Prayag Mehta and Rishab Joshi aka Lost Stories have a lot of reasons to rejoice. For starters, the Indian electronic duo is receiving rave reviews for their summer releases ‘Mai Ni Meriye’ which featured Jonita Gandhi and Ashwin Adwani and the recent ‘Noor’ featuring Zaeden and Akanksha Bhandari. Secondly, the two are the first Indian musicians to represent India at the YouTube Foundry programme, an annual initiative to nurture efforts that will support and promote artistes globally. Over fifteen years, Lost Stories have collaborated with several acts of international repute including KSHMR, Alan Walker, One Republic, U2, Nadia Ali and Kavita Seth.
On behalf of Radio City Freedom, I get the duo talking on the overwhelming reception towards their 2020 releases, while urging them to share their plans about promoting mental health awareness.
For many who do not know, how did both of you realize your calling into music and EDM eventually?
LS: I guess it’s a mix of when the top DJs in the world started playing out our music regularly at their live events & on radio plus when we started getting positive feedback on our style of DJing is when we started performing. Its when we realized we want to do this full-time.
The name ‘Lost Stories’ was conceived in your words ‘through wordplay that happened over banter’. Elucidate please.
LS: We were looking for a name that stands out and has a certain mystery to it. We just started throwing names at the wall to see what sticks. We didn’t have much time as the labels were constantly asking us to submit an artist name so we just randomly put Lost and Stories together and voila.
How do you both deliberate between creative inputs while working on a composition
LS: After close to 15 years of working together, we both know our strengths and weaknesses, our comfort zones and things that makes us go crazy. Despite that, there’s still creative differences. Most of the times, we have to keep our egos aside and do what’s best for the track in that time.
It’s been 12 years since you both began. How do you look at the evolution of the electronic dance music in India and across the world? Is there a common ground between artistes back home and abroad?
LS: India accepted Electronic Music with open arms when the entire dance music movement started and helped it grow into this massive industry that got the attention of the big players around the world. International artists love India cause of the love they get from the people here. Same for the Indian artists. The audience is definitely a common ground.
How does it feel to represent India on YouTube Foundry 2020?
LS: Feels amazing to be a part of such a prestigious program. YouTube is a very important platform for us and we’re happy to be a part of Foundry 2020.
Let’s talk about how you’d want to promote the cause of mental health through your music, given the harsh times we are living in.
LS: The conversations have started, people around us are taking note of situations, places and things that help talk about mental health and music is in the center of it. We really hope the music we make gives our fans/listeners the ability to feel and process their thoughts the way they want. We want our music to be the medium to ease the process.
Lastly, whom have you been listening to, at leisure? Indian names please
LS: Zaeden, Yashraj, Sez on the Beat, Jonita Gandhi and Ashwin Adwani.
‘Mai Ni Meriye’ and ‘Noor’ by Lost Stories are now streaming on Radio City Freedom