Salme Dahlstrom sure knows how to make an entrance. Her album “The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade” is a no-excuses, in-your-face pop-electronica explosion of four minute adrenaline rushes that fuse pumping break beats with catchy pop melodies, a musical collision course that vibrates through the soul, lifts the spirit and will have you cruising in the fast lane.
Waist deep in potential singles, the album is 100% a one-woman show. Self-written and self-produced, Salme wrote and recorded the entire album in her studio in New York City. A hands-on producer, Salme does all her own programming, editing and mixing. While she invited a couple of friends to perform on a few of the tracks she played most of the instruments her self as well.
–“My idea was to write catchy pop songs with big hooks and dress them up in a cutting edge electronic production”, Salme says. “I love the sound of Fatboy Slim and The Crystal Method and artists like that and I wanted my songs to have the same excitement and edge production wise. But as I am a musician and not a DJ it was important to me to create my own samples rather than search through the old record bin to find them. I would record a slew of guitar riffs, bass lines, live drums, vocals etc. - then cut them up, re-sample, filter and tweak the crap out them. I then used those samples to build the production.
With titles like “Superstar Car Crash” and “G.L.S.” (stands for God Likes Sex) the album’s sole purpose is to entertain.
-“I take music very seriously, but I try not to take myself too seriously," Salme says. "I am here to have a good time. To me music is about entertainment, nothing else. 'The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade' is meant to be an hour’s escape from the day-to-day. It’s got great sing-a-long choruses and fun, tongue in cheek lyrics with attitude that’ll put a smile on your face”.
Born in the countryside of Sweden, Salme began studying classical music at the age of four. She spent her teenage years writing songs and performing with local bands. Salme’s professional career began when she signed a publishing deal with EMI.
She spent countless hours in the EMI studio learning the craft of producing and experimenting with different genres of music.
She traveled to the US in 1999 where she soon sparked a buzz in the music scene leading the NYC underground band aboyandagirl. With Salme center stage, an aboyandagirl show delivered live music with a passion and energy that matched the best. Within a year of its creation, aboyandagirl were signed to RuffLife/Warner Records.
In 2003 Salme decided to go solo. While the music of aboyandagirl had been a little on the dark and trippy side, Salme wanted the new material to be up-tempo and uplifting. An EP version of “The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade” was released digitally in 2004 and another EP called “Bible Bombastik” (featuring songs such as “Hello California” and “Little Helper”) was released in 2006.
As part of the promotional campaign Salme started licensing the tracks to various projects, with great success. Her name and music has helped promote global brands like Miller Lite, Subaru, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile and she has been featured in TV series such as One Tree Hill and Veronica Mars.
Recently “Superstar Car Crash” was featured on the latest season of Big Brother Australia where a whole episode was dedicated to the cast making a music video for it. The video is hilarious and a perfect match to Salme’s music. The video has become a YouTube classic and the song a favorite of the folks down under.
For the full-length release of “The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade,” Salme has combined the best songs from both EPs and also recorded a couple of new ones. New titles include “C’mon Y’All:, “Popwreck” and “Wearing The Peace”. Salme will head out on tour in 2008 in support of the album.