Attasalina, born just two blocks from the boardwalk in Venice Beach, Ca., was given her name by her Godmother and can be translated as ‘providing meaning’. With this, it should come as no surprise that Attasalina pours an enormous amount of passion and meaning into everything that she does whether it’s singing, song writing, practicing fine art or creating beautiful images with her camera. Her creativity is truly boundless and overflowing with talent.
In 2008, Attasalina formed her first band ‘The Seraphim Rising’ in the cozy little town of Ojai, Ca, nestled in the mountains just north of Los Angeles and the beaches of Venice. They went on to play packed shows throughout the area and recorded a six song EP entitled ‘Life In Suspension’ at the legendary Swing House Studios in Hollywood, Ca. In 2010 Attasalina collaborated with Daniel Ash (Love and Rockets, Bauhaus) on a studio recording entitled ‘The Soldiers of Everyday’
that was followed up by a visually captivating music video.
The dream continued with a collaboration with legendary producer John Fryer (This Mortal Coil, NIN, Love and Rockets) with a deeply haunting and soulful track entitled ‘Messages By Dreams’ released in 2016 on the Black Needle Noise album ‘Before The Tears Came’.
Attasalina spoke to TM about ‘Messages By Dreams’, her contribution to the BNN project.
Black Needle Noise is a 50/50 partnership between Fryer and many different talented singer/songwriters, including Attasalina, Mimi Page, ZiaLand, Omniflux, Jarboe, Betsy Martin, Andrea Kerr, Ledfoot, Spectra Paris, Jennie Vee, Ana Breton, Kendra Frost, Elena Alice Fossi, Antic Clay, Andreas Elvenes, Bill Leeb, Dr. Strangefryer and Sivert Høyem.
TM – John says “every song should be like its own movie, you should close your eyes and get taken to a different place”. Where do you see “Messages By Dreams”
A – Well, you know back the 60’s there was this passion for the idea that rock ‘n’ roll could save the world. And while for some it was actually grounded in an authentic vision, by the 80’s a certain kind cynicism had, understandably, set in. Punk, in my mind, really did continue the thread of that passion. Embracing cynicism, fear and disillusionment with wit, poetry and power and expressing the need and indeed the very process for the revolution within in one form or another. I can imagine ‘Messages By Dreams’ as the sound of this call that must be answered. Standing at the threshold of adventure, with the taste of wind in the room, knowing that one must become what is necessary for the task at hand. A rock ‘n’ roll hero saved by a dream.
TM – Tell me a little about your creative process with John.
A – When John invited me to participate in the project I had no idea what to expect. I believe he had only released Bang Bang at that point. He sent me the music he had created and I immediately responded to the track. I loved the bass and the track had these very cool elements architecturally and sonically that I wanted to work with. He is in Norway at this time and I am in Northern California, so the distance and the time difference also created a level of privacy, working alone on the recording, that I had not had experienced much prior to this project. Bowie passed the week I started writing and I had experienced several profound deaths the year prior, so I was contemplating the
journey, so to speak. I worked alone for a couple months, not being in very good health, I finally completed something I was happy with, recorded it and sent it off for feedback. I was quite gratified that John was immediately very enthusiastic about it and wanted to change very little from my initial raw take. That is one thing I really dig about John is his appreciation for a certain ethos rooted in rock of including the raw, authenticity of a
recording and yet still managing to take it into a more pop arena in terms of style and sound. I first learned that from Daniel and everything I have done has included that sensibility.
TM – What are some of your past, present, or future projects that you’d like to note?
A – Currently, ‘The Soldiers of Everyday’, recorded and produced with Daniel Ash is out on his new album ‘Freedom I Love’ which is truly exciting. I released a small record a while back called Life In Suspension that was recorded with my band The Seraphim Rising at Swing House, which was a blast. I am currently in process on a solo album and am extremely excited at the prospect of collaborating with Mr. Fryer on that recording in the very near future.
Original article written by Judy Lyon for Stereo Embers Magazine