Approaching the victory lap on his ‘10 albums in 10 years’ run, Kers recently shared a first taste of the highly anticipated record. Flaunting a catchy hook that’s become as much a trademark of his career as the punchlines and quotables, ‘Winner’ comes neatly packaged at an upbeat tempo that defies some of its deeper content. As ever, his irrepressible flow is impossible to pin down and subtle flexes are disregarded for flagrant braggadocio. It’s classic Kerser, and the film clip sees him in a newly adopted cinematic setting, with a haunting hospital scene that only furthers his claim to the throne. The sickest.
Ahead of his recently announced ‘The Sickest’ national tour, we were lucky enough to get a call from the king of C-Town to catch up on all things Kers. Read on at your leisure.
That’s crazy. Bro I’ve been slowly chipping away at the album: Album number 10. I’ve just been trying to make the most out of everything that’s going on.
So I’ve got about seven beats that I’m sure of and I’ve written to all of them, so now I’m just perfecting everything. I’ve got to make sure for album 10 that every song is a favourite. To me, ‘Winner’ is one of my favourite songs I’ve ever written, and now everything has got to match that or be better. I’m not rushing it but I’m really excited about what we’ve got so far.
It’s different this time, usually I’ll come off tour and have a couple of months to turn an album around and it’s literally been an album every single year for the last nine years. This year I can actually take my time and spend more time on each track and I think that’s really going to show in the music.
All new work but [laughs] … I don’t want to give too much away. There could be a remix to a very popular song from The Nebulizer. It’s pretty exciting and I think fans are going to trip but besides that one it’s all brand new. Yeah. That’s something we’re working on and I can’t give away which song it is but it’s one of the most popular songs from The Nebulizer.
That’s what I was going for. I don’t know if it’s possible to sum up Kerser with one song but I think it’s a mix of everything from the beat to the flows, and the cockiness of it. It’s got a bit of everything.
Yeah I kind of like to splice them all together. If you really listen it does have some deeper references in there but I switch it up with a smartass punchline. I can kind of go anywhere with my subject matter like that.
[Laughs]. Fuck. I could never take away from what artists are doing now. They’re putting the work in and killing it. I could never put a figure on it, I’m just saying I’m probably worth a cut of what’s come from the blueprint I created. Good question. I like that line too.
Yeah hit me.
Bars! Yes, bro. That’s a bar! Fucking oath. Use that. That’s the title of the article. You’ve got that written down?
Yeah for sure. I guess I’ve been there for every step and I know the process. I’d turned around lifestyles so quickly having toured and I didn’t really have the time I wanted to perfect it. For the first time in my career when it came to subject matter, for whatever reason it just wasn’t coming to me. I could write but I was struggling to find subject matters. I don’t know if you’d call that writer’s block but it’s the closest thing I’ve ever experienced. I was straight up struggling to come up with things.
I took a break. I ended up taking a few months off to get away from it and it was the longest I’ve ever gone in my career without dropping music. I still dropped Wavey Mixes on YouTube in August but yeah I had to take a break before I could get back into it. I’m back now better than I’ve ever been. I think it’s exactly what I needed.
Straight up. Shout out to The Gent. Those wavey mixes are hectic.
Yeah that’s it. I reached out to Moonboy to do the clip and I had this idea for the chorus. It was pretty simple but because the beat has that light, happy feel to it, I pictured the hook alongside the car with pingers falling from the sky. I just pictured it and saw an opportunity to tie everything together while tripping people out a bit. So yeah I suggested that and then Moonboy came back with the hospital scene, the jail cell and the bunker, and just made it all work so well. It’s an upbeat track but it has darker notes too.
It’s always so interesting with videos. I could have gone a million ways with it, but I’m glad we went this way. I love the way the hospital scene is introduced at the very start of the second verse and I love the alien abduction in front of a green screen at the end. We could have done anything for this song but I’m cheering with how it turned out. It’s probably the most effort we’ve ever put into one and I really think it’s worth it.
Yeah fucking oath. The evolution, brother. Eshays. When you really want something to be impactful, it’s worth it. That’s the standard now.
Bro, that happens all the time. Just before I recorded ‘Next Step’. He and another artist were in a duo making hip-hop and dance beats. Malek and Guzman who used to do my videos kept on telling me about him. By the time I got to hitting Open Till L8 up it was for ‘Deadset 8’ and he just killed it. It’s just been up from there.
Our process is so cool because I’ll be in the studio and show him a reference or ask him for something at a specific tempo, or a vibe that’s like this or that, and he’ll just go. Once he’s got the skeleton for the track he’ll send it through. It’s mad. I’ll go up there for the sessions now and sit in with him and record my vocals there. Sometimes he’ll play around with it after I’ve sent him my part and what I end up hearing back is crazy. Some of the shit he adds is just sick. That [fearlessness] is why I think it’s so natural for us to be able to smash out tracks together.
This time it’s cool that we’ve got more time to spend on each track, and like I was saying before I think that will really show through the music.
Just us. I think that’s one of the things that works so well with us. I mean he’s so versatile as well. I really like working with him. Most people would have to get heaps of different producers on the album to do what we do, but I always prefer to work with one. Even his beats, the electronic type sound he’s pushing, reminds me a bit of some of the beats on ‘The Nebulizer’. He kills them, like those Hooligan Hefs style beats. Don’t you think?
Yeah, one hundred percent.
I can’t wait. I’m really pumped. I’ve put a mad set together and I’m just itching to hit the stage. I just got booked for a couple more festival shows this year so I’m pumped. Before corona hit we had those fires near my place and I had to miss my last festival. I couldn’t get there. So yeah not this Friday but next, I’ve got May 7th circled on my calendar. I’m playing in Darwin, there’s no restrictions, and it’s going to be hectic.
Yeah I’m excited to roll out some of the main bangers from Roll The Dice because I obviously didn’t get to tour it, but we’re going back through the catalogue. I’ve got to go back over the old classics and some of the fan favourite promos. It’s funny because you think you know them all like the back of your hand but I’ve been rehearsing and trying to re-learn some of the old, old ones. I reckon my fans know some of them better than me and that’s really special. I can’t wait to get out there.
I’m just focused at the moment. I’m doing everything I can to make sure number 10 is a classic album – my best bit of work – and then I want to tour off the back of that. The last eight months I’ve been working on something… I can’t announce it yet, but it’s something outside of music that I’m really excited about, that I think my fans will follow me to, and that they’ll enjoy. I’m a hustler, bro. I got a little something planned, you know?
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