Lachlan Turnock, AKA Adelaidian electronic singer/songwriter PNK FME, has just dropped his striking single THO which has propelled the 22-year-old artist into all of our playlists.
Influenced by Ramzoid, Trippie Redd and Jogi, PNK FME has mixed new-age rap with traditional electronic styles, forming a hybrid of sound. The track’s topline portrays the introspective nature, conjured from the deep and impactful moments in his life. The rousing poetry within the vocals is further bolstered by the abstract and whimsical production. He isn’t afraid to follow the ‘“less is more” approach, with THO brandishing a minimalist soundscape.
PNK FME has harmoniously melded the ethereal divinity of his production to the heartache-driven topline with expertise and prowess, which has showcased the young musician’s mature and developed mindset as a producer and lyricist.
The drive of his passion for his creations comes from the deep spots in his life that have affected him. “I was lost on who I was as a person and it had hit me really hard and woke me up. I changed as a person. I’m still changing now, actually, but it was really weird, so the lyrics in the chorus ‘hit me for real though’,” he said.
A disorientating music video complimented the release of THO. Directed, shot and edited by PNK FME himself and filmed on the streets of Adelaide, the video depicts the internal turbulence and coping mechanisms of the human condition.
“I’m not the richest bloke in the world. I thought, ‘Do I go with a filmer or do I just do it by myself?’ I was like, well… I had a really good idea, but I was worried it wasn’t gonna work. We started filming. My friend sat in the back of the car and filmed me… and it was pretty boring and dull.
“And then I said, ‘You know what? Stop it. Just put [the light] on flashing,’ and the red light from the brake turned my body red, and the flashing light just made it look really sick. It was kind of flukey, but it worked out really well.”
Lachlan described the Adelaide electronic music scene as a friendly, tight-knit community where “everybody knows everybody.”
“I met these guys at Futuresounds where they did a gig for me, and it was my first gig. I was so scared. They introduced me to the Adelaide scene and I met Alex Nadar. He’s a mixing, mastering engineer and I was taught then and there how to network and get involved in the scene.
“I really had this connection to music that I don’t really see others in my family circle and friends have, and then when I found the music community, I connected with them and things fell into place. It felt like it was meant to be, in a way.”
PNK FME has since collaborated with Adelaide electronic artists Alice Hill and Eve Relendall, and would love to work with Godlands, TK and rappers NVSTY MILITIA, who he has a song on the way with.
“I think I’d like to see more of Adelaide, a bit more opportunity and a bit more variety here. We are a small city, so we can’t really demand that, but just a bit more expansion and a lot more happening would be nice. We’ve got the Fringe and all that on right now, so a lot is happening in the city, but it’d be nice to have that all year round.”
Lachlan started the PNK FME project back in early 2015 which has seen him grow from supporting artists such as LucianBlomKamp, Moonbase, Kilter, ALTA and Godwolf, to releasing two EPs of his own.
“The name came from … embarrassingly, me and my mum, ‘cause my mum at the time had the pink flamingo pants, literally a flamingo. I was looking for a name and I didn’t know and I was going to be called ‘Pink Flamingo’ actually, but just as a jovial thing, but there’s a band, Flamingo, in Adelaide. I don’t know if they’re still together but it’d be kinda awkward to have the same name. So, my friend said ‘Well, you want fame out of it, right? To be successful you’ll need fans and shit to fuel your performance,’ and he said, ‘Call it Pink Fame,’ and I was was like, yeah, stuff it, I’ll just call it that. I wish I had some really cool story to it though.”
Since kicking off the PNK FME project, the multi-talented musician has developed his sound and gone from strength to strength. 2017 saw PNK FME perform at Futuresounds and Adelaide’s Electronic Music Festival, Electro Live 2017. It also marked the release of his second EP Tilted Vision.
“[I think electronic music is becoming huge at the moment] purely because you don’t have any barriers. I think the reason why sonic music is taking off is that you can do so much more than you could ever do, and it’s constantly transforming, getting better and better. The software is too, and I think it’s more attractive to a lot more people and more accessible and cheaper.”
When it comes to producing, PNK FME finds comfort in his laptop, two studio monitors, MP7s, a keyboard and a launch pad. The first piece of equipment he purchased was a 49-key keyboard. Although there’s currently no equipment that is screaming to be added into his collection, he would love to have a massive studio where he can add a grand piano, a variety of guitars, real drums, and custom Toms.
“The weird thing is, when I produce a song, most songs when I’m trying, turn out crappy and most time when I don’t even try and I’m in this weird space, it just happens really quick. I’ll have a song in a matter of hours. My creating process starts off with the keys and then maybe some bass, and then it’s usually a toss up between the drums or the vocals.”
The depth and meticulous attention to the details has set PNK FME on the road for an outstanding year ahead. He has just finished working on a song that he will film a music video for, which is due for release at the end of next month.
“I think I’ve finally nailed [the sound] I’m after right now, but I’m sure I’ll have a change of style soon. It’ll happen. All of a sudden I’ll have this weird emotion or something will happen in my life that would make me change, and then you’ll just hear it in the music.”
PNK FME would love to open up the music scene for Adelaide’s electronic artists and “help people put more emotion and realness into their music rather than conforming to something society wants them to have or being generic.”
“Make sure you’re always learning about the industry and are always motivated and pushed by writing music ‘cause that’ll keep you going. Don’t chase fame and money because it doesn’t really get you there – it doesn’t fuel you enough. Just make sure you’re passionate, you wanna learn, and be prepared for every left, right, up and down.”