Recently, we brought you part one of our list of 15 interesting facts about Ryan Lewis. Now, we bring you part two, with eight more facts about the producing partner of hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who have made a name for themselves in the music industry with catchy beats and socially conscious lyrics.
Number Eight: Ryan Lewis Used to Be in a Band with Actor Ryan Sanson
Lewis and Sanson were best friends growing up in Washington State. While in school, they used to play in rock bands together. Ryan Lewis started out playing electric guitar in their thrash metal band, later switching to the keyboard instead.
Number Seven: He Didn’t Use Any Samples While Producing ‘The Heist’
While Lewis used a lot of sample’s on the duo’s debut EP, he used none on their debut full-length. Wanting to go in a different direction with the album, he got real musicians to play and sing on the tracks. In the end, it took him three years to produce, but The Heist came out exactly how he pictured.
Number Six: He Coded Websites as a Kid
When he was about 12, Ryan Lewis taught himself to code. His first site was a message board he designed for his middle school where all of his classmates would go to gossip.
Number Five: He and Macklemore Made History with ‘Thrift Shop’
When the duo released “Thrift Shop” as a single, it went straight to number one on the Hot 100 chart. This made it only the second independently distributed single to hit the top of the Billboard Chart. The other happened in 1994 when Lisa Loeb released “Stay (I Missed You).”
Number Four: He Played High School Football
Although he was not very passionate about sports, he did play football for his first high school. He said in an interview that he felt an obligation to do so because he came from a small town more known for their sports than their arts.
Number Three: He Learned to Be a DJ On the Road
As a producer, Ryan Lewis was not used to being out of the studio and on tour. Stepping out of his comfort zone, he ended up becoming the “hype-man” for the duo and learning to DJ and “be creative on the laptop” while on tour for nine months behind their wildly successful album, The Heist.
Number Two: He Lived at Home Before Making It Big
Money doesn’t come easy when you are an independent artist. Before the unexpected success of “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us,” both Lewis and Macklemore lived at home while making their first albums.
Number One: He Has a Charity
The 30/30 Project was started as a collaboration between Ryan Lewis’ family and Construction for Change. Started as his mother was nearing the 30th anniversary of her HIV diagnosis, the charity helps communities devastated by HIV and AIDS. His mother had been working with Construction for Change, which builds orphanages, medical centers and schools for various charities, for years, so the collaboration seemed like a good fit. Lewis has said that that the charity was started as a way to jumpstart the conversation on life-threatening illnesses that can be managed, but might not be in places where access to good health care is limited. Thank you for reading our list of 15 interesting facts about Ryan Lewis. We hope you enjoyed it!