Cheat Codes (DJs)

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Cheat Codes
Cheat Codes.jpg
Cheat Codes in 2016
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres
Years active 2014–present
Labels
Website cheatcodesmusic.com
Members
  • Trevor Dahl
  • KEVI
  • Matthew Russell

Cheat Codes is an American electronic music DJ trio consisting of Trevor Dahl, Kevin Ford, and Matthew Russell based in Los Angeles. The group is notable for their 2016 single "Sex", which samples the chorus from "Let's Talk About Sex" by Salt-N-Pepa,[2] and their 2017 single "No Promises", which featured American pop superstar Demi Lovato and peaked within the top 40 of the USA, UK and Australia. The track was certified Platinum by the RIAA.

History[edit]

2014–2015: Formation and debut singles[edit]

Trevor Dahl previously recorded music under the name Plug in Stereo.[3] Prior to the 2014 formation of the trio, Trevor and Matt lived together and later wrote and recorded music with Kevin. Their name was inspired by Kevin's brother who told him that he had found the "cheat code" to getting anything he wanted in life. "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," they said in an interview.[4]

In 2015, they released a debut single titled "Visions", which reached number one on the Hype Machine chart. It was followed by the singles "Don't Say No", "Senses", and "Adventure". "Adventure" reached number three on the Hype Machine chart.[5] The group gained over 15 million views on YouTube and later toured with The Chainsmokers.[3]

2016–present[edit]

In June 2016, they released "Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On)" with Dante Klein, which samples Kevin Lyttle's song "Turn Me On".[6] The song has since gained over 100 million streams.[1] In July 2016, they released "Sex" with Kris Kross Amsterdam, quickly gaining over 300 million streams.[1] Talking about "Sex", band member Matt admitted that the song was affected by divine intervention as it only took 45 minutes to write.[7] In August 2016, a music video was released for the song, and the trio performed at the Billboard Hot 100 festival.[8] They signed to 300 Entertainment in September 2016.[1] In November, they released "Queen Elizabeth", co-produced by "Foreign Noi$e".[9] They released "No Promises", a collaboration with Demi Lovato, in March 2017.[10] In May 2017, the single "Stay With You" was released.[11] The single "Sober" was released in July 2017.[12] The group released "Feels Great", a collaboration with Fetty Wap and CVBZ, on October 13, 2017.[13] The group released the single "Put Me Back Together" with Kiiara on March 2, 2018.[14] Cheat Codes collaborated with U2 and released a remixed version of U2's single "Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way" on May 29, 2018.[15] June 2018, they released their album, Level 1, consisting of 6 songs, include 'I love it' and 'Balenciaga'. It was announced in late June 2018, that Cheat Codes are releasing 'Only You' with Little Mix as a part of the compilation album Love Island: The Pool Party, which will be release on 6 July 2018 by Ministry of Sound.

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Level 1
  • Released: June 8, 2018[16]
  • Label: 300 Entertainment
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[17]
US
Dance

[18]
AUS
[19]
BEL
[20]
DEN
[21]
GER
[22]
NLD
[23]
NOR
[24]
SWE
[25]
UK
[26]
"Visions" 2015 Non-album singles
"Adventure"
(with Evan Gartner)
"Senses"
(featuring Lostboycrow)
"Follow You"
"Please Don't Go"
"Say Goodbye" 2016
"Sex"
(with Kris Kross Amsterdam)
[A] 10 17 25 3 14 2 2 2 9
"Runaway"
"Fed Up"
(with LVNDSCAPE)
"Can't Fight It"
(with Quintino)
48
"Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On)"
(with Dante Klein)
14 38 55 19 49 27 15 12 36
"Queen Elizabeth" 49
"No Promises"
(featuring Demi Lovato)
2017 38 2 17 37 30 44 35 39 37 18
  • ARIA: 2× Platinum[32]
  • BPI: Gold[33]
  • IFPI FIN: Gold
  • IFPI NOR: Platinum
  • BVMI: Gold
  • NVPI: Platinum
  • RIAA: Platinum[34]
"Stay with You"
(with Cade)
35
"Sober"
(with Nicky Romero)
41
"Feels Great"
(featuring Fetty Wap and CVBZ)
9 39 99
"Put Me Back Together"
(featuring Kiiara)
2018 [B]
"NSFW"
(with Danny Quest)
Level 1[16]
"Balenciaga"[37] 41
"I Love It"
(with DVBBS)[38]
40
"Only You"[39]
(with Little Mix)
15 92 85 89
[40]
13 Non-album single
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
Dance

