Matthew Koma

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Matthew Koma
Koma in 2014
Koma in 2014
Background information
Birth nameMatthew Bair
Born (1987-06-02) June 2, 1987 (age 36)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • keyboards
Years active2010–present
(m. 2019)

Matthew Bair (born June 2, 1987),[1][2] known professionally as Matthew Koma, is an American singer, songwriter, DJ and record producer. Songs written by Koma include "Spectrum" and Grammy Award-winner "Clarity", both performed by Zedd. Koma has collaborated with Hardwell, Zedd, Miriam Bryant, Sebastian Ingrosso, Alesso, Afrojack, Tiësto, Vicetone and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic.

Early life[edit]

Koma was born in Brooklyn and raised in Seaford, New York, on Long Island.[3][2] His father, Gerald D. Bair, was a singer/songwriter and Koma first performed on stage with his father when he was four years old.[4] Koma wrote his first song when he was nine years old and credits Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen for his inspiration at a young age.[5] Koma attended Seaford High School.[6] His older half brother, Kris Mazzarisi, is also a musician.

Musical career[edit]

In June 2011, Jimmy Iovine signed Koma to Interscope Records after watching an acoustic performance of the record "She".[1]

In May 2012, Koma released his first EP, Parachute, in which he wrote, produced and co-produced all four tracks with collaborators Twice as Nice, Alex da Kid, Sam Watters, Louis Biancaniello, and Ari Levine.[7]

Also in 2012, he performed at the Sorry for Party Rocking Tour with LMFAO and Far East Movement,[8] In the fall of 2012, he toured with Owl City.[4]

In March 2012, Bruce Springsteen released "Rocky Ground", a remix that Koma co-produced with Ron Aniello as a single from his album Wrecking Ball.[9]

In July 2012, Koma did the main vocals for the song "End of Pretend" by Black Cards.[10]

In April 2013, he toured Europe supporting Ellie Goulding alongside Charli XCX.[11]

In November 2013, Koma and DJ Hardwell released the single "Dare You",[12]

In March 2014, Showtek's "Cannonball (Earthquake)", featuring Koma, was released.[13] In April 2014, Koma appeared on RAC's debut album, featuring on the single "Cheap Sunglasses".[14] In May 2014, Koma was featured on Audien's single "Serotonin".[15] Also in May 2014, Afrojack's album Forget the World, which featured two songs written and sung by Koma, "Keep our Love Alive" and "Illuminate", was released.[16]

In January 2015, Koma was featured in Kia Motors' online video series Rediscovered, where he recorded a cover of The Miracles' "The Tracks of My Tears" before Smokey Robinson made a surprise visit in the studio.[17]

Koma collaborated with The Knocks on "I Wish (My Taylor Swift)", which was released as a single in September 2015 and later appeared on the Knocks' 2016 album, 55.[18]

In 2016, he worked with Britney Spears on her album Glory producing the song “Swimming in the Stars”, which was released in 2020.[19]

In June 2017, Koma produced several tracks for Shania Twain's fifth studio album Now, including the lead single "Life's About to Get Good".[20]

In November 2017, he was featured on the Downes Braide Association album Skyscraper Souls.[21]

In August 2018, he premiered "On the 5", both single and video under his new project, Winnetka Bowling League via RCA Records.[22]

In August 2020, he co-wrote and co-produced the single "Change Your Mind" by Keith Urban.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Relationships and family[edit]

From 2012 until 2015, Koma dated Carly Rae Jepsen, after meeting while they were working on her album Kiss.[24]

In May 2019, he got engaged to Hilary Duff and they were married in December 2019 at their home in Los Angeles, after three years of dating.[25][26] They have two daughters, Banks Violet Bair, born in October 2018[26] and Mae James Bair, born in 2021. He is also a stepfather to Duff's son, Luca, from her previous marriage to ice-hockey player Mike Comrie.[27]


In May 2017, he released "Dear Ana", a song about his anorexia and confessed that the disease almost killed him.[28]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
BMI Pop Awards 2014 Award-Winning Song "Clarity" Won [29]
Billboard Music Awards 2012 Top Dance/Club Song "Spectrum" Won [30]
International Dance Music Awards 2013 Best Progressive Track "Years" Nominated [31]
2016 Best Dubstep/Drum & Bass Track "Emotional" Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2012 Best Dance Video "Spectrum" Nominated



