Toine's Music Dealers Artist Spotlight - Salme Dahlstrom - Day 4 of 5 (Interview) 907 words · 5 minute read

At what age were you bitten by the music bug? Who were some of your favorite artist to listen to growing up?

I started playing classical piano at age five, my mom taught me. When I started going to school I joined the music program and started taking lessons. At age 12 I taught myself how to play guitar; I discovered rock music – Kiss, Def Leppard, Whitesnake. I was also into Cher, I thought she was the coolest. Shortly thereafter I started writing songs and started my first band. Later I got into more electronic stuff like Fatboy Slim and The Crystal Method

How did you come up with the title “The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade”?

I felt like my album was a giant swap meet of influences and genres. You know how you head into a swap meet with a list of things you think you’re looking for – samples, sounds etc.- and you find some of that, but then you also run into other cool stuff that take you in a completely different direction

Much of your music has a very energetic, exciting, party vibe. Will you continue in that lane with your new album or will there also be songs that are more introspective giving listeners a greater sense of who Salme is?

While my last album was sound wise more break beat based, the new album is a couple of steps closer to the dance floor. The energy is still there but it’s a different kind of energy. Lyric wise I am exploring some new stuff, getting into different characters a bit, different topics… We’ll see, I am about half way into the album, so who knows. So far, I’d say this album is inspired by Prince, David Guetta and Carly Simon

In an article in the Wall Street journal you were deemed “The Licensing Queen”. What would you say to other artists about music licensing and whether or not it is something they should look into?

I believe music licensing is absolutely essential in promoting an artist and its music today. As in any industry there are good guys and there are bad guys, so do your homework and don’t sell yourself short

What do you think it is about your music that has drawn the attention of so many clients?

I think it’s the upbeat, funky feel with some pretty undeniable pop hooks that caught their ear. At least I hope that’s what it is…?

It has been well publicized that your album TACAT was self- produced in your apartment. What equipment do you use?

TACAT was recorded at my tiny little penthouse studio in my New York apartment, the space was about 50 Square feet, I kid you not. A sauna in the summer and chilly in the wintertime, but with great skyline views. I have since then moved my studio out of my apartment to a proper space but I recorded a lot of great stuff in that little space for a couple of years. I run Logic Pro on a G5 Mac with a Digi002 interface. I record with a Neumann U87 through an Avalon 737 tube pre amp. I use KRK Rokit8 and Yamaha NS10M speakers. The only hardware synth I own is a Virus TI, I’m totally in love with it. I use a bunch of software keyboards; besides what is in Logic I use Rob Papen’s Predator, Albino and SubBoom Bass, Refx Vanguard, Stulys RMX. And Auto-Tune for the vocal tune ups, of course. I own a couple of guitars, I mostly play my Fender Strat or my ’84 Gibson Flying V, I have an ESP Bass and a Takamine acoustic guitar. My latest toy is the TC Helicon Voice tone Synth.

Although currently an indie artist, would you be open to working with a label on your upcoming album or is the freedom of being independent too good to give up?

Although I’ve had a great run as an independent I am open to working with a label on future releases. There are a lot of great labels out there and anybody that’s into what I am doing and wants to add to it is welcome.

Since you have garnered so many placements, do you find it difficult to create music without thinking about a songs licensing potential?

I have found that whenever I try to figure out what music supervisor are looking for I fail miserably. So I just do what I do and hope that if I like it so will other people.

When you began this musical journey did you ever think licensing would be such a beneficial avenue?

When I started I didn’t even know that music licensing existed. I mean, I knew Michael Jackson and Madonna did spots for Pepsi but other than that I had no clue.

Finally, what can fans expect from you for the rest of 2010?

The first single from my new album is coming out end of summer. It’s called “So Delicious”. It’s a funky dance song that features remixes by Junior Vasquez, Massi & Deleon and David Knapp & Martin Frye. I shot a video for it back in May as well. In parallel with that I am also working on the album as well as a break beat EP, hopefully that one will be done by the end of the year.

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