Sometimes music is a journey. Not only in where it takes us, but also how we got there. Both of these are of equal importance to writing for Christin Salem, and are evident on her first release, All That I Can Feel.
Christin began playing and writing music on guitar at the age of 16, focusing on events that influenced her life. Her first ventures into music were mainly playing covers in various bands, though every now and then testing some of her own writing in the process.
"For me, music has been an outlet; a way to not only express myself, but also a means to deal with things in my life, whether happy or sad." Those early writings, along with the encouragement of family and friends, led Christin to put together an EP of her best writing, beginning the recording process in 2010.
"Not having a gigging band at the time posed some initial challenges, so I had to learn a lot about arrangement in order to get the sound in my head onto the tracks." Working with seasoned musicians around the Pittsburgh area (while juggling studio availability and budget constraints), each track was demoed and fine-tuned until it reached those initial sketches. The tracks are deeply personal, and serve as both catharsis and epilogue for Salem's life experiences.
"In the end, I want to make music that those going through dark times can relate to. And maybe it might help them feel less alone."