He has previously received prestigious recognitions, including a John Lennon Songwriting Award under the Gospel/Inspirational genre for the track â€œHallelujah.â€ Torres has also performed on honorable stages; take The Disney Concert Hall and Dodger Stadium for example.
Moving forward, Torres will be performing at Room 5 on Friday. Donâ€™t miss out on this acoustic and intimate show! Tickets are still available online or at the venue.
Q: Tell us about yourself. What are your roots?
John: I’m from Los Angeles. Â My dad is Mexican American and born in L.A. and mother is an Italian immigrant. Â I grew up in L.A. in the 80’s with a bunch of different musical influences, from Opera to R&B. Â Started songwriting around 16 years old, and just loved it from the start. Â Started performing around the same time with different bands, and just never looked back.Â
Q: What inspires you to write your music?
John: What inspires me is always changing, but it’s mostly been autobiographical up to this point in life. Â I talk about love and loss, hope and longing. And I just try and be as honest as I can.Â
Q: What are your influences?
John: That is always a tough question for me.
My earliest musical influences were kind of cheese R&B singers from the late 80’s and 90’s. In college, I was moved by people like Bob Marley, Dave Matthews, Tracy Chapman and Nick Drake. Â
Q: How often do your perform live?
John: I still perform quite a lot. Â As far as club venues, it’s only once or twice a monthâ€¦ but I do a ton of private performances.Â
Q: Any rituals before performing?
John: Not too many. Â Just like to get to gigs super early, have a drink and play out the show in my mind. Â It’s a bit of a pre-game sort of feeling for me.Â
Q: Other than music, what does your life consist of?
John: I have a 1 year old, who pretty much owns my time when I’m now working on music.
Q: What is your personal favorite song that you have written? Any specific lines?
John: That’s also a tough question to answer. Â I’ll list a couple. Â I think Crazy Man’s Mind, Here in History, L.A. Comes Alive are justÂ few that come to mind.Â
Q: Tell us about interaction/working with your colleague Sara Bareilles?
John: To be honest, Sara is just an old friend from college who came up around the same time I did. Â We were in an a cappella group together at UCLA, right around the time she started writing songs. Â I feel like I was just honored to know her, and get to watch her develop into the amazing artist she is. Â
Q: What can we look forward to at your performanceÂ on Friday?
John: FridayÂ I am extremely excited to be joined by Tim Kobza, who is my long time writing and producing partner. Â I LOVE shows like this one, for the simple reason that it’s going to be all acoustic and just the two of those. Â It’s basically my favorite configuration to play with.