Reckless Ryan
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Reckless Ryan

North Richland Hills, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | INDIE

North Richland Hills, Texas, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2010
DJ EDM House




"Dallas Observer Mixtape: Flunked Records Label Showcase"

Flunked Records is the brainchild of Ryan Butler and his continuing quest to keep house music an active concern. Club music trends come and go in Dallas only slightly less frequently than the changing of the seasons, but house music has been a constant. Even with the recent uptick of interest in techno and electro, house music still has the most consistent club music fan base.

For this week's mixtape, Butler has put together a mix of Flunked Records artists showcasing the label's take on house music.

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How did Flunked come together as a label?
Flunked came together out of the idea that anything is possible. Literally. Me and my original core roster were releasing on separate labels but would keep sending each other demos and talked about how we wanted to do something of our own. So we did. That simple. We had an idea in our heads of what we felt was missing in the Dallas labels scene, as well as just in general, and decided to take action. Flunked is the response.

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What has it been like navigating the digital sales landscape?
It's been tricky but very entertaining at the same time. I did my research and went with a distribution service that already had connections to most major streaming/selling sites, so most of the hard work was done for me, but there's always little things you find out about each site. Beatport wouldn't allow us to release on their site until we had X amount of releases, for example. Spotify has it to where you can access the artist page and really personalize the artist pages and make them feel like home, not just another page. It's also crazy because we're getting streams/downloads/buys in countries we've never set foot in, and that's always amazing, and there's no way we could do that if it wasn't for the digital age.

Who is on your release roster of artists?
At the moment, we have both local and international artists. Our roster consists of LittleHuman, Clean Batch, Gustavo Aldofo (Puerto Rico), Sean Lotty (Ireland), Kalico Jak, HYD (Colorado), Darian Sparks (Oklahoma), Reckless Ryan (myself) and a few unannounced artists that will be releasing with us very soon.

How do you go about finding artists? Do you mostly stay within a tight-knit crew?
I do a lot of digging. Lots of time spent on Soundcloud, Facebook group pages, Twitter, etc. You never know when or where you're gonna find a track that just grabs you. While we're always trying to evolve and expand the roster, we definitely are a tight-knit crew. We have a big group chat that all roster artists are a part of and multiple conversations happen on. We even have a separate chat just used to send demos for feedback or to collab on. We try to keep it one big family.

Do you have any plans for physical releases?
Oh, we'd love to do physical releases. It's not really something we have the budget for at the moment, but I've been looking into everything involved, and later down the line, we for sure plan on having a few physical releases out.

Are there any particular genres that you gravitate to?
House. House and its various subgenres. We love that four to the floor. I personally gravitate towards disco/nu-disco type of house while our A&R, LittleHuman, gravitates towards tech house/techno. I think that's been a big part of what has kept us from just blending in and lets us stand out a little bit is that we only release house.

What drew you to house music? What is your relationship with the culture surrounding house music?
I was drawn into house music literally by watching sets on YouTube. I used to watch Pioneer's "DJ Sounds Show" and "Boiler Room" religiously. From those shows, I watched legends like DJ Sneak, Carl Cox, Hot Since 82, etc., and their music grew on me like crazy. I was in high school at the time when I became aware of these shows, so I'd literally have them on while I was doing schoolwork.

I try to do whatever I can for the culture. If that means reposting an artist or label's new track, promoting or attending a local house show, or even just simply releasing brand new local and international house tracks for others to enjoy, I try to do my part. I want this scene to thrive, and I'd really love it to do it with locals, so that's been my main goal.

What is the creation process like for your music?
I based my creation process around something I heard Laidback Luke say a few years back: "If I spend more than four hours on a track, I throw it away." I go into the DAW with an idea in my head, and I quickly create a loop. Simple drums, bass, synth. Then I build the loop, adding percussion, maybe a pad, etc. At that point, you literally have the meat and groove of the track, so I just build the track around it. I've been able to knock out tracks rather quickly using this method.

