Since 2013, Massachusetts natives Willie Watkins and Matthew Meier have had one goal: dominate the dubstep and bass music world. Currently residing in Long Beach, CA, the two producers met in middle school and grew up together with a shared passion for music. Under the name Barely Alive, the two have been pioneering their genre for nearly 10 years and are well known and respected by listeners and fellow producers alike for their unique cross of heavy bass sound design with 80s-inspired synthwave musicality.
The first new act to sign to Disciple, the two have kept the entire scene on their toes, regularly releasing hard-hitting EPs and singles as well as two full-length albums, and releasing on other labels such as Never Say Die, OWSLA, Monstercat, Mad Decent and Dim Mak. Their collaboration credits include Virtual Riot, 12th Planet, Snails and Getter, and they have remixed for DJ Snake, Excision, Zomboy, Eptic and others. The two are also known for making sample packs that are invaluable to other producers, with all 3 of their current releases hitting #1 on the Splice charts, highlighting their skills in music production.
Touring as a singular box-headed figure, the ever-angry anthropomorphism of the duo's logo, Barely Alive has been seen on festival stages across the globe, including EDC Las Vegas, Lost Lands, Tomorrowland, Coachella and Rampage, as well as headline shows in nearly every continent including Australia, Europe, South America, Asia, and across the US.