Torso is Louis Selvitella and Lee Leffler, two members of the Boston music scene who began making new music in 2004. Combining fretless bass and classical guitar with electronic sounds, torso's music incorporates styles as varied as Coltrane era jazz to electronic soul, post punk and more.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Lee.
Louis and I had been playing on and off for years, in bands that had vocals and strong grooves. Torso was formed as an experiment - we wanted to improvise music, record it as it was being played, and turn the results into instrumental songs, using digital technology.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Me? Travel. Louis - he likes going to Boston Red Sox games.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Finding the time to give it the attention it deserves.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a writer. Louis wanted to be James Brown.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
Boston and Salem have a cool vibe. They are old cities with a somewhat European character. This makes us feel less like hillbillies. It's also a big college town, which impacted on us positively in the past - plenty of venues to play, plenty of college radio stations for airplay.
What other artists out there do you love?
Vieux Farka Touré
What does your future hold?
We'll be performing live for the first time this summer.
Our third album will be out on UK's Aardvark Records.