Also known as ‘DJ Replay’, Ryan Buendia makes up one third of the quietly prolific hit-making machine ‘Free School’, along with Michael McHenry and Jean Baptiste. Buendia began working with Free School in 2009, assisting artists such as The Black Eyed Peas, Benny Benassi, and Dizzee Rascal. In the summer of that same year, he received composition credit on The Black Eyed Peas’ The E.N.D., which attained Platinum status (or better, achieving Diamond status in France) in seventeen countries, and was nominated for six Grammys, winning the award for Best Pop Vocal Album. In December of 2009, Buendia contributed to Chris Brown’s Graffiti, which peaked at number one on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts. Taking no time to slow down, Buendia and Free School cemented their legitimacy in the global music industry when they worked on The Black Eyed Peas’ next album, The Beginning, which achieved Platinum status in nine countries (again reaching Diamond standing in France).
Over the years, the hit-making conglomerate has branched out and collaborated with more artists, such as Kelis, Tulisa, Madonna, and Miley Cyrus. Yet, it seems as though no matter which direction they take, they continuously and unapologetically strike gold. With an impressive recent resume, including work on Cyrus’ Bangerz, will.i.am's #willpower, and Chris Brown’s X, Buendia and company look as though they won’t be leaving the relevant music scene any time soon.