BIO

At a very young age Louie Torres began spinning at block and school
parties, but really started djing professionally in late 1979 at New
York city roller rinks. His first inspiration was, while first starting at
Laces Roller Rink in Ozone Park, Queens, a guest appearance by DJ
John “Jellybean” Benitez, which prompted a surprise appearance by
punk rock group The Clash, who drove a tour bus into the place. At
that point Louie was hooked on dance music, spinning at such roller
discos as:
• Rollerpark/Lamour East, Queens, NY
• United Skates in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY
• Oasis Rollerworld, Ridgewood, NY
• Laces Roller Rink of New Hyde Park, Long Island, NY
• United Skates in Hicksville, Long Island, NY
• In the mid 80’s working at the United Skates in Queens, Louie
was the resident dj during their Saturday night Rap/MC
contests, where many of the great hip hop legends of today
were discovered and/or blew up their existing careers at :
(LL Cool J, Marley Marl, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Master Ace,
Superlover Cee & Casanova Rud, DJ Scratch, Kwame, MC
Shan, Andre Harrell, Kid N’Play, Salt N’Pepa, Hurby “Luv Bug”
Azor, etc).

While attending college at the New York Institute of Technology
(received BFA in Communication Arts, specializing in Audio
Engineering), Louie Torres gained a broad knowledge of music by
interning at Columbia/CBS Records and Calliope Recording studio,
gaining audio technical skills while working with such well known hip
hop artists as Stetsasonic, Q-tip and A Tribe Called Quest, Queen
Latifah, and studio engineer Bob Power. After graduating, Louie
began working at record labels and independent promotion firms to
gain a better perspective of the business end of music, working with
well known companies/record labels as:
• Columbia/CBS Records (Slick Rick, New Kids On The Block,
George Michael, Raze, Terence Trent D’Arby)
• Round the Globe Music (Sir Mix-A-Lot, Professor Griff, Shana,
NWA)
• Strictly Rhythm Records (Erick Morillo, Aly-Us, Roger Sanchez,
Louie Vega/Kenny Dope, Todd Terry, DJ Pierre, Danny
Tenaglia)
• Freeze/Signet Records (Todd Terry, Kenny “Dope” Gonzales,
DJ Romain, Darryl James, Shaggy, Capleton)

While transitioning from the roller rink side of djing to nightclub djing,
Louie Torres was a member of the “For The Record” record pool, an
organization of the top nightclub dj’s in New York City that received
the latest releases and “to be released” promos from the top record
labels from around the world. Some of the top dj heavyweights in this
organization over the years that are influences for him have included:
• Grammy Winners Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, Hex Hector
• Hec Romero
• Satoshi Tomiie
• Larry Levan
• Danny Tenaglia
• Junior Vasquez
• Danny Krivit
• John “Jellybean” Benitez
• Jonathan Peters
Some of the New York city nightclubs Louie Torres has held
residencies at include (in descending order):
• Khasbah Club (Queens)
• Danielle’s / Melangle (Queens)
• Malibu (Long island)
• Fab Jacks/Voodoo Lounge (Long Island)
• Tatou (Midtown Manhattan)
• Cream (Upper West Side, NY)
• Venue (Upper West Side, NY)
• Le Bar Bat (Midtown Manhattan)
• Iguana (Midtown Manhattan)
• Mixx Lounge (West Village, NY)
• Forbidden City (Lower East Side, NY)
• BLDG/China Club (Midtown Manhattan)
• Velour (Chelsea, NY)
• Latin Quarter (LQ) (Midtown Manhattan)
• Patria Lounge (NJ)
• B&H Bar (Lower East Side, NY)
Since going digital, Louie Torres still keeps up to date with all styles
of dance music thanks to his network of music industry professionals,
and continues to keep up with digital audio technology working on
music at his home studio.