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