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|Birth name||Adalita Srsen|
|Born||25 February 1971|
|Origin||Geelong, Victoria, Australia|
|Occupation(s)||Songwriter, singer, guitarist|
|Associated acts||Deer Bubbles
|Red Gibson SG guitar
Roland Jazz Chorus 120 Amplifier
Adalita Srsen (pronounced "Sers-n") is an Australian rock musician who is a founding member of the rock band Magic Dirt and a solo artist. She released her second solo album, All Day Venus, in September 2013. She is known by the mononym Adalita.
She told Triple J's Richard Kingsmill in 2000 that she made her first guitar out of cardboard and wool, before her mother bought her her first acoustic guitar. "After persuading my mum to buy me a guitar, I learnt a few chord progressions from a music book and then started writing and recording very strange songs, using two tape decks and layering guitar parts and vocal harmonies."
Adalita told Australian Guitar magazine (when she became the first female to grace the magazine's cover) in 2005 that she "was 18 or 19 when I bought my first my AU$90 acoustic (guitar) for whatever strange reason I bought it for, on a whim. Then I got an electric maybe six months later and started on that - what was that - in like 1989, 1990."
In the early 1990s, Srsen formed "Deer Bubbles" with then-partner Dean Turner. The band didn't last long and by 1992, the pair, along with guitarist Daniel Herring, started a new band, briefly known as "The Jim Jims". Srsen and Turner then formed Magic Dirt following the addition of drummer Adam Robertson.
In 2006, Adalita released her first material as a solo performer. She performed on two cover versions for the Mick Harvey-produced soundtrack of the Australian film Suburban Mayhem: "Double Dare" (originally by Hoyt Axton) and "Sex Beat" (Gun Club). Along with Harvey, Dean Turner and Rowland S. Howard play on the tracks. A promotional video was made for the single "Double Dare", featuring Adalita and Suburban Mayhem star Emily Barclay. At the time, such solo work were side projects and Srsen soon resumed work with Magic Dirt.
Initially, Srsen harboured no intention to release her own music as a solo artist, but was eventually persuaded by Turner to undertake the production of her debut album—Srsen has revealed, "he always had a lot of faith in me". Production of the solo album commenced in 2009, with Turner responsible for production duties; however, Turner died during the recording process, in August 2009, due to a rare form of tissue cancer. The album was then completed in 2010, while Magic Dirt was on hiatus following Turner's death.
To coincide with her support slot on the Blondie and Pretenders double-headline Australian tour, Srsen released the Hot Air EP on 26 November 2010. The EP contained the debut album's first single "Hot Air", as well as three non-album tracks.
All Day Venus
On 28 April 2013, Srsen announced on her Facebook fan page that she had started work on her second album at Birdland Studios, with long-time producer Lindsay Gravina. She informed her Facebook fans on 24 May 2013 that Jim White from Dirty Three recorded drums for the album over two days.
Srsen appeared on Australian television program RocKwiz in June 2013 and performed a new track, entitled "I Want Your Love". In July 2013, she previewed the track "All Day Venus" and announced a small run of Australian east coast shows to preview the new material. During the first show, at The Tote venue in Melbourne, Victoria, she announced that the album was to be titled All Day Venus.
On 8 August 2013, music website mess+noise announced that All Day Venus would be released on 20 September 2013, and revealed the album artwork and track listing. The website also featured a link to the album's first single, 'Warm Like You', which premiered on Triple J the same day. 'Warm Like You' was released on iTunes on 12 August 2013.
In an October 2013 interview, Srsen described the experience of recording the album with Gravina and a new band:
I thought initially I should get a new producer, but in the end there were so many other new things going on—new sound, new band. I figured I needed something more stable. He knows what he can extract from me. I've never met anyone so patient as Lindsey. He doesn't let me get away with anything. He always pushes me, even though we're mates. It was a very intimate working relationship.
Srsen also explained that the album is about a transformative experience in her life that followed the ending of a long-term relationship. She states that "there was a little moment where I fell into a toxic, dysfunctional time" that resulted in a learning process whereby she felt like an "adult" afterwards. During the creation process for the album, Srsen was influenced by American academic Joseph Campbell, mythology and Balkan folk music. Srsen also revealed that she is most comfortable in "bare" aesthetic surroundings and, in relation to the writing period for All Day Venus: "I’m very simple and I like a lot of space and calm. But I seem to just stumble upon things quite passively."
