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RTRFM In the Pines Interview Quickies – Turnstyle

Words by: Laurent Shervington, Interviewee: Adem K


Who are you and what music do you make?

I am Adem K and the group I have been intrinsically linked to for 21 years is Turnstyle. Turnstyle is also PJ, Dean J Davies and GMC. We make indie rock music with fuzzy guitars and toy keyboards. The toy keyboards often break so with the latest developments in electronic computer technology we are now able to sample the old toys into one big modern toy.

What is your fondest In the Pines memory?

Oh wow, I’ve been to 19 of them out of a possible 22 so there’s been many wonderful, crazy, transcendent moments at In The Pines. This usually involves the things our parents warned us about but in all honesty the fondest moments are always the ones on stage. I have been fortunate enough to play In The Pines with every band I’ve been in.

What makes the event so special?

It’s big enough to be a thrill and small enough to have a concentrated number of like-minded friendly folk without the overt hippie-dom of some outdoor music festivals. Also to me, RTRFM is a big deal – always has and always will be. Turnstyle were very conscious of this even in the late 90s when we were the darlings of a large youth radio network. We would never have dreamed of severing our ties to RTR or thinking we were something bigger.

The most pretentious indie chest beater in the world could tell you that he doesn’t care about adulation, attention or airplay but that’s bullshit. I couldn’t handle playing with myself in a room full of guitars and synths. I need feedback and  reflection otherwise I would just sit in my room and say that I’m the greatest thing ever or over analyse myself but not having anything to show for it. RTR is my musical councillor, collaborator and educator.

What other bands are you looking forward to catching on the day?

I think this is one of the best line-ups I’ve ever seen at an In The Pines. We are all doom metal fans so we are looking forward to Skullcave and there’s a crop of newish bands I like such as Verge Collection and The Pissedcolas. We are playing a warm up show with Bucket the night before so watching them twice in a weekend will make me feel like I’m 20 years old again. There’s also genre specific stuff that always makes for a great In The Pines such as Grace Barbe’s band.

The UWA Sommerville Auditorium is home to both Norfolk Island Pines (Araucaria heterophylla) and Western Australian Peppermint trees (Agonis flexusosa), do you have any particular preference between the two?

Araucaria heterophylla any day of the week. The fronds make awesome swords and I’ll take on any fucker wielding a weeping Agonis flexusosa frond unless they’re planning on fanning me while I eat grapes and make out with their girlfriend.

What can we expect from your set?

Probably an even 50/50 mix of some old classics from yesteryear and new stuff from the record we put out last year. We have no grand plan in place other than we definitely want some caustic moments amongst the sweet pop.