Ryan Lewis (born March 25, 1988) is an American music producer, musician, and DJ based in Seattle. Along with producing his own album titled Instrumentals, Lewis produced the albums The VS. EP (2009) and The Heist (2012). In 2006, Lewis befriended rapper Macklemore on MySpace, and soon after became the behind-the-scenes partner of a successful duo, producing, recording, engineering, and mixing all of the duo's music, as well as directing music videos "Same Love", "Thrift Shop", "And We Danced", "Otherside (Remix)", "Can't Hold Us", and "Irish Celebration", "My Oh My", "Victory Lap" "The Town" "White Walls", and designing promotional graphics.
Ryan Lewis was born on March 25, 1988 in Spokane, Washington. At an early age, he played guitar in rock bands, and nursed a growing interest in music production around the same age - 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 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.