Wanz for The Neon Hamburger

You've seen him all suited up in Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" but, trust me, this guy has much more to offer than great voice and cool outfits. We got to meet him for their European tour stop in Milan, and were really ispired by his personality. Wanna know what Im talking about?

Your hook for "Thrift Shop" made you famous. How did it all start?

I was sitting in bed on a Monday night, just watching television, when D-Sane, a guy from Street Level Records which I've been working with for 10 years, called me and asked me if I ever heard of Macklemore, and I did, but I didn't know who he actually was. He told me his producer, Ryan Lewis, was looking for a singer who sounded like Nate Dogg.
So I went to Ben (Haggerty, aka Macklemore) and Ryan's studio, we talked, Ryan played the music, Ben showed me the words and how they went, he put me in the booth and it was done in 45 minutes.
A couple weeks later, after the recording, they called me and asked if I wanted to be in the music video, and I was like "Why not?".

You went from being a "regular" engineer, to a world-known artist. How did this affect you and your life?

It changed my life. We started doing shows, so I asked for a vacation from work, since this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but my job called and I had to quit it. And now this is what I do.

You have your own EP out right now, can you tell us more?

It's called Wander and you can find it on iTunes. I wrote these songs  about two years ago. At the time I was really sad, I couldn't find a good job, I couldn't see my sons so often, I thought I had to give up and sell all of my stuff.
Then, finally, I got a job, working for this really great company, I did an opera show and my son decided to come live with me. Everything was going great and I thought that was it.
That's when I got the call for "Thrift Shop", and the rest is history.

You've been travelling the world these past few months. Any favourite places?

I think France has been my favourite country because people have been really warm and welcoming with us. I really like the northern countries too, like Finland, Norway and Sweden.
I also loved the opportunity to visit London. My father has a photo of himself in Trafalgar Square, taken in 1956, and I stood in the same exact place, had my picture be taken and sent it to my sister. She then took him out of the original photo and put him in mine, so now there is a picture of me and my father standing in the same place in London. 

What have you learned from this whole life-changing experience?

I realized that the world is not as big as you think it is, and, no matter where you are in the world, people are basically the same.

shirt : mango / trousers : zara / boots : river island / bag :jenrigò

Ryan Lewis
Ryan, Mackemore

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