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Dave Ralph

Head of Talent, Insomniac

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Dave Ralph began his DJ career at the age of 16, playing records for his friends at the local youth club, moving on to small clubs some years later and then to the national DJ stage, performing all over the UK. He bought his first house record in 1986: “Washing Machine” by Mr. Fingers. It changed his life. Starting an underground club night called Bliss, he grew into the underground house scene and became a resident of the infamous Shelleys Nightclub, alongside Sasha, Dave Seaman and Laurent Garnier.

Co-penning the massive underground house hit “Is There Anybody Out There” by Bassheads was Dave’s intro into studio recording. That record reached the top 5 of the UK singles chart in 1991. After a brief spell at Bluebird Records, he moved to 3 Beat Records and headed up the Euro Trance department. There, he developed his love for progressive house and trance and began to spread the word, sending packages to Paul van Dyk, Sahsa, John Digweed, Paul Oakenfold and Pete Tong, to name but a few.

In the summer of 1996, Dave headed up the inception of Glow records, formed Colored Oxygen, and became a Cream resident in Ibiza with Paul Oakenfold. Signing his Jelle Boufon project to Perfecto put him together with Paul Oakenfold, and they soon struck up a touring partnership that would last five years and cross many continents. He continued his studio endeavors, forming the Argonauts with Mike Koglin and working with Trevor Horn, reworking Seal’s material.

Dave was invited to tour America, and after a successful tour with BT, Dave returned with Paul Oakenfold for a series of tours that led to sold-out shows across the US. Oakenfold invited him to join him at a residency in London, but America had lodged itself in Dave’s heart. He packed his bags and moved to Miami, taking a residency at Club Shadow Lounge. He invited his friends to play, and soon the progressive/trance scene was booming on Miami Beach. Paul van Dyk, Sasha and Paul Oakenfold were all regular faces.

It was at this time that Dave met AM Only’s Paul Morris, who began representing and sending him all over the US and South America. Dave took residencies at Buzz in Washington and Avalon in Boston. He signed a deal with Kinetic records, releasing Tranceport 2 in 1999, which sold over 100,000 copies.

In 2003, Dave took the position of Music Director with Boston’s famous Avalon Nightclub. He conceptualized the first all-outdoor electronic event in Boston, closing down the iconic Landsowne Steet and presenting a multi-star lineup headlined by Tiësto. More than 5,000 fans turned up and danced the day and night away. Avalon closed its doors in 2007, and Dave moved on to become Operations Director for Webster Hall in New York, helping formulate the now-famous Girls and Boys night and developing a warm relationship with New York’s Bowery Presents.

Dave left New York in 2009 to return to Boston and take over what was then the Roxy. He worked closely with designer Tom Telesco to bring a new kind of nightclub/venue to life, and he struck a deal making Bowery Presents the long-term concert partner of Boston’s newest venue, which he named Royale. Under Dave’s captaincy, Royale established itself as the most popular nightlife/venue destination in the Boston market, seeing such names as Tiësto, David Guetta, Fatboy Slim, Axwell, Alesso, Above & Beyond, Kaskade, Paul

Oakenfold, Krewella, Duran Duran, Tame Impala, the Weekend, Rusko, Kerry Underwwood, Usher, Grouplove, Armin van Buuren, Broken Bells, Martin Garrix and Nero, to name a few.

In 2013, Dave met with Pasquale Rotella, CEO of Insomniac, and agreed to move 3,000 miles from Boston to Los Angeles and join the world’s leading electronic festival producer and his team. Dave currently heads up the curation of Insomniac’s international EDC festivals.