CARV­ING HER WAY

For­mer Magic Dirt singer Adalita is en­joy­ing the free­dom that comes with play­ing the sup­port act to Di­nosaur Jr’s J. Mas­cis on his lat­est tour

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She is known for singing about or­di­nary boys, but Adalita is far from an or­di­nary woman. The for­mer Magic Dirt lead singer has jammed with a wide range of artists in­clud­ing Tex Perkins, Clare Bowditch and Yo Gabba Gabba.

When not play­ing along­side fel­low mu­si­cians, Adalita Srsen men­tors young mu­si­cians.

“I’ve been do­ing a bunch of cool things,” she says. Hav­ing re­leased her sec­ond al­bum All Day Venus in 2013, Adalita says her writ­ing process is an or­ganic one.

“I just let life hap­pen, stuff hap­pens and you just have to write about it – you fill up the jug of life ex­pe­ri­ence then empty it,” she says.

The tal­ented songstress says be­ing a sup­port act for sev­eral gigs means she has more free­dom to ex­per­i­ment on stage.

“When do­ing sup­port you can re­lax a bit, be­cause there is less pres­sure, it def­i­nitely makes a huge dif­fer­ence.”

Adalita vis­its the Gold Coast to­mor­row to sup­port J. Mas­cis. Mas­cis, front­man for US alt-rock pi­o­neers Di­nosaur Jr, will be turn­ing the amps down to per­form his softer solo ma­te­rial.

A gui­tar ge­nius, Mas­cis has helped cre­ate some of the era’s sig­na­ture songs, al­bums and styles through his work with acts in­clud­ing Di­nosaur Jr, Deep Wound, Gob­ble­hoof, Vel­vet Mon­keys, The Fog, Witch and Sweet Ap­ple.

In 2012 Spin mag­a­zine ranked Mas­cis fifth on its list of the 100 great­est gui­tarists of all time; while Rolling Stone’s list had him at num­ber 86.

Mas­cis formed Di­nosaur Jr with bassist Lou Bar­low and drum­mer Murph in Mas­sachusetts in 1984. With dis­torted sound characterised by ex­treme vol­ume and feed­back, the band was hugely in­flu­en­tial on 1990s acts such as Nir­vana.

Mas­cis is tour­ing his lat­est record Tied To A Star, which was re­leased in Au­gust. J. Mas­cis and Adalita, Sound­lounge, Cur­rumbin, to­mor­row night.

Pic­ture: NI­COLE CLEARY

Adalita will visit the Gold Coast to­mor­row in sup­port of J. Mas­cis.

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