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Tuff Questions is our series where we ask artists a selection of incredibly difficult questions.
LA duo, Lost Kings are in the Tuff Questions hot seat this week. Comprised of Rob Gainley and Nick Shanholtz, the duo has risen through the ranks of new production talent, garnering over 800 million combined streams worldwide.
Lost Kings have collaborated with artists from all genres of music including Wiz Khalifa, Ally Brooke, A$AP Ferg, Anna Clendening and Loren Gray. Their latest track, "Oops I'm Sorry" is out now and features Ty Dolla Sign on vocal duty.
They've secured their Coachella debut for the 2021 edition, but what does it say on their Tindr bio? Let's find out!
Mos: Describe your press shot in five words or less
House or Techno?
If House is a spiritual thing, who is its prophet?
What does your music smell like?
Fresh cut grass mixed with tequila
What was the first song/album you bought with your own money?
Rob: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sex Sugar Magic
Nick: Blink 182 - Take Off Your Pants And Jacket
What was your first email address?
Rob: email@example.com (Rob was a big Nelly fan)
Nick: firstname.lastname@example.org (Inside joke)
What would you say in your tinder bio?
Looking for someone to watch love island with.
Best way to cure a hangover?
Pizza and sleep, and then more tequila.
What song would be your wrestling entrance theme?
Rob: Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer"
Nick: Kanye West - "Champion"
Who’s the biggest party animal in dance music?
Tiesto, that man has been doing it for like 30 years and still gets after it like a champ.
You can only ever DJ B2B with one other person for the rest of your life, who is it?
Rob: Obama - would love to party with that guy, pick his brain, see what he’s thinking, hear his voice on the mic telling people to jump. Think he’d add a real oomph to a live show.
Nick: Ric Flair I just wanna hear him yell WOO before every drop.
How do you describe your job to your grandmother?
Our grandmothers are pretty hip and still with it, they kind of grasp what we do. I just don’t think they realize how much alcohol is consumed on a regular basis.
You can only ever play one record again for the rest of your life - what is it?
Rob: Coldplay - "Yellow"
Nick: Snoop Dogg & Pharrell - "Beautiful"
Who is your celebrity crush?
Rob: Olivia Munn
Nick: Kelly Rohrbach
Is a hotdog a sandwich?
No, last time I had a hotdog I got food poisoning and almost missed a show. A sandwich wouldn’t betray me like that.
Teetotal or tearing it up?
We're American haha not sure what teetotal is! That hasn’t made it over here yet.
Favourite production? (pick one) lazers, disco ball, strobe, Co2, LED screen, confetti, foam, nothing or other.
LED, I think all the others are cool and when we have them we love it but LED is crucial. We love having visual pieces with our songs so we can do without the others as long as the LED screen is on point. That being said, a sweaty basement party in the dark is also tough to beat.
You can only wear one colour for the rest of your life, black is not an option, what colour do you choose?
Would say white but not trying to wear white pants every day. So guess were going dark grey. Dark jeans dark t, its really all you need.
Would you rather all your burps smell of eggs, or have a green cloud appear when you fart?
Rob: Burbs smell of eggs, fart way too often and in public places for it to be visible. Would never go out in public if green came out my butt. (Rob)
You’re forming a cheesy pop group in the vein of 5ive, Steps, Spice Girls etc. You must all sing and do choreographed dance routines. Which other 3 DJs do you want in your band?
Calvin Harris so he can be one of the singers, also dude is like 7 feet tall so feel like that would be a good look in our boy band since we are both tall. Virgil, would be the second one in because he would be the cool member of the group, the mysterious one. Also he would be our stylist so we keep our style in house and make more money. And then the last DJ we'd have is Shaquille O'Neal. Have seen him dance before, big man can break it down, also he raps, so when we need that rap part of the song he could do that for us. Also he already has massive star appeal in other genres of life, so our group would get eyes on it right away for someone who may not be into boyband music. Us, Calvin, Virgil, Shaq = dream team!
6 = 2(x+2) what is x?
x=1 And we must show work cuz if you don’t you probably cheated! 2(1+2) 2(3) = 6 x=1
What’s your secret weapon to rescue a dancefloor?
Swedish House Mafia - "Don’t You Worry Child". Any time the energy is low or you can feel like the crowd needs a sing-along. This is always a go-to an a huge win.
If you had your own nightclub, what would you call it, and what’s the dress code?
We would call it Entourage after the best show ever created about Los Angeles. And there would be no dress code. Wear what you wanna wear, too many places don’t allow hats or make you wear dress shoes. FUCKKKK THAT. We hate that more than anything, people should just wanna be comfortable so they can enjoy the club and the music.
Why do lots of DJs wear masks? What’s the deal with that?
It's so cheesy. Like everyone knows who you are, its really just a marketing ploy that sometimes works for certain people but other times is just so corny. But that can be said about the whole DJ world, some are awesome and some are straight cheeseballs.
If a pregnant woman swims underwater, is she a submarine?
Feel like this could get us in trouble, so our answer is if a pregnant woman swims underwater, she is the most beautiful person swimming underwater.
What’s the most expensive thing you own?
Rob: My dog, priceless.
Nick: My hard drive my life and music is on there.
Where is the strangest place you’ve DJed?
Bowling alleys, Mexican restaurants, weddings, parks for families, if you name a place we have probably DJed it at some point.
One piece of advice you would give your younger self?
Should’ve moved to LA when we were 18 and met each other. We didn’t meet until we were 25, so would’ve been amazing to get started even sooner
Where’s the afters?
Anywhere there is alcohol. We'll show up.