The Local Train is an indie-rock band now based in Delhi which was founded in 2008. They’ve performed all over the country and are popular for their hit singles, explosive live performances, and edgy music videos. We caught up with them just as they’re getting ready to perform at the Riders Music Festival at JLN Stadium this weekend and asked them some interesting questions. Check it out.
GVO: This is the first Riders Music Festival. Are you excited about performing there?
TLT: We’re so glad people are taking initiatives like the Riders Music Festival and pushing the live music scene in this country! They’ve got a phenomenal line up and we’re glad to be a part of it!
GVO: ‘The Local Train’ is now considered a frontrunner in Hindi rock. How did you manage to get to this position?
TLT: Honestly, we just took it one day at a time and made the kind of music we wanted to. The indie circuit in India is still in its nascent stage and it’s growing rapidly. We believe there’s a lot of talented musicians in this country and we’re excited to see what comes out in the next few years.
GVO: You worked on music for ‘Angry Indian Goddesses’. How did that foray into Bollywood come to be?
TLT: That was just a perfect fit man. AIG the movie was doing the rounds of International film fests and we had already released Aaoge Tum Kabhi as a single on YouTube. The producers heard the song and wanted to feature it for the India release.
We flew down to Mumbai, met the team at Jungle Book Entertainment and saw the movie in a private screening. It was an easy decision after that. The next day was mostly us chilling with the team and some paperwork also happened. #thateasy
GVO: Would you consider doing more mainstream Bollywood soundtracks?
TLT: Haha they have to consider if our sound is what they want. We’ve never done something like this and we’ve only focussed on making the kind of music that feels right for us. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there I guess. But yeah if someone wants to feature one of our songs then why not! Here’s all our singles on YouTube.
GVO: Which Indian artists would you most like to collaborate with?
TLT: Man India has churned out some great talent over the years that we’d be really happy to collaborate with. No cliche man but both the headliners at RMF! Lucky Ali and Amit Trivedi both have such distinct identities and have created their own sound. We love that about them.
GVO: What has been your most memorable performance till date?
TLT: There have been various. Last year we went to BBEC Kokrajhar, a remote town in Assam. With no sponsorship the students worked day in and day out to make our show a reality and that was just overwhelming to see. MIT Manipal was one another one! What a venue and it was amazing to see an audience from all over the country get so so loud!
GVO: If you had to introduce someone to your music, which track would you select?
TLT: Hey man you’re asking us choose one of our babies! Haha the audience makes the song big but to us they’re each the same. If you must begin somewhere then check out Aaoge Tum Kabhi, it was our first single release.
GVO: What artists influence your sound?
TLT: There’s some amazing music happening all over the world right now. We’ve got Royal Blood, One Ok Rock, Sticky Fingers on our playlists. Then there’s U2, The 1975, Twenty One Pilots, and Alt J. Closer to the Indian soil, timeless songwriters the likes of A.R Rahman and Lucky Ali. There’s some great content being churned by Thaikkudam Bridge, Nicholson, Dualist Inquiry and many more.The country’s music scene is evolving so fast and honestly that keeps us motivated.
GVO: What venue would you want to perform at that you haven’t already?
TLT: We like playing for our fans man! I don’t know if stadium gigs will ever be a reality for an indie band in this country but someday maybe!
GVO: Any message for your fans?
TLT: We owe a great deal to our fans for supporting us! We are who we are because of their push. Everything from spreading our music to travelling from different cities just to catch us live. It keeps us motivated to make honest content and to keep getting better at what we do. We don’t take it for granted and hopefully we won’t disappoint. 🙂