Lead vocals (1997–present)
Lead guitar (1997–present)
Rhythm guitar (1999–present), bass (1997–1999)
Synth, turntables, samples, backing vocals (2000–present)
Drums, percussion (2009–present)
Turntables, samples (1997–2000)
Drums, percussion (1997–2005)
Drums, percussion (2006–2009)
Lostprophets got together in late 1997 in Pontypridd, South Wales. They were a group of friends who were somewhat tired of the same old sound the ?alternative? scene was providing.
The band was made up of several different members, some play on and off, while 5 stayed all the way through. The band as we know it now are made up of 6 members. ian watkins on vocals, lee gaze on lead guitar, mike lewis on rhythm guitar, stuart richardson on bass, mike chiplin on drums and jamie oliver on decks/backing vocals and samples.
Each member bringing to lostprophets different musical tastes ranging from hair metal to emo to break beat. Chiplin on drums and Jamie Oliver on decks/backing vocals and samples. 3 rough demos later they were getting positive reviews in the music press, they released their debut album ?thefakesoundofprogress?, recorded in a small Welsh studio for a measly ?5000. It exploded onto the scene. Then Sony took notice.
The label made the decision to re-record the album, which was now almost a year old. It was re-mastered & all samples and vocals were redone in studios both in wales and new york city. In October 2001 it was re-released worldwide. and finally, after touring almost solidly for 2 years, the band were getting the recognition they deserved. They were awarded Kerrang best british newcomers 2001 and nme best new metal band 2002. and in late 2002, Wales noted their successes by awarding them best album & best single of 2002 at the welsh music awards.
2003 was a quiet one for the press and lostprophets. but the boys themselves were couped up in LA with eric valentine (good charlotte, queens of the stoneage) from march til september recording their new album ?start something?.
Now in 2004, two singles have been released; the first reaching #17 in the uk charts, the second reaching #8; and the newly released album has gone gold in the uk and reached #33 in the us billboard charts in the first 3 weeks of release.
Crazy touring in 2004 has been followed by a splattering of awards, and then a shock departure of beloved drummer, Mike Chiplin, in 2005 so he could persue other projects and spend time with his young family.
Now in 2006, a new album is on the horizon, a new single fast approaching with lots of positive press and a new touring drummer in the shape of Ilan Rubin, the only way is up.