Paper Idol is the brainchild of Matan KG, Milwaukee-born music producer and former Wesleyan University neuroscience student. It all started in 2015 as a college dance-punk project with a ragtag rotating band, leaving Matan studying by day and collecting noise complaints by night.
After college, Matan considered attending medical school. He took a job as a project manager at a healthcare technology company, and soon found himself in Copenhagen installing medical records in Danish hospitals. In response to extreme boredom and unfulfilled musical aspirations, Matan left the office behind, and – like many hopefuls before him – drove to Los Angeles without a home, job, or any real plan in place.
In retrospect, relocating to LA was the right move. Now settled in with a like-minded community of artists, Matan KG bounces between songwriting, producing, and performing. As a solo artist, he has amassed over 2 million streams on “Easy” (Seeking Blue), with more collaborations on the way.
Paper Idol is more than just another indie pop band; it is a multi-dimensional art project with Matan as the auteur. He writes, records, and produces the music himself, in addition to designing and creating the artwork. Inspired by nu-disco and dance music as much as art pop and indie rock, Paper Idol offers a rare combination of new-school production and old-school vibes. This spring, Paper Idol is linking up with the formidable electronic label Lowly for a string of summer releases and playing select shows in celebrated Los Angeles venues such as The Mint and The Echo. While remaining a one-man act in the studio, Paper Idol is joined live by Adam Rochelle (keyboards/synths) and Victor Singer (drums).
“A thumping, danceable electronic track that takes the best of Paper Idol’s nu-disco fascinations, “Feeling Real Pretty” combines all manner of electronica from spiraling synth-beats to 80s video-game-esque sonics.”
– Grimy Goods