Cheat Codes is an American electronic music band from Los Angeles, California. The group is notable for their 2016 single "Sex", which samples the chorus from "Let's Talk About Sex" by Salt-N-Pepa.
2014-2015: Formation and debut singles
Cheat Codes consists of original members Trevor Dahl, Kevin Ford, and Matthew Russell. Dahl previously recorded music under the name Plug In Stereo. Prior to the 2014 formation of the band, Trevor and Matt lived together and later wrote and recorded music with Kevin. Their name was inspired by Ford's brother who told him that he had found the "cheat code" to getting anything he wanted in life. "We really embody the idea that anything is possible. To us the real 'cheat code' to life is loving what you do and we hope to convey that energy through our music," the band said in an interview.
In 2015, they released a debut single titled "Visions," which reached #1 on the Hype Machine charts. It was followed by singles "Don't Say No," "Senses," and "Adventure." "Senses" reached #23 on the iTunes electronic charts, and "Adventure" reached #3 on the Hype Machine Charts as well as #1 on Spotify's United States and Global Top Viral 50 charts.The group gained over 15 million views on Youtube and later toured with The Chainsmokers.
In June 2016, the band released "Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On)" with Dante Klein which samples Kevin Lyttle's song "Turn Me On." The song has since gained over 100 million streams. In July 2016, they released "Sex" with Kriss Kross Amsterdam, quickly gaining over 300 million streams. In August 2016, a music video was released for the song, and the band performed at Billboard's Hot 100 festival. The group signed to 300 Entertainment in September 2016. On November they released "Queen Elizabeth" which is co-produced by "Foreign Noi$e"