What is the most significant musical experience you have had in the last year?
Well, 2018 has already blessed me with multiple amazing experiences, but if I had to choose, it would have to be my set for Norman Music Festival on April 28. I played in a very small, intimate venue that was completely cramped. I mean we had a line outside wrapping around the building of partygoers waiting to get in. I was coming on after about two hours of rap. Oklahoma isn't exactly known for its house music scene, and I'm not from Oklahoma, so needless to say, I was nervous. I fully planned on clearing the floor of the rap-heads and then gaining a new crowd by the middle of the set, but that didn't happen. Literally every single person from the rap shows stayed and grooved. It was amazing. I was dancing up onstage like I was the one out in the crowd. I was vibing off them like no other. They really loved the disco part of my set. It was easily one of the funnest sets I've ever had the pleasure of being able to play, and I'm still riding the high off of it.

What gigs or releases do you have coming up for Flunked Records-related artists?
You can catch me playing at Abby Underground this upcoming Friday, May 11. You can also catch me and fellow label-mates Clean Batch at EVRLAND at the end of June. We are also working on a Flunked showcase, but nothing is official just yet.

As for releases, we have a new release every last Monday of the month. I'll give a little hint for our release this month: It's the first female artist to release on Flunked Records.

Track List:
Sean Lotty — "Kurupt (Original Mix)"
LittleHuman — "Talking With Louis (Original Mix)"
Clean Batch — "Misery (Original Mix)"
LittleHuman — "Moving and Using (Original Mix)"
HYD — "Drop Dat (Original Mix)"
Darian Sparks — "Frequent Sieze (Original Mix)"
Mastabuziness — "Haunt You (Original Mix)"
Reckless Ryan — "Doin Pillz (Original Mix)"
Darian Sparks — "In The Rave (Original Mix)"
HYD — "The Purge (Original Mix)"
Kalico Jak — "Sea Serpent (Original Mix)" - Dallas Observer

"Reckless Ryan Gives His Take On Angelo Ferreri’s Song “Interesting”"

Reckless Ryan has been quiet for a minute due to the fact he’s the head honcho of Flunked Records. Today however, he’s released a new remix. He made his own version of Angelo Ferreri’s Interesting. He made a dope House bassline that gives a good groove to the track. Some solid percussion and drums give the song life. Plus I’m a sucker for a good acapella. Check out the track and download it for free! - This Song Slaps

"Meet Ryan Butler of Flunked Records in Frisco"

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Butler.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Ryan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Flunked Records started from the basic idea of “if everyone else can do this, I can do this!”

Flunked started off as a way to not only release my original material to all major music sites but a way to help other up and coming producers that get over looked by big labels because they don’t have the following the label’s want or the image the label’s are looking for.

We started off with a small core roster of local producers in Dallas and are now international with tracks signed from artists from Ireland, Puerto Rico and more!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
So far, it’s been smooth sailings for the most part! We’ve received a lot of support from multiple outlets like ThisSongSlaps and Dallas Observer as well as many North Texas based podcasts like Electric Retox and Festicast!

Hard to ask for more support than we’be gotten in the short amount of operational time!

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Flunked Records – what should we know?
Flunked Records is a Dallas based house music record label!

We specialize in house music and it’s various sub-genres and that’s where our main focus is! We really don’t release anything besides House and that’s what sets us apart.

From Wanz Dover’s write up in the Dallas Observer; “Along with Audiophile, Grin Trax and Dolfin, Flunked Records has given a voice to Dallas house producers. What sets Flunked apart from its local label peers is its singular focus on house music.”

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
A big part of the credit for some of the success that Flunked has achieved goes to our roster of artists that release their great tracks with us! We literally wouldn’t be here without them! A special acknowledgement goes to LittleHuman, who helps works as Flunked’s A&R!

