Red Bull Sound Select brought an impressive lineup to Los Angeles with their 30 Days in LA series last month — from Death From Above 1979 to A$AP Mob to The Head & The Heart to Courtney Barnett — and Day 29 featured some amazing talent as well.

Right between Silverlake and Hollywood lies Mack Sennett Studios, an event space that holds about 500 people. Its simplicity and comfort allow for a decent-sized show while still feeling intimate, making it a great place to see bands. That venue was the setting for the Saturday night performance by Chet Faker, whose debut effort earned the #26 spot on LA Music Blog’s Top 50 Albums of 2014 list.

The crowd in attendance was pretty mixed, everyone from label execs to hipsters, and while they talked a lot between songs, that’s simply par for the course in LA. When Denitia & Sene opened the show, the crowd was a little thin, but that didn’t stop the duo from delivering a good show. They were hip and had a good style about them with a rich sound and simple set up to match it. Their chill but danceable music was the perfect opener for a Chet Faker show.


LA Locals James Supercave followed Denitia & Sene with a great set that really got the crowd moving. The group has a unique sound within the indie genre, combining electronics with thick, live instrumentation, and their synth leads have a quirky tone and melody that fit perfectly between high-pitched vocals and dynamic rhythms. As their set went on, they drew in more and more people, and the crowd loved them more with every song.


Between playing a residency at The Echo (where they opened for Jungle), touring with Warpaint, performing at the Santa Monica Pier, and working on a new album, James Supercave has been busy this year, to put it mildly. They are officially on my “Bands to Watch” list and will definitely have a good 2015.


As mentioned, Chet Faker‘s Built On Glass was our #26 favorite album of the year, and it deserves the distinction. This album really has a complex and textural sound to it. As our own Lesley Park put it, Chet Faker is “the intersection of smooth electronica and wistful soul.” Honestly, it’s the perfect sex album. The deep groves and Faker’s soulful voice with spacey tones and leads over it make you want to… umm…move.


When the bearded Aussie walked out on stage, people definitely moved, and the crowd looked like it loved every minute of his set. After taking the stage, he started out with a beat, layered the other tones on top, and sang over all of it. Chet Faker is a good enough singer that just going out and singing those songs to a track would have been impressive, but the way he puts everything together live really sets him apart from other DJs and electronic artists.

Faker even acknowledged that the way many modern DJs perform (by just pressing a few buttons) means that they have no chance of making mistakes, while the way he performs leaves him vulnerable. To ensure that his performance had that feeling of genuine live creativity, he created a song on the spot specifically to exist only at that show.


When Faker played his cover of “No Diggity,” everyone naturally lost their minds. He finished his set with a version of “Talk Is Cheap” that had no backing instrumentation, just him and his keys playing a rich, echoed organ tone.

I am usually very skeptical of the “one-man show,” but Chet Faker knows how to do it right. Everything was set up perfectly for him to be on stage alone and control the audience with his head bobbing, fantastic voice, and impressive multi-tasking.


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