This past weekend at the annual Mayfest celebration, I sat down with rising DJ trio Cheat Codes. Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Cheat Codes has been surely making power moves in the music industry from collaborations with Miguel and David Guetta to a nationwide upcoming tour. Last Friday we got a full taste of what these west coast natives were really about. Check out the exclusive interview below:
What about playing a show on a college campus is so appealing?
College kids go hard. We just love to play shows where the crowd goes the hardest, and we find that colleges are that place. Also we didn’t go to college so by playing at them it gives us that college experience we never really had.
How did you guys break into the music scene?
We just spent every day making music to be honest. We just thought this is what we want to do and we all had the same mindset to go after it and not waste time. We kept releasing music consistently and eventually we had a song called “Sex” that just really took off. Since then it kind of had a snowball effect and we just kept working at it.
Who are some of your biggest influences in music?
Growing up it was a lot of Beatles and Bob Dylan but as we got a little older it was more Blink 182 and pop punk music. But honestly, there is influence for a little bit of everything; Drake, Jay Z, Metallica and Sugar Ray.
What made you want to sign with 300 Entertainment?
The fact that we were the first pop EDM artists to sign with them let us know we were going to be a priority. When we went into the meeting to talk to them we automatically knew they had the same thoughts and visions as us. They understood how important certain aspects of our career was, in addition to streaming; they understood the importance of that. We were super clear on what we wanted and they understood that and believed in us.
What’s your advice for aspiring artists?
Just make music everyday honestly. If your creating every day you are going to make something unique and personal to you and people will latch onto that. Don’t try to be like someone else, create a brand, be unique. Know what you want and go for it. Don’t give in.
What was it like collaborating with Demi Lovato on your newest single “No Promises”?
It was awesome. We performed with her a couple months ago at our biggest performance in Brazil and afterwards her fans kept tweeting us that we needed to collab. Later when we had “No Promises” we just thought, “Man, Demi would be perfect on this”. We sent the song over to her team and we were happy that they loved it. We went down to the studio with her and banged out the vocals; she absolutely killed it. She’s super professional and cool so she really nailed it.
What can we expect from you guys in the following months of 2017?
It’s going to be a big year for sure. The song with Demi was the first step to our new chapter musically. So we are going to be releasing a bunch of stuff. We will be doing an EP this year and a few other singles coming out really soon, alongside the “No Promises” tour and festivals. There’s a lot of stuff that we are looking forward to sharing.
By Gabrielle LaMarco