Torch is a longtime deejay who thrives on feeling the pulse of a crowded dance floor. In 2013, he makes the move from spinning others’ records to creating his own. Marvin, Bootsy, Cameo, Prince, Michael, and Earth Wind & Fire—the musical forces that forged one DJ Torch. Torch cut his teeth straight out of high school, making a name for himself in the Bay Area in clubs like Kimball’s Carnival, Cafe Echelon, Toons, and 30 Plus. His success in these clubs led to gigs working the crowds at comedy shows, warming up crowds for Daniel Dugar, Rodney Perry, Dijon, JDubb, and many others. “What makes a great DJ is their ability to use their skills and personality to connect with a crowd.” As a deejay, Torch is clear about what inspires him. “I have always been motivated by the energy I feel from listeners and other artists when they are feeling my grooves.” It is that same motivation that has spawned his original recordings. “The primary skill is not as much mixing as it is music selection. What good is mixing a song that people are not feeling? You need to have that “sixth sense,” that ability to read the crowd.” With a tentative release date in June 2013, The Album will contain a combination of EDM, Hip-Hop, R&B, and Funk. So far the tracks are all Torch’s, but there is likely to be some collaboration with artists from the Oakland Bay Area, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. The first single is slated for a March 2013 release. You can hear some early mixes, including “This Song Reminds Me,” on DJ Torch’s Reverbnation Profile. DJ Torch has no plans to end his career as a deejay. But with the release of The Album, he hopes to create some of the same magic with his own music as he has experienced while spinning the songs of his idols. Look for The Album and DJ Torch tour dates throughout 2013 and beyond. 12.30.2012 – Wiley Koepp
When I sit down and write a song or think of a scenario, I don’t place limitations on my imagination. I do keep in mind my audience (more do for DJ) but I don’t want to stifle my creativity. What comes out is a creation with it’s own distinction and expression of my soul. There’s nothing better than seeing friends, fellow artists and fans enjoying something that is truly a part of who you really are!
It’s sort of a shame that many music fans are not really music fans. Many are just “fans”. I intend no disrespect. But I have seen many unknown Gems with better talent than those who are famous, stay unknown.I believe this is the case because many people base their listening tastes on who they like and not as much the music itself. The question you may need to ask yourself is are you a music fan or a popularity fan?
A workout buddy of mine was choppin’ it up at the Gym last night. He’s an aspiring Rap Artist and would like for us to Collaborate. During our conversation he mentioned that I do mostly “Techno Stuff”. I said, that’s funny cause this other dude said I do mostly “Hip Hop/R&B Stuff”. What I’ve learned in my travels is that human beings like to simply their lives but categorizing things they don’t understand. Well, I don’t… When I hear a beat in my head, it could be R&B, Techno, EDM, Funk, Hip Hop, Classical…whatever. Maybe, for the sake of “having a brand”, it would be better for me to choose one Genre. But, you know…It’s kinda fun doing “weird shit”.
I have R&B, EDM and Pop instrumentals I would like to “vocalize”. Since my music is a little different than the stuff that’s out there now, I’m looking forward to working with open minded Vocal Artists of all styles. If you are interested and available, let’s chop it up and see what we can deliver to the public! My primary focus is on “Club Bangers”, but I’m open minded too. So, listen to some of my music and let me know if you’re down to get down behind the Mic.
Over the years I have bought and sold a lot of music equipment. When it comes to a beginning studio, I can’t think of a better “all in one” setup than Avid’s Mbox 3 Pro. You get pro tools software and a great sounding interface. This is a “No brainer” Purchase if you’re on a PC. Apogee Enters “the game” when it comes to a Mac. You may be able to swing a Duet 2 and logic express software for around the same price. The only problem is the Duet 2 has less I/O (connections) Than the AVID setup. If you’re recording live drums or more than two vocals, the Avid setup may be the best way to go. Microphone would be your next need. There are some really decent “bang for your buck” microphones out there. But, make sure they fit your application (use). Some are better for rapping while others are betting for singing. The one thing you want to make sure you do is DON’T OVER SPEND! Don’t have no slick music store sales person tell you what you need. You should walk in the store, already knowing. Come to think of it, that goes for any purchase, but I’ll save that topic for another post. If you have any questions about gear, just ask (reply to this post). Peace
Something I threw together for all the Dance Music Lovers out there!
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