Paper Idol, the pseudonym of Matan KG, has released his new single “Still So Alive“.
When talking about the track Matan says, “The song that is now “Still So Alive” used to be titled “Sex on a Balcony,” after a fictional romantic experience. After all, sex on a balcony is the absolute last thing that would happen to a broke 23-year-old living in his sister’s garage. I wrote, recorded, and produced the entire song in the lonely town of Coolum, Australia, where I was making music before moving to LA. I was feeling extremely isolated, living with 5 medical students who didn’t understand what I was doing all day, or why I would bother doing it. “Still So Alive” was my catharsis, an outlet for the fear and confusion and a reminder to myself that I still existed.”
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).
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