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Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
My name is Joseph "Boog Beats" Torrence. I was born in the city of Philadelphia. At the age twelve i moved to the outskirts of Philly to a small town called Pottstown. I started rapping IN 1994 at the age 13 in juvenile lock up freestyling in cyphers. I decided to start writing raps just jotting down sentences here and there i was coming up with on the spot. When I got out of lock up i started running the streets selling drugs to get money so i push rap to the back. I use to kick raps for my homies once in awhile because they wanted to hear me. At the age 16 I got shot down in the streets that left me paralyzed from the waist down. In 1998, after spending a few months in the hospital recovering, I came home and formed a rap group trio called "LOOSE KANNONS" with 2 of my friends. We performed at talent shows and then decided to record a studio album called "Murderous Wrath" that gave us a local buzz. In 2004, me along with my 2 brothers formed up a company and a studio called BackRoom Entertainment Productions (B.R.E.P) and started signing and producing music for Hip-Hop and R&B artist. We also through our own promotional parties, booking major artist to Perform. We worked with artist such as Philly's own Gillie Da Kid, and Former Roc-A-Fella's artist Freeway, Peedi Crackk, Young Chris from the (Young Gunz) and more. We also made appearances on the biggest radio station in PA (Power 99 FM) "Come Up Show" with Dj Cosmic Kev and Q-Deezy. Today I am currently producing music for artist and recording.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
Work on your craft, love what you do and believe in yourself. It is also important to learn about the music business because it can be very shady at times especially when it comes to contracts and dealing with publishing.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Iv'e made mistakes in the past during a performance, especially when I first started off, from forgetting to slipping on my lyrics. One time i performed and forgot some of my lyrics and started freestyling right on the spot to improvise.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
No I don't perform anymore. I am in the studio most of the time producing and making beats.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
At this time I am using with Pro tools, M-Box 2, FL Studio, AKAI LPK 25, to record and produce music.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
I mostly use the internet social sites to promote my music such as, Facebook, SoundCloud, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Reverb Nation
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
I would love to perform out of the US in England, France, Africa ect... I would love to perform with artist like Busta Ryhmes, Method Man, Red Man, anybody from WU-Tang, Jay-Z, Marvin Gaye, Isaac Hayes, Mary J. Blige, and much more...I cant think of anymore names at this time
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
At this time I am attending college for my associated degree for engineering and production. I also produce music for a few underground hip-hop artist that have upcoming projects coming out in 2017 so stay tune and follow me on all my social sites for updates.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
I'll probably be managing artist or teaching music and the business to upcoming artist
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
More production, more networking and making beats for artist projects, and most of finishing school and graduating
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
Shout out to everyone who supports me and love what I do, Shout out to every artist on their grind out here. Shout out to my family and friends that supports me Also shout out to EXPOSED VOCALS for this interview and oppritunity