In an age where the realms of electronic music have become completely saturated, true musical integrity and originality are fast becoming the key indicators of success. GTA aka ‘Good Times Ahead’ have these characteristics in abundance, and at the mere age of just twenty-seven and in the space of only a few prolific years, the Miami-born DJs/Producer duo Matt Toth and Julio Meija have managed to build nothing short of a remarkable musical empire.
Paving the way, and honing in on their unprecedented mission statement of ‘Death To Genres’, the duo have flexed their productions skills and displayed their range in churning out records spanning the likes of: big room, trap, future bass, hip hop, and everything in between. Boasting an impressive 2.5 million monthly Spotify listeners and over 488 million aggregated YouTube plays is testament to the fact that GTA have continued to push boundaries with both consistency and quality, while their fan base continues to grow at an extraordinary rate.
Natural born performers from day one, their innate ability behind the decks has seen them stun some of the most esteemed festivals around the globe, including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Made In America, Tomorrowland, Ultra Music Festival and many more. On top of headlining their own tours, consistent residencies at Hakkasan Vegas and JEWEL Nightclub, and joining Rihanna on her 'Diamonds World Tour’, it’s clear to see that despite GTA’s wild, unpredictable sets, everything the duo does – both on stage and in the studio – is unified by their simple mission mantra.
Whether it’s their own original song, an innovative remix, or collaborations with some of music’s A-list artists, GTA have continued to receive support from both fans and the ‘who’s who’ in the music industry. Whether it is their hit ‘Intoxicated’ with Martin Solveig (which went top 5 on UK charts), their Diplo assisted single ‘Boy Oh Boy’ that garnered over 86 million Youtube plays, their genre bending collaboration with Rick Ross on ‘Movin Bass’ accumulating over 21 million plays on Spotify, their remix of Rihanna’s ‘BBHMM’ with 7 million plays on Spotify or being enlisted by the prominent Rick Rubin on his Star Wars: Headspace compilation, GTA have truly positioned themselves as new-wave tastemakers and are paving the way for genre- less music to stand at the forefront. With all this under their belt, critical acclaim has organically poured in from the likes of Pitchfork, The Fader, Complex, Hypebeast, GQ, Huffington Post and many more.
Fast-forward to now, GTA have served up their full-length debut album aptly titled ‘Good Times Ahead’ on Warner Bros. Records amassing over 50 million cumulative streams. With a star studded cast of features including Tinashe, Vince Staples, What So Not, Wax Motif, IAMSU, and Tunji Ige the album showcases their forward thinking mentality which they’ve instilled in the very core of GTA.
In 2018, GTA upped the ante once again by rolling out a new concept for their live show that will allow fans to enjoy a more extensive ‘Death To Genres’ experience. Every set will be color coded with the colors denoting the dominant genre of that particular night. Those colors are: YELLOW: Moombah, Club and World; PURPLE: House and Techno; and RED: Rap, Trap and Bass. This allows them to dive deep into each of these genres in that respective night, resulting in completely different and unique sets for every show. To pair with this concept, GTA is kicking off with a very intimate ‘3 Night Stand’ tour where fans can witness them perform a series of 3 nights in a row at 5 cities across the country. Always honing in on their undying commitment to creative expression and pushing both themselves and their fans, GTA continues to set high standards for their music and live performances.
With their debut album under their belt, a brand new concept/tour launching and new music on the way, it’s evident that this will be the biggest year yet. Combined with their insane work ethic and inherent knack for creative expression, ‘Death To Genres’ has become a life motto, which has manifested itself into the already extraordinary career that is GTA.