With Chet Faker’s Built on Live tour hitting Australia in two months, the world-conquering Melburnian has announced his hand-picked supports for the upcoming shows.
Silicon, Awesome Tapes From Africa and Cleopold will join the bill for all shows, with Octologic locked to DJ between sets in Melbourne and Sydney (a Brisbane DJ will be announced soon).
Main support Silicon is the new project of Kiwi Kody Nielson, formerly of The Mint Chick and Opossum. Having played a significant role co-writing, co-producing and playing keys and drums on Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s third album Multi-Love – of which his brother Ruban is singer, songwriter and guitarist – Nielson releases his debut album as Silicon this Friday.
Brian Shimkovitz’s Awesome Tapes From Africa began as a blog to bring obscure African sounds to public attention, but has since developed into a critically acclaimed vinyl label, re-releasing records by African artists and solidifying his mission to take African music global. His DJ set, projected via twin tape decks, draws on this archive to bring highlife, fuji, benga, tsonga disco, soukous, hip-hop, rhumba and ethio-soul, among countless other genres to the audience.
LA-based Australian singer/songwriter Cleopold has written tracks for Miami Horror and Cassian, and collaborated with Faker himself. His debut single ‘Down in Flames’ is the first taste of his debut EP, released through Chet Faker’s own boutique label Detail Co this October.
Melbourne DJ duo Otologic are cult figures in Melbourne’s underground scene, throwing their own parties and played festivals such as the Meredith Music Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Rainbow Serpent, Dark Mofo, Strawberry Fields, Summadayze, Parklife, Stereosonic, Future Music Festival and more.
Faker is promising the Built on Live shows will feature an “expanded band with guests, never before performed live songs and a few surprises along the way”.