Good Afternoon Salina! Thank you so much for talking with Battered and Brewed!What was a typical dinner or family meal like for you growing up?
I was lucky enough to live next door to my grandma, who I call Oma. So while my parents would be at work, my Oma would make a delicious meatloaf that had onions and parsley, with a side of sweetened carrots, broccoli, and a baked potato. She would make sure the skin of the potato was crispy, which was a meal in itself. To this day when I visit her, she still makes it for me even though she doesn’t cook anymore.
Do you prefer to cook at home or go out to eat?
Typically, I’d rather go out to eat because I’m constantly working and on the go. However, last year I started learning how to cook more dishes that work for me to eat on the go.
What is your signature dish?
Mushroom Alfredo Pasta for dinner. But I’m known for cooking a huge breakfast for my guests when they come to visit.
Do you have a playlist you like to listen to while you cook?
I prefer to cook in absolute silence; mostly because, I often get distracted with music and mess up the recipe.
What are 3 things you can always find in your refrigerator?
Cream cheese, tomatoes, and whisky.
If you had to pick one type of cuisine, what would you say is your favorite?
That’s a difficult question. But if you gave me no choice, I would have to say Japanese. But that changes based on my mood.
One food everyone tells you to try, but you just can’t get up the nerve.
Pot Roast. More specifically my Oma’s.
What can’t you control yourself around food wise?
Mac and Cheese
Being a world-traveler and just off of a multi-city tour, what are some of your favorite places to visit?
London is hands down my favorite city so far. Though in this recent tour, I would have to say Bowling Green, KY and New Bern, NC
We heard you sometimes pick venues just because of the food that’s there, or in the area. How do you search out these places?
Before I was on Populace Booking’s roster, I would use Yelp and Facebook reviews to determine if they served great food and how they treated their artists. But now, I have my Booking Agent, Michelle Williams, and so I just tell her what I’m craving and to search in that domain. For example, I want to play in Louisville, KY for their chicken and waffles or New York for pizza, or Ohio for… well my friends and to hang at Toxic Brewery.
Is there anywhere you have not been and are dying to go?
Jordan. The literal country. I really want to go to their fall festival and I love their cuisine of food. Second choice is Australia.
From New York, to London, and then on to Music City USA is quite the adventure and variety in music and food! Where do you think has the better music and food scene?
Every place has its beauty, value, and culture. I don’t think any place is necessarily better .. But different. London is great with Chinese and Indian food, while Nashville is known for Hot Chicken and BBQ, then New York, which is basically a melting pot and they’re great at combining cuisines. And the music scenes in all three cities are equally eclectic. Honestly, you just can’t wrong anywhere.
We love your Instagram! You are quite the culinary photographer. Has that always been a hobby of yours?
You literally made my day. To be honest, It’s my way of getting myself to cook and give myself a pat on the back because I’m a bit insecure about my cooking skills. I don’t know if I would consider it a hobby, but more as a way for my fans and I to have a genuine relationship. I try to open up my world to them hoping they’ll want to open their world up to me.
Tell us about your newest project, “2020,” that’s slated for release next summer.
“2020” has two meanings to me … Clear, perfect vision, and the end of my five year plan. The songs on this record are my favorite to play and my listener’s favorites when I’ve played them acoustic, so it’s only natural they went on the EP. I wanted to create a sound that would be edgy, but familiar. I decided to use electric guitar as the center, instead of keyboard that pop usually uses; as well as ambient sounds that remind me of where the setting of the song is. I had an incredible producer, Preston Tate White, who was able to take all my adjectives and make it the project it is.
What was your influence that made this EP different from your last two?
I started listening to a lot more R&B than usual; as well as, music from the 1970’s for the production side. But writing, I’m pretty much a sponge, so pretty much whatever is around me at the time. When I wrote Nightmare, I was listening to a lot of Rihanna, 1975, and Lucy Rose.
Besides the new music what else are you looking forward to in 2017?
I’m looking forward to being more active in my community and by that, I mean, service for others. I believe we (the little people) have to be the change in the world if we really want to see change. We must encourage change by being open minded, kind, and loving to other people. Oh, and getting more acquainted with cooking.
Finally for Battered and Brewed, If you could have a drink with one person, who would it be and what would you have?
Tony Bennett and a double shot of Maker’s Mark, preferably neat.
ABOUT SALINA SOLOMON:
On the heels of her recent 2016 multi-city tour, rising alternative/pop artist Salina Solomon now readies once again to introduce her edgy and earthy style to audiences across the country with her 2017 “2020” tour to coincide with the release of her next EP project “2020.” A world-traveler with a growing international following, the New York-native brings to the stage her energetic and quirky personality while also showcasing her rich vocals and vibrant style.
During her 2016 tour, Solomon performed to multiple sold-out crowds with over a hundred shows across the country, ranging from the waterfronts of Texas to New York City’s skyscrapers and even the stages of several infamous Nashville venues. A few of her iconic performances include Nashville’s Bluebird Café, Listening Room and Mercy Lounge along with New York’s Carnegie Hall, Leftfields NYC, and Pianos, to name a few. While promoting her music, Solomon has made various media appearances including with WBR-TV, WUSB 90.1, Radio AM, Hype Radio, ABC’s/CMT Nashville.
Following the success of her first two EP albums, “TMI” and “Meet Me in London,” Solomon’s newest project, “2020,” is slated for a summer of 2017 release, much to fan anticipation. For more information, or to inquire about booking and interview opportunities, visit www.salinasolomon.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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