Born Matthew James Burns in Stafford, England in 1985, he hit the music scene during the late 2000s, with singles as well as remixes for Calvin Harris, Gossip, Yuksek, and others. His passionate nu-disco single "Y.S.L.M. (You Stopped Loving Me)," a collaboration with Fred Falke, was released in 2010 and became a club hit. BURNS' double-mix set This Is Burns, Vol. 1 was issued by Music Response that year, and in 2011, he produced another club smash, "Lies." (Several remixes of the track were released, with Otto Knows' mix making the biggest impact.) More singles appeared, in addition to remixes for artists including Charli XCX and Iggy Azalea, as well as production for hits by Ellie Goulding ("Midas Touch") and Pitbull ("All the Things").
BURNS moved to Los Angeles in 2014, and the summery, multi-cultural atmosphere of the city made an impact on his work. Following singles for Doorn and Spinnin' Records, as well as producing Britney Spears' Top 20 hit "Make Me...," he signed to RCA Records and in 2017 released the single "Far Gone." A handful of BURNS singles arrived the following year, including "Angel," "Worst," and "Hands on Me"; the latter featured Maluma and Rae Sremmurd, and was the first English-language feature for Maluma. In 2019, he released the single "Energy," featuring A$AP Rocky and Sabrina Claudio. ~ Paul Simpson