Nick Murphy, the artist formerly and more commonly known as Chet Faker, brought an amazing live show to the Vic Theater this past Friday. Murphy, who abruptly announced he would be making music under his real name about a year ago, graced the stage in a suit setting the tone for a polished night of grown-up entertainment. The current tour supports his 5-song EP “Missing Link.”
With a longer set change between supporting act Charlotte Cardin and Nick Murphy, fans progressively became more weary with the wait. This surprisingly awesome performance was well with that wait. Still adjusting to the year-old name change, fans greeted him with enthusiastic cheers for Chet. While use of his new stage name has not yet fully caught on, his onstage transitions were much smoother with Murphy effortlessly shifting between soulfully singing, jamming out on guitar, and tickling the ivories. While the lighting and touring band were the icing on the cake, Nick owned the stage crooning with confidence. He brought just the right amount of energy, a testament to his natural stage presence and musicianship. The verdict? I would happily see him again and judging by the reactions on the way out, so would many of the folks who had the privilege to see him on Friday.
Nick Murphy rose to internet fame in 2011 when he released a cover of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity.” Since then, he has more than made a name for himself with his original works and through memorable collaborations with Flume, Bonobo, and Kaytranada.