The podcasts and blogs I’ve mentioned before, have helped us in many ways as well and we do what we can to return the favor! - Voyage Dallas

"Reckless Ryan Doesn’t Recommend “Doin Pillz” But He Does Recommend Listening To His House Track"

Reckless Ryan just dropped his first tune on Flunked Records called Doin Pillz. It’s a jackin’ House tune with a nice, punchy kick and great use of samples that go with the tune. I like the groovy bassline along with the additional sounds he uses such as the bongo on the drop. It’s a free download so grab it now! - This Song Slaps



My name is Reckless Ryan, im a DJ and Producer from Dallas, Texas.

Ryan began DJing/Producing at the very beginning of 2011 when he was 15 years old. Beginning with Hardstyle and Trance Mixes, he would soon dropp Hardstyle and stick strictly to Trance and by the end of 2011, he had become the headliner on a U.K. Based online radio station. His radio residency would last into 2013, where Ryan would win his first DJ Competition. The competition was for a slot at Euphoria Music Festival in Austin, TX. That would also be his first official gig! By the latter part of 2013, Ryan had won another DJ Competition, this time for Breakaway Music Festival in Frisco, TX. and would place in the top 10 of the 2013 Lights All Night DJ competition. Ryan would also see his first original release on a record label. 

In 2014 Ryan would land his first residencies, Tech'd Out Tuesdays and Taboo Afterhours, both in Dallas, TX. During that time, his format of playing would transition from his original Trance roots into the rising genres of Electro and Trap. That year, Ryan would also play multiple shows at Stereolive in Houston, TX, Lizard Lounge, Green Elephant, and the Prophet Bar in Dallas, TX and would be booked on the Mystik Sanctuary Music Festival in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Ryan would also release two originals under separate record labels.

In 2015, Ryan was booked for the Norman Music Festival in Norman, Oklahoma and Shamrocks & Shenanigans Music Festival in Red Oaks, TX. He would also land a residency at PlayHouse Thursday's and Unity Afterhours and Unlisted Afterhours, all being in Dallas, TX. In 2015, Ryan became a official DJ for City Light Events, and played numerous shows for the company including Neon House Party 1 and Vibrant Glow. Ryan also released an original on a record label, which would become the label's top grossing track for 11 months straight!

In 2016,  Ryan signed to TRIPNASTY Collective and released the RECKLESS EP. as well as his single "Cake." Ryan's sound began to transition from Electro/Trap into Tech House/House/G House. Ryan began getting into the show throwing aspect of the music scene and helped on projects with City Lights and J&L Productions. Ryan also did an interview and a live set for Deep Elm Radio, as well as becoming sponsored by Fort Worth, TX. based clothing company DayByDay Appeal. Ryan would be booked at Bass Face Music Festival in Grand Prairie, TX.  Ryan ended 2016 with the launch of his podcast: "Reckless Radio"

In 2017, Ryan would become hands on with local live streaming show: "Pregame" based out of Dallas, TX, where he would also host his own takeover episode. Ryan launched his record label: Flunked Records with partner Tony Ellis and would see the release of 5 singles and 1 EP signed to the label, including his own original. He would also record vocals for Mastabuizness's track: "Paper Thoughts." Ryan was brought back to Norman Music Festival and would play a b2b with Oklahoma native Travis Traps to kick off the final day. Ryan would also join forces and become a co-host on Denton based podcast: "Festicast"

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I have releases under:

Flunked Records

TRIPNASTY Collective

Gysnoize Records

Wolfrage Recordings

Ambrosio Recordings

Rollikz Recordings

I have played with artists including:

Empire of The Sun


Zeds Dead x2

Juicy J


Morgan Page

Crizzly x2

Danny Avila x2

Wu-Tang Clan

Matt and Kim

Big Gigantic x2

Pegboard Nerds




Paper Diamond


Tommy Trash

Caked Up

Dirty Phonics

Cash Cash

Infected Mushroom



Crichy Crich


K Theory

And many more!

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