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Ryan Lewis: “I’ve Never Looked at Myself as a Beat Maker”


Getting Caught with the Recession:

“I graduated high school in ’05, and then I went to college essentially for philosophy and that kind of threw an interesting piece in the mix. We started working in late 2008, and I went to study abroad for the first six months of 2009. So a lot of the records on The VS. EP were made in Mexico or South Africa. And kind of sent back to [Macklemore]. Actually a couple records off The Heist were actually made when I was on that trip. It was interesting, but that was my senior year. I was at the tail end of it. I was doing my thesis that summer, and then we were almost done with The VS. EP, but I was like, ‘Fuck, I probably got to get a job.’ I was applying for jobs, and it was the beginning of recession, so I didn’t even get any interviews. And then I realized maybe we could do something with this.”

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