ADALITA will play at the Bridge Hotel for the first time tonight and she is excited about it.
“I’ve been wanting to play there for a long time. I’m looking forward to the Bridge,” she said.
“It’s got a vibe I really like and I love all venues like that. Karova Lounge in Ballarat is one that has a vibe I like as well.
“I love that part of Victoria. I’ve played the Theatre Royal in Castlemaine once, which was amazing. So when the chance to play at The Bridge came up, I said yes (straight away).
But the Geelong-born singer loves playing in any venue, as long as she can build a show around it.
“Melbourne has a lot of great little venues that you can make more intimate or build bigger shows,” she said.
“I also love the theatre, sit-down dinner vibe but pubs are my favourite.
“I love a trashy, grungy pub with lo-fi sound.”
There’s no doubt Adalita has earned her chops at a variety of venues over her 20-year career.
Adalita began her career with long-time friend and music partner Dean Turner when they formed Magic Dirt.
When Turner died in 2009, the band performed on last tour in his honour before Adalita took on the challenge of a solo career.
She has released two albums (the self-titled Adalita and All Day Venus) since then and is on the verge of releasing another LP.
“The recording was a fair bit of hard work and a pretty big process,” she said.
“But I love both aspects of (recording and performing). They are definitely different kettles of fish.
“(With Magic Dirt) I loved playing big rock shows and getting really sweaty so the solo thing took a bit of getting used to.
“I’ve got the chops for it now which makes it more enjoyable. I love getting through a gig.”
Tonight’s gig at the Bridge is a one-off with Adalita doing a small sideshow between supports of the Claire Bowditch tour.
“I have been doing a fair few supports and laying low. This is a two-date mini tour,” she said. “I have a few other things (on the go) which will be a whole bunch of good stuff. It’s good to be busy.”
The show will be a stripped back version of what people will have heard on Adalita’s releases.
“I like trying a few different things, (the LP) has a bit of an electro vibe and dance beat to it but we can play around with it,” she said.
“A song should always be good, whether it has a lot (of electronics) or is stripped back.
“This show will be just me on my own with my guitar. I have Matt Bailey, who played on the record with me supporting as well.”