We had the good fortune of connecting with Torin Winsborrow and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Torin, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When I first started making music and learning about audio engineering, I was on my laptop almost every night. I was studying the DAW, learning different tricks in Logic, or how to mix vocals. Once I figured out how to do everything, I created a “routine.” I say “routine,” because it wasn’t a routine. I would work on music during the day, and before falling asleep I was studying different techniques and watching tutorials, and just listening to music in general. I was doing all this while I was working, going to school and doing different activities. As the years go by, working various jobs, internships, schools, and still learning audio engineering, I have changed my balance of everything. I think the best quote that goes with balance and this industry in general, is from Bruce Lee, “Be like water.” I use this in my everyday life. Losing the “routine,” but growing as a person and as an artist/audio engineer, I think balance plays a huge roll in our lives. My balance consistently changes and I am always working on perfecting it.

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.
Right now I am currently perfecting my art, and teaching myself how to build microphones to create my own sound. I am working on different experimental beat projects, my favorite- Boom Bap, and projects with different artist. I am helping a younger coworker pursue his dream in the music industry, and eventually I want to start a business that does this for everyone. I want to help people that want to do something in music but don’t have the resources. Right now I believe my sounds in general sets me apart form others. Artist have their own sound and different ways of chopping. Maybe I chop samples like 9th wonder, but I create my drums like Erick the Architcet, which would create a different vibe and then I mix them to my sound. I am versatile at creating music but I still have my own sound. I am definitely most proud of how far I’ve come and how much I’ve grown as an artist. Starting on GarageBand teaching myself various things on that DAW and upgrading to Logic and mastering that myself. I remember making beats and some would be dope and the others sounded like something was off. I really liked that but no one could rap on those. (Plus those ones were a little embarrassing). It was not easy how I got to where I am. A lot of long nights and early mornings. I am not done and have a lot more to do so I will be going back to that. Most of my challenges come from not having those resources but I figured my way around it and did the best I could and got it done. One thing I will say is stay focused on being consistent. Being consistent is major. The more consistent the more growth you will receive and that is what we are all looking for. I am a hustler, and if you didn’t or still don’t support/believe in me I promise you that your favorite artist will be on my beats or on my microphone!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My homie from back home has came to visit a couple of times. We have had blasts when he’d come. A few places to hit up while he is here is the Santa Monica Pier. He likes to be around people and out and about. I know there is a Caba Cantina out there and they got some bomb food and my boy likes to drink. There are various clubs and bars we have gone to in Silverlake and Pasadena. We would have to take the drive to Long Beach to hit up mine and my wife’s favorite brewery called Ballast Point. They got super good Sours there. He loves breakfast and his favorite spot is the Waffle in Hollywood. There is another spot in called the Griddle, I have never been but some friends have told me that’s the spot. There is a good vegan spot in Pasadena called Sage. Spitz in Eagle rock is a fire Mediterranean spot. One of the nights we would have to go to Block Party in Highland Park. Dope little bar with different beers there. We would have to kick it on a beach for a day, probably Vience. I know other dope spots but I can’t give out all my secrets to everyone or they wouldn’t be dope spots.

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?
Well first, I obviously have to thank my parents. My father made me into a Hip Hop fanatic. My mother always had something different playing. Whether it was techno, R&B, soul, or house music. She liked hip hop, but she definitely pushed me to listen to other music. My uncle also pushed me to listen to more hip hop, and we still today send each other new stuff or always talking about something involved in music. My uncle also pushed me to pursue my music career and I am staying with it. When I met my wife, she always understood and let me be when I needed to work on stuff, so I thank her for her support. As far as groups or organizations I would have to say The Flatbush Zombies enlightened me, and the Underachievers motivated me to achieve my dreams. These two groups changed my life. I am currently reading Tao of Wu by RZA. It is changing my view of life and my career. In a good way! Besides my uncle and best friends supporting me, I do have to give a shout out to Sito Crazy for being the first artist that truly believed in me. We have made 2 albums together, we still wok together, and probably will for the rest of our lives.

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