It has been said many times that Brooklyn, NY has bred many talented individuals. But most of the time this saying is meant for actors and actresses, not to anyone in radio. Yet that saying will soon be put to rest as Eric Torres, better known as DJ Torohas managed to become a celebrity right out of Coney Island. DJ Toro came from humble beginnings in the tough streets of Coney Island. But he never let the streets get the best of him and he let music be his guide. His home life was filled with music and song whether it was his native Latin or hip hop.
Growing up his mother had him join basketball leagues to keep him active in a positive way. At the court is where he fell in love with his first musical influence, hip hop. Between games hip hop music would be blaring from boom boxes. He would be drawn to the sounds and soon became familiar with artists like RUN DMC, Heavy D and Biggie Smalls. Then his Uncles who DJ’d on the side introduced him to “freestyle” and house music this gave him a well-rounded musical experience.
Eric Torres, DJ Toro, began to learn the tricks of the trade and for a short time was a “bedroom DJ”. Then he soon graduated to working parties with a close friend Mike Gee.
“I was a bedroom DJ for the most part. I would blow out so many speakers hooking them up to equipment at home to practice. But I am very grateful for my best friend Mike Gee teaching me while I worked for him doing mobile parties (Sweet 16’s, Weddings etc.). Mobile parties were so diverse you had to learn how to play EVERYTHING! Mobile Djing without a doubt taught me how to work and read a crowd.”
DJ Toro took many of his mobile lessons and molded them into becoming an elite DJ. He soon linked up with Hunka Bunka in New Jersey as a resident DJ. Besides Hunka Bunka he also held a spot at The Pool at Harrah’s in AC. This great opportunity came in the way of DJ Hollywood who helped make that happen. On top of these two prime locations DJ Toro had a residency at Pacha in Pachita where people from all walks of life would meet.
When it came to DJ’s he admired growing up he pointed to a few big names like DJ Skribble who at the time was DJing at Hot 97. While going to school DJ Toro would synchronize his watch to make sure he did not miss Skribbles morning show. Then there was Glenn Friscia and Robert Clivilles from his “freestyle” influence. These talented DJ’s became a guiding light for DJ Toro as a young man. He even ended up working on a track with Robert Clivilles.
But not everything came easy for Eric; he first was working for FedEx for five years before anything real promising came along. Then when he least expected it the ball dropped in his lap.
“I didn’t have radio experience! I just loved Djing. I would work 12 hour days at FedEx but still DJ’d in the clubs at night! I tried for other stations all said NO or basically ignored me. When 923 came around as NOW, they broadcasted from Club Bliss in Clifton where I was a resident. I made friends with the personality and the street team. They liked how I played so I made a mix demo. Later on in the year I got an email from the radio music director they needed a DJ for a show in Long Island, some guy named Justin Bieber was the headliner; I had to play music in between. I rocked it and the rest is history.”
Working at 923 NOW, definitely has its dividends as DJ Toro has interviewed some of the biggest names in the business. He has had the pleasure of catching the rap with Jennifer Lopez, Tiesto, Jessie J, Afro Jack and more. DJ Toro was also nominated as “Best Mixshow DJ” by the music industry which alone is a big accomplishment. One day he hopes to venture into doing his own remixes but he enjoys what he does now too much to complicate things. In addition he runs his own show called 92.3 amp radio in the evenings. His show is on from 7-11 pm weeknights and ironically at the same time a show on Hot 97 features his idols Funkmaster Flex and DJ Clue. Basically his idols are now his competition.
Considering the current music scene DJ Toro has admitted that the industry has changed how it is less about the artist.
“I definitely think it’s bad for the artists especially the new artists. As a fan it sucks too! Growing up I would buy ALBUMS! Get the whole story from beginning to end. Super excited when the album had a bonus track. I would only buy the singles that were remixes. Couple of my favorite albums Biggie’s “Ready to Die” and Mary J Blige “What’s the 411”, these albums had stories I was in love. Something has to change hopefully sooner than later.”
Currently DJ Toro has a new responsibility on the plate with a daughter to care about. But he is not letting her slow him down but inspire him instead. His motto is he never wants to disappoint the ones who helped get to where he is NOW. That is why he brings his A-game every day of the week.
