The mixmaster is in the house
Very few DJs have enjoyed as much time in the spotlight as DJ Enrie. The NYC native started spinning back in 1984, and rose to prominence in the early 1990s when his lunchtime “Power 106 Workout” mixes began dominating the Los Angeles airwaves. He even set a Guinness world record for mixing 44 hours straight on Hollywood Boulevard—and if the police hadn’t stepped in to break up the crowd, who knows how long he might have played. After headlining the hottest clubs around the world and rocking the airwaves for over 15 years, DJ Enrie continues his dominance—using Torq Xponent and Torq DJ software to create innovative mixes for radio airplay and digital distribution.
How did you get involved in DJing?
Growing up in Queens, I would hang out with other DJs and battle—basically see who could do the dopest mix with two songs. After I started doing some jams (that's what we called parties back in the day), I fell in love with the ability to control a crowd using the turntables.
How do you use Torq in the studio?
I use Torq to produce my weekly “DJ Enrie’s Playhouse” radio program on 94.5 The Vibe Las Vegas. I ReWire Torq software straight into Pro Tools and record several takes of each transition using different effects and EQ techniques. Once I’m finished, I edit everything together and add my introduction, sweepers and DJ drops. Even though recording a live mix would be faster, it’s worth taking extra time to fully utilize Torq and create the best-sounding radio show possible.
What features of Torq do you like the best?
My favorite features are the beat matching and auto-sync capability. Some people might say that using a computer to beat match is cheating, but I don’t think so. For me, matching beats is second nature because I’ve been spinning for so long. With Torq I can spend more time using the effects and EQ without worrying if the track is on beat. Anybody can sync tracks—it’s what you do during the mix that will show off your skills.
What’s your opinion of the interaction between Torq software and the Xponent interface?
Believe it or not, I actually sold my turntables and mixer after I got my Xponent. The interaction is amazing—I can get my hands on every aspect of the mix. The looping feature lets me create breaks quickly, and since the effects controls are right there on the Xponent, I can tweak the knobs and explore new sounds. I also like the snapshots feature. If I like the way certain effects sound together, I can save a snapshot and access it anytime with a push of a key.
How does Torq compare to other computer-based DJ software?
Torq wins hands down because you get so much with the program. When I worked at Power 106 FM, we used Serato with a Pioneer EFX-500. Torq comes with twice as many effects and you can stack up to three at a time. Since everything is built into the software, it eliminates the need for an external effects box or sampler. Torq is like an all-inclusive hotel—everything you need under one roof.
I recommend Torq to people all the time. When I recorded my first Mixmaster CD, I actually put the Torq logo on the disk. If you want to take your mixes to the next level, you gotta check out Torq.
For more information on DJ Enrie, check out myspace.com/djenrie.