Matthew Koma

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Matthew Koma
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Koma in 2014
Matthew Bair

(1987-06-02) June 2, 1987 (age 34)
OccupationSinger, songwriter, DJ, record producer
Years active2010–present
(m. 2019)
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • synthesiser
  • music sequencer
  • keyboard
  • computer

Matthew Bair (born June 2, 1987),[1][2] known professionally as Matthew Koma, is an American singer, songwriter, DJ and record producer. Matthew Koma wrote numerous songs, including "Spectrum" and Grammy Award-winner "Clarity", both performed by Zedd.

Early life[edit]

Koma was born and raised on Long Island,[3] and attended Seaford High School.[4]

Musical career[edit]

Inspired by musical artists Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, and Stephan Jenkins, Koma started his music career in punk rock, later transitioning into a mixture of genres ranging from pop and hip hop to EDM.[3] Koma's early collaborations include work with Hardwell, Zedd, Miriam Bryant, Sebastian Ingrosso, Alesso, Afrojack, Tiësto, Vicetone and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic.[5]

Koma was noticed by Jimmy Iovine who signed him to Interscope Records after watching an acoustic performance of the record "She".[6] He later released his first EP, Parachute, in May 2012, 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] Since then he has taken part in the Sorry For Party Rocking worldwide tour with LMFAO and Far East Movement,[8] and later toured with the band Owl City.[9] 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.[10]

In 2012 Koma also did the main vocals for the song "End of Pretend" by Black Cards. The following spring, he toured Europe supporting Ellie Goulding alongside Charli XCX.

In 2014, Koma and DJ Hardwell released the single "Dare You",[11] appeared on RAC's debut album, featuring on the single "Cheap Sunglasses".[12] EDM star Audien's single "Serotonin",[13] Showtek's "Cannonball (Earthquake)".[14] He also sang and co-wrote two songs for Afrojack's album Forget the World, "Keep our Love Alive" and "Illuminate".

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.[15]

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.

In 2017, Koma produced several tracks for Shania Twain's fifth studio album Now, including the lead single "Life's About to Get Good".[16] He guests on the Downes Braide Association album Skyscraper Souls

In August 2018 he premiered "On the 5", both single and video under his new project, Winnetka Bowling League via RCA Records.[17]

In August 2020, he co-wrote and co-produced the single "Change Your Mind" by Keith Urban.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Koma is married to Hilary Duff.[19] They have two daughters, Banks born in 2018[20] and Mae, born 2021.[21] He is also a stepfather to Duff's son Luca, from her previous marriage to ice-hockey player Mike Comrie.[22]

In 2017, he released "Dear Ana", a song about his battle with anorexia and confessed that the disease almost killed him. Koma stated that, because of the disease, "[he] was in hell" in the year he had "[his] first hit songs".[23]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
BMI Pop Awards 2014 Award-Winning Song "Clarity" Won [24]
Billboard Music Awards 2012 Top Dance/Club Song "Spectrum" Won [25]
International Dance Music Awards 2013 Best Progressive Track "Years" Nominated [26]
2016 Best Dubstep/Drum & Bass Track "Emotional" Nominated [27]
MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2012 Best Dance Video "Spectrum" Nominated [28]



  1. ^ Gamboa, Glenn (July 27, 2011). "LI's Matthew Koma signs with major label". Newsday. New York City / Long Island. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  2. ^ Pearce, James. "Matthew Koma Biography". Archived from the original on February 25, 2016. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Matthew Koma". Watchdog Management. Archived from the original on June 15, 2012. Retrieved May 16, 2013. Born and raised on Long Island...
  4. ^ Gamboa, Glenn. "Matthew Koma has big homecoming at Coliseum". Newsday. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  5. ^ Pannacione, Maggie (March 21, 2012). "Matthew Koma to Release "Parachute" EP on May 29". Artist Direct.
  6. ^ Gamboa, Glenn (July 27, 2011). "LI's Matthew Koma signs with major label". Explore LI. (subscription required)
  7. ^ "Newcomer Matthew Koma to Release Four-Song Debut – Parachute EP – on Cherrytree/Darkchild/Interscope Records May 29th". International Business Times. May 16, 2012. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015.
  8. ^ Gamboa, Glenn (January 31, 2012). "Matthew Koma lands Cherrytree European tour slot". Newsday.
  9. ^ "Matthew Koma on tour with Owl City". Skope. August 16, 2012.
  10. ^ Gamboa, Glenn (July 3, 2012). "Springsteen picks Koma remix for new single". Newsday.
  11. ^ "Hardwell & Matthew Koma 'Dare You' in New Video". January 13, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  12. ^ "RAC – Cheap Sunglasses (feat Matthew Koma)". Good Music All Day. Archived from the original on July 6, 2014. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  13. ^ "CODE First Play: Audien & Matthew Koma, 'Serotonin'". Billboard. May 29, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  14. ^ "Showtek – Cannonball (Earthquake) Lyrics | Genius". April 13, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  15. ^ "Music 'Rediscovered' by Matthew Koma at 2015 YTMA". Kia Motors. January 8, 2015. Archived from the original on March 19, 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  16. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Now - Shania Twain | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
  17. ^ "Winnetka Bowling League Share Video For Debut Single "On The 5"". Music News Net.
  18. ^ "Keith Urban - Change Your Mind". New Country Songs. Retrieved June 24, 2021.
  19. ^ "Hilary Duff Marries Matthew Koma at Their L.A. Home: 'It Was Small and Low-Key,' Source Says".
  20. ^ "Banks Violet Bair❤️ this little bit has fully stolen our hearts! She joined our world at home on Thursday afternoon and is absolute magic ✨". Instagram. October 29, 2018. Archived from the original on December 26, 2021. Retrieved March 27, 2021.
  21. ^ "Mae James Bair- We LOVE you beauty 3-24-21". Instagram. March 27, 2021. Archived from the original on December 26, 2021. Retrieved March 27, 2021.
  22. ^ "Hilary Duff's Fiancé Matthew Koma Gets the Sweetest Tattoo of Kids". Entertainment Tonight.
  23. ^ "Matthew Koma Says Coming to Terms with Anorexia Was a 'Living Hell': Hear the Haunting Song About His Eating Disorder". People. May 2, 2017. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  24. ^ "Stevie Nicks and Top Songwriters Honored at 62nd Annual BMI Pop Awards". May 14, 2014.
  25. ^ "Rock On The Net: 2012 Billboard Year-End Chart-Toppers".
  26. ^ "31st Annual International Dance Music Awards - Winter Music Conference 2016 - WMC 2016". Winter Music Conference. March 4, 2016. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
  27. ^ "31st Annual International Dance Music Awards - Winter Music Conference 2016 - WMC 2016". Winter Music Conference. March 3, 2016. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016.
  28. ^ "Award show to be held on Saturday June 23, 2012 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture, Japan" (in Japanese). MTV Asia. March 21, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2010.

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