We're not good at anything but music

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 - 7:45am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

says Rishab Joshi of Lost Stories, who will be performing at a 10-day music fest this week in the city

With EDM being the global rage in recent times and continuing to grow strong, fans just can't get enough. And why just only limit your self to global artists when there's some really good local talent? One such example is the electro-progressive outfit Lost Stories. And if you follow indie the scene, surely you've heard of them. Lost Stories was started around the end of 2007, when Rishab Joshi and Prayag Mehta decided to work together after getting in touch with each other through an online music production community.

The name Lost Stories doesn't have any significance as such. It was merely coined to generate sufficient curiosity, while the duo were producing music for video game. They did play around with
other names, but Lost Stories got them the desired effect.

So what drew these two towards a genre of music that was quite niche some years ago and pursue music full-time? "I used to listen to trance and I met Prayag online who shared similar taste in music. Back then, it wasn't called and only a limited number of people were into it. We wanted to make music and took it up seriously because we're not good at anything but music," says 23-year-old Rishab, who already has a musical background (his dad is a musician) and he learnt to play the keyboard, guitar and drums on his own. Rishab says that the music background he has, is primitive in nature, and what he does today is using sounds and technology.

Sound of music
As for their music, they have released many albums and remixed tracks for both many artistes in the country and abroad, including some of the biggest names. Their music has been supported by the likes of DJs Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Above & Beyond, Perry Corsten, etc. Last year, they released their album Music For The # Generation in August 2013. Their most recent remix they've released is The Lost Stories Remix of Afrojack's The Spark featuring Spree Wilson. They are on the lookout to collaborate with sessions players, individuals with a different textured voice and make hypnotic melodies.

Ghost producers
Besides their own music, they also ghost produce tracks for many foreign and Indian artistes. Doesn't not getting credit, hurt? "It's alright, it's not a big deal. We've been doing it for a while. For example, say a number one DJ is constantly touring on a packed schedule has no time to keep churning fresh tracks all the time. That's where we step in. I give them ideas, they like it and we work on it. Besides, the kind of ideas that I have that unique to me," unabashedly says Rishab.

Upcoming gig
Lost Stories will be performing live in the city, next week, as a part of the 100 Pipers Vh1 Sound Nation. This 10-day music fest will feature 28 Indian artists across six cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Pune. As for the gigs in Mumbai, Lost Stories will kick off the fest. They plan to debut out some of their latest tracks. One such untitled track includes the vocals of Kavita Seth, theircurrent favorite The Spark by Afrojack and some tracks of their friend Mat Zo's recent album.

WHEN & WHERE: May 2 to 10, Mumbai

Gig Schedule
May 2:
Lost Stories, Arjun Vagale, Villa 69, Juhu, 10 pm
May 3: DJ SA, Delhi Sultanate & Begum X, The Big Bang Bar Cafe, Andheri (W), 10 pm
May 8: ViceVersa, Scribe, Hard Rock Cafe, Andheri, 10 pm
May 10: Dualist Inquiry, Nucleya, Shiro, Worli, 10 pm
May 11: Your Chin, Madboy/Mink, Indus Creed and Midival Punditz, Hard Rock Cafe, Worli, 10 pm

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