Introducing: Joshua Torrez
In only a year’s time since the start of his career, this emerging artist has left his imprint on the world. Hailing from Chicago, Joshua Torrez spent the last four years of his life studying theatre with a focus of acting at the world renowned 'The Theatre School' at DePaul University where he received a Bachelors in Fine Art. However, there was a side of Joshua that he felt was being stifled: his music.
"Some people call it a passion, I call it my therapy. I know that when I have nothing left in this world I will always have music"
Three days after his graduation, Mr. Torrez was on a plane to Massachusetts for the first time, cast in Richard Greenberg's 'Take Me Out' at the Provincetown Playhouse. It was here that he made his first music debut.
"I took a music business course in college and that was about it. I didn't really know how to tackle getting into the industry or even where to start, so I went on the street and started playing songs I enjoyed with a hat at my feet. Every now and then I would throw in a song of mine.
A man by the name of Timur came to me and said, 'You should be playing in one of these bars, not on the street.' I said, if you want, you can be my manager and make it happen. He took me up on the offer and before we knew it , I was playing a two hour set (which later turned into a three hour set) at the Joon Bar."
Since then Joshua has performed live music alongside Bay Areas 'Felonius' at The Coda Lounge, as well as a resident artist at the Kili Lounge in Brooklyn. Other credits include multiple appearances at Best Buy stores s in the Manhattan area, R Bar, Angels and Kings, UC Lounge, and Karma Lounge.
"I remember the first time I was in New York. I was fourteen years old and I knew I would live here one day. When I visited again, I saw this amazing performer by the name of Marques Toliver. The man could play violin and sing at the same time. And when I say sing I mean 'sang.' After that moment, I knew I needed to live here; to be around that type of talent. I grabbed my two suitcases and backpack and moved straight from the Cape to New York City."
Though he has been making his way within the area of music, he has not neglected his acting career by any means. From playing the title character in Luis Alfaro's 'Oedipus El Rey' at the Magic Theatre to beat boxing on PBS' Electric Company, these are just a few sides of Joshua that his music audience