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Meet Matt Halper of Two Friends in Brentwood/ Palisades

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matt Halper.

Matt, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Eli and I met in 7th grade at Brentwood School. We immediately became best friends and remained that way throughout high school. We started learning how to make music together by the end of senior year but then went off to college separately. I was at Stanford on the west coast and Eli was at Vanderbilt in Tennessee, but despite the distance, we were super focused on music and building the name throughout college. Once we graduated we decided to jump into it full-time as we were starting to build some momentum. We graduated in 2015 and since then things have taken off more and more every year. Bigger shows, music, brand-wise… it’s definitely been an exciting journey.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
You have to enjoy what you are doing because if you don’t there are way too many obstacles to just persevere every time. Willpower is not infinite so you have to find enjoyment, or at least satisfaction, in the struggles.  For us in the beginning that was simply learning how to make music- then very quickly that spreads to the business side of music as well. It’s all about little victories. Nothing is overnight. No one wants to mess with you until suddenly everyone does. I think the most helpful thing has been able to lean on a good partner, who I have in Eli.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
We are DJs/producers/artists… whatever you want to call it haha. We write and produce music, play shows, and do everything in between.  We’re currently working on a lot of new music and about to announce our biggest tour yet by far slated for early 2020.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t really believe too much in luck. You make the best decisions you can at the time you make them, work as hard as you can with goals and a strategy in mind, and then good things happen and bad things happen. The good things are just attributed to good luck sometimes, but to me it’s really that you took ten swings and 2-3 worked out. Were those 2-3 luck? I don’t think so.

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Troy Gerhardt, Greg Fry, Max Mao, Tyler Raye, Drew Shaffer, Dan Piotrowski

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