With their hit single ‘False Promises’ being picked up by international artistes, Lost Stories is on a roll
When they decided to form a band back in 2008, little did Rishab Joshi and Prayag Mehta think how far they’d actually go. But given the duo’s fresh take on the music scene and high energy compositions it wasn’t long before they got noticed by the likes of DJ Tiesto and Armin van Buuren. Today, five years later the band has a string of achievements in its kitty and has just released its album Music For The # Generation in collaboration with Universal Music. Incidentally, the album was in the iTunes top 3 24 hours after its release. In the city recently, for their album launch at Hard Rock Café, the duo got talking with MetroPlus.
The two, who were producing music individually, decided to collaborate on producing dance music only after they met online in 2008. Soon, their music was noticed by international biggies. Their hit single ‘False Promises’ was played by Armin three days after its release and was soon picked up by an independent record label owned by DJ Tiesto. Over the years, their music was also picked up by artistes like Markus Schulz, Ferry Corsten, Above & Beyond, Andy Moor, The Thrillseekers, Mr. Sam, M.I.K.E and many more.
More recently, the two signed a three album deal with Universal Music. “We’re really happy that we got to work with the biggest and best in the industry. Universal Music came in just in time when we felt that the music of Lost Stories needed a home in India. Thanks to Tiesto, Armin and others, the global exposure we’ve received as an Indian band is phenomenal,” says Rishab, adding that the two are most inspired by artistes like Moby, Eric Prydz, Mat Zo, Boyz noise etc.
Despite no formal training in the field, both Prayag and Rishab’s love for the art is deep. “My father is a musician (Gujarati folk music) and watching him play music inspired me to take it up as well,” says Rishab. The band, which has played in Hyderabad several times before, says that their sets for the city is usually very different from what they play in other cities.
The duo has been working on their latest album for the last two years. “Technically we’re quick producers so it shouldn’t have taken so long but the recent explosion of dance music resulted in the birth of so many different styles. We didn’t want to sound stale or dated, so we took our time,” he explains, adding that a few international shows are now in the pipeline.