Matthew Koma can check another item off his artistic bucket list.
Shortly after the Seaford native played Nassau Coliseum for the first time last week comes confirmation that Bruce Springsteen will release the remix of “Rocky Ground” that Koma coproduced with Ron Aniello as the next single from his album, “Wrecking Ball” (Columbia).
“It's still crazy to think about,” Koma said outside the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., where he was opening for LMFAO on their international arena tour. “I'm so inspired by his words and music that I can't even believe I got the chance to work with his music. Then, for him to like what we've done enough to put it out? I don't know of anything that could be a bigger honor. It's so meaningful to me.”
Koma added a piano riff to “Rocky Ground,” and made some of the samples from the original more prominent. He said he had to put aside his feelings for Springsteen -- the first artist the 25-year-old ever saw in concert back when he was in preschool -- to work with the song.
“I did what I do when I work with any artist,” says Koma, who also co-wrote the current No. 1 single on the dance charts Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso's “Calling (Lose My Mind).” “I try to do what's best for the song.”
Though he is happy about his current collaborations -- including EDM star Zedd's new single “Spectrum” that features Koma's vocals -- he is looking forward to focusing on his own music, including his new single “Parachute.”
“It's so exciting to see things coming together,” he says.