Ryan Lewis Biography
Ryan Lewis was born on March 25, 1988 to Julie and Scott Lewis. Lewis has two sisters, Teresa and Laura, four years and two years older than him, respectively. At an early age, he played guitar in rock bands, and nursed a growing interest in music production around the age of 15. He attended Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington and graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle. He graduated from the University of Washington majoring in Comparative History of Ideas.
Lewis became a professional photographer and videographer and started to take photos for Macklemore in the summer of 2006. In late 2008, after having produced a few trial run songs together, they collaborated fully on a project that later became the VS. EP.
Work on the EP began in 2008 with Macklemore (Ben Haggerty), and the EP was finished and released on November 27, 2009. The EP drew from contemporary influences such as Arcade Fire and Red Hot Chili Peppers. The EP consisted of seven songs, yet iTunes listed it as no.7 on the hip-hop charts later that year.
In 2008, Lewis shot a video for his mash-up of 2Pac's "Crooked Nigga Too" and Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out." In 2009, Lewis released the Symmetry & Ryan Lewis LP with Rhode Island emcee Symmetry for free online. Tracks included "Feel Right" and "Make Me Yours."
Redux attempted to address reviews of the original EP that criticized the lack of supporting artists by bringing in new voices. Jake One, for example, made a remix of the song "Crew Cuts", adding a more instrumental and bass direction. Lewis felt obliged to make a personal remix as well, and chose to alter the song "Vipasanna".
2012–present: The Heist
On October 9, 2012, Macklemore and Lewis released The Heist. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts and #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums, selling 78,000 copies in the first week. The album also debuted at #1 on iTunes Digital Albums chart. The duo's album has received more than 1 million plays on SoundCloud, over 350 million YouTube views and was accompanied by a sold-out 50-date U.S. and Canadian tour.