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By JULIE KLINGER
Updated: 10/21/13 9:55pm

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Raised in Long Island, N.Y., Matthew Koma started his career out in the punk rock genre, but is now main stage name in the pop and electronic dance music (EDM) world.

Koma was noticed by the co-founder of Interscope Records Jimmy Lione, who watched one of his acoustic performances.

Koma released his first E.P. in 2012 titled “Parachute” in which he also produced and wrote every track, collaborating with artists such as Alex da Kid, Louis Biancaniello, Ari Levine, Twice as Nice and Sam Watters.

Shortly after his E.P. release, Koma was set to be in the Sorry for Party Rocking tour with LMFAO and Far East Movement. Koma moved right on and toured with electronica band Owl City. In spring 2013, Koma toured through Europe with English singer-songwriter Charli XCX to support Ellie Goulding.

Koma’s single “One Night” was released in April 2013 as his full debut album “Arcadia” is expected to be released later this year. “One Night” was written and produced by Koma, alongside Twice as Nice and Tim Pagnotta.

In addition to two singles and two E.P.’s, Koma has worked with several big name EDM and pop artists, every time creating something truly amazing.

Koma provided vocals for the track “Calling (Lose My Mind)” by Alesso and Sebastian Ingrosso. It was the first electronic dance music track that he experimented with and he explains on his website that he was not used to it but he loved working with both disk jockeys until they knew they had created something special.

Koma has most recently worked with EDM artist Zedd, providing vocals for the track “Spectrum,” which earned Koma considerable fame.

He also produced and wrote the track “Clarity” for Zedd, which is now at the top of the charts. Koma has worked with EDM artist Alesso on the track “Years,” on which Koma stated that it was really emotional for him to write and perform.

Koma has also worked with Fedde le Grande and Nicky Romero on the track “Sparks (Turn Off Your Mind)” and with Far East Movement on the track “Turn Up the Love.” Koma again provided his heavenly and unique vocals for both tracks.

Koma has produced several songs for his current girlfriend Carly Rae Jepsen as well as Kat Graham and electronic duo Black Cards. He is currently signed to Interscope Records, along with Cherry Tree Records, a venture label of Interscope. Koma has immense talent, with vocals and songwriting already under his belt.

He is innovative and is not afraid to pour his soul into his work. The world has yet to see the best of Matthew Koma.

Published October 21, 2013 in Ravin' Raider
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