Campbelltown rapper Kerser surprised with ARIA nomination

Picture: James Brickwood
Picture: James Brickwood

Campbelltown-born rapper Kerser was shocked yesterday when hundreds of messages started flooding his Facebook page.

Fans from across the country were congratulating him on his just-announced ARIA nomination for best urban album.

The popular artist said it was great to receive that level of support from his fan base.

“It was really nice to hear that from the fans, that’s the best thing about the nomination,” he said.

“It’s like a nomination for the fans as well.

“They’ve been on this road with me for seven albums and it’s a win for them too.”

Kerser said he didn’t expect to receive a nomination at this stage of his career.

The nod was especially surprising given some of the lyrics of his recent music.

“I actually dissed off the ARIAs on my album, because I thought they’d ignored me up to this point,” he said.

“I think now there’s that recognition of my fan base from the ARIAs.

“I almost wonder why they didn’t notice it on album four or five though.”

Kerser was excited to learn fellow Macarthur-bred artist Travis Collins also scored a nomination yesterday.

He said this recognition from Australia’s most prestigious music awards was a win for the region.

“It was great to hear Travis was nominated, it’s so good,” he said.

“It has been unheard of for the Macarthur region to get this representation at the ARIAs.

“I hope it encourages local musicians to chase down their dreams and believe they can achieve the same accomplishments.”

Kerser said he was undecided if he would attend the ARIA ceremony at The Star in Sydney next month.

His eighth album in eight years is coming out in February and will be followed by a tour in March and April.