What’s going on man, introduce yourself to the people
What’s up everyone! I’m Seb Torgus, a Chicago native.
How was life growing up for you?
Growing up was interesting. My mom had me when she was young so there would always be older people in the house. I was always interested in entertaining and dressing up. With there being so many older people in the house, I taught myself how to mature a lot quicker than most of my friends.
At what age did you begin to find your creative talents?
I’ve been into creative mediums since I was a young kid. My Father is a painter and creativity was always in and around the house. I stated earlier that I was always into dressing up and entertaining. When I got into middle school, I got into choir, doing musicals and continued that on through high school. I’ve just always wanted to be involved with some artistic medium. Even though Art is a career that is mysterious and unreliable at times, I love it because of the pressure and I enjoy doing things different from others.
What was the first medium you began to take seriously?
The first creative medium was actually Acting. A lot of people don’t even know that about me. I was signed to two agencies, Lily’s and Ambassador Talent.
How did you transition from acting to modeling?
I started going through maturity, I was getting taller and the agency started talking to me about doing commercial work. Right away I was getting booked with brands like Groupon and Sears. After getting booked a few more times I started to develop connections with clients in the industry. All of a sudden I would be getting booked through these advertising agencies in the city for the brands that they work with.
What was your first big gig you got?
The first biggest gig I got was for a Michael Jordan Gatorade commercial.
Were you always into Fashion, or did modeling help you gain an appreciation for clothing?
I’d say it was a mix of both. I’ve always appreciated clothes and would always make sure I would look my best. When I started modeling I started to see brands and clothes and get an idea on what looked cool. I did a lookbook back in 2014 for ILLROOTS/ILLAMERICA shot by Trashhand and that really sparked my interest in fashion.
This past year you were able to attend Milan fashion week & Paris fashion week. Talk to us about those experiences
Man, those trips had a huge impact on me. For the first time in my life I felt like I was doing something right and working towards my career. During this time I was heavily into fashion and wanted to become a buyer. I was 20 years old sitting down with brands like Y-Project, MSGM, Acne Studios and more.
You are in your early 20’s and have been able to travel all over the world. How important is traveling?
Traveling is very crucial. My family didn’t have a lot of money growing up so we didn’t get to travel too much. I’m very fortunate to now be in a position where I have been able to travel around the world so much. Many kids don’t ever leave the city that they grew up in and only see other parts of the world on Instagram. It’s important to expand your presence and develop connections with people outside of your own city.
When did you begin to shift your focus towards music?
This past year is when I really started to focus on my music. When I first started making music, I wasn’t too passionate about it. Eventually I got tired of people telling me that I couldn’t make music, so I started to really take it seriously. When I came out the industry didn’t get my music, or me but over time, just like with anything else, people began to witness my talent.
How did Sadboy Anthem come about?
I was in the studio for months working on songs and probably had near 60-70 songs recorded. Out of all those songs, we felt that Sadboy Anthem was the best song to debut because it pushed boundaries. That was the best song to drop first because now people can see my growth. With the song we released a music video for it as well. Just like the song, the music video created a lot of controversy. I wanted that to happen. The video was all about me and who I am, you see me dancing, have my nails painted, and just being weird. Once again I wanted to keep pushing boundaries.
You once said, “In the beginning of your creative process, people will not fuck with you. It’s ok, just hold tight.” Do you feel like that’s the case with you and your music?
Yeah, that will always be the case. I had a lot of people who didn’t mess with the movement I was creating. All you could do is accept it and just move on, when you learn to love the people who hate; it builds your character and makes you stronger. I’ve also had people who hated early on but are now supporters of the music and I love that too!
You’ve been very vocal about 2017 being a big year for you, what could we expect?
2017 is going to be a fantastic year. I’ve been working on my EP that I’m trying to get out soon. This project will be very big, trust me. I have a lot of eyes on me going into this year, and I cant wait to show everyone what I’ve been working on. I’m also working on my first big production music video. I’m going to continue doing me and create this new side of Chicago when it comes to the music.
When it’s all said and done how do you want to be remembered?
I want to be remembered as someone who wasn’t afraid to push boundaries and accept the fact that I was different. Its important for people to know that life isn’t a popularity contest, it’s okay to be weird and not fit in.
Written By: Nicholas Rud