Lost Kings is an American DJ duo consisting of Robert Abisi and Nick Shanholtz, based in Los Angeles. The duo gained popularity beginning in 2014 through their official remixes for artists such as Imagine Dragons, Krewella, Halsey, Vance Joy, Echosmith, Rihanna, and Tori Kelly, and through their original EDM/progressive house music. Managed by Disruptor Management, a joint venture at Sony Music Entertainment, they signed to Disruptor Records/RCA Records in October 2016.
Lost Kings was launched in 2014 by members Robert Abisi and Nick Shanholtz. They were signed to Disruptor Management, a joint venture by Sony Music and were managed by Adam Alpert and Enes Kolenovic who represented Disruptor Management. They started the project by releasing remixes, in the progressive house genre before shifting to a more 'groove-tinged' sound. The duo sent their first remix to many record companies and received their first response from Alpert of Disruptor Records, prior to their signing to the label. Disruptor agreed with their visions of establishing themselves as artists with remixes before producing original songs. When asked about their diverse musical style, Shanholtz said they didn't want to be only recognized in a particular genre as that would make them 'predictable'. The duo attributed their success to Hype Machine, stating that their music received a lot of plays from the music blog aggregator. They started to gain recognition when their remix of Disclosure's "Latch" was played on the radio.
They first achieved prominence in 2014 when their unofficial remix of Disclosure's "Latch" [feat. Sam Smith] was placed in regular rotation on Sirius/XM's BPM ("Beats Per Minute") Dance/Electronic channel, replacing the original. Billboard premiered their official remix of Imagine Dragons' "I Bet My Life" (#28 on the US Billboard Hot 100) on January 26, 2015, noting at the time that "[w]ith 20 native records living on their SoundCloud page, along with a few guest mixes sprinkled in, the Lost Kings diligent work ethic in the studio has translated to excellent streaming numbers and a multitude of radio spins.
They released their debut EP "The Bad" through Spinnin' Records.
Their debut on Spinnin' Records, "Bad" (feat. Jessame), entered Spotify's Global Viral Chart at No. 15 and gained over 4.7 million streams on Spotify and one million video views. Premiering the "Bad" single on Sept. 23, 2015, Idolator described their "year spent touring and remixing artists as varied as Tori Kelly, Imagine Dragons and Vance Joy." Their single "You" (feat. Katelyn Tarver), from their 2015 The Bad EP, gained over two million video views and eight million streams on Spotify. Tracks from The Bad EP (Spinnin' Records) received over 15 million streams on Spotify. In October 2015 they released an official remix of Tori Kelly's Billboard Hot 100-charting "Should've Been Us".
By 2016, they had amassed 13 No. 1's on Hype Machine, over 30 million plays on Soundcloud, and over 25 million Spotify streams. Tracks from The Good EP (released March 3, 2016 on Spinnin' Records) received over four million streams on Spotify. They were tapped to create an official remix of Rihanna's Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping "Work" (feat. Drake)
In October 2016 they signed to Disruptor Records/RCA Records, releasing the single "Phone Down" (feat. Emily Warren) to mark the occasion. The track reached Billboard's Twitter Emerging Artists chart and was No. 5 on Spotify's Top Ten most viral tracks for the week of Oct. 7 - Oct. 13.
On tour, the duo has appeared at a variety of festivals including 'Billboard's Hot 100 Festival (2016), EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) N.Y. (2016), Moonrise Festival (2016), Sunset Music Festival (2016), Hangout Music Fest (2016), Crush (2015), Summer of Sound (2016) Landstreff Stavanger (2016), and Hellow Festival (2016).
On June 9, 2017, they released "Look At Us Now" as a single featuring singer Ally Brooke and rapper ASAP Ferg.
In March of 2018, the Lost Kings had their debut performance at Ultra Music Festival in Bayfront Park, Miami.