Around half a year ago, DJ/producers Matthew Russell, Trevor Dahl and Kevin Ford set their destination by adopting the moniker Cheat Codes and releasing their pool party-ready, pop powerhouse single “Visions.” They’ve since collaborated with an indie pop prodigy (Lostboycrow) and saw their debut track go viral with a remix by Boehm.
But we had a feeling they’ve been holding back so we teamed up with photographer James Conley to shoot some pics in NoHo and ask Matt Russell some questions.
We love your moniker. Did you choose it because you’re video game junkies?
“No. Actually the name derives from Kevi’s brother. His brother Tom was in a rock band called Clear Static when he was younger and they found success and toured with Duran Duran. Before the band really blew up he took Kevi aside and told him he had found the “cheat code” and how getting anything you want in your life is really easy if you just have fun with it and visualize everything in detail. 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.”
Do you consider yourself more as DJs who play instruments or musicians who DJ?
“DJs who play instruments for sure! Although we all come from different musical backgrounds and have experienced the musician side.”
How did you come to collaborate with Lostboycrow?
“The idea was brought to us through our management. Lostboycrow had just been on [the radio show] We Found New Music at the same time we were and we kind of connected through that.”
What can you tell us about your highly anticipated debut album?
“Right now we’re focusing on singles. We’re possibly working on a collaborative EP with the artist Boehm who we’ve worked with in the past.”