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Lost Kings

Lost Kings

Perhaps the bottle of whiskey had something to do with it…
After meeting at a party, Lost Kings—Robert Gainley and Dr. No—sealed a bond that
would ignite both a fervent creative partnership and friendship.
"We didn't know each other at all when we first met," explains Rob. "The relationship
blossomed, because what one of us lacks, the other has. It couldn't have been a better
match in terms of music, business, personality, and friendship. The way it balances out
is just crazy."
Continuing a long tradition of... read more

Perhaps the bottle of whiskey had something to do with it…
After meeting at a party, Lost Kings—Robert Gainley and Dr. No—sealed a bond that
would ignite both a fervent creative partnership and friendship.
"We didn't know each other at all when we first met," explains Rob. "The relationship
blossomed, because what one of us lacks, the other has. It couldn't have been a better
match in terms of music, business, personality, and friendship. The way it balances out
is just crazy."
Continuing a long tradition of dynamic duos, Rob and Dr. No (Nick), had been
unwittingly searching for each other. Originally hailing from Boston, Rob could DJ, but
desired to begin making original music. Meanwhile, Baltimore native and multiinstrumentalist
Nick could write, record, and produce, but wanted to learn the decks.
Locked in Nick's apartment nightly, the two fast friends not only traded musical
knowledge, but they started pursuing a shared dream.
"Los Angeles can be such a flaky city," adds Rob. "To find someone who wants to make
music every night and then actually do it was like a dream." "I was having a tough time,
and I even thought of going back home," says Nick. "Right before I did, I met Rob. We
were reenergized and motivated. It just clicked."
In 2014, their unofficial remix of Disclosure's "Latch" [feat. Sam Smith]" replaced the
original in regular rotation on Sirius/XM's BPM and blasted open the proverbial
floodgates. Everybody from Imagine Dragons, Krewella, and Halsey to Vance Joy,
Echosmith, and Rihanna tapped Lost Kings for official remixes. Meanwhile, their debut
on Spinnin' Records "Bad" [feat. Jessame] bowed at #15 on Spotify's Global Viral Chart.
By 2016, the boys notched a staggering 13 #1's on HypeMachine, amassed over 30
million plays on Soundcloud, and 25 million Spotify streams and counting, while
receiving praise from Billboard, Nylon, Idolator, and more. Simultaneously, they lit up
stages at the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival New York,
Hangout Music Festival, Sunset Music Festival, Groove Cruise, and countless others,
becoming a formidable live presence along the way. Signing to Disruptor Records /
RCA Records, everything paved the way for the release of their single "Phone Down"
[feat. Emily Warren].
Lost Kings conjure up an airy, downtempo soundscape and instantly magnetic tropical
swing for "Phone Down" before culminating on an unshakable chorus from Warren—
"You got me right here with my clothes off now, why don't you put that fucking phone
down."
"It's something universal everybody wants to say, but is too scared to actually say it,"
Nick exclaims. "We loved the vocal so much that we wanted the music to match that
level of emotion."
"To us, it's so relevant," Rob agrees. "There's a huge message to be in the present.
Everybody lives vicariously through a screen. Instead, it's about living your actual life
and not getting lost in what cool photos people are posting."
"Phone Down" hints at the scope of Lost Kings' expansive and enigmatic sound.
Confidently defying categorizations and blurring genre lines, it also showcases their
flare for limitless songwriting.
"When we sit down to make music, we're not bound to anything," affirms Nick. "For us,
it's centered on emotion. Styles and sounds always a change, but a good song lasts.
That's what we try to focus on."
Moreover, the duo's moniker speaks to their unbreakable and undeniable union. "When
you first move to L.A., you can easily end up partying every night," Nick goes on. "I think
most people spend a year or two like that after moving here. You get overwhelmed and
end up lost. By the time we linked up, we both sort of forgot why we moved here. That's
the 'Lost' half. Once we found each other, we had the same aspirations and goals. We
wanted to do something that leaves a mark. That's the 'Kings' half."
Ultimately, Lost Kings stand poised to rule their own domain for a very long time to
come.
"We want people to remember the positive feelings they get when they hear our songs
or see a show," Rob leaves off. "There's so much shit going on in the world that if we
can provide a better mood even just for a short amount of time, we've done our job." show less