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 trio, 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.
In 2015, they released a debut single titled “Visions”, which reached number 1 on the Hype Machine chart. It was followed by the singles “Don’t Say No”, “Senses”, and “Adventure”. “Adventure” reached number 3 on the Hype Machine chart. The group gained over 15 million views on YouTube and later toured with The Chainsmokers. 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 trio performed at the Billboard Hot 100 festival.