Lost Stories finally release “Mahi” with Kavita Seth on KSHMR’s label
March 19, 2019 · 3 Minute Read
Lost Stories are no strangers to the dance music circuit. In the last ten years, they have not only represented India at various international music festivals like Tomorrowland, Mysteryland, and Marenostrum, but they have also garnered support from industry heavyweights such as Tiesto, Marshmello, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike for their phenomenal original productions. They have even officially remixed hits like Alan Walker’s “Faded” and “Wherever I Go” by One Republic!
However, one of their original tracks that you must have heard if you have ever attended a Lost Stories gig, was no-where to be found on the internet (read: official mix), well, up until now. After almost half a decade, “Mahi” has finally seen the light of day!
The story of “Mahi” is as interesting as the track’s production, therefore, we asked Prayag Mehta and Rishab Joshi from Lost Stories to go OnRecord about five things that the world didn’t know about their latest banger.
What was the idea behind “Mahi”?
Prayag – It was a long-standing aspiration for us to work with singer Kavita Seth, who sang one of our favorite tracks, “Iktara” from the Bollywood movie, Wake Up Sid. A chance of meeting at a networking event with Kavita Ji was the start to “Mahi.”
Rishab – We brainstormed and came up with a Punjabi Sufi sound and she sang the folk vocal with immense integrity, giving birth to “Mahi.”
What about the production and songwriting process?
Prayag – We’ve tried to capture an ethnic sound for “Mahi” just like our other records. We came up with innumerable ideas and produced three versions prior to adhering to the final one. The addition of the flute uplifted the melodic strength of the track and that still remains one of the most favorite highlights. The vocals had a melancholic feel to them thus the idea of using the flutes to exhilarate the track and it was a winner.
Kavita Seth – “Mahi” is one of the most precious songs of my career. In sync with the new trends in music, the track does full justice to my roots in Sufi music. Lost Stories have brilliantly produced and my son Kanishk has done a fantastic job of composing it.
Why did it take five years for Lost Stories to release “Mahi”?
Prayag – “Mahi” is one of our most special projects yet. It needed the right balance of emotions and a deeper understanding of expression of those feelings. We personally revisited the project file multiple times to fine tune it and once we were fully content with its quality as well as the emotion, we were ready to showcase it to the world.
Rishab – As they say, good things come to those who are patient, we patiently waited for a perfect home for “Mahi” and we found it at KSHMR’s label, Dharma. We could not have found a better home for “Mahi”!
How did KSHMR end up signing it on his label?
Rishab – Ever since KSHMR announced his own label Dharma with Spinnin’ Records, just like any other aspiring artist, especially Indian producers, we wanted to be a part of it too. It’s simply because KSHMR handpicks all the releases for Dharma and each track on the label is carefully crafted, packaged and narrated to the world in the form of a story.
Prayag – We have released music on other labels under Spinnin’ but with Dharma, we waited for the right moment and the right track that we thought would work great for us and the label. Luckily, KSHMR loved “Mahi” and decided to sign it.
KSHMR – Lost Stories are like my brothers and I was just waiting for the right song to have on Dharma. “Mahi” instantly struck me as the perfect choice.
Tell us something about premiering the final mix?
Rishab – We premiered “Mahi” when KSHMR called us on stage during his closing set at Sunburn Klassique festival and the experience was surreal! Although we’ve been playing the other version all this while at our shows, we were not sure how the crowd was going to react to it but it was absolutely fantastic!
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