your head back smiling, hands in the air and dancing around the melodic music and ebbing vocals.
Personally, the cover of Blackstreet’s No Diggity transports me back to Year 9 and my discovery of RnB music. Hearing this song recreated this way is perfectly symbolic of the changes in my musical tastes over the years. I still enjoy a good RnB song, but I really just love any song in which the artist makes you feel what they are feeling, or draws you in with their voice. And Chet Faker is definitely guilty of that.
P.S. Chet Faker is touring the country in September, with most tickets going on sale on Friday 20 July, 2012.