Ralph Barendse (Dutch pronunciation: ˈrɑlf ˈbaːrɛntsə, born April 6, 1977), also known as Ralphie B, is a successful producer in the electronic dance music scene. Ralph is considered responsible for some of the biggest trance classics of all time. "Ralphie B - Massive" and "Midway - Monkey Forest", two of Ralph's early productions. But also the later hits like "Sierra Nevada", "Evergreen" and "Falling" under the First State guise were very successful. His sound is described as strong and catchy melodies combined with addictive sounds and driving beats. His tracks are signed to important dance labels: Armada Music, Black Hole Recordings, Vandit and Ministry of Sound. Ralphie's sound made him a favorite to do remixes for significant artists in the scene, among them Armin van Buuren (Unforgivable, These Silent Hearts), Tiesto (Ten Seconds Before Sunrise), Solar Stone (Solarcoaster), Dario G (Feels Like Heaven) and 4-Strings (Catch a Fall). On the other side his tracks were remixed by big shots in the EDM scene like Paul van Dyk, Ronski Speed, Filterheadz, and D. Ramirez. As a DJ, Ralph played all over the world and joined Tiesto on one of his summertours. Since 2011 Ralphie has released several singles at Armin van Buuren record label Armada Music. Ralphie B - "Icarus" being the most successful (featured on A State of Trance 2012 CD).
Ralph, at his young age already worked his way around keyboards and tapedecks, inspired by synthesizer music and early "rave tracks". Ralph grew up in the Netherlands, where the manifestation of the dance music has grown into a global industry very quickly and where dance music is one of the biggest export products. Ralph never needed music lessons as the music and notes came naturally.
His first records were back in 1999 under the disguise of Alpha Breed at Deal Records. His track "Ralphie B - Massive" was noticed by Tiesto and signed to the In Trance We Trust label of Black Hole Recordings. The track was a hit and got hammered by all the big DJs, among them also Armin van Buuren who played it at the very first episode of his radioshow A State of Trance. The success continued with releases at In Trance We Trust such as "Midway - Monkey Forest", "Midway - Inca", "Midway - Amazon" and numerous remixes including the classic "Solar Stone - Solarcoaster (Midway remix)".
In the urge of trying something new, in 2005 Ralph started the project "First State" with Sander van der Waal. As part of this project, Ralph was responsible for many club hits like "Sierra Nevada" (Tiesto in Concert DVD), "Evergreen" (ASOT 2007 CD) and "Falling" (In Search of Sunrise 6 CD). A First State album "Time Frame" and remix requests followed coming from Armin, Tiesto and 4-Strings. As a DJ in First State, Ralphie traveled the world.
After producing a few years in First State, he preferred to do his own thing again and in 2009 Ralph decided to leave the project to focus on his solo projects again. He released a new solo single "Midway - What If" and a Midway album "Equator" in 2010.
In 2011 Ralph returned to his "Ralphie B" alias at Armada Music and produced new singles "Bullfrog", "Delphi", "Epic Battle" and started a new project "Sun Crusaders" with single Oceanic". Next to this he was asked by Armin van Buuren to do a remix for one of his Mirage Album tracks featuring BT, "These Silent Hearts". The remix was premiered at the legendary ASOT500 Parties and it became one of the most successful remixes of the album .
Begin 2012 Ralph released "Icarus" and "Demons are Forever". "Icarus" was selected for Armin van Buuren's bestselling cd A State of Trance 2012. "Demons Are Forever" was featured on Dash Berlin's United Destination 2012. A Chill out version of Icarus was released July 2012 and featured on the Armada Lounge 5 compilation. A new EP was released in October 2012 "Face Off" and "The Holy Grail".
2013 brought a co-production with Mesh: Ralphie B vs Mesh - Seize the Day and a new Ralphie B single called Ragnarok, which was included in Armin van Buuren's Universal Religion Chapter 7 compilation.