Discuss your personality.
I would say I have a very free-spirited personality but at the same time, I’m also very driven.
Brief us about you as a musician.
I tend to be a perfectionist when it comes to music. As a musician, I believe excellence is extremely important, and I never want to do anything partially. I want to create exactly what’s in my heart and in my head.
Go into detail on what has changed in your life for choosing music as a career.
When I chose music as a career I started to understand how beautiful risk is, and instead of worrying about tomorrow, I’ve begun to fall in love with the mystery of life – where it all leads and who we’ll meet along the way. This career path is teaching me how to find joy in the unseen and how to persevere without the immediate outlet in sight. I guess I just believe if I give it all I have, then the right moments and opportunities will come. Choosing this career path has helped change my perspective.
Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career.
Like I said, life isn’t very stable when you are pursuing music full time, but I’d rather do what I love and maybe be uncomfortable than do something I hate and have comfort.
Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.
If fame came my way nothing about me would change. In my heart, I’m an activist before I’m a musician. I’m not motivated by fame. I’m motivated to see love and art heal perspectives and shift culture.
Elaborate on the storyline of this song.
My song “Changed,” can be summed up into one word, disruption. When life throws challenges or when the going gets tough, how will I respond? We only get one life to live, and I hope to always allow life to make me better not bitter. Our circumstances never own the power to define us, but it’s actually our choice. We can try to fight the waves or the undertow, but I think it’ll leave us more exhausted. I’m learning to embrace the process of this life, find the beauty in it and even find how love from above is always leading me if I let Him.”
Tell us how to find your music and how to connect with you.
You can find my music on iTunes, Spotify, and Sound Cloud! On Instagram and Facebook, I’m under Tory Ruperto.
Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.
I think the greatest moment of my music career thus far was the moment that I said yes. I threw away my backup plans and stopped asking how to make it happen. Instead, I decided that even though I don’t know what I’m doing, I will figure it out. For me, that’s been the greatest achievement and I’m excited to learn more and to see how this story unfolds.
Discuss your experience pertaining to live performances, gigs, shows, and tours.
I have been a touring musician for about 4 years now. I travel with a nonprofit called Carry the Love. We tour college campuses and universities Across America, England, Germany, and Singapore. I also have played shows and gigs in Venice beach and on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. So I feel very at home singing live in front of an audience. It’s a beautiful way to connect with a room of people in one moment. I recently sang the national anthem at Monster Jam 2018 in front of 60,000 people.
Tell us how you relate to your fans.
I tend to relate the most with those who support me by sharing a similar outlook on life, we also relate in the way we love to be loud and dance.
Tell us what you would like to change if you could turn back the hands of time.
I wouldn’t change anything even if I could turn back the hands of time.
Tell us the most important people who have boosted your music career and how you met them.
My biggest support and the person who has boosted me the most in music has been my dad. He has championed me and pushed me forward since before I believed that I even could. I would say my producers have also been a huge support in my music journey. I met them at an event I was singing at, last July. A few weeks later in August, I received a phone call from them. They met me and sought me out because they too saw something in me and have believed in me. Of course, many of my dear friends have cheered me on and connected me with people who are now becoming a part of my story. It’s really awesome to see my team developing and how each person is bringing unique things to the table, how easy and family it feels. I’m really just starting out so I’m excited to see how everything unfolds.
Brief us on what you had in mind before considering music as a career.
Before wanting to pursue music, my heart has always been for missions and people. I helped with earthquake relief in Haiti a few months after that massive earthquake back in 2010. Then I helped out at an orphanage in Nicaragua. I’ve also done humanitarian work in South Africa and India. I love the nations and the many different cultures of this beautiful planet. But one thing I have learned is that my reality is so different from theirs. People in the third world or second world countries aren’t stories to me but names of my friends who I love. I want to do something that can help them and the greatest way I know how is through love and encouraging others to go and help too.
Discuss your good and bad experiences in life.
Life is messy and wonderful. My hardest moment was losing my mom in a terrible accident, but my greatest joy has been my family. We all have grown in our love for each other and we value life in a whole new way. I never want to waste a moment and each breath I don’t take for granted. The bad was losing her but the good has been an outlook of love.
Name the artists that have influenced the world.
I’d say some artists that really have influenced the world would be painters like Michelangelo to musicians like Michael Jackson.
Tell us about your moment of rejection and how you were able to cope and move on from it.
I don’t remember any moments of rejection but what I do know is that I can’t please everyone and that’s okay.
Tell us the most negative comment you have ever received about your music.
I honestly can’t remember what the most negative comment was if I received one.
Tell us how to become a famous artist.
I don’t really know if there’s a formula to “becoming famous,” I just think if you work really hard it will pay off.
Tell us how you plan to make an impact on society.
I believe true love can heal anything. Not the emotional physical kind of love. I’m talking about selfless love that fights no matter what the challenge is. I hope to impact society to love like that through art and through my honest experiences.
Elaborate on the recording process of this song.
We spent two days in the studio, we worked hard and fast! Since the song has a lot of ocean-like languages, I thought it would be awesome to have the sound of waves in it. I’m really inspired by big drums that have a huge blasting kind of feeling, and I love drops that feel unexpected. It was a total collaboration that made the process so fun.