How do you handle music requests?
Usually a smile and a sorry I cant do that or a puzzled face and straight back to the audience…..
What do you do when equipment goes on strike?
Start a slow clap or if its studio equipment then I go for a long walk before I try to ﬁx it, this clears my head and helps with the frustration.
What are your musical inﬂuences from childhood?
Yes, Pink Floyd, Early Genesis, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, The Blue Nile, Steve Hillage…. I could go on.
Is it even possible to argue about musical tastes?
Of course it is. Music is completely subjective so what you might like I might hate and vice versa. That polarization will absolutely cause debates and in some cases arguments. When you really get into an artist or a track you could well end up loving it and you would probably defend that love…. to the death
Which track would run when you moved into your boxing match?
Motorhead – Ace of Spades
What was the worst job you ever had?
I used to be in business with my Dad. He built a business out of reclaiming animal and vegetable oils, so I spent a lot of time in slaughterhouses, knackers yards and pig farms. Truly disgusting stuﬀ. Seeing dead things was part of my life for a long time. I turned vegetarian for years after I stopped working that job. Ewwww.
Describe your sound to someone who has never heard it before.
I always try to make lush sounding records, cant help myself. So lush and smooth with patience
Do you have any good tour stories from clubs or festivals?
Oh Lord! Sooo many. Here’s one. I had been up for 2 days straight in Las Vegas on a bender after Paul Oakenfold and I had ﬁnished one of the ﬁrst Perfecto tours in the USA. I hadn’t really eaten anything and I was starving but I was too paranoid to even think about going down to a restaurant and ordering food. There was a lot of us so everyone told me not to worry just come downstairs in 20 minutes and there would be pizza waiting for me. I nervously waited in the room pacing back and forth and then someone came and got me and took me to the restaurant. There was a pizza sitting on a table and they told me to sit down and tuck in, which I did. Then this voice came from above me “Why you eating my pizza man?”….. I was mortiﬁed, stood up and apologized and kept on apologizing and I turned around and there was about 10 people laughing at me. They totally set me up. I still don’t think Im over that…..
What would you do if you weren’t a musician?
Volunteering for something like Sea Shepard or UNICEF
Thanks for the Interview!
Dave Ralph drops new remix of dance classic ‘Everybody’s Free’. It follows a remix from Manchester dons Solardo
Rozalla x Dave Ralph – ‘Everybody’s Free’ (Dave Ralph Remix) at Perfecto Records
Release Date: 22nd April
Immediately commanding the attention of the listener with anticipation-building breakbeats, the Dave Ralph remix of ‘Everybody’s Free’ is an irresistible modern take on the classic UK hardcore sound. It follows a similarly euphoric remix from Manchester party-starters Solardo, and a further rework from dance music icon Paul Oakenfold is also in the pipeline.
First released by Rozalla in 1991, ‘Everybody’s Free’ is one of the era’s defining dance crossover records. The song hit #1 on the ‘Hot Dance Club Play’ chart in the US, reached #2 in Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain, and broke the ‘Top 10’ in Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
Dance music stalwart Dave Ralph started out performing at legendary clubs such as Cream and Shelley’s in the 80s, and also worked regularly with Paul Oakenfold, for whom he opened on his 1996 world tour. More recently Dave relocated to California, where he worked on the curation of Insomniac’s EDC festivals and more recently now holds the position of ‘Global Head of Electronic Music’ at Pollen.
Remixing one of his own legendary tracks, the new Dave Ralph remix of ‘Everybody’s Free’ is a scintillating modern rework.