BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM - JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS 2011
Adalita is incredibly excited to have won this years Jagermeister Independent Music Award for Best Independent Album 2011. Adalita, who was nominated for Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Album, Breakthrough Artist Of The Year and Best Independent Single (Hot Air) attended the ceremony as well as performing her latest single, 'Fool Around', on the night.
Adalita dedicated the award to Dean Turner, her long time friend and collaborator and Magic Dirt band mate, who passed away from cancer in August 2009. Dean co-produced her self-titled solo debut album and was the impetus behind her starting her solo venture. For highlights from the awards night please visit THE MUSIC.COM.AU or click below.
DEAN TURNER HONOURED AT LANEWAY FESTIVAL 2012
My Magic Dirt bandmate, best friend and musical mentor, Dean Turner, is being honoured at the St Jeromes Laneway Festival 2012 by having the Melbourne stage named after him. Dean was an extraordinary person, very involved and passionate about Australian music and the live scene and this is such a great way to honour his amazing legacy.
Dean passed away in August 2009 after a long and courageous battle with a rare form of cancer.
Thank you to to Danny Rogers' and Jerome Borazio's for their beautiful gesture.
For more information please visit MELBOURNE LANEWAY FESTIVAL 2012
FOOL AROUND - brand new video up now!
I had so much fun making this video in Melbournes mysterioso night air. Back on board is my right hand lens man, the talented Adam Harding who shot, edited and directed the clip with assistance from super ace Ben Butcher and the wonderful JP Shilo. Also, this is the first time I've co-produced a clip too. Enjoy.
ADALITA - DEBUT SOLO ALBUM OUT MARCH 4
Produced by Dean Turner and Adalita and recorded at Head Gap studios, Melbourne, Adalita's debut solo album was released on March 4, 2011.The 10 track self-titled record is available to buy direct from Liberation Music, iTunes and in all good record stores.
‘Adalita’ the debut solo record, is a collection of ten songs that captures her at her most raw and unaffected. It showcases the breadth of her songwriting talents.The music isn’t so much a radical departure from Magic Dirt as it is a distillation of everything that band represents, with the layers of instrumentation stripped away, leaving only the bare bones of the songs themselves. And those songs are stark and heartfelt. They’re startlingly direct at times. They’re austere and beautiful and powerful.
Adalita says of making her solo record,'...Dean (producer) was really encouraging me to give it a go. He believed these other songs, that were a bit more stripped back and didn't fit into a straight up band mode, could stand on their own, as did I. I feel like I am honouring a very important part of my creative process within my own self and also as a part of a profoundly creative team that Dean and I were'.
“Guitar is caressed and battered. That voice comes through with a longing human need and want. She speaks plainly. Among possible references: Cat Power, PJ Harvey. Its quiet insistence gets in your head. She remains a compelling mix of strength and fragility. And as such, honest.” - Drum Media Sydney
Adalita's first solo release, the Hot Air EP features 'Hot Air', taken from the debut solo album, 'Fur Seal' and 'Taxi Club', two unreleased new tracks and 'Wrapped Up', a cover of an Eddy Current Suppression Ring song. The EP is available from JB Hi Fi and from your local indie store. Also available from iTunes and Liberation Music.
ADALITA ON MAURICE FRAWLEY TRIBUTE ALBUM
Recorded at Birdland Studios in Melbourne with JP Shilo and Raul Sanchez, Adalita appears on the new Maurice Frawley tribute album, 'Long Gone Whistle'.
Maurice Frawley was a prolific Australian songwriter and a former member of Paul Kelly and the Dots and he recently died from cancer. Adalita recently performed at the Maurice Frawley Tribute Concert at the Gershwin Room in St.Kilda.
ADALITA ON PAUL KELLY TRIBUTE
As part of Ausmusic month in November 2009, Triple J put on a special series of concerts called 'Before Too Long', to celebrate the brilliant work of Paul Kelly. Held at the Forum theatre in Melbourne over two nights, Adalita did a spoken word rendition of 'Everythings Turning To White' and also sang 'Sweet Guy'. Listen to Adalita's performance by clicking on the banner.
Adalita also appears on the newly released CD & DVD of the 'Before Too Long' concert. Both CD & DVD are available to buy from the ABC Shop. ________________________________________________________________
ADALITA ON ROCKWIZ
(The Saints) as their Rockwiz duet, Gershwin Room, Melbourne.