[18]
AUS
[19]
BEL
[20]
DEN
[42]
FRA
[43]
GER
[22]
ITA
[44]
NLD
[23]
NOR
[24][45]
UK
[26]
"Monsters Are Everywhere"[46]
(The Siege featuring Cheat Codes)
2015 Non-album singles
"Hold On"
(Moguai featuring Cheat Codes)
47 64 86
"Shed a Light"
(Robin Schulz and David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes)
2016 11 23 26 35 44 6 27 20 30 24 Uncovered
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Remixes[edit]

Title Year Artist Album
"Second Wind"[51] 2015 Kelly Clarkson Piece by Piece Remixed
"The Daze"[52] 2016 Syn Cole featuring Madame Buttons Non-album remixes
"New Obsession"[53] FRANKIE
"You Don't Know Love"[54] Olly Murs
"Party"[55] JP Cooper
"Pretty Girl"[56]
(Cheat Codes X CADE Remix)
Maggie Lindemann
"Heartlines"[57] Broods
"I Got You"[58] Bebe Rexha
"This Town"[59] Niall Horan
"Weak"[60] 2017 AJR
"Nights with You"
"Swish Swish" Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj
"Wearing Nothing"
(Cheat Codes X CADE Remix)
Dagny
"Your Song" Rita Ora
"I Like Me Better" Lauv
"Dangerous Night"[61] 2018 Thirty Seconds to Mars
"Mad Love" Sean Paul and David Guetta featuring Becky G
"Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way" U2

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Sex" did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 15 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[27]
  2. ^ "Put Me Back Together" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number 14 on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[36]

Sources[edit]

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  8. ^ Nelson, Jeff (August 11, 2016). "Cheat Codes Kris Kross Amsterdam Sex Music Video: Salt-N-Pepa". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  9. ^ Russell, Erica. "Cheat Codes Deliver Breezy Electro Pop on 'Queen Elizabeth': Premiere". PopCrush. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
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  11. ^ "Cheat Codes And Cade Team Up For 'Stay With You'". El Broide. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  12. ^ Bein, Kat. "Cheat Codes' Nicky Romero Collab 'Sober' Tempts You to Text All Your Exes: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  13. ^ Armstrong, Megan. "Cheat Codes Unveil Latest Collaboration 'Feels Great' With Fetty Wap & CVBZ: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 17 October 2017. 
  14. ^ Bein, Kat. "Cheat Codes & Kiiara Find Healing on 'Put Me Back Together': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 6 March 2018. 
  15. ^ Desk, BWW News. "U2 & Cheat Codes Release LOVE IS BIGGER THAN ANYTHING IN ITS WAY". Retrieved 2018-06-06. 
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  31. ^ "British single certifications – Cheat Codes – Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On)". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 28, 2017.  Select singles in the Format field. Enter Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On) in the search field and then press Enter.
  32. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #443". auspOp. October 21, 2017. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  33. ^ "British single certifications – Cheat Codes – No Promises". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved August 12, 2017.  Select singles in the Format field. Enter No Promises in the search field and then press Enter.
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  38. ^ "I Love It – Single by Cheat Codes & DVBBS". iTunes Store (AU). Retrieved May 18, 2018. 
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  48. ^ "British single certifications – Cheat Codes – Shed A Light". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved March 6, 2017.  Select singles in the Format field. Enter Shed A Light in the search field and then press Enter.
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  50. ^ "FIMI - Certificazioni - FIMI". fimi.it. 
  51. ^ "Piece By Piece Remixed". Google Play Music. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  52. ^ "The Daze (feat. Madame Buttons) [Remixes]". Google Play Music. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  53. ^ "New Obsession (The Remixes)". Google Play Music. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  54. ^ "You Don't Know Love (Cheat Codes Remixes)". Google Play Music. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  55. ^ "Party (Cheat Codes Remix)". Google Play Music. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  56. ^ "Pretty Girl (Cheat Codes X CADE Remix)". Google Play Music. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  57. ^ "Heartlines (Cheat Codes Remix)". Google Play Music. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  58. ^ "I Got You (Cheat Codes Remix)". Google Play Music. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  59. ^ "This Town (Remixes)". Google Play Music. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  60. ^ "Weak Remixes". Google Play Music. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  61. ^ "Dangerous Night (Cheat Codes Remix) - Single by Thirty Seconds on Mars on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 2018-03-24. 

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