Meet Tori, a 20-year-old spin & fitness studio owner from Philly.
“I am a co-owner of stRIDE Spin & Fitness Studio as well as a spin instructor, so making spin playlists is part of my everyday routine. I have a giant spin playlist that I pile all my favorite "spin songs" into, and most of my individual class playlists get pulled from my giant spin playlist.”
Name your top 3 favorite artists and why?
Tyga - His rap is hype and upbeat. I tend to like the mid 00 early teens rap, like when Young Money was popular because that era of rap was "hype" and loud and in your face. Nowadays, every rapper is so chill and doesn't make for good spin music. Tyga, however, has stayed loud and hype throughout the years so his stuff is a staple for me. Deorro is my second favorite. My classes are a mix of Trap, Rap, and EDM. Deorro has the best beat drops because his music drops are loud. Lastly, I'd have to say, J. Cole, I've been listening to his old stuff on repeat for the last few weeks. I put some of his stuff in my classes, but I mostly just listen to enjoy.
What music did you grow up listening to as a young kid?
A mix of everything. My mom loved music (and still does) so there was always music playing around the house. We would have fun and listen to Bananza by Akon a lot, my dad and I would play Disco Inferno by 50 Cent all the time on my way to softball practice, I remember in middle school "BedRock", "Forever" and "My Chick Bad" came out and those 3 songs were my anthems in middle school. But on the opposite, my mom would play a lot of Nickleback, John Mayer, & Matt Nathanson to name a few. I liked pretty much everything my mom played but I always gravitated to hip-hop.
Name one of your favorite albums of all time?
Stoney by Post Malone. Every song is so good. There isn't a song on the album that I skip. And it's so diverse meaning you can listen to it for any occasion. It's perfect for when you're sad, in love, going through a breakup, pregaming, partying, relaxing, being productive, etc. It is so so so good, hands down my favorite album ever.
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?
Astroworld, Travis Scott. It was so good because I was skeptical at first since his album was pretty chill and honestly I didn't love the album. I thought the show would be pretty chill in a sense that his music couldn't get "hype" but I was so wrong. Such an amazing show and you can tell Travis actually loves performing and loves music. He is so sweet, he would make comments about his music on SoundCloud and how real ones would know his mixtapes but that if you didn't and you were still at the show, it's all love. He's just a gentle soul that knows how to put on an amazing show. I'd see Astroworld 100x over again.
If you were a singer, what current living artist would you like to collaborate with?
Okay, I'm going to twist this question a bit. I'm going to pretend I'm Billie Eilish and I would kill to see a collab of Billie and Alison Wonderland. They have very similar vibes in terms of their voice but I would love to hear them together with the drops that Alison Wonderland has.