Maxwell Harrison Ratzky is an American-born musician and composer best known for his extensive work with various bands throughout the US and UK. He's established himself as a sought after multi-instrumentalist, performing and recording with artists such as Halsey, EERA, Kitten, Psychic Love, Glass Diamond, Katie Burden, Wendy Bevan, and We Should Be Dead. As a composer he's written works for film, media, and the concert hall.
Proficient in guitar, piano, bass, and percussion, Ratzky’s style is often described as haunting and restrained; emphasising dark tones and colours. As a guitarist, he's known for using effects pedals to achieve unique sound worlds and for advocating a less is more approach.
A graduate of the prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) in England, he also studied composition at London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire with composers Soosan Lolavar, Deirdre Gribbin, and Dominic Murcott.
He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge with American pop vocalist Halsey (2018)
‘Pent-Up’ composed for the Smith Quartet and performed in London (2018)
‘Self-Pity’ composed for the Hermes Experiment and debuted in London (2018)
‘Darkest Blue’ featuring Norwegian singer-songwriter EERA (2017)