Joaquin Torres is a multitalented, rising Latin-pop powerhouse. He first came into public prominence with appearances in television soap operas and perforning on the Latin American version on dancing with the stars. With the release of his stellar track, “Desnudame,” Joaquin is already drawing ears from all around as he kicks of his career as a solo artist. He has charted on the BDS/Billboard Top 40 Indicator as well as the Mediabase Top 40 Indicator and has received over 53,000 spins in retail stores across the country. Join Joaquin on his musical journey and fall in love with his firey, passionate sound.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
The reason and catalyst that made me start in music goes back to when I was five years old. The first memory I have of being musical, was when I came up with a melody line regrading ''banana shake'. I still remember it until this day. Looking back, I would also come up with songs regarding my classmates when I was in elementary school. I remember some of the melody and lyrics from back in the day. It's priceless to me. When I was about 15 years old, my mother bought me my first guitar, and I started writing songs. First song I wrote with a guitar was a song called ''poor boy.'' I became obsessed with learning songs from tablature from my favorite band growing up, which was The Cure. I became obsessed with writing songs and have been ever sinc
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
The craziest thing that ever happened in my career was when I met my good friend and brother Paulo Ibarra. I was asked if I could open up for Carlos Vives two days before the show in the most important auditorium in Guadalajara and play live in front of 10,000 people. It happened so fast that everything dawned on me days after the show. Definitely, the craziest thing that ever happened to me and the best til this day. Shout out to Paulo Ibarra, Karla Lopez, and Aldo Muñoz.
What has been the high point of your music path?
The highest point of my career has been reaching the Top 40 in the US pop charts. When I saw my name on the Billboard reaching position #36, it was one of the most mind numbing experiences. It made me feel very grateful to the people that have helped me along the way. First and foremost, to my parents, sister, and grandparents, my producer and long time friend Aldo Muñoz, my good friend, and brother Mark Strickland, Amanda Alexandrakis, Jennifer Allison, Bob Catania, Scott Emerson, and Sam Kaiser for making all of this happen. When I mention all of the people that have helped me along the way, it keeps me grounded and grateful. It's an amazing feeling. I'm excited to see what is next. I'm going to conquer the world with my music.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
The way I approach songwriting is the need to create something new. I don't like following a certain guideline. I've become more experimental with pop music, but still in touch with what's going on in the world musically. You can break all of the rules, but at the same time, you have to keep yourself grounded with what's going on in the world musically. That's what I love about pop music.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The challenges that are faced with indie artists...I never quite understood the challenges that are faced, because even though I am considered independent, I still have a very experienced, professional, and high end team behind my project. I have reached the top 40. I am next to big names. The only challenge that I have for myself is being a better songwriter, and performer each day. I don't think I would change anything in the music industry. I just focus on making great pop songs and I let the rest fall into place.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
That is a very tough question. I have so many. First, it would be The Cure, because I grew up listening to them. Second, Robbie Williams. I am very influenced by him. Sia is just unbelievable. I saw her live, and my first reaction was ''How does she come up with these melodies?'' Dua Lipa, is just amazing and I have a crush on her as well (giggles). And of course, the best bass player in the world, Peter Hook from Joy Division.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
The way I prepare for live shows is I collaborate with the musicians. I pretty much put everything in their hands. I always give input. I'm very hands on, but I don't get in the way of hindering the creative process. I love how the musicians or Music Director get involved. I just go with the flow. I'll play guitar in some of the songs. Usually, I'm just the front man.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
The greatest challenge for me was my current single ''Desnudame.'' Not so much writing it, but to get it fully produced. I was in Mexico working with my Producer Aldo Muñoz. Our team had already decided that ''Desnudame'' was going to be the song that we would launch. It got produced in one week. After every session, I felt that the song was already finished. The next morning I would listen to it and feel that there was something missing. It was very stressful. I had my good friend, Paulo Ibarra, listen to the song. He suggested adding a guitar. We did. On the 6th day (true story), as I was waiting for my Uber to pick me up to go to Remi Studios, I was talking to a friend on the phone with tears in my eyes, and with frustration. I said, ''I don't know what else to do." Luckily, I had found a sound that came out of my garage band from my phone that sealed the deal. I felt the pressure from my whole team, even though they never put any pressure on me. I still felt the pressure, because I am a perfectionist. I'm very hard on myself with my music. It was a relief after we were done. I've always loved going to the studio and working on the songs. I remember that whole week, being dreadful. I was so proud of making the song that I wrote with Mark Strickland as a co-writer.
What's coming up in the future?
We are all still moving forward with ''Desnudame.'' It's entering the Dance Pools all over the USA. I'm happy that I'm going to make people dance. "Desnudame" will also be promoted in Europe this coming year. I'm going to conquer the world one listener at a time.
Tell us where fans can access your music.
Soundcloud Single Link: https://soundcloud.com/joaquintorresmusic/joaquin-torres-desnudame/s-SZzoK
Make sure to check out his music video below!