Mating Ritual’s Ryan Marshall Lawhon is a journeyman who can’t sit still. Relocating up and down the west coast twice a year until he was 18, the producer-songwriter has become accustomed to change; the very opposite of a “creature of habit”. His restless need to be on the move is a driving force in the creation of his music.
Driven to push the boundaries of “Alternative” songwriting and production, he continues to release complex yet catchy songs that question the traditional ideals of genre classification. After the hiatus of his prior band Pacific Air, Ryan cranked up his songwriting prolificacy and found immense freedom in the world of independent recording. Uninhibited by appeasing an ideal or genre, Ryan began recording what he calls Post-Genre-Pop under the alias Mating Ritual.
After topping the Spotify viral charts, landing dozens of TV placements and grabbing the Zane Lowe stamp of approval with his self titled EP, Mating Ritual released his debut album How You Gonna Stop It? via his own label, Smooth Jaws, on June 9, 2017. Stereogum called it “Lush, sweeping pop craft tinged with electro energy”, Consequence of Sound said “Think of it like M83’s writing with Car Seat Headrest’s structural tendencies” while Buzzbands claimed it “More beefcake than cheesecake.”