EDM duo Lost Stories talk about their new single, Faking It
After their successful performance at Tomorrowland for the third time, Mumbai-based duo Lost Stories have launched yet another single, Faking It. Released as a part of Saavn’s Artist Originals (AO) series, the four-minute single starts off as a romantic ballad and picks up tempo as the track reaches the chorus — add to it soulful vocals by Albania-based DJ and singer Matthew Steeper. Talking about the single, the duo comprising Rishab Joshi and Prayag Mehta, say, “The lyrics were written at a songwriters’ camp in Amsterdam about two years ago. That’s where we first met Matthew.”
Founded in 2009, Lost Stories’ claim to fame was their single False Promises. They’re also known for official remixes of Alan Walker’s Faded, One Republic’s Wherever I Go, and Afrojack’s The Spark. The duo has learnt quite a bit over the years as they have been in the EDM circuit for almost a decade. “Labels have become more accessible than before and with the growth of streaming platforms, our fan base has increased too,” adds Prayag. The pair also started the Lost Stories Academy in Mumbai, which guides aspiring musicians. “Rishab and I want to help upcoming artistes overcome challenges that we faced when we started off. When we opened this academy two years ago, we had three students and now, it’s nearing 100,” shares Prayag.
How was your experience working with Saavn’s Artist Originals? How has your journey been in the EDM circuit, from 2009 to now?
Artist Originals is a unique platform which helps artists push their work with unique marketing strategies and massive PR campaigns. We had a wonderful experience releasing Faking it with them! The team has been very supportive in pushing the single out and helping us to reach our audience. We are genuinely grateful to our fans for their love and support since 2009.
Having performed in some of the most popular festivals, do you think your music has evolved in the last 9-10 years?
Definitely. Not only our music but the scene from a few hundred has grown and evolved to thousands in the last 10 years. As producers, we have always loved experimenting with different sounds and have matured over time. This is true for a lot of other artists as well which gave way to a lot of new sub-genres of dance music we all love today!
What according to you is the future of the dance music industry in India?
Dance music industry in India is constantly undergoing changes. Over the past few years, we have seen various government bodies taking a firm stand to support the growth of artists from all fields of music. Music conferences have played a big role in educating people by calling down global influencers from time to time. Local promoters have constantly pushed the scene in the club circuit. We are sure to see a lot of aspiring Indian dance music artists take a center stage in years to come. The future definitely looks bright.
Everyone in India is talking about your gig at Tomorrowland. How excited are you? What is the kind of set you're playing at the festival? What are some of the things you're looking forward to?
We are really excited to play at Tomorrowland for the third time! Being the biggest and the most famous dance music festival in the world, it’s always exciting but also challenging to play there. We will play a lot of music we have written lately including the new collaboration we did with Zaeden. We look forward to meeting other artists, explore the festival and have a good time.
Who are some of your musical influences or inspirations in India or abroad?
Ryan Tedder. We absolutely love his work and he is one of the biggest inspirations to us.
Three songs on your playlist right now that you'd like your fans to listen to?
Lost Stories feat. Matthew Steeper - Faking it
Vintage Culture & Chemical Surf - Feeling good
The Chainsmokers - Side Effects
What are your future projects?
We are working on the 2nd Bombay Electric EP which will have 3 new tracks. We have a new track coming up with Zaeden and a BIG remix for one of the biggest Djs in the world.
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