Grammy Nominated Producer/DJ Muzikman Edition (MME) hails from East New York, Brooklyn and started experimenting with turntablism in 1986. His love of the art led to the introduction of DJ 3D to the NYC music scene bringing a unique style combining house, hip-hop, rare groove and R&B classics. DJ 3D earned a resident DJ post on WBAI’s Underground Railroad w Jay Smooth, where he’s been breaking new music for two decades. And through collaboration with Kenny Dope, Muzikman Edition was born. Through his remixes and production, Muzikman Edition morphs classic arrangements into modern day house hits. Bridging the gap between generations. Muzikman Edition spends countless hours discovering new artists, producing releases for his label Exemplary Music Makerz, and hosting his show on SG1House.com to share brand new music with his fans. His best reward is spinning at parties and seeing people celebrating their love of music. You can find Muzikman Edition’s releases on Traxsource, iTunes, Deezer, Youtube, Spotify, Beatport, Juno, etc.
Lea is a Brooklyn-based House Music DJ, Producer and Multi-instrumentalist.
Trained in classical and soul gospel music, Lea’s sound spans afro, soulful, deep, and NYC-style underground house music. Known for creating deep, aural landscapes, she can be found behind the decks at various club venues across Brooklyn and New York, such as LP n Harmony, Le Bain, TBA, The Deep End, and more. Her production releases, such as “Joburg” (a collaboration with Oscar P on Open Bar Music) and deep house remix of James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s World” (released on Exemplary Music Makerz), are frequently played by top DJs on the international dance music scene and at major festivals.
She currently has releases with notable dance music labels including Open Bar Music, Soundmen on Wax, Deep Culture Music, TSTC (Tortured Soul’s label imprint), and Exemplary Music Makerz.
Neil Jackson’s versatile sound moves crowds and launches many memorable nights — whether it’s heard in strobe-lit nightclubs or at exclusive events by globally recognized brands. The New York-based open-format DJ utilizes his wide-ranging, up-to-the-minute knowledge of music and magnetic personality to create a lively, high-energy experience for an audience that has included luminaries such as Jay-Z, Drake, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Bruno Mars.
A native of Los Angeles, Jackson’s DJ career spans over 15 years. After getting his start spinning at rap battles hosted by acts like Pharcyde and the Black Eyed Peas, he quickly made a name for himself as a promoter for LA’s top radio stations and as a DJ for parties throughout Southern California. In 2002, Jackson brought his talents to the East Coast, where he’s manned the decks at Marquee, Lavo, and Beauty & Essex in New York, Rumor in Philadelphia, and Gold Room in Atlanta. He’s since taken his sound overseas, spinning in Paris at Matignon and Titty Twister, VIP Room in Dubai as well as hotspots in Monaco and Tanzania.
His ability to work a room has made him the top choice for events hosted by media, corporate and philanthropic brands such as Levi’s, Facebook, SiriusXM’s BPM, and UNICEF, as well as film and music festival parties from Sundance to Coachella. He also showcases his skills by crafting official remixes for artists like Flo-Rida, ASTR, Kid Ink and Marina and the Diamonds.
If you are an avid follower of the NY club scene, It’s likely that one time or another you have been uplifted by the big room sounds of legendary DJ / Producer / Remixer Andrew Mendez (@djandrewmendez). His celebrated 10 hour sets week in and week out quickly propelled Andrew into big room residencies such as the world famous Soundfactory, the legendary Roxy, and the infamous Limelight to name a few.
Through his own style of house music he takes you on an emotional rollercoaster. His talent has also landed him a mix show on the #1 dance radio station Clear ChannelsWKTU 103.5 fm. Appearing regularly at 3-5 am Saturday/Sunday mornings, the Saturday Night Dance Factory boast talent such as Tiesto, Paul Oakenfold, DJ Skribble, David Morales, Johnny Vicious, Denny Tsettos, DJ Boris, and Liquid Todd to name a few. Andrew also mixes on SiriusXM Satellite Radio streaming to 500,000 plus listeners nation wide.
Andrew is proud to present Lost & Found. The new collection of mixes that showcase the evolution of his sound as well as brining back some of the tracks that has shaped house music to what it is today.
You can hear it in his music: The countless nights of dance floor devastation, the appreciation for the heritage of dance music, the aggressive desire to innovate and do something new. Listen to “Foul beats,” Boris’s first track for revered techno label SCI+TECH, and it’s all right there. Add to that “in the house” on Suara along with his own releases on his own label Transmit and his Transmissions podcast that’s aired on 57 stations across 36 countries.
There are overnight sensations, and then there’s Boris. Baptized in the booths of New York City, the Russian native learned the craft of DJ-ing in front of the most demanding crowds in the world, developing a deep sense of what moves a packed floor in a moment, an hour, or a full night-to-morning extended session. From early 90s to today, he’s been a resident at every major New York nightclub (including Pacha, Crobar, and Roxy), and received award nominations for his service (Club World Awards, America’s Best DJ), not to mention the adoration of dedicated fans (who boldly declare that they “Believe in Boris”). He’s also released several compilations on local label Nervous: Timeless capsules of the sounds of the city.
