Torrio, whose real name is Alan Dufner JR., was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. During high school Torrio's love for music and expression would be evident through his writing of over 50 songs. He would then rent 4-track recorders from a local music store just so he could produce his own music. This prepared Torrio for what was considered to be the beginning of his adventures in the music industry.
In the early 90's, Torrio got together with Cleveland artist K-Chill, and helped produced a few songs on one of his albums. This was the first time he was able to record in a real studio. He learned a ton about recording, and met many new people in the local music community through working with K-Chill. The two started a production company together, which was located on E. 101st and St. Clair in Cleveland. They eventually parted ways.
Towards the end of the 90's, Torrio recorded a single independently, which he was able to get into a national chain called Camelot Music. Finally he caught a break, and worked for a national record label called Rival Records, where he helped promote records by Men At Large, and Hip-Hop group S.O.S.C. He eventually signed an artist development deal with Rival Records, and recorded several songs with the label. It was a wonderful learning experience, and he was blessed to be in the studio with many greats such as Dave Tolliver, Buddy Banks, and producers Simon Illa, and James Macon.
In early 2001, he parted ways with Rival Records.
Since then, he has released three nationally distributed albums that have gotten not only recognition, but radio play, award nominations and more. Each album he released was better creatively than the last. His albums featured many talented Cleveland artists, as well as nationally known artists such as Dave Tolliver, Big Mucci from 71 North, and Byron Nemeth.
Torrio went to college for a degree in Social Sciences through the Recording Arts and Technology program which teaches studio engineering and music business. He recently left Ohio and moved to Florida to run his website www.hardcorejamz.com exclusively from his home office.