Prolific hit-making trio Cheat Codes, popularly known for their smash single “No Promises” (feat. Demi Lovato), has released their new, self-produced music video for “Lean On Me” featuring the multi-talented music sensation, Tinashe. “Lean on Me” is the standout track off the group’s debut album, HELLRAISERS, PT 1, which is available now on all DSPs and streaming services HERE.
The feel-good video shows the value of friendship and its ability to help pull you through a difficult situation. The beginning of the visual finds Tinashe experiencing heartbreak but after joining up with Cheat Codes, the group has an adventure to help raise her spirits. They help out a friend at his classic diner who needs someone to lean on, cruise around town in a classic convertible, mingle with friends and professional skateboarders in an empty swimming pool and end the night with a wild junkyard party.
The Cheat Codes-produced visual ends on a high note with everyone dancing and vibing until ominous music builds as Trevor and his date leave the junkyard party alone. The pair stop for a kiss and what follows is a surprise ending you won’t want to miss!
Simultaneously trafficking in electronic, pop, hip-hop, and alternative at the same high speed, the Los Angeles trio Cheat Codes remains an inescapable force throughout popular culture. Their total stream tally eclipses a staggering 10 billion plays and they have over 2 million fans on social media.
One Music PH recently had a one-on-one interview with 2/3 of the group courtesy of Amplified Entertainment.
One Music PH: “Can you please tell us about “Lean on Me” and how your collaboration with Tinashe came about…”
CC: “Tinashe, we sent her a bunch of records, she really gravitated towards ‘Lean Into Me.’ It’s an uplifting record, she really loved the message on it. ‘Cause of Covid she had to record a lot of her vocals by herself and she was sending them back and forth to us and then on our end we were recording our vocals on top of hers, mixing everything together. So a lot of it was over the internet. Thankfully we now had the technology to do that. Shoutout to Tinashe, we love her for collaborating on this record with us.”
One Music PH: How are you guys coping with the pandemic?
Kevi: “Before the pandemic, we used to tour a lot, we were always on the road, like, four days a week. We were always somewhere. When the pandemic hit, it became a silver lining in a way that we were able to create a whole bunch of music. Matt mastered the zoom, like, what we’re doing right now, zoom sessions. So we were able to pump out song after song after song. So we were able to finish projects and set our mind on a goal and accomplish it, which is what we did with this album, we had so many songs. Just to be able to write more songs than we did pre-pandemic.”
One Music PH: “You guys named the album Hellraisers after a word that your recently-departed manager Michael Theanne fondly describes you guys. In what ways were you hellraisers?”
Kevi: “(Laughs). We look at it in a way that we always want to go against the grain. Like, if you tell us ‘No, you can’t do this…’ No, we’re gonna ‘cause trouble ‘til we get it done.”
Matt: “That’s like a nickname that our old manager Mike gave us. I think a lot of it was because he’s our manager and we would be, like, ‘Hey, we wanna do this, wanna do that…’ so he always finds himself having to negotiate and play hardball for a lot of negotiations, so he told us ‘So you guys a bunch of hellraisers huh?’ You only get what you ask for, you know? Closed mouths don’t get fed, that’s my motto so we might as well ask for anything we want in life and more from what you think you deserve.”
Kevi: “Always ask for more.”
Matt: “Always ask for more.”
One Music PH: “Can you please tell us how the group got together?”
Matt: “Yeah, it’s kind of crazy because when we first started the group, Kevi aka Princess Rosie, he was a rapper and we started the group because I was making hip-hop beats and he liked my beats, so Kevi can speak more on that.”
Kevi: “Yeah, he nailed it, that was perfect, spot on.”
Matt: “So Kevi was doing the rap thing and I used to be in an electronic project for my friend named CC and Trevor used to do acoustic projects for a group called Plug In Stereo. So when we started Cheat Codes, we wanted to do all kinds of genres and not be stuck in one sound for our whole careers and be able to jump around. So of course we did our debut album, so we did a three part album with different genres. So it’s kind of the origin story of us as Cheat Codes on one debut album.
One Music PH: How would you guys describe your chemistry?
Kevi: “I think the chemistry between us is already good. We don’t really ever argue. We don’t really fight. We all like the same kind of shit, and Matt’s, like, always organized. He’s always crushing the DJ set, sending us the best mixes all the time. He’s always crushing the studio. We all vibe and we all have the same kind of mindset at the end of the day, which I think is a big plus. Because I know a lot of groups that fight like big babies, but us it’s not like that.
Matt: “I think there’s different things we know that we’re better at than the other members. So like Kevi’s really good at fashion. I don’t care about fashion at all. I mean, I do but I’d rather just be naked honestly. But Kevi’s really good at fashion and colors and clothes, so I trust him with the merch, the colors and aesthetics, and he trusts me with the live show and putting together the DJ sets and stuff like that. When you’re in a team you gotta learn to trust each other with different things. For us, it came a lot naturally but obviously that’s where the chemistry comes from. If everyone micromanages everything it can become annoying.”
Kevi: “And that’s not fun.”
Photos: David Higgs