Featured Artists Los Angeles EDM Trio Cheat Codes

Featured Artists Los Angeles EDM Trio Cheat Codes

We were able to chat with Los Angeles based trio Matthew Russell, Trevor Dahl, and Kevin Ford of the talented edm group Cheat Codes. Of course the first logical question to ask is how they came up with the name. SO with a little research I found my answer.
“When the group came together we were looking for a name and Cheat Codes seemed like the perfect fit because we really embody the idea that anything is possible. To us the real “cheat code” to life is loving what you do and we hope to convey that energy through our music. When you love what you do, everything becomes easier.” Matt said in an interview.
Their different backgrounds helped inform Cheat Codes’ stylistically varied sound, which can range from warm pop to outright big house bangers. Check out our interview with them below.
How did the three of you get together?

Trevor and Matt met when they were in different projects. They played a show together in St. Louis, Missouri, They later reconnected in LA and became roommates. Later Kevi and Matt started the project Cheat Codes and decided to collab with Trevor, after doing 3 songs they decided to combine projects! The rest is history!

Who or what inspires your music?
We love really well written toplines, we tend to base our songs around that and build a track around good songs that stand on their own. Some artists that we love are Major Lazer, Jack U, The Beatles, John Mayer, Calvin Harris.

Your track Say Goodbye is currently #12 on the Mix 247 EDM countdown. What was the inspiration for that song?
This song was actually inspired by a tough break up. Its always hard to say goodbye, and we think the vibe of the track for this one reflects that as well.

The music video for your track “Sex” with Kris Kross is HOTT, tell us about how the concept for the video came together.
haha, Our good friend Chris Campbell directed the video! He came up with a SEX education idea and we thought it was brilliant. We figured this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to do a video like that.

Which artist would you love to collaborate with someday?
R3HAB he’s the man, love everything he does.

What separates you from other artists out there?
We come from a songwriting background so we’re approaching DJing and producing differently than a lot of other electronic artists. We tend to think song first and than track. When we’re performing we wanna put on a show for everyone! We’re too ADD to just DJ and mix songs, we have to be getting the crowd involved, singing, dancing, all of that good stuff.

Craziest thing a fan had done to get your attention?

We recently did a show at LSU, and a bunch of girls got on stage while we were performing and one of them stole Kevi’s phone. We used Find my iPhone to track his phone at a local Pizza Hut. She gave the phone back but definitely got our attention lol.

What is one track/song that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it? (any genre)
Who Says by John Mayer.

What is something people would be surprised to know about each of you?

Kevi once had a legal battle with Justin Bieber.
Trevor used to be in an Acoustic project called Plug In Stereo signed to Atlantic Records.
Matt used to be in a dance pop project called VolHolla! with Season 3 X factor contestant Ce Ce Frey. (Same season as Fifth Harmony, Emblem 3)

Who is the secret celebrity crush each of you have (we all have one)

Trevor, Emma Watson
Kevi, Kendle Jenner

Matt, Jennifer Aniston

Guiltiest pleasure (we all have one of those too)

Trevor loves to watch Forensic Files on Investigation discovery.
Kevi’s been known to drink diet coke 4-5 times a day.
Matt secretly loves Degrassi, the original when Drake played Jimmy.
If you were not in the music industry what would you be doing?
Trevor would be a hand model.
Kevi would be a stunt man.

Matt would be a rodeo clown.

What are you most excited about for 2016?
We’re really excited for FireFly festival coming up this summer! Gonna be a big show for us! Also excited for Christmas because we’re getting each other really good presents this year.

Please tell everyone where they can follow you.

Any shoutouts or thank you’s?
We’d like to thank all the people at Spotify helping us blow our song SEX up! And we’d like to thank our mommies for making us!