Get to Know Them #6
Torin Schmitt has been a regular at Avalon for a while now. He’s opened for some of the best in the business, including Sander van Doorn, Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold, and many more. Torin is not just an opener however, his sets compete amongst some of the best DJs out there.
At the age of 13, a small AM radio station in Phoenix, Arizona called “KUKQ” changed Torin’s life by playing a single song. It was a sound he had never heard before but instantly fell in love with.
At a time when mediocre pop music like MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice were polluting the airwaves of corporate radio, Torin immediately searched for Kraftwerk at the local record store and listened to it religiously.
Shortly after this, Torin discovered the most amazing thing Arizona had going for it. Markus Schulz (who lived in Phoenix himself) had a radio show called “The Edge Factor” every Saturday Night on 106.3 FM. The show showcased the best electronic dance music of the world and Torin would listen to the show every weekend. He recorded every show and later dissected the mixing techniques of this most influential sound.
Torin was hooked by the feeling that this music induced. A genre where vocals were usually an afterthought, Torin felt the music could bring people together worldwide; crossing the boundaries of language.
Inspired by “The Edge Factor” at the age of 15, Torin purchased his first set of turntables and a mixer. By 16, Torin was DJing some of the largest raves in the Phoenix and Tucson area.
The next step was production and Torin saved up for a computer and studio gear. A year later Torin’s first record “Vanity” was slated for release on Markus Schulz’ Plastik Records. The track went on to be played by the world’s biggest DJs including Tiesto, Pete Tong and Christopher Lawrence.