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|Birth name||Adem Kerimofski|
10 January 1975 |
Mount Lawley, Western Australia
|Occupation(s)||Musician, University educator|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, drums, percussion, keyboards, synthesizer|
|Labels||Spunk, Half A Cow, Gun Fever, Love is My Velocity, Igloo Records|
|Associated acts||Turnstyle, The Community Chest, The Burton Cool Suit|
Adem K (born Adem Kerimofski on 10 January 1975) is an Australian independent rock musician and songwriter. As a founding member of the group Turnstyle, Kerimofski is credited with helping to revive Casio and toy keyboard integration in rock music in the late 1990s and early 2000s in Australia.
Kerimofski's first band Turnstyle achieved a degree of success in 1999 with the single "Spray Water On The Stereo", reaching No. 16 on the ARIA Singles Charts. The band formed in 1995 and went on an 8-year hiatus in 2002. Reforming first in 2010 and again in 2013, the band has permanently reunited and after releasing the album Time Equals Function in 2015 (produced by Kerimofski) have played several shows and are working on a new release. When asked about the new release in a conversation with The West Australian, Kerimofski described it as 'going to be oddball but a bit more contemporary in sound'.
Kerimofski joined the duo of poet/activist Alan Boyd and WASO cellist/author Kevin Gillam in 2000 as a percussionist and keyboard player. In 2002, the band's music was the featured musical component of the independent film Teesh and Trude starring Peter Phelps and Susie Porter. Mitey Ko released 4 albums, all featuring Kerimofski.
The Burton Cool Suit
A band Kerimofski once described as "a mix of indie rock and 60s garage rock", existed between 2003 and 2007. At the behest of some band members Kerimofski abandoned much of his past influences for the band's first release instead taking a more retro approach. The Burton Cool Suit supported Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on their 2005 Australian tour as well as a varied list of other supports including The Buzzcocks, Idlewild and Youthgroup.The band's second album reintroduced some of Kerimofski's earlier influences by which time he had effectively annulled the band. The song 'SQ' was nominated for a WAM Song of the Year award in 2007. In July 2016 The Burton Cool Suit albums were digitally re-released by revered Australian independent record label Half A Cow. To commemorate the release the band performed two shows in October 2016.
The Community Chest
After releasing a well received solo album in 2010, Kerimofski formed the Community Chest featuring close friends, his wife and Turnstyle producer Laurie Sinagra, winner of numerous West Australian Music Industry Awards. Originally formed to perform Adem's solo material, the band forged their own identity and eventually recorded a debut album entirely DIY, which was released in July 2013 on vinyl format. The band released an EP "Make Your Decision Now And Live With It Forever" in October 2015 which further explored Kerimofski's interest in drones, repetition and rural futurism. Self-produced, the EP was mastered by Stereolab producer Paul Tipler in London.
Kerimofski is a Social Sciences Technician in media education at the University of Western Australia. He has been married since 2004 to his wife Dee and together they have a son, Nate born in 2008. Kerimofski lives in Bassendean, a suburb of Perth in Western Australia.
Kerimofski predominantly uses Fender guitars, namely Japanese Jazzmasters and Jaguars and a pre-CBS 1965 Duo-Sonic II that he gifted to his wife in 2013. Kerimofski has been seen occasionally playing a 1967 Gibson SG Melody Maker since 2012. Live dates throughout 2015 and 2016 have seen him using a Guild S-100 reissue. After using a Fender 2 x 12 Deville amplifier for many years, in 2009 he switched to a Fender Deluxe '65 reissue, running it through a mid 70s Fender Bassman cabinet. In keyboards, Kerimofski has remained loyal to Casio's MT series, notably the MT65, MT40 and MT45. Adem also owns a collection of Synthesizers including various Roland models, a Korg MS20, and numerous monophonic Moog synths.
- Turnstyle (1995) Cassette
- Itcheekneesonchee (1997) Cassette
- Seasides (1997) CD
- "Spray Water On The Stereo" (1999) CD single AUS No. 16
- Turnstyle Country (1999) CD
- Purple Crown (1999) CD single
- "Portamento" (1999) CD single
- "I'm A Bus" (2000) CD single
- "Geek Party" (2000) CD
- "Turnstyle Corporation" (2001) CD
- "Sad Rambo" (2002) CD, Limited to 100 copies
- "Colour Me In" (2013) CD, Limited to 50 copies
- "Colour Me In Vol 2" (2014) CD, Limited to 50 copies
- "Time Equals Function" (2015) CD, Digital
with Mitey Ko
- "2thresQ" (2000) CD
- "5% Famous" (2001) CD
- "Incidental Guerillas" (2003) CD
- "Devastated, Frustrated" (2008) CD
with The Burton Cool Suit
- "The Burton Cool Suit" (2005) CD
- You Can't Fight City Hall (2007) CD
- The Community Chest (2010) CD
with The Community Chest
- Top Of The Hour (2013) Vinyl LP
- Make Your Decision Now And Live With It Forever (2015) CD EP
- "The Town We Loved In", Showbag (2003) CD (as lead guitarist)
- "Welcome To The Growth Zone", When the Sky Fell (2009) CD (essentially a duo formed with his wife)