Artist on the Verge: Matthew Koma

Age: 26

From: Seaford, N.Y.

Sounds like: Ellie Goulding or Florence Welch playing the dance tent at Coachella - if they were dudes.

Playlist: Tiesto, "Wasted"; Zedd, "Spectrum"; Afrojack, "Illuminate"; his solo song "One Night"; ex-girlfriend Carly Rae Jepsen's "This Kiss" (co-writer)

Why you should know him: Much like Skrillex, who transitioned from emo rocker to dubstep king, Koma is a punk-pop singer-songwriter who has become EDM's most-wanted topline, lending his androgynous vocals to current singles from Tiesto ("Wasted"), Zedd ("Find You") and Hardwell ("Dare You"). He may be the common thread to recent EDM standouts, but Koma insists each of his collabos is unique. "You give 10 chefs the same ingredients, they're all going to make dishes that taste different," he says.

Co-signs: Jimmy Iovine signed Koma to Interscope in 2012 (a debut full-length will hit stores later this year on Cherrytree/Interscope); Steve Aoki, who just tapped Koma for an upcoming project.

What's next: An album that will mix his pop-rock roots and new EDM cred - presumably with a little help from big-name DJs. "There may be a couple friends on there," teases Koma. He also will be making the global festival rounds this summer with Afrojack and Tiesto and promoting RAC's album cut "Cheap Sunglasses." "There won't be much sleep," he says, "but I'll be popping up everywhere." 


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