Hippie Torrales

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Biography

  • Pioneering DJ Hippie Torrales has been DJing, remixing and producing for 40 years. As an artist he has been writing, producing and performing for over 25 years. Hippie has done almost all fields of music in some form or another. Columnist, podcaster, i..
    Hippie Torrales began DJing at the age of 15. He came into recognition in NJ and NY after opening “Docks” with co-partner Nelson “Butchie” Nieves. After establishing himself as an innovative and creative jock, Hippie was recognized and hired to work at Abe’s Disco, which was the forerunner for Club Zanzibar. On Friday, August 29, 1979, opening night at Club Zanzibar – Hippie became the resident DJ and opening jock for the club. During his tenure at Club Zanzibar, Hippie won the prestigious Billboard Disco Forum 8 Award for the best disc jockey in the State of New Jersey – in the same year Larry Levan won the award for New York. It was the last time those Billboard Awards were held. After his resident at Club Zanzibar, Hippie went on to play all the Jersey Shore night clubs. In addition to the club gigs, Hippie worked on music production and remixing. Some of his most notable mixes of that period were Jimmy Ross’ – “Fall Into A Trance” and The Clark Sister’s – “You Brought The Sunshine”, which garnered them a 1 record of New York’s local radio station WBLS and also garnered them a Grammy nomination that year for Best Gospel. In 1988, Hippie was approached by local record store owner, Joe Rodriguez from Music Village Records and asked Hippie to produce his own record. Hippie thought about the opportunity and went home, borrowed equipment from a friend and began working on his very first original production. He wrote, performed and produced "You’re Gonna Miss Me" by The Turntable Orchestra, which became a club classic in Europe and has sold over 2 million copies. It was from this moment on that Hippie began traveling overseas and DJing at international clubs and began writing a music column for Discoid Magazine, which was called “What Is Hip.” Hippie’s remixing career took off when he partnered with Mark Mendoza and created MenTor Productions. They did numerous remixes which included such artists as Lisa Stansfield, Evelyn King, D’Lacy, and most notable Rosie Gaines. In 1997, Hippie and Mark produced Rosie Gaines’ – "Closer Than Close", which went top 5 in the British Pop Charts and has sold over 8 million units worldwide. To date, Hippie continues to DJ overseas and currently does an internet radio show on Tuesdays, on cyberjamz.com. He now lives in South Carolina and has recently collaborated on his new album with Jose Burgos and Jerrell Battle called Always released in 2009. His new single called Never Quite The Same by Hippie Torrales feat Rosie Gaines was released in September of 2010 on MN2S. Which went to number 1 on Traxsource Top 10. And another single called Wastelands by Hippie Torrales & (George Mena- RIP) present Robin Reed was also released in 2010 on Universe Media. In 2011 Hippie started his new label Called What Is Hip and has so far released two singles. First being called If You Need A Man in which Hippie was the featured vocal artist. In the same year Hippie released a second single called You're For Me by Hippie Torrales ft. Steve Luxe. Currently Hippie has remixed singles for such artist as Roland Clark, Sunlightsquare, DJ Pope and Dolls Combers. He is still very active in all aspects of music.
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    Selected discography

    Remixes and Edits Jimmy Ross - Fall Into A Trance (Quality RFC Records) Toni Smith - Oh, I Like The Way You Make Me Feel (Apexton) Karen Silver - Set Me Free (Quality RFC Records) Felix 2 - Tiger Stripes (4th & Broadway) Clark Sisters - You Brought The Sunshine (Elektra Records) Beatmasters - Warm Love (Warner Bros) CeCe Rogers - Its Gonna Be Alright (Kaleidiascope) Clinton Daniel - Relight My Fire (Power Play) Intense - High On Hopes (Shelter Records) Project 4007 - Its Our Turn (Emotive) Mae-I - Sweet Feelings (Mohop Records) Nu Civilization - When Will We Be Free (Vibe Records) Maurissa Rose - Let Us Pray (Bold Records) Casserine - Why Not Take All Of Me (Warner Bros.) Eric Benet - Georgy Porgy (Warner Bros.) Jazmina - It Ain't Easy (Defected) Radio Slave - Bell Clap Dance (Rekids) Kimara Lovelace - Magic of Love (King Street) Luxe - Simple Attraction (Quark) DJ Pope, Una - In My House (Poji Records) Roland Clark, Robin S - All Of Me (Delete Records) Dolls Combers, Nicole Mitchell - Don't Stop (The Music) (Dolls Combers Music) Productions Satin - I Want You (Tombah) Satin - Outta My Head (Tombah) Wormhole - Setis Groove (Kaliediascope) D Grinders - Koka (New Breed) Featured in the movie "Kissing Jessica Stein" Wax Thief - Generations (Emotive) Cartridge - Not Going (Downtown 161) The Monster Tribe - Macumba (Empire State) MenTor - Pressure (Pioze) Hippie Torrales & George Mena present Robin Reed - Wastelands (Universe Media) Sunlightsquare - Heaven Only Knows (Sunlightsquare Records) Artist, Written, Produced and Performed You're Gonna Miss Me as Turntable Orchestra-Music Village Records Caught You Looking as Turntable Orchestra-Music Village Records Galaxy as Turntable Orchestra-Wheel Records Always (Album) as Hippie Torrales-Bassclef Records Never Quite The Same as Hippie Torrales feat Rosie Gaines-MN2S Records If You Need A Man as Hippie Torrales-What Is Hip You're For Me as Hippie Torrales, Steve Luxe-What Is Hip MenTor Productions Hippie Torrales and Mark Mendoza Remixes Karen Pollard - Reach Out To Me (Hard Times) Michael Whitehead - Dance (BigBang) Freaky Baby - Give To Me Good (BigBang) Blaze - Happy Days (Phuture Trax) Future Force - Put A Little Rush (AM:PM) Future Force - What You Want (AM:PM) The Black Saints - First Day (Emotive) Sarah Washington - Everything (AM:PM) Helen Brunner - Living It Up (Defender) Seven Sat. Orch. - Everybody (Suntune) Reel Houze - No Difference (Zoom) Divas Of Color - One More Time (4 Liberty) Instinctive - Sailing (Time SRL) Rosie Gaines - I Want You (Motown) Lisa Stansfield - The Line (Arista) Kamira Lovelace - Circles (King Street) David Arnold - Diamonds Are Forever (Sire) Cobra - Living For The City (Dreambeat) Rosie Gaines - I Surrender (BigBang) Jocelyn Brown - I Like It Like That (Freetown) DeLacy - More (DeConstruction) Productions 280 West -Chikki Boom (Kaleidiascope) Cheny Gonzalez - Heaven Is (Metropolitan) Turntable Orchestra -The Bottle (Groove On) Rosie Gaines - Closer Than Close (BigBang)