Andre Torres is Vice President of Urban Catalog at Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), the global catalog division of Universal Music Group (UMG), where he oversees the strategy and implementation of A&R, sales, branding and marketing campaigns for hip-hop, rap and R&B among other genres in urban music.
Torres founded the highly regarded quarterly music magazine Wax Poetics in 2001, featuring an eclectic mix of artists from Public Enemy to Daft Punk. The New York Times Style Magazine named the publication, “The best and most exquisitely laid-out music bimonthly in America.” There he grew the magazine into a global movement of vinyl collectors, DJs, and music enthusiasts interested in tracing hip-hop’s DNA back through its roots.
After fifteen years at the helm of Wax Poetics, Torres joined the Brooklyn lyrics website Genius as Executive Editor. In addition to ensuring the editorial quality of the site’s crowd-sourced material.
Andre Torres Job Title VP, Urban Music Company UMG/UME