Omar Torrez

10th Annual Latin Song Nominee

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Record Label: Arteria

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Home Base: Venice, CA, USA

Genre: Latin/ Rock

Category Entered: Latin Song

Work Submitted: “Marina”

Artists Featured: Carlos Del Puerto, Jr., Dale Fanning, John Wakefield, Scheila Gonzalez

Label: Arteria


Influences: Paco de Lucia, Manu Chao, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, Stravinsky, Howlin’ Wolf, Bill Withers, Jorge Negrete

Describe your nominated work: James Bond-ish Pirate Rumba

Why did you choose to submit this work to The 10th IMA’s? …because it has legs

Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording? Not so much.

Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned? We kept the scratch guitars by accident, then we decided to use them because we liked the effect of the “guitar army.”

Did fans help you fund this project? Not monetarily, but they do in every other sense.

Who’s sitting in your audience? From kids to capitalists, college students to secret servicemen.

What makes your fans unique? They are as diverse as could be.

Are there any songs you wish you wrote? “Wish You Were Here,” “La Llorona,” “Clandestino,” “The Gods of War,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Sam Stone,” “Fake Plastic Trees”

What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans? Jorge Negrete, Jose Jose, Tool, Sons of Mothers, Revueltas, The Jackson 5

What is your dream show lineup? (living artists) Radiohead, Manu Chao, Paco de Lucia, Zap Mama, Chavela Vargas, Kinky

Any close calls or mishaps while on tour? I almost was electrocuted onstage in Vladivostok Russia. The plane I was on going to San Sebastien almost crashed. Not good.

Do you have any rituals before you go on stage? Cuban rum or Tequila

Should music be free? Only if food, shelter and transportation are free. If I can raid anyone’s fridge and they give me rides when I need them, then yes, the music shall be free.

How has digital affected your career? Less label backing. More word of mouth distribution.

Are digital singles vs. full albums the future of music? Generally speaking, yes. Although audiophiles tend to like boutique ideas like whole albums

Finish this sentence: The music industry is… fluid.