What a journey this man has been on. For Chet Faker (or Nicholas Murphy to his dad) it certainly must have felt good to turn up to a sold out Royal Theatre after demand for sales forced promoters to move the event from the ANU to the much larger venue. Testament to the man's popularity, the kind of popularity that had him draw audience members from a range of demographics.
Though is he worth the hype?
From the first bars, the thing that became abundantly obvious was Chet Faker's vocal ability. His love of soul music, natural talent and plenty of experience has prepared him to stand up and perform before almost 2500 people and sound impressive.
In a room full of Chet Faker love, there is a certain energy in witnessing someone whose career is undergoing some obvious expansion. A No.1 debut album, two ARIAs, taking out Triple J's J Award for Australian Album of the Year and No.1 song in the Hottest 100. On stage, a very down to earth Chet Faker was loving it and so was his audience.
This guy is the real deal. From the way he delivered each track with faultless pitch, to the way he moved between instruments, pressing triggers and twisting knobs, it was quite clear to see that Chet Faker is a born creative who has complete control over his musical output.
Serving up some cultivated sounds full of electro dynamics and sonic texture, this was clever music from an exquisitely capable artist. You can't fault his energy, passion and commitment, all melded together to form a soulful, at times explosive evening that left me feeling nothing but respect for what this creative individual can do, and what he has achieved.
Where: Royal Theatre, Canberra
When: Wednesday, February 11