Louie Torres started DJing professionally in late 1979 at the height of New York City’s roller disco era. His first inspiration was, while working at Laces in Ozone Park, a guest appearance by John “Jellybean” Benitez. The Oasis, Laces in Long Island, and United Skates were hot roller discos that led to his transition from disco and Larry Levan influenced R&B dance to house and hip hop programming. Big names in hip hop (Marley Marl, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Kid N’ Play, De La Soul) blew up from their guest spots.
While attending college, Louie interned at Calliope Recording studio, assisting in sessions with such artists as Stetsasonic, A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah, and studio engineer Bob Power. His later experience working in promotions at record labels and independent promotions firms (Columbia/CBS Records, Round The Globe, Strictly Rhythm, Freeze Records) solidified his connections with the music industry, connecting him with such talent as Slick Rick, Raze, NWA, Erick Morillo, Danny Tenaglia, Roger Sanchez, Louie Vega, Kenny Dope, and Todd Terry, respectively. Strictly Rhythm awarded him for achieving their first #1 Billboard dance record, “The Funky Buddah” by Reel2Real feat Erick Morillo.
While holding numerous residencies, Louie Torres also joined the “For The Record” record pool, an organization of the top NY nightclub dj’s receiving the latest promos from the top record labels. Larry Levan, Tee Scott, Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, Danny Krivit, Satoshi Tomiie, Junior Vasquez, Hec Romero…….just a drop in the bucket of the DJ’s that came through For The Record.
Some of the NY residencies Louie Torres has held include:
• Khasbah Club (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)
• B&H Bar (Lower East Side, NY)