This week we introduce you to Joaquin Torres, an artist whose single, "Honey" is gaining traction on the What's In-Store Music Currents chart. Joaquin has had great success in Latin America as an actor and musician, and is now ready to make a big impression in the States.
How has your acting career shaped you as an artist?
I think that the fact that I went to school for acting at Televisa helped me a lot. I lived in Mexico City for three years when I was only 18-years-old. This taught me discipline and how to work under pressure. Had three weeks of vacation a year, and I was in school pretty much all day. So acting school was definitely like boot camp. I learned that it wasn't going to be easy once I was there, but it helped me to get out of my shell and to look at performing not just as a dream, but as a profession. Acting school also taught me the amount of sacrifice that it takes to be able to shape your craft.
When did you start writing songs and when did you decide to pursue music as a career?
I actually started with music! I wrote my first song when I was five-years-old. It was called, ''Banana Shake.'' Ha! I still remember the melody until this day (and my family does as well). I started seriously writing songs when I was about 15. My grandmother gave me a journal at a young age because I told her that I was bitter with life, and she told me she wrote in her own journal. ''Write your feelings and be HAPPY" she would say. So that's what I did throughout my teenage years. When I was 23 I recorded my first album.
Your current single "Honey" is extremely catchy and is very reminiscent '90s alt rock. What/who are your musical influences and favorite music eras?
My first album I owned was the debut album by The Doors. My dad bought it for me and it changed my life! I also loved Neil Diamond's, ''Coming to America,'' Cat Stevens, Maná, U2, Joy Division, Robbie Williams, The Cure, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Johnny Cash. I also loved the '90s dance songs like 'Haddaways ''What Is Love'' and Culture Beat ''Mr. Vain.'' I do love the early '90s. I have to admit that I also loved Rick Astley's ''Never Gonna Give You Up,'' LOL!. Oh, and Bob Marley as well. A lot! Ha! Ha!
What's in store for you in the upcoming months? Any acting projects or are you mainly focusing on your music?
Right now, I'm still working on my music very intensely. I'm putting together my new EP now. If any acting jobs come along the way I would definitely consider it. Some of my music has recently been synced on television in Mexico and I recently opened for Carlos Vives in front of a crowd of 10,000 which was an amazing experience! At the same time, the chart success of "Honey" on the What's-In-Store chart and the video streams have been incredible! I'm very happy that the song has been so well received. I'm also working on a new video I'll be filming in a couple weeks. So, this is a very exciting time for me. =) I sincerely appreciate all the people that are making this happen. I would like to thank Mark Strickland at Listen To Music who has been my friend, mentor and like a big brother to me. My producer Aldo Munoz has done some amazing work, and Amanda Alexandrakis at Musicpromotion.com has been instrumental in my success in Europe. I wouldn't be where I am right now if it wasn't for my team. And of course, my fans! Let's conquer the world! (Sorry, I had to say it). =D
You're not just a triple threat (actor, singer, dancer) but you also cook! What's your favorite dish to make and can you share the recipe?
Ha! Ha! No, I definitely do not consider myself a professional dancer. I can move, but I am no Gregory Hines. I love to cook, but I only have a few recipes. I can cook two types of chicken. It's a family recipe. I'll buy chicken thighs (I only cook chicken thighs). I leave the chicken marinating with vinegar, sugar, Lea & Perrins and soy sauce for minimum of four hours (or you can leave it over-night). Once it's done marinating, I'll put the chicken thighs in a pot with a medium flame and then cook it for about 45 minutes. Then add some onions, garlic and olive oil (amount varies depending on your taste). Bottom line: you have to enjoy cooking for it to taste good. My other recipe is also with Chicken. I'll leave the chicken marinating with cilantro and white wine. I always cook on the stove. I've had bad experiences with the oven. LOL!
Finally, a shameless plug: What would you like our readers to know about you?
I'm pretty much an open book =)