I know that it's Easter Sunday and if you're anything like us you'll be busy stuffing your face with candy, so I'm going to keep this one short before I spill more chocolate on my keyboard.
The most common interview question… "how did you decide on your band name?" While some bands say “we opened a book and it was the first thing we landed on” or “we got sick of choosing names so we just went with this one", we prefer to have a meaning behind everything we do. It’s a hard thing to try and give a name to a group of four dudes, it’s not something you really need to do every day, or ever for that matter. We get asked after every gig where we got our band name. It doesn’t seem to be the first name you would think of if you saw us play for the first time, but we like that. It sticks.
To answer the question once and for all, we managed to land up choosing “Little India” based on a book from Conan’s shelf back home.
The book dates back to when Conan and I first met. We played on the same basketball team in high school, and that year the team did a gift exchange with each other. A few of us went out searching for the cheapest possible thing to give out and landed up taking a box of free books from a library. They were a random lot of books, to say the least, which is how I ended up giving Conan a book on the history of India.
I wouldn’t say we didn’t like the name in the beginning. We all thought it was a bit random, but it was actually the word “India” itself that we fell in love with. We wanted something that could fit multiple genres, so that as our music progresses and our sound changes, the name will always fit. We thought it was a very colorful word, and that imagery in our heads made us excited. It wasn’t until later that we realized how many “Little India” restaurants and cities there were around the world, and we’re constantly reminded from people accidentally tagging us in their pictures on Facebook.
However, the book itself is quite pretty, so it really did swoon us from day one. Dallyn later suggested the word “little” as the book is small and it had a catchy ring to it; thus “Little India” was born.
We still take the book everywhere we go too, it’s our mascot. Here’s what she looks like:
Little India x