Euphoric and effervescent, Cheat Codes have it figured out. Perfectly blending pop and electronic music, the LA-based 4x platinum three-piece seem to know something that we don’t know -they’ve figured out the secret to life or at least a way to jump right to the good part.
Comprised of Trevor Dahl, Matthew Russell, and Kevin Ford, the group have seen a meteoric rise since they first formed in LA two years ago. “Matt and I met like 5 years ago, and we lived together a few different times since then,” Trevor explains. “We never really made music together seriously. But when I moved to LA, Matt and Kevin started to write and we worked on a song together, and that’s when it all happened.”
Releasing music independently, the group were an overnight success with their hits “Turn Me On,” and the tropical-infused re-work of Salt N Pepa classic, “Sex”, that generated half a billion streams on Spotify.
Since their first single with 300 Entertainment, “No Promises” ft. Demi Lovato, the group has gone on to cement themselves as one of the fastest growing pop and electronic acts. “No Promises” proved to be the song of Summer 2017 -peaking at #5 at POP Radio, the song has reached 4X Platinum status globally with over 600 million cumulative streams and has surpassed1million sales equivalents in North America. “No Promises” was nominated for a Teen Choice Award, a Radio Disney award, Billboard Music award, as well as iHeart Radio Award. Cheat Codes performed “No Promises” with Demi on both The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Good Morning America.
The group followed with “Feels Great” featuring 300 Entertainment labelmate, Fetty Wap. The inspirational anthem features Cheat Codes’ signature sugary electronic hooks paired with Fetty Wap as you’ve never heard him before. The song has 50M+ cumulative global streams and has hit top 30 at pop radio. The group performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Cheat Codes went onto to collaborate with Kiiara, on the ethereal track, “Put Me Back Together”, which has garnered over 21 million streams to date and was added to 29 New Music Friday playlists on Spotify.
The song hit #21 on the US Viral Global 50 chart and #36 on the Global Viral 50 charts on Spotify. Cheat Codes recently teamed up with U2 for a reimagined version of“Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way.” With a completely new vocal layer from Cheat Codes vocalist Trevor Dahl, the result is a unique take on U2’s current single from their international #1 album. In early June, the trio dropped a new dance EP, “Level 1”, featuring new tracks like the impossibly smooth “Balenciaga,” and the dance floor anthem, “I Love It ft. DVBBS” that is set to be the soundtrack never end nights this summer.
Cheat Codes have been commissioned for official remixes from acts like Katy Perry, Niall Horan, Rita Ora and have been hand selected to tour with The Chainsmokers. This summer 2018, they’ll be making return appearances at Firefly and Billboard Hot 100 Fest, as well as performing at Tomorrowland and Ultra Europe.
So what’s their secret? With a background in songwriting, the boys work from the bottom up. “When we write, we make the track fit the lyrics and melodies first,” Kevin explains. “We’ll sit down together and find some basic chords or start with a guitar and a piano, and brainstorm different ideas. Once we have the idea, we’ll go from there. Maybe Trevor will produce the track and mix it -maybe Matt will add ideas, or we’ll collaborate with other DJs.” What it comes down to is a well-written song-“We really want the songs to be strong on their own. So we know if the song is really good without production, then we know that it’s going to be good with all the bells and whistles.” Makes sense.
Taking cues from acts like Diplo or Calvin Harris, Cheat Codes blend energetic club sounds with live vocals and an energy that is unmatched by the competition-a combination that has served as the official soundtrack to summer. With wistful lyrics and luminous melodies, the group draws inspiration from all kinds of music to create a sound all their own. “We’re all inspired by everything -I don’t think any of us are stuck on any genre or any artist, we’re very open-minded when it comes to what we listen to,” notes Matt. “Whether it’s hip hop, country-pop music-it could be anything.”