But New York is just the beginning of the story. Boris has played regularly at clubs all over the globe, from United States hotspots like Space (Miami) and Space ( NYC) to overseas legendary venues like Womb in Japan. With appearances at festivals in Mexico, Canada and a regular at BPM (Mexico) he has also brought his particular set of skills to South America, London, Korea, Japan, and Ibiza. 2015 has seen Boris debut at NY brand new Ibiza Transplant Space Ibiza NY with 2 shows already selling out to his loyal NY fans.
Now, Boris is parlaying all that international intelligence into new productions that represent a fresh musical direction. New Generation, his aptly named debut EP on SCI+TECH (the venerable underground label of legendary artist Dubfire), is deep techno with an energetic BPM: One cut of undeniable funk (“Generate”) and one of undeniable filth (“Foul Beats”), each meant to take the night to the next level. Recent releases that have topped the charts have been his “In da houz” and “BE” released on Coyu’s hot label Suara, along with “over it” out on Tool Room and “love perc” out on Carl Cox’s label Intec. Expect many more releases from Boris in the upcoming months on monster labels such as Tronic and Alleanza.
Watch for news on tours, residencies, and of course, new music, through the end of 2015 and into 2016 and beyond.
Industry Talk. Where the players of the nightlife game sit down and discuss life, success, & ambition.
Every week, The Jason Experience And DJ Marty Rock host a sit down with the lifelines of nightlife. DJ’s, artists, & performers alike speak their heart into a microphone, as Jason and Marty dig deep into the depths of nightlife personnel.
What moves them? What keeps them going? What are they looking to accomplish?
A platform like no other, Industry Talk builds a connection between the listeners & the producers of NYC’s club scene.
NYC-based Rissa Garcia, is the Dancing Room Only resident DJ and founder of NightChild Records.
Having been inspired by Danny Tenaglia during his residency at Club Vinyl from 1999 through 2004, Rissa Garcia has been avidly collecting records and rinsing them at various high-profile club gigs for over a decade. She's shared the decks with legends including Danny Krivit, Todd Terry, Tony Humphries, Kenny Dope and Ultra Nate, among others, and her own productions channel the vast amount of dance music knowledge she's accumulated over the years.
Growing up in the South Bronx, Les Carbonell was influenced by many things in the neighborhood. But, music was the most prominent force during his formative years. It was a constant background noise, synonymous with the sounds of the city: buses whirling by, cars beeping, children playing, and music seeping through open windows. At any given moment, a mix of Hip Hop and Afro-Latino beats pulsed through the air, like the neighborhood’s inexorable heartbeat. And it was this heartbeat, this fusion of musical variances that eventually became the inspiration for Les’ signature style today. His blends include a mixture of deep soulful beats, melodious vocals, and quality Techno.
Beyond the influence of his neighborhood, other great inspirations came in the form of people. World-class DJs like Little Louie Vega, Kenny Dope Gonzalez, Hex Hector, Danny Buddah Morales, Oscar G, and Victor Calderone, to name a few. And, of course, one of the most robust motivations, the apex of his inspiration…is his family. Les' wife and children continue to be constant muses. "I play for her, she has shown me what true love is, and as long as I can reach people through music, I know I've succeeded."
Driven by passion and a fervent desire to constantly grow as an artist, Les continues to build his musical prowess, taking his audience on euphonious journeys whenever he performs. His latest endeavor is his own Merge parties, where he strives to bring together elements of music, people, and passions. He says, “I must say first & foremost, MUSIC has been an immeasurable influence in my life, as a child to the present. It's permeated every aspect of who I am today, says Les. "It has taught me to express myself in ways I never thought possible. Live, Love, Laugh, Learn & make sure you have one hell of a soundtrack as you go!"
DJ React is seasoned by more than a decade in radio, industry events, weddings, professional sports teams and more. He regularly plays at the top spots in NYC & Westchester, has served as an on-air DJ and at Shade45 SiriusXM Radio, DJed for travelers onboard Norwegian Cruises, was a semi-finalist at Pepsi's DJ Division US Battle, along with being the New Jersey Devils and New York Jets Official DJ from 2013-2015. His list of A-List clients also include the likes of fashion mogul Christian Louboutin, Ice-T, & RNB artist Marques Houston's Tour DJ. Currently residing in Queens New York, React continues to push the envelope of turntable creativity while playing for thousands of people every week. He is currently a resident at Fortina in Yonkers, NY and Stamford, CT.