Chet Faker And XXYYXX Live: 7 Things They Taught Us
XXYYXX (Marcel Evertt) and Chet Faker (Nick Murphy) keep it real as hell on and off stage; no matter where they are, their music receptors are always open. There’s this emotional rebellion in their music, one that physically makes you shake off any fear of unknown or unusual. What is most admirable about these two artists is not only are they primarily solo artists, but also they are the masterminds behind their every beat, each of them are soldiers to their own creations.
A lot of XXYYXX live performances feel like he’s creating the music and melodies on the spot. There is something about the laxity in his performance and music that keeps you lifted, knocking down any “no chill”. He’s kinda, sorta, really the Bob Dylan for experimental electronic music. I hate to draw drastic parallels, but times are a’changing, XXYYXX is the folk of experimental electronic.
If you’re looking for a soft, ethereal production of beats, bass and vocals while feeling like you’re tripping through an “underwater” tunnel (as Everett has previously stated), definitely f*** with XXYYXX. On the other hand, Faker has a different relationship on stage; where Marcel Evertt is the median of XXYYXX, Nick Murphy is the activist of Chet Faker.
Chet Faker is also an artist, who literally gets down into his keyboard during his performances as if he were personally speaking to it. His voice is so whole and warming that it perfectly compliments his swaying music. This Aussie knows whats up when it comes to performing—the lighting in the set silhouettes his music and vocals, you can actually feel his music pounding on both his and your bones.
Here’s what their show taught us about live performances:
1. It’s OK To Get Weird
XXYYXX may best define what getting weird with music is. And what does he love best about performing? Getting way into it, getting funky with it, and getting weird. So naturally, when the crowd lets go and your head bops in some funky way that makes you look hilarious and stoned, its totally ok. Primarily because the music is already strange and out of this world. You may not be able to buy Everett a drink, but you sure as hell can get weird with him.
2. Anyone Can Enjoy Their Music
To my surprise, there was such a variety amongst the crowd. So, if you feel best in leather and jeans or a button down and pants, do not think twice about changing your look for the show. Let me tell you, when the music starts everyone is dressed in the hues. So next time you see either one of them live, go to the centre of the GA, drop your head back, and dive into their world.
There was a Brazilian couple in their mid 40’s to my left were jamming just as hard as the 18-year-old hipster with his 24-year-old hipster girlfriend to my right (yes, I may have asked both couples their age while in between sets). I mean, hell, you’ve got such diversity in this crowd—anyone who gets it will fit in.
Fine, maybe there is a main aesthetic of the fans, but you will see the security guard jamming as hard as the chic, hippie queen in the front.
3. No Pressure To Constantly Applaud
The best part about their performance is that it isn’t for show. It’s for release, because they absolutely must create it. If you lost your voice by the first quarter of the set, you’re doing it wrong. This isn’t about cheering as loud as you can and hollering “SIT ON MY FACE CHET FAKER!”, it is more about appreciating as loud as you can.
Instinctively, if a performance is good you will applaud. However, Everett and Faker seem to get lost into their music with most of the crowd, so its really OK if you skipped out on the clapping for a couple songs because you, too, were deep into the music. For the record, don’t expect them to abide by any rules or make you abide by them either.
4. It’s More About Energy Than Applause
Its good to be in a place with good energy, its always good for you”, Chet Faker admitted. About half way into his set, when the crowd was going crazy in his most known songs, particularly during “To Me”, he humbly hushed the crowd so he can gain the full effect of his music.
5. You Don’t Have To Document Every Second
During XXYYXX’s performance, I noticed most people took out their phones at the beginning of the songs and putting them down half way to enjoy the melodies. Then I realized then, this is the strategy: go to a concert with your phone half dead, record what you can (won’t be everything and anything because you want to preserve your batter), that way you only get the best parts at the beginning and have no other option but to vibe the rest of the way sans your phone.
Even before playing “Gold”, Faker asked us to put our phones down “for one f***ing song”. And was it worth it, because you will forget that social media is a large part of this world. Well… at least while they’re playing.
6. You Don’t Have To Know The Songs To Enjoy Them
Don’t worry, you won’t be shunned if you can’t differentiate Faker’s “Release Your Problems” to XXYYXX’s “About You”. Because honestly, you don’t have to know the difference, it will still speak to you no matter what your prior knowledge is. XXYYXX and Chet Faker’s music speaks to all of the crowd, it doesn’t matter how well acquainted you are with their work but how well acquainted you become during their live performances.
7. Which Means You Don’t Have To Pretend You Know Every Song
Therefore, don’t worry if you can’t sing along! Again, you don’t have to. If you’re going there to pretend you’re part of that “scene”, don’t bother. You can be part of it without the charades. So let the unknown unveil and let their music sink in. I guarantee you, for at least the next 12 hours you’ll bring the concert back to your room and further delve into their music.