Skip to Content
Music

Matthew Koma Writes #1 Songs and Eats Tacos

10:25 AM PST on February 5, 2016

MK PF 1T1A2631 PRESS

Matthew Koma is best known for writing and singing mega hits like Grammy winning "Clarity" with Zedd, "Wasted" with Tiesto, "Cheap Sunglasses" with RAC and many more. His debut single, "So Fuckin' Romantic," came out on RCA Records in August. Since then he's been writing songs for Britney Spears, Brooke Candy, Giorgio Moroder, and Dillion Francis, but he's also been spending a lot of time at taco trucks, sushi spots, and everything in between, as this L.A. transplant has become a fixture on the foodie scene. He plays tomorrow night (February 6th) at Create nightclub. Get your tickets here. We reached Matthew at home in Los Angeles to find out his favorite taco and more...

What's your favorite taco spot in LA?
This is a hard one... I am a pretty big Guerrillas and Hugo's Tacos fan...but my friends would kill me if I didn't name check Kogi's Short Rib Tacos.

What brought you to Los Angeles originally, and what keeps you here?
I originally came here to pursue music and immediately felt at home. I really love it here and can't see leaving. It's one of those places that offers a ton of diversity and you sort of discover more and more the longer you stay.

What's your favorite place to get a drink?
Gasolina Cafe. Cold Brew Growler is on its way.

NA_Gasolina_Cafe_402

Your songwriting career has exploded, how do song ideas come to you, and what's your process in then shaping it into something special?
Thank you! I appreciate you saying that...Every song is a different process. They all have different ways of getting from the starting line to the finish line. I think when you're creative, it's sort of this 24 hour clock and the art just lives with you...it eats breakfast with you, goes for drives, keeps you up at night...it's pretty much like a Newfie...

Do you have a favorite lyric from one of your songs?
I'd feel way too self centered even thinking about that…

What can your fans expect when you play Create on Feb 6? A
An absence of taco trucks.

You've played everywhere from Coachella to the Hotel Cafe, do you have a favorite venue or set?
They're all so different and special for different reasons. I love playing acoustic shows because there's an intimacy and a connection I really value...that being said, there's nothing like a big festival crowd singing along. I feel really fortunate to do both.

When friends visit from out of town, where do you take them to eat in LA?
SO SUSHI: it is the only sushi place on planet earth. Ryo is a god. And Gasolina Cafe - Sandra & John are the owners and they run this locally sourced, spanish infused cafe...it is serious. Always good music too.

p180r0pkf51sj51gje17rc19oguqta

Favorite food truck in LA?
Jogasaki !

What's your guilty pleasure?
I feel guilty about everything.

Find Matthew Koma on Facebook.

Already a user?Log in

Thanks for reading!

Register to continue

Become a Member

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from L.A. TACO

Why Is Highland Park’s Last Backyard Street Punk Band Finally Calling it Quits?

"Punk music will not solve our problems," Nick Carabajal, the band's frontman and co-founder reminds us. "Only punk people."

March 1, 2024

What To Eat This Weekend: Vegan Koobideh, Oaxacan ‘Mega Tacos,’ Wagyu Tongue Carpaccio, and Coffee Brewed In Hot Sand

Plus, ooey gooey k'nafeh, a "punk room" at a luxury food and wine festival, chopped cheese in Chatsworth, and Indian-Chinese pork vindaloo dumplings on Melrose. Go out and eat this weekend.

March 1, 2024

The Six Best Tacos Along Metro’s C Line, From Norwalk to El Segundo

One of our favorite pastimes in L.A. is searching for great tacos. What better way to do it while zipping along on Metro's C line (formerly known as the green line)?

We Are Almost At Our Goal! Become a Member of L.A. TACO Now!

Memberships start at $5.95 and help us stay alive in this wild new journalism landscape. For the price of a few tacos a month, you can help keep L.A.'s only taco, news, and culture site stay spinning and churning out features about the real Los Angeles. We are 60% to our goal!

February 29, 2024

Ten (Mostly) Recognizable ‘Repo Man’ Locations You Can Visit 40 Years Later

The original film somehow managed to cohesively fuse weathered, jaded repo men, L.A.’s burgeoning punk scene, UFO cultists, generically-labeled food items, and nuclear proliferation into a dark comedy that is both a product of its time and yet feels somewhat timeless.

February 29, 2024
See all posts