There's Aussie rap and Aussie hip-hop and then there's Kerser.
Fiercely independent and brutally honest, the Campbelltown-born emcee has carved out a niche for himself over nine hard-hitting albums.
He is coming to Newcastle on December 18 as part of the Lunar Electric line-up alongside the likes of Hooligan Hefs, Bliss n Eso, Shockone, Bonka, HP Boyz, Joel Fletcher, Dimatik and Bombs Away.
Kerser's lyrics are deeply personal and strike a chord. I ask if he's an open book in everyday life or someone who uses music as an outlet.
"I'd say it's a bit of both, I don't really care what people think of me which somehow makes me fall into being an open book, and I also use my music as an outlet," he replied.
"I never intend for my music to come out as personal as it does sometimes but it happens and people love it."
He has stood his ground over the years, refusing to play the record industry "game". It cost him airplay, but not fans.
"It's one of the things I'm most proud of out of all my accomplishments. I came into the music game when the labels and radio dictated who got big or made a living off music, and fully changed the game doing it my way," Kerser explained.
"I just came in as myself with a plan and didn't want or need any help.
"I got a lot of advice early on from both Hyjak N Torcha, and Torcha actually lined up my first distribution deal through Obese Records. There were other people that helped with little things along the way but not really anyone tied into the industry."
Kerser has come a long way since first writing and rapping in the south-west Sydney suburb of Campbelltown. His albums sell like wildfire and he performs in front of thousands of fans who scream his lyrics back at him, word for word.
He still has "pinch me" moments.
"Waking up every day in my house and realising how blessed I am, I still spin-out and thank God every day," he said.
"My plan was to make a living off music, but I have gone leaps and bounds past that with record plaques, broken records, living the dream.
"To come from where I come from it's unheard of to make it this far, especially in an industry that hated me from the start [laughs]. Life is a pinch-me moment."
Over the years Kerser has shared the most personal of details through song but he makes an effort to keep his family life private.
"I keep my daughter out of the spotlight as much as I can. I mention her here and there but I never want to make her the centre of attention. I don't think that's fair on any kid," he said.
"Over the next 12 months I'm going to be the busiest I've ever been.
"I have a bunch of festivals lined up, kicking off with Lunar Electric, and I also have my own tour of Australia starting in December and my 10th album being released late next year."
I ask what people can expect from his set at Lunar Electric.
"A prime example of crowd control and a crazy hyped set. One of the best sets you will see from an artist in this country," he replied.
"I love partying with the people while I'm on stage and blessing the crowd with those Kers bangers."
The Lunar Electric Music Festival stops off at Camp Shortland in Newcastle on December 18. Tickets at lunarelectric.com.au. This is an 18+ event.
BSafe lockers will be available on-site ($10) to keep your valuables safe while you dance. Pre-book online at bsafemobilelockers.com.au.
Groovin The Moo
Groovin The Moo is back in 2022 after two years of patiently waiting out the pandemic in a paddock. It will return to Maitland Showground on Saturday, April 23.
"It's been a long time between Moo's and we are so genuinely happy to be back on the road to some of our local regions to reconnect with artists, community, suppliers, team and most importantly, with each other," Steve Halpin of Cattleyard Promotions said.
"We have missed you all terribly and thank you for your patience."
For those who kept their 2020 tickets, they will remain valid for GTM 2022. A line-up announcement is expected in January.
Boots and Beach
Dust off those cowboy boots and get the camping gear ready because a new beachside country music festival is coming. Setting up stage at Port Macquarie's Breakwall Caravan Park from May 27 to 29, Boots and Beach is where country and coast collide for one boot-scootin' good time.
The line-up includes Lee Kernaghan, Fanny Lumsden, Brad Cox, The Wolfe Brothers, Brooke McClymont & Adam Eckersley, Amber Lawrence, James Johnston, Raechel Whitchurch, Leah Flanagan, Angus Gill, Jake Davey and Loren Ryan.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Monday, December 13, via Moshtix.
For details go to bootsandbeach.com.au.
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