Band: Little India
Genre: Indie Rock/Pop, Alternative, Electronic
Formed: November 2012
Band Members: Conan Karpinski – Vocals/Guitar, Andrew Dixon – Bass, Dallyn Hunt – Drums
Listen to their latest EP, Up All Night: soundcloud.com/littleindiaband
What do you want people to think when they hear your band’s name, Little India?
We wanted a name that could apply to more than one genre. It fits with the alternative rock aspect, which is what we are right now, but we’re slowly moving towards electronic. We see ourselves changing sound for sure. Little India is a name that can fit with all those genres. It’s also easy to remember, I think that’s the most important bit about it.
In five words or less, how would you describe your music?
Dancey, fun, catchy, melodic, energetic.
What type of reaction do you think your first EP, Up All Night, is going to draw?
We’ve developed a fan base here in Vancouver, but what’s surprised us most is that we have quite a bit of support in the UK, and we don’t even have any music out yet! Our friends and family have been with us through this entire journey, waiting for this EP to come out, so at the very least we have their support, which is nice. Hopefully, we’ll get the word out to as many people as we can, and I think the music will do the rest. If people want more, then we’ll give them more. We’re open to any reaction, we’re interested in what people have to say, good or bad.
Absolutely! We recorded the entire EP earlier in the year, but we were very unhappy with the production side of things. So, we decided to go elsewhere, start fresh, and basically produce it ourselves this time. I produced it along with a local producer named, Paul. The recording experience was great, but when it came to mixing, we once again didn’t like what we had heard.
We spent a couple of weeks in my studio room making changes to the songs and re-recording some bits. We even tried mixing it ourselves, but knew it could be better seeing as we had never mixed anything before, so we reached high. We got in contact with Michael Brauer (Coldplay, Atlas Genius, Rolling Stones, etc.) and he liked our sound so he mixed it for us with his assistant Will Hensley. They were wonderful! And for the cherry on top, it was mastered by Joe LaPorta (Naked & Famous, Youth Lagoon, Vampire Weekend, etc). Only THEN were we happy to release it. It took almost a year, but you only have your first release once- may as well do it right. What’s the point of releasing music when you know in the back of your mind it could be THAT much better. Trust me, when I say waiting almost a year made it that much better.
Why is “Modern Art” everyone’s personal favourite track on your latest EP?
I honestly don’t know. So far, everyone we’ve asked has had a different favourite! Which is wonderful to know! It’s good when a band has an album where each track is someone’s favourite, you don’t see that too often. However, I think Modern Art may be one of our personal favourites for two reasons. Firstly, we have the most fun playing it at shows. It gets us moving and releases all our energy, plus we have so much joy seeing our friends move to it. Secondly, it was an ‘Ugly duckling’ sort of situation. When I brought that song to the band, we worked it out and finished writing it together, but no one really saw the true potential in it. The other two didn’t really like it as much as our other songs, and to be fair it is a weird song, however I kept pushing for it. Then after it had been mixed it almost instantly became everyone’s favourite. It’s like it came to life. It’s weird; all our musical friends think it’s one of the best tracks on the EP. We did not expect that.
Do you find that having a strong online presence helps connect you with your fans?
Yes, most definitely. As I said earlier, we have fans in the UK already, and I know for a fact that wouldn’t be possible without the technology we have today. We’ve done our best to post things every now and then that are interesting to us, after all we are just three friends having a good time sharing what we love with others.
What do think about free online music sharing?
As a new band, we are 100% OK with that. If people want to share our music then they are welcome to. We made this EP for ourselves and our friends, not to make money. However, that answer may change down the road. We do realize that if we want to keep making music we’d need to generate an income, and in most situations I would say that a band should be paid for their hard work. However, right now we’re just having fun, so we’re all for it when it comes to our music.
What’s the craziest thing that has ever happened to Little India?
There are so many things it’s hard to pick one specifically! Recently, we filmed our first music video. The idea is that we play the song backwards and mime to that, and then we’d reverse the video and play the song forward. So the video would be backwards. It was loads of fun filming! We had dancers and a crew helping us out, throwing in random stuff to the video; we were jumping around doing flips and everything. On top of it all, it was one take… that means no edits! I guess that was pretty fun, and pretty crazy.
Looking down the road, what do you each want from being in the band?
Right now we’re all just having a good time writing music together. We definitely know that this is something we want to keep doing in the future, so I think that’s why we’ve put so much work into our music and into how we portray ourselves. The ideal is for people to find enjoyment in our music, and keep providing them with more tunes. Mostly, we want to travel together while writing music we love. I couldn’t think of a better way to see the world than with your best friends.