The COVID-19 lockdown has seen many music personalities give you new unbiased singles. DJ-producer duo Prayag Mehta and Rishab Joshi of Lost Stories used this time to revisit two tracks that they had labored on final yr and provides them a complete new spin. The singles ‘Mai ni Meriye’ sung by Jonita Gandhi and Ashwin Adwani and ‘Noor’ by Akanksha and Zaeden, have been launched not too long ago. Prayag and Rishab who got here collectively 12 years in the past to type Lost Stories and have many hit tracks to their credit score, concede that it’s been a tricky journey to innovate and keep related. Recently, they turned the primary Indian musicians to be chosen for YouTube’s Foundry program, which they hope will take their music international.
Edited excerpts from an interview:
What went into the making of ‘Mai ne Meriye’ and ‘Noor’?
‘Mai ni Meriye’ and ‘Noor’ have been deliberate as a part of a Lost Stories EP we have been going to launch final yr. Sadly the EP thought was scrapped however we nonetheless needed to launch these songs. During the lockdown, we remade each these songs. After the ‘Vaseegara’ edit [sung by Jonita] went viral, we needed to do an unique tune with Jonita, so we despatched her the ‘Mai Ni Meriye’ instrumental and he or she appreciated it. Ashwin was type of a demo-email discovery. We have been searching for an excellent indie voice and he was excellent. The earlier variations of ‘Mai Ni Meriye’ have been fairly hectic sounding, so we determined to make this model peaceable to assist folks relax throughout this time.
With ‘Noor’, there have been plenty of variations throughout the workforce. It didn’t make sense to maintain revisiting the challenge. But when Zaeden got here on board, he went loopy listening to the drop and helped convey the challenge again to life.
Recently, you bought chosen for the YouTube Foundry growth programme. How do you take a look at the street forward?
It’s one of many greatest milestones of our profession. It’s a proud second for us to be the primary Indians to be chosen for this program and our dream to take India to the world will achieve momentum with the assist. We have ensured that we meticulously curate our sounds and visuals to inform our story. We hope to create a temper for our content material and add contextual components to our YouTube content material.
When you’re taking up much-loved songs, like ‘Vaseegara/ZaraZara’ or Alan Walker ‘Faded’, how do you determine on the dos and don’ts? There’s backlash when a remix isn’t carried out effectively. How does one keep away from such pitfalls?
The thought with most remixes is to maintain it tremendous easy and typically even de-clutter the unique however the principle thought behind it needs to be one thing unpredictable, out of the field. Sometimes we do that by mixing two musical subcultures.
A whole lot of music is being dumbed all the way down to double the greenback. Both the viewers and the labels are answerable for it. The labels make selections and appoint musicians in keeping with the suggestions they get from the viewers on their songs. If one factor works, they attempt to do it a 100 occasions. What the viewers doesn’t get is that even after they’re expressing their hate in direction of the remixes they don’t like, they’re nonetheless serving to the promotion of the tune.
The use of flute within the ‘Faded’ remix was an sudden however appreciated Indian classical contact. Did you deliberate on it?
The flute was the final addition to the ‘Faded’ remix. We had accomplished the manufacturing and it was able to go to Alan’s workforce however someway we felt one thing was lacking. One night we have been watching Coke Studio and seen this superb flute participant (Sajid Ali) and determined to hit him up on Facebook. We exchanged information on-line and the remainder is historical past.
How did each of you address lockdown? Did music assist take care of the nervousness of the pandemic higher?
We have been form of burnt out from all of the touring and determined to take a break proper earlier than lockdown began. The lockdown gave us extra time to be within the studio, sharpen our expertise and deal with what we wish to do subsequent. We even have an academy the place we train folks the way to make music; we’ve simply launched on-line lessons. We tried to maintain our minds preoccupied with all of the Lost Stories stuff to remain sane.