Emerging Artist of the Month: Cheat Codes

#1 Emerging Artists

#6 Ultimate EDM Artists

#161 Ultimate 100 Artists

Pop and EDM have been mind-melding for a while and Los Angeles DJ/production trio Cheat Codes has unlocked a terrific combination with huge hooks over big house, tropical, and trap-influenced beats. Trevor Dahl, KEVI, and Matthew Russell do a lot of the vocal and live-instrument aspects themselves, more so than your average electronic production team…just check out this stripped down version of Shed a Light to get an idea.

The guys linked up in 2014 across a few typical LA situations – a live gig, a lawsuit, and a laundry room were all key components – that yielded atypical results. Time was not wasted and by 2015 the track Visions began their breakout and Spinnin’ Records put out their collab with Moguai, Hold On.

As 2016 came along the live gigs were starting to line up, and they were not too shabby to say the least: LA’s Shrine with The Chainsmokers and high-profile major market club and theater headlines.

February 2016 brought one of our favorite videos of that year, for Sex with Dutch crew Kriss Kross Amsterdam. Thick jam, easy on the ears hook evolved from an all-time classic, two rising EDM trios, and a hilarious video? We don’t know about you, but that works for us.

At this point the summer festival season was getting going and Cheat Codes was in the mix at many including Firefly, Paradiso, and Moonrise. They even hopped across the pond a few times to the Netherlands, England, Spain, Denmark, and Sweden.

Touring continued into the fall of 2016, with a stop at New Orleans’ Voodoo Fest, and around that time they got a great look when they were featured on Robin Schulz and David Guetta’s Shed a Light.

Momentum only built going into 2017; they were now linked up with the multi-genre, data-driven label, 300 Entertainment. At the end of March the ball truly got rolling with the release of No Promises featuring superstar Demi Lovato…not too shabby for their first female vocal collaborator, and they even got to team up live on The Tonight Show in May!

No Promises debuted at #11 on the April 6th Ultimate EDM Songs chart (it is currently #3) and the band made their bow on the Emerging Artists chart at #34.

At this point they were averaging about a show a week and hit the stage at major EDM events like Beyond Wonderland and EDC Mexico; that grew into summer radio shows and more huge festivals in the US and Europe.

They are closing the summer out right with their first Lollapalooza appearance last weekend as well as their first time at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas next month, where they’ll rock the Daytime Village with the likes of Migos, Halsey, Flume, and more.

Riding the top of the Emerging Artists chart and having No Promises performing within the Ultimate 100 Songs in the country looks to be only the beginning of the story: just two weeks ago they dropped their new work with Nicky Romero, Sober, and we have a feeling that there is more where that came from.

No Promises (ft. Demi Lovato)

• #47 Ultimate 100 Songs

• #3 Ultimate EDM Songs

• #15 at Top 40 radio with nearly all stations playing it, and crossing over to Hot AC

• ~59,000 spins to date with over 250 million in audience

• Top markets include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, Las Vegas, and Orlando

• ~9.7 million YouTube plays in the U.S. out of ~75 million globally

• Over 200 million Spotify streams

• 533k Facebook Likes, 180k Instagram Followers, 87.5k Twitter Followers


Check out July’s Emerging Artist of the Month: Sigrid


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