West Suffolk College students to work with Aussie star Chet Faker

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Media production students have been asked to make a music video for Australian singer-songwriter Chet Faker.

The students, from West Suffolk College, have all produced a music video for the singer’s latest song Blush, and so far entries have been whittled down to a final five.

The finalists are: Nicole Hood, Megan De Frais, Luke Miller, Charlotte Wooton and Chris Harman.

The winning entry will be chosen later this year.

The opportunity has come about as course leader and lecturer Ben Pryke has links with Chet’s record company.

Finalist Nicole, 17, said: “It’s really exciting to be offered the chance to work with an international artist. His songs regularly get more than 10 million hits on YouTube so the winner’s video would be seen by a lot of people.”

Chet has recently won five ARIA Awards and is best known for his cover of Blackstreet’s No Diggity, which was featured in an advert for Becks Sapphire.

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He was tipped by The Guardian as an artist to watch in 2015.

As a prize from the singer’s record company PIAS, the five finalists have been invited to attend a music industry event at the BFI Southbank in London called ‘BUG: The Evolution of Music’.

The show is presented by comedian Adam Buxton and showcases new work in music videos. The bi-monthly event is often attended by international artists including Radiohead, Massive Attack and Bjork.

Mr Pryke said: “I feel industry experience and real world pressures should be an integral element of the creative media production course here at West Suffolk College.

“Year 1 Media students took on the challenge of a ‘live brief’ that would stretch their conceptual, organisational and practical abilities.

“The five-week project resulted in an impressive array of creative work. I am very proud of all students’ efforts on this project.”

Chet has released one album to date called Built On Glass which topped the charts in his homeland.

His music draws influence from hip hop, R&B, soul and modern-day electronic music.

The lyrics for Blush deal with the confusion, anxiety and desperation that accompany the break up of a relationship.

However, existing Chet videos do not really reference the lyrics in the literal sense, so the challenge for the students was to go beyond the lyrics.