Maxwell Harrison Ratzky is an American-born musician and composer 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, Kitten, EERA, Psychic Love, Overjoy, Wendy Bevan, Glass Diamond, We Should Be Dead, Katie Burden, and Veronica Bianqui. 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 resides in Los Angeles.
BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Session with American pop vocalist Halsey (2018)
‘Pent-Up’ composed for the Smith Quartet and performed in London (2018)
‘Darkest Blue’ featuring Norwegian singer-songwriter EERA (2017)