Producer, songwriter, DJ, singer -- Matthew Koma is all of the above, and odds are you’ve heard him through one of those roles. He wrote the lyrics and melody to Zedd’s top 10 hit “Clarity,” and has collaborated with stars ranging from Britney Spears to Tiesto to Shania Twain to Tinashe. Lately, he’s been more focused on becoming a lead artist -- his swaggering single “Kisses Back” dropped today and a solo album is forthcoming on RCA Records. Whether it’s talking about his brushes with superstars or his own personal feelings, Koma’s got a story to tell, making him a fascinating subject for this week’s edition of Pop Shop’s Headliner Interview.
“On the production front,” Koma explains, “everyone has the same set of tools now that the playing field is so even that it really is up to how creative you can be.” Laptops and Logic are commonplace; Koma understands how an artist’s humanity can set them apart. “[My current solo project] was the first time I made sure each song felt so tailored to me… they weren’t just songs -- they were things that other people couldn’t sing because they were super personal or really specific.”