ranging from a lifelong love of pop melodies and the ‘80s New Wave through J.
Dilla to The Mahavishnu Orchestra, LA based producer
and multi-instrumentalist Lost Midas treads an aesthetic turf somewhere between
Neon Indian and Bibio; irresistible and enduring ditties peeped through a
shifting shroud of striking textures and idiosyncratic beats.
Lost Midas is the
alter ego of Boston born Jason Trikakis, who first established himself as a hip
hop drummer throughout his teens and into his ‘20s. As the anchor of popular
hip hop and funk seven-piece the Press Project, which formed at university in
New Hampshire, Trikakis had his first taste of full scale touring, including
support for The Roots and backing for Slick Rick. A stint in indie rock band
The Honors in the mid 2000s, along with various session work including for
Nigerian vocalist Iyeoka, also widened his horizons.
Mastering a range of instruments along the way
(including his current favourite, the keys), he gradually developed an
obsession with composition and the endless possibilities within the realm of
Having decided to step out as a solo artist and
found himself inspired by the LA music scene – feeling a magnetic pull to the
City of Angels. Almost overnight he made the move to LA, a shake-up which would
prove to inspire and crystallise the Lost
Midas sound he’d been searching for.
Initially stumped by queries of the “what kind of stuff do you make?” variety,
Trikakis has coined the tag ‘electrofusion’ to describe his Lost Midas music.
Lost Midas was snapped up by Tru Thoughts in
Summer 2013 and shortly released the “Memory Flux” EP, followed by the “Hyper
Phase” EP - both produced in the LA studio he shares with his brother
(producer/DJ NüTrik). Both EPs
gained repeat BBC 6Music spins from Lauren Laverne, Nemone and Edith Bowman;
KCRW Top 50 Most Played; props from Resident Advisor, XLR8R, Clash, Earmilk, Urban
Outfitters, Topman Generation,
and a debut performance at Low End Theory LA.
While the “Memory
Flux” EP introduced Lost Midas
with a gauzy, shape-shifting bitter-sweetness, and “Hyper Phase” ramped up the lucidity and the tempo; he now combines
the two forces for hypnotic effect. Giving a flavour of the deeply personal and
spiritual themes explored on his upcoming debut album entitled ‘Off The Course’.