In case you’ve been hiding from social norms, Ellen DeGeneres, the ARIAs or of course the Hottest Hundy countdown yesterday, Chet Faker has had an enormous 12 months in the musical world.
It was capped of yesterday by not only taking out number one in Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2014, with choooon Talk is Cheap, but also polling a total of three songs of his killer record Built on Glass in the top ten of the countdown alone.
But in case you’re not really familiar with the Victorian, let us indulge you. Faker, commonly known as Nicholas James Murphy, has actually been on the scene for quite some time. His musical foray began in band-stints with the Sunday Kicks and the Knicks, but he eventually went solo – Chet Faker being a play on Chet Baker, who was a famous American jazz musician who Chet was a big fan of.
You may have thought his 2013 colab with broseph Flume, Drop the Game, was the start of his rise to fame – and fair play, that project was pretty epic and produced a couple of really clean, well produced gems.
But it was actually a cover of Blackstreet’s No Diggity and I’m Into You – the lead track of his 2012 EP Thinking In Textures – that really got people talking.
Faker’s soothing vocals and charming charisma often only requiring the simplest of beats and melodies to become instant classics.
When word became official that Faker would release his first full length, debut album in early 2014, expectation was high. In the process of recording, Faker ripped down the album and started fresh twice, to really perfect the sound he was going for. And it was clearly worth the wait, the album debuting at number one on Aussie music charts, subsequently went platinum and the man himself cleaned up at the 2014 ARIA awards, picking up five awards from the nine nominated categories he was put up for.
With a massive Australian tour coming up (which I luckily have tickets for – $60, what a steal!) Dates also locked in for Coachella, Chile and Argentina Lollapalooza’s and UK Field Day the world is his literal and figurative oyster.
And on the back of a stellar 2014, Nick Murphy may have to start printing off a few more Chet Faker business cards.