We had the good fortune of connecting with Federico Torri and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Federico, why did you pursue a creative career?
I often think long and hard about how to answer questions, but this one is quite easy: I just couldn’t do otherwise! When you decide to pursue an artistic and creative career you do it because it’s part of who you are, it’s simply something you need to do. In my case, that’s composing and producing music.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
It hasn’t been easy to find my own place in the music industry since I come from very different musical backgrounds. I studied classical piano and composition at the conservatory while at the same time I was playing electric bass and synthesizers in bands and writing/producing electronic music. I never felt like I perfectly fit in because I wasn’t strictly “the classical guy” at the conservatory, but I wasn’t really the “electronic musician” either. This always made me feel a bit uneasy because I felt like I didn’t have a clear artistic direction, but with time I’ve learnt to appreciate that having this very diversified background is what makes my own voice more unique. Now I’m always trying to approach music genres from very different perspectives relying on my manifold experiences, blending multiple styles and trying to achieve a fresh sound that I can really call my own. This is something I’m working on for my upcoming project, an electronic music duo. We should be releasing a few singles in 2021, so stay tuned for that!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, I’m a Silver Lake kind of guy, so I would definitely take them first for a walk around the Silver Lake Reservoir, maybe shoot some hoops at the basketball court down by the dog park and then lie down on the grass at Silver Lake Meadows. Then we could go dance and grab some drinks at Tennants of the Trees in the evening. For a bit of a different vibe, I would definitely bring them to the Getty Museum…that is such a magical place, you’re surrounded by art and you have an amazing view of LA.
Los Angeles and the surrounding areas are also beautiful for hikes, I really like the trails in the Santa Monica Mountains for example, so that could be another destination!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
A big part of what encouraged me to be where I am today is the inspiration I drew by listening to great music. Every time I would listen to a beautiful piece of music that would push me to compose my own music, give my best and try to create something that could in turn be inspiring to others. So I’m definitely thankful to all the great artists out there who create amazing music and inspire us all. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t even be interested in music in the first place. Then I also want to thank all the teachers who supported me in finding my own voice and gave me invaluable feedback on my work. Without their help it would have taken me much longer to be where I am today.
Lastly, and most importantly, I need to thank my parents who’ve surrounded me with instruments ever since I was a child and who’ve supported me throughout all these years, even though they knew that making it in the music industry was not going to be easy. They have always believed in me and I couldn’t be more grateful.