Is it Sunday?” Rishab Joshi wants to know. It’s a Monday afternoon. Joshi is still jet-lagged, two days after returning from a 45-day Europe tour that culminated with Tomorrowland on July 24. All he wants to do, is sleep. But he needs to prepare for a multi-city homecoming tour.
Joshi, along with Prayag Mehta, comprise Mumbai-based EDM act, Lost Stories. In 2008, they connected on social networking website, Myspace. That led to a single called False Promises, which was picked up by popular Dutch DJ and producer Tiësto’s label, Black Hole Recordings. There was no looking back after that. They have an album, Music for the #Generation, to their credit and have played at the country’s biggest music festivals — from Sunburn to NH7 Weekender.
This July, for the first time, the duo played at Tomorrowland, one of the world’s biggest EDM festivals, held annually in Belgium — a rare feat for Indian artistes. Joshi and Mehta sound as excited as two boys who have been to the candy store. Joshi says, “You have an hour to prove yourself. When we started, there were barely a hundred people.” But by the third track, more people came in, and Joshi’s anxiety levels shot up. “Luckily, the smoke machines were on at the time, so I couldn’t see much of the crowd,” he laughs.
The duo spun unreleased tracks at Tomorrowland (which they will play at their city gig this weekend), including collaborations with 19-year-old Bollywood singer Armaan Malik and Sufi singer Kavita Seth. Their USP is EDM with an Indian twist, and it seems to have done the trick. Mehta says, “Tracks like Mahi and Piya have really catchy hooks, so you can hum along. And that’s what people did.”
Surprisingly, they say that Indians unfailingly make up the front row of every stage at Tomorrowland. “And they are always shocked to see other Indians,” Mehta chuckles. And what about rumours of Tomorrowland coming to India? Joshi and Mehta laugh it off. Joshi recounts another experience, “We went to an arena called Rave Cave. A friend, DJ Funk D from Belgium, was playing. I had two guys pick me up and throw me on to the stage because that was the only way to get backstage.”
Later this year, they will set up a school with short and advanced courses in music production and deejaying. But their focus is currently on their two-week homecoming tour, which moves from Mumbai to other metro cities.
Lost stories invasion
The duo will perform on August 21, 10pm onward
Where: Royalty, Bandra
Entry: Rs 2,000 onward per couple (full cover)