  1. ^ a b Gamboa, Glenn (July 27, 2011). "LI's Matthew Koma signs with major label". Newsday.
  2. ^ a b Pearce, James. "Matthew Koma Biography". Archived from the original on February 25, 2016.
  3. ^ Farley, Rebecca (June 8, 2018). "I'm Sorry, But Who Is Matthew Koma?". Refinery29.
  4. ^ a b "For Matthew Koma, collaborations carry him to top". USA Today. September 13, 2012.
  5. ^ Salud, April (November 27, 2017). "Matthew Koma Credits Bruce Springsteen & Elvis Costello for His 'Foundational Upbringing'". Billboard.
  6. ^ Gamboa, Glenn (June 27, 2017). "Matthew Koma has big homecoming at Coliseum". Newsday.
  7. ^ "Newcomer Matthew Koma to Release Four-Song Debut – Parachute EP – on Cherrytree/Darkchild/Interscope Records May 29th" (Press release). PR Newswire. May 16, 2012.
  8. ^ Gamboa, Glenn (January 31, 2012). "Matthew Koma lands Cherrytree European tour slot". Newsday.
  9. ^ Gamboa, Glenn (July 3, 2012). "Springsteen picks Koma remix for new single". Newsday.
  10. ^ Greenwald, David (July 16, 2012). "New Song: Black Cards, 'End Of Pretend' Featuring Matthew Koma". MTV News.
  11. ^ Robbins, Caryn (April 2, 2013). "Matthew Koma Premieres 'One Night' Video Today". BroadwayWorld.
  12. ^ "Hardwell Feat. Matthew Koma - 'Dare You' (Tiësto vs. Twoloud remix): New Music". Capital Xtra. February 2, 2014.
  13. ^ "Showtek – Cannonball (Earthquake) Lyrics". Genius. April 13, 2014.
  14. ^ Sawdey, Evan (June 4, 2014). "20 Questions: RAC + Matthew Koma (Video Premiere)". PopMatters.
  15. ^ Medved, Matt (May 29, 2014). "Code First Play: Audien & Matthew Koma, 'Serotonin'". Billboard.
  16. ^ Woodruff, Chase (May 22, 2014). "Afrojack: Forget the World Review". Paste.
  17. ^ "Premiere: Watch Matthew Koma Meet Smokey Robinson, Cover 'Tracks of My Tears'". Billboard. January 12, 2015.
  18. ^ Carley, Brennan (September 25, 2015). "The Knocks Dream Big With Matthew Koma On 'I Wish (My Taylor Swift)'". Spin.
  19. ^ Blistein, Jon (December 2, 2020). "Hear Britney Spears' Previously Unreleased Track 'Swimming in the Stars'". Rolling Stone.
  20. ^ Freeman, Jon (June 14, 2017). "Hear Shania Twain's Optimistic New Song 'Life's About to Get Good'". Rolling Stone.
  21. ^ "Downes Braide Association: Skyscraper Souls". November 16, 2017.
  22. ^ Gamboa, Glenn (September 9, 2018). "LI Sound: Seaford's Matthew Koma returns to his rock roots". Newsday.
  23. ^ "New Keith Urban" – via Instagram.
  24. ^ GUNN, TAMANTHA (July 29, 2022). "Hilary Duff Wins the "Early Pics" Couples Challenge With Photo of Matthew Koma and Ex Carly Rae Jepsen". E!.
  25. ^ Sinha, Charu (December 22, 2019). "Hilary Duff Goes Full Cinderella Story, Marries Matthew Koma".
  26. ^ a b Stone, Natalie (December 22, 2019). "Hilary Duff Marries Matthew Koma at Their L.A. Home: 'It Was Small and Low-Key,' Source Says". People.
  27. ^ Calvario, Liz (November 12, 2019). "Hilary Duff's Fiancé Matthew Koma Gets the Sweetest Tattoo of Kids". Entertainment Tonight.
  28. ^ Nelson, Jeff (May 2, 2017). "Matthew Koma Says Coming to Terms with Anorexia Was a 'Living Hell': Hear the Haunting Song About His Eating Disorder". People.
  29. ^ "Stevie Nicks and Top Songwriters Honored at 62nd Annual BMI Pop Awards". Broadcast Music, Inc. May 14, 2014.
  30. ^ "Rock On The Net: 2012 Billboard Year-End Chart-Toppers".
  31. ^ "WMC 2013, Day 3: IDMA". March 21, 2013.

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