29 November, 2014

Gig Review… Chet Faker @ The Coronet, London, 20th November 2014

The sold out concert took place at London’s Coronet, one of the most beautiful event halls in London. The old theatre was packed with more than 2900 people, all waiting for one man: Chet Faker.
The man of the hour showed once again that he is a lifeblood musician through and through.
Starting the concert on his own, with no band no backvocals and no producers, it was just the Australian singer behind his arrangement of keyboards and mixing desks. He seems to have no need for any audiovisual distractions, simply using plain lights, changing colours.
It was a show, concentrated on just one man, immediately enthralling the whole audience. Faker's passion for pure electronic soul was in the air and defined the atmosphere in the room. After some five songs Chet Faker was accompanied by his band. A classic lineup: a guitar-player, a bass-player and a drummer. They shared with us an unreleased track and a cover of Jeff Buckley’s “I want someone badly”. Calming the audience down a bit with this track, Chet Faker again caused big cheers with the all time favourite: Blackstreet’s “No Diggity”, another track which showcases his talent for covers. The room was dipped in red light and people absorbed the electronic beats while singing along.
Celebrating his third year of success as a musician, Chet Faker played “Love & Feeling”, which not only shows his precision for beat dropping and loops, but also his remarkable voice, which got under the listeners skin.
He continued with his track “Blush”, from his first record “Built on Glass”. I couldn’t hide my goosebumps and dived completely into the sphere of soulbeats and vocals.
The artist -signed to Downtown Records- finished his impressive concert with “Talk is Cheap”. On his own, just playing the keyboard and filling the hall with his voice: Pure and clean.
His hugely striking performance can only be described as intense with the only complaint being the rather short duration of the concert.
Chet Faker gets under your skin. You can feel his passion for music, his hard work and how he loses himself in the music. A simple one man show, which blows more than 2900 people away. Real, pure and passionate. Chet Faker is a credit to his icon, jazz musician Chet Baker.

by Judith Müller