For Ryan "RCX", exposure to music started at childhood, riding around in his dad's pathfinder listening to AC/DC and the Red Hot Chili Peppers as they drove around the military base - they'd sing ALL of the songs! In middle school, he started writing lyrics, "some of the worst you've ever heard, just writing to songs I heard out of my dad's CD collection" he says. "I had four favorites that I jacked from his collection when I was in like in 6th or 7th grade: Nirvana - Nevermind, RHCP - Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Korn - Follow the Leader, RHCP - Californication. That shit really made me want to be a rockstar." When his dad retired, the family moved to Texas where he got his first 2 guitars as a Freshman in high school and started writing songs immediately. RCX also started recording for the first time. He and his cousin would use a tape recorder and stereo to record their first songs. "It was a lot of shitty punk rock and metal stuff. I was listening to a lot of Slayer, Metallica and System of a Down at the time", he recalls.
RCX provides possibly the most obvious element that makes the Without Sacrifice sound unique with the combination of his rap style, harsh screams and deep growls, and infamous scratching on the turntables! Adding to his ever-expanding skill of creating beats and samples - in addition to his desire to learn new gear and new ways to perform for any size of audience, RCX is an anchor in the "shredtastic voyage" that WOS is taking. Outside of music, the only thing he wants do is have fun and party with his friends. He loves going to Six Flags, seeing crazy shit across the country and just having a good time. His motto is "if it's not fun, I don't wanna do it. But if it's for the music, I'll do whatever it takes to be the best I can be."
Musically, RCX is inspired by anything. It doesn't matter if it's metal, hip hop, tejano, whatever. For Without Sacrifice's first album, he states he didn't really have a whole lot of musical influences. On #BecauseTexas, he says the closest he could compare his style to is "all [of] the fast rappers out there like Twista and Tech N9ne, plus Hell Yeah." On The Ascent, he continues, "I pretty much just wrote what I felt I was seeing in the world around me at the time, and just trying to portray the anger and confusion I felt."