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Lost Kings: Taking visuals into their own hands

Known for rollicking remixes and high-energy EDM tracks, acclaimed DJ duo Lost Kings are taking their already amped-up live show to the next level.

Known for rollicking remixes and high-energy electronic dance tracks, acclaimed DJ duo Lost Kings are taking their already amped-up live show to the next level thanks to a custom Surface-powered VJ setup that Rob Abisi and Nick Shanholtz can control themselves, from stage. Collabs and remixes with artists including ASAP Ferg, Rihanna, Halsey, and more have led to marquee performances at festivals and international tours. This year, the pair is debuting all-new visuals, inspired by their shared love of ’80s design and pop culture.

Collaborating with Microsoft, Rob and Nick created 10 unique visual scenes, which they’ll be able to select and customize using a Surface Book during their live sets. Nick says, “We love the retro vibes, the color and movement – especially with the records that we have.” Rob adds, “The visuals have really captured those ’80s colors and brightness.” Fans can expect explosively immersive visuals (watch for their iconic “crown” logo), while the Lost Kings themselves are excited to have full control of their own visuals for the first time.

“We love having the visuals, because it enhances what we’re doing. It’s easier to leave an impression. It exaggerates the emotion in the music,” according to Rob. “And these visuals incorporate us,” says Nick. “It gets us on the screen. Adding us to the live art makes it that much more powerful.” Based off the bespoke performance gear that Microsoft designed for fellow DJ and producer Alison Wonderland, it’s a plug-and-play setup that punches way above its weight, making it ideal for a packed touring schedule.

The Surface VJ Kit features a custom, easy-to-use interface that makes selecting and editing the live visuals as simple as hitting a midi drum pad – second nature for this pair. With such convenience powering amazing creativity, Lost Kings have put fans on notice: “Be ready for a seriously awesome live show,” says Nick.

Rob and Nick experiment with their new, Surface-powered VJ kit.

A custom interface makes it possible for Lost Kings to control their own visuals, from stage.

The experimentation continues as Rob and Nick play with various settings on their Surface-powered VJ Kit.

Creative Technologist Carlos Oliveira assists Lost Kings with initial setup.

"Adding us to the live art makes it that much more powerful," says Nick Shanholtz of Lost Kings.

Rob Abisi of Lost Kings says their new visuals "have really captured those '80s colors and brightness" that the band loves.

Lost Kings' famous crown icon naturally makes an appearance in their new live visuals.

A close-up look at the Surface-powered VJ Kit.