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The PushamannWhat's the connection between hairdressing and electronicmusic? "None!", you might think... Well, think again. ThePushamann is the missing link between these two creativeindustries, injecting just as much flair and panache into hisDJ sets as he does when whipping up his latest creation inthe salon.The Pushamann is 31-year-old Charles Kerr, a man whohas become a favourite at fabric, making regularappearances at the seminal club since 2008. During acareer spanning 10 years Kerr has also set up his ownlabel NoN Music, landed his own show on Rinse FM andhas several releases under his belt. His penchant for allthings 4/4 means he provides a diverse, though cohesive,performance wherever he plays, merging traditional housegrooves, nu disco, deep techno and venturing into leftfieldterritory when the situation allows. There is no preferencewith genres, "If I like it, I'll play it," he says. It's as simple asthat. Over the years, the hairdresser has proven time andagain that he is a cut above many of his peers when itcomes to connecting with his audience and working updancefloors into a frenzy.Inspirations range from US and UK garage to funk, soul anddisco while UK titans such as Craig Richards and TerryFrancis have also fueled The Pushamann's love for music –in fact, the latter of the two was responsible for his bigbreak. Terry Francis booked The Pushamann to play atfabric six years ago and he's been a constant fixture eversince, playing at the club every three months.Despite this dream residency and its fringe benefits he'scontinued to work hard and has never been complacent,knowing full well that the music business is a fickle one andthe only way to ensure longevity in one's career is tomaintain a consistency high work ethic. The Pushamann'sdedication to his night-time career has seen him play atvenues such as Turnmills (RIP), Corsica Studios, BasingHouse, Cafe 1001 and Building Six to more intimatelocations such as the infamous Star of Bethnal Green andRolling Stock. While recent overseas gigs include anappearance at Berlin's Kater Holzig.In the process of building a long-lasting career, he hasinvested all his spare time and energy into maintining hisclub night, Nature or Nurture, where he's the mane attractionalong with Terry Francis. This event has led to the birth ofan offshoot label, which he cites as representing "realhouse sounds for real house heads". Artists including LewisRyder, Marc Ashkan, Zeitgeist and Mitch Davis have allreleased on the label, as well as Kerr himself. His own productions reflecting the energy and dexterity he displaysin his DJ sets; with sleazy, deep and sensual grooves builtfor the dancefloor.As 2014 gets into full swing, Kerr looks to the future with anassured focus on maintaining the high level he has alreadyachieved. More appearances at fabric are already booked infor his ever popular NoN Music takeovers, plus gigsoverseas including bookings in the ever fertile Germancapital, Berlin where he'll be playing at The Chalet club. Thisyear will also see a renewed focus on production, with anEP in collaboration with his good friend Alexander Wall duefor release via NoN very soon, along with many other studioprojects penciled in for this year.With a ten-year-long career already behind him, ThePushamann has the experience and knowledge to continuemarching on to the very top. You can rest assured that he'shair to stay!
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