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BioIf you know anything at all about Australian music, of course, you already know who Adalita is. You know her from Magic Dirt, who for nearly two decades have been one of Australia's most respected and influential bands. You may well have grown up with her music, watching it evolve from the freeform distortion-drenched darkness of the early '90s to the confident, poised rock'n'roll of 'Girl'. Or you might be a new fan, just beginning to explore the work of one of Australia's greatest contemporary bands. But either way, you've never heard her sound quite like this. 'Adalita' is her first solo record, a collection of ten songs that captures her at her most raw and [unaffected]. It showcases the breadth of her songwriting talents, from the quiet introspection of songs like Perfection and The Repairer through the more rocking Jewel Thief and Goin Down to the cryptically-titled and evocative instrumental Lassa Hanta. The music isn't so much a radical departure from Magic Dirt as it is a distillation of everything that band represents, with the layers of instrumentation stripped away, leaving only the bare bones of the songs themselves. And those songs are stark and heartfelt. They're startlingly direct at times. They're austere and beautiful and powerful. "I'd been doing some solo shows… I liked how stark the set was and wanted the record to be the same," says Adalita of the album's sound. "When I write songs there are some that naturally don't fit into the rock band format. So they have always been there, but just tucked away." It was in the middle of last year that she decided to bring them into the light. "It was on Dean's advice and encouragement that I give the solo thing a go," Adalita says of the recording. "He really wanted to bring out other aspects of my songwriting. And I agreed with him that I would love to explore these other songs, the ones that couldn't fit into Magic Dirt. So I guess it ends up really being about getting a song across and what is the best way and the best context to do that in." She's speaking, of course, of her late Magic Dirt bandmate Dean Turner, who passed away of cancer in August, 2009 at only 37. Turner recorded the early takes with Adalita in June last year, only weeks before his death, and his presence imbues every aspect of the album. "Because of his illness he was pretty much housebound, so I would go around to his place and sit with him and play him all the demos I had done. We would talk about what the feel of the record was going to be and how I would best achieve that. He spoke a lot about the production values of the songs and, incredibly, made it to the studio for those few days in June. He was absolutely my mentor. We were a creative perfect match and also eachothers closest, most trusted friend. I looked to him for pretty much everything." Apart from Turner, several other musicians feature on 'Adalita' – Magic Dirt's Raúl Sanchez plays guitar on Lassa Hanta, while Melbourne singer/songwriter Amaya Laucirica provides backing vocals on Good Girl: "Amaya is someone I've been following for years…we do the song Good Girl live sometimes, so I thought it would be fitting to have her come and do it for the record". And the input of hyper-talented multi-instrumental polymath JP Shilo (Hungry Ghosts, Rowland S Howard) features throughout: "I think we really click. We can talk about creativity and music in a very deep way, and he seems to intuitively understand where I am coming from. This is really important... to have musicians around you that align with the sub-conscious aspects of the music." Ultimately, though, this is a solo record in the most literal sense of the word: the rendering of one person's artistic vision, even through to the artwork that adorns the package. "Taking photos is a real second love of mine," Adalita says. "I enjoy it a lot. So all the artwork is photo-based. I wanted it to tie in with the songs, so I listened to the record while I picked the photos and put it all together. I wanted it to look minimal, beautiful and haunting, and to really draw the viewer into the landscape of this record." "Minimal", "beautiful", "haunting"… They're certainly all adjectives that apply to an album that further demonstrates Adalita's status as one of the great Australian songwriters and vocalists of the last couple of decades. 'Adalita' is one of the best solo debuts of recent times. It's already one of the best albums of the year.
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"Thanks again Alan. I forgot to mention in my last post that I'm in the middle of writing a brand new album and am pretty happy with how it's all going. If you wanna check out my blogs I've been keeping throughout the whole writing process go to my website, www.adalita.com. Hopefully I'll be recording soon. I'll keep everyone posted. Thanks again for dropping by. Cheers. "
Hi all It's been such a long time since I was here but I'm back! I've been working on the next solo album and am at the tail end of the song writing phase. It's been going really well and I'm really happy with the songs and getting excited about the prospect of recording them soon. I've been keeping blogs from the very start about this writing process. You can read them all on my website http://lnk.ms/dM3gY. I don't have any shows booked at the moment, just concentrating on the writing. But I will be back with more updates soon. Thanks for all your messages too! Cheers, Adalita X
So it's been a while. I'm still in the cocoon with these songs but its starting to get a bit cramped in here now. I'm at that stage where I could be overwriting or not writing enough…I don't know. I'll have to cut the umbilical at some point. I kinda wish I was already in the studio recording.
10 Songs | Jul 6, 2009