Despite appearances, this isn’t just another hipster white guy with a beard and a synthesizer. It's Chet Faker. And the Australian-born electronica artist just sold out two nights at the Gothic Theatre in
As I watched the man enter the packed Gothic to screams from adoring fans, I was left to wonder what truly sets him apart. Maybe it’s his smooth vocals and emotive lyrics that have captivated this group of
The mainstream has been good to Chet Faker, who grew up listening to Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations and Otis Redding. "I think that's where I got my love for a good hook, a good soul hook — really smooth and warm and from the heart. It's like my parents' musical tastes are the mother and father of my music." He chose the stage name as an homage to Chet Baker, telling Interview Mag, "I listened to a lot of jazz and I was a big fan of the way he sang, when he moved into mainstream singing. He had this really fragile vocal style — this really, broken, close-up and intimate style."
The term "fragile" seems like another key to unlocking Faker's performance and popularity. Seeing him in person, you feel like you're witnessing someone talking to himself through his songs. In front of a minimalist two-piece band, he carefully layered his keys, voice and synthesizer to create the loop on each track.
Maybe you can attribute his success to his “musical bromance” with Flume, which began in 2012 with their collaborative work on "Left Alone" and continued into 2013 with their first dual EP, entitled Lockjaw. Flume is another Aussie artist with enough bass to accentuate the cool, dark, and emo tone of Faker's lyrics. The most popular collab of theirs is “Drop the Game.” Where Flume only lead interludes through with the cool melody when he played the Westword Showcase last month, Faker performed the hit in its entirety.
Maybe it's because he dances better than most bearded white guys, almost moon-walking, his feet moving back and forth in scuffed, white converse. The highlight of his second set in Denver included a passionate anti-cell phone rant before he played "No Diggity". “Everyone in the audience identifies with this song differently. Either, you first heard it twenty years ago, or you first heard it two years ago."
“I’m a part of the last generation that grew up without
Maybe all these Denverites love Faker because he isn't afraid to be raw. Faker's fragility is his strength, and it is well exposed in his more intimate ballads. Girls screamed and
He takes his time.The set peaked again towards the end with "1998", and finally ending with an encore of "Gold" and his number one hit from 2014, "Talk is Cheap."
He is emotional, his lyrics enthralling and his music represents a
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