Ryan Waczek is an award-winning San Diego based producer, songwriter, and composer. A multi-instrumentalist, he formally studied classical and jazz percussion in addition to being a trained vocalist, guitarist, and recording engineer. He is best known for scoring the award-winning documentary Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs.
Raised in San Diego, California, Ryan began his formal music training at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo under the percussive expertise of Ross Sears and Dr. John Astaire putting Ryan in the linage of percussion legend Saul Goodman and beloved Hollywood mega-star Fred Astaire. During his tenure at Cal Poly, Ryan was commissioned to compose music for his university in a variety of applications including the theme music for the Cal Poly Mustangs 2013 football season, and official video marketing campaigns. Under Dr. Meredith Brammeier, Ryan refined his skills and went on to scoring multiple short films winning awards at local festivals in California, Colorado, and nominated in many more states.
Apart from the university, Ryan was very active in the music industry on the central coast of California. In 2014 he scored the groundbreaking film A Life Facing Bars, A Gang Prevention Documentary that attained national recognition and was premiered in theaters and schools across California. Later that year he secured his first credit on the major record release “You Make All Things New” by Trent (Vineyard UK Records) under the mentorship of British-American producer Darren Clarke. That year, Ryan composed additional music for Cal Poly, Spikeball, and Lifewater International.
In 2015 Ryan relocated back to San Diego and founded his own record company Lion Bold Records. His signed artists have released dozens of songs though the label, one release being his own album of original songs titled “Heartbeat” in which Ryan performed and recorded all the instruments. In 2017 Ryan scored the award-winning documentary Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs and continues to produce, record, and compose music from his studio residence in San Diego, CA.