Chet Faker, re­turn­ing to tour Aus­tralia, made his mu­sic in his home stu­dio and is de­ter­mined to stay grounded in the face of global suc­cess

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - NOEL MENGEL

Nick Mur­phy, aka Chet Faker, is home. The chart­top­ping, Mel­bourne-raised, Brook­lyn-based mu­si­cian had a hit with multi-plat­inum sell­ing No.1 al­bum Built on Glass.

The break­through record has taken him around the globe and he re­turns this month for his big­gest Aus­tralian tour yet.

Faker has been an in­de­pen­dent artist from the be­gin­ning and has risen to be one of Aus­tralia’s big­gest mu­si­cal ex­ports with­out sign­ing to any of the ma­jor la­bels.

“I’ve got this far with­out mak­ing com­pro­mises in my mu­sic,’’ says Faker. “I don’t think I have the ca­pac­ity not to be true to my­self, that’s the rea­son I did this job.’’

Still, he’s look­ing for­ward to hav­ing more time to get back to writ­ing songs and record­ing.

“The joke I al­ways say is that be­ing a suc­cess­ful mu­si­cian means that you write less mu­sic. Last year there was no time to do that at all, but this year has been a lot bet­ter,” he says.

“It’s that de­vel­op­men­tal process, if you don’t do it you start go­ing nuts.’’

Faker de­vel­oped his mu­sic in his home stu­dio and has rapidly had to come to terms with be­com­ing a pub­lic per­son.

“That’s on­go­ing, I don’t think it ever stops. I’m still

Chet Faker has found med­i­ta­tion to be a calm­ing in­flu­ence.

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