An Interview With Lorenzo Torez
Check out the interview between Chairman/CEO of iTunes Exposure James K. Moore and Lorenzo Torez and up and coming artist.
James: Thanks for taking the time to sit down with me and conduct this interview.
Lorenzo: It’s my pleasure.
James: Ok, let’s get started. So when and why did you start music/entertaining?
Lorenzo: I started singing at the age of 10. I recorded singing in the studio for the first time when I was 14 with my brother and I started writing songs at 16. Music was just always something I wanted to do and I knew I was meant to do. It was always in my heart my passion, and I just felt free singing and writing, music was my therapy my life and I can tell my story to touch others.
James: Wow, that is inspiring. How would you define your style?
Lorenzo: My style is R&B/soul, urban pop, but still unique, catchy, and memorable.
James: What was the first type of music you listened to?
Lorenzo: (laughs) I remember well, definitely pop music. I’m an eighties baby which was the pop era which was amazing! Loved it!
James: (laughs)I’m an eighties baby myself so I understand.
James: Is your family musically inclined?
Lorenzo: Yes, my grandmother was a big singer in church and in the choir. My dad can sing too, he and his brothers (my uncles) went to high school with the great Lionel Richie.
James: That’s amazing.
James: Describe your family member’s musical interests and abilities.
Lorenzo: A lot of my family are singers in church and they have strong gospel voices and range in their singing. They love singing in church that’s their background because one of my uncles was a minister.
James: Which famous artists do you admire? Why?
Lorenzo: Man wow, (laughs) I love Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Brandy, Aaliyah, R. Kelly, Chris Brown and I’m just in love with their talent. It’s amazing and it can’t be copied it’s so natural and they inspire me so much in music I’m moved by them.
James: Which famous artists have you learned from?
Lorenzo: That’s a good one (laughs), definitely Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, and R. Kelly.
James: Have you been in competitions? Won any prizes?
Lorenzo: When I was 15 I won an Ohio ensemble singing solo award as being one of the best vocalist in the contest, that was pretty amazing, still to this day I’m very proud of that.
James: Yes, that is pretty amazing. I can see it has had a great impact on you till today.
James: Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?
Lorenzo: Not quite at that level yet but I’m definitely working towards getting there soon that’s one of my major goals, however I mainly sang in church and in school choirs and performances a lot and the experiences were great changed my life really inspired me to do music even more.
James: What advice would you give to beginners who are new to the industry?
Lorenzo: Never give up, always keep at it making music and putting yourself out there. Consistency leads to success, keep fighting and going after your dreams! Be patient stay up on your craft also use the internet and social media to the best of your ability nonstop for exposure of your work. Always be original, be a leader never be a follower create your own lane tell your story, make music from your heart, be yourself.
James: Wise words. A lot of independent artists can use those words of wisdom.
James: Where do you see the music industry in the next 5 years?
Lorenzo: Wow, honestly I think music sales will be much better as they are getting better now with streaming. I think in a few more years streaming will take over completely, and I also think the industry will be more embracing to indie artists and indie music as they are now but even more. The world and industry will have more successful indie artists like “chance the rapper “and others in the near future.
James: What wouldn’t you do?
Lorenzo: I wouldn’t knowingly sell my soul and I wouldn’t present myself nude in a tasteless way for an image.
James: Professionally what’s your goal?
Lorenzo: to grow more as a business man and build up my business side much more making it into an empire I want to build a music management company to help other artists and mold other artists.
James: What’s your artistic outlook on life?
Lorenzo: Change your mind, change your life, always be a prisoner of hope.
James: That’s a nice philosophy on life.
James: Describe a real life situation that inspired you?
Lorenzo: I had a bad relationship with my father growing up. He wasn’t loving and encouraging to me but that actually pushed me to be great and do music even more to prove him wrong.
James: That’s deep.
James: What obstacles or hurdles did you have to overcome to make it to where you are today?
Lorenzo: Wow, well I had to learn to love myself and accept myself. I didn’t for a long time because of my childhood which wasn’t happy. I was very angry and sad a lot and my relationship with my dad was bad he didn’t express and show love to me because he didn’t know how and as I became an adult I didn’t know how a good relationship was suppose to be. That’s why I was in some bad ones that became toxic and I stayed thinking this is how it’s suppose to be and how it goes. But God opened my eyes and I found music again and it really saved my life and helped me because I could put all that hurt and reality in my music and face it and that helped healed me. I’m still a work in progress, I’m still trying to become a better man every day, but I’m not where I was before and how I used to be, I have grown and I’m growing and I owe it all to God and music!
James: Thanks for taking the time to sit down with me and giving me the opportunity to get to know more about you. You’ve come through a lot and I can tell you are passionate about your music and have learned a lot in life. I honestly wish you the best as you continue down your path in music and look forward to your next project and talking with you more about it.
Lorenzo: It was honestly a pleasure to be able to sit down with you as well. I would love to sit back down with you and go over more in the near future.
Make sure you get Either Way I Lose by Lorenzo Torez on iTunes Today