Narrative: "It Was Like We Hit Lightning in a Bottle"

Mar 27, 2018

This edition of Narrative features an interview with Columbia resident Hippie Torrales, who came of age in New Jersey with the dream of becoming a professional DJ. By age 20 he was mainstay of the New Jersey club scene, opening one of the biggest clubs of the era, Zanzibar. Here, Hippie explains how he and his contemporaries became the innovators of a new musical style in the 1980s.

Hippie Torrales in his early days as a DJ in New Jersey.
Credit Used with permission from Hippie Torrales

Hippie Torrales is still an active DJ and also works at the North Main branch of the Richland County Public Library, which has a small production studio.

Click here for more music by Hippie Torrales and check out his podcast, What Is Hip.