The album was voted into the third position in the 2013 readers poll of mess + noise, an Australian music website, in which readers selected their favourite albums of the year.
In addition to the various collaborations that were undertaken with Magic Dirt, Srsen has appeared as a guest vocalist on songs by other Australian bands. In 1992, Srsen appeared on Velvet (Down) Underground, a tribute album for The Velvet Underground, providing vocals to The Clowns Smiling Backwards' rendition of "The Black Angel's Death Song".
In 2003, Srsen appeared on The Calculators' song "Cellophane" that was included on The Secret Life Of Us 3 soundtrack album. Also in 2003, she was one of many guest vocalists during an edition of Triple J's Live At The Wireless segment, in which You Am I performed "Jewels And Bullets" and "Damage". Also in 2003, Srsen attended the "Mushroom Music Writers Bloc", a songwriting workshop for Australian artists—she and 78 Saab's Ben Nash penned the track, "Too Much Is Not Enough". The track was featured as a b-side on Magic Dirt's "Plastic Loveless Letter" EP.
During the 2006 Big Day Out tour, Srsen appeared on stage with The Beasts Of Bourbon and Magic Dirt supported the band on a 2007 Australian tour. Also in 2006, Srsen appeared in the Australian short film The Desert by Glendyn Ivin.
In 2007, Srsen collaborated with Katalyst (Ashley Anderson) on the track "Bladewalker", from the band's album What's Happening; the track was released on 25 August 2007. Srsen also joined Katalyst on a national Australian tour in November of that year.
On 24 January 2009, Srsen appeared on an episode of RocKwiz and performed a duet with Gareth Liddiard (The Drones), as the pair covered The Saints' "Messin' with the Kid". Srsen also appeared on the 2009 RocKwiz Christmas special, which was broadcast on 19 December 2009, performing a cover of The Pretenders' "2,000 Miles".
During December 2011, in the period leading up to the Christmas holiday, Srsen embarked on a tour of the east coast of Australia with fellow Australian musician Kevin Mitchell (the pair had also toured together with their bands, Jebediah and Magic Dirt). Entitled "Good Evans it's Xmas" (Mitchell was performing in the guise of Bob Evans), the tour featured the pair performing a rendition of "Must Be Santa", a song that had also been covered by Bob Dylan in 2009.
Alongside Mitchell, Srsen was selected by Australia's Double J radio station for the August 2014 "Artist in Residence" role. Adalita and Mitchell will present two Sunday episodes individually throughout August, and will then co-present the final episode, "Unforgettable Opening Lines", on 31 August. The Artist in Residence episodes air on Sunday and Srsen's individual episodes are titled "Heartache & Pain" and "The Dark Side".
Srsen's self-titled debut album received the Australian Independent Record (AIR) Award for "Best Independent Album" in 2012. Srsen dedicated the award to Turner and then performed her song "Fool Around" to the awards ceremony audience. The album was also nominated for the 2012 Australian Music Prize, alongside other artists, such as Gotye, Kimbra and Boy & Bear.
Following the release of her second album, Srsen was selected as the 'Best Female Artist' by the online voters who participated in the 2013 Age Music Victoria Awards.
Srsen is an avid advocate of animal rights and is also a vegan. Srsen was about 18 years of age when she adopted a vegetarian diet, explaining, "It was a very easy decision to make and I never went back."
Since Turner's death, Srsen has revealed that the loss of her longtime friend continues to permeate her entire life and has stated, "I think the shock of losing Dean has numbed me out a bit and in a weird way made me float along. I haven't sat down and overanalysed anything, I've just gone with the flow." During the promotional period of All Day Venus in September 2013, Srsen stated that she is a keen photographer and likes to capture "people looking relaxed", and enjoys walking along the Merri Creek Trail in Melbourne when she is not working.
- Adalita - Liberation Music (LBN00010665) (4 March 2011)
- All Day Venus - Liberation Music (20 September 2013)
- "Hot Air" — Liberation Music (LMCD0124) (27 November 2010)
- "Double Dare" — Inertia Recordings (IR2511CDS) (28 October 2006)
- "The Repairer" (7") — The Passport Label (VISA 011) (4 September 2011)
- "Fool Around (Alternate Edit)" (digital single) — Liberation Music (23 September 2011)
- "Warm Like You" (digital single) — Liberation Music (12 August 2013)
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