The World is Yours
Rise and Shine
FMN Exclusive Interview:
Rob: For those who don’t know, you guys are the duo of Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken. How’d you meet and how’d you decide to become Big Gigantic?
Big G: We met in Boulder, CO playing local gigs around town and eventually became roommates. When i first started getting Big G going i was looking for a drummer and knew that Jeremy was the guy for the job so i called him up, we started rehearsing and the rest is history..
Rob: You’re style is definitely unique. Can you attempt to describe it in your own words?
Big G: Well, we are somewhere between an electronic band and a DJ hitting a bunch of different styles that range from hip hop dubstep and electro but we perform with live sax, keys and drums so there is this live, improvisational element to the whole thing. We just like to rage a huge dance party pretty much!
Rob: Talk to me a little about the process of combining the organic sax and drum sounds with the electronic stuff.
Big G: We basically layer this stuff over the electronic music so it gives us the opportunity to really make the music breathe and grow and build and things like that. We can really make the music ebb and flow live because of our use of the live instruments.
Rob: What program/software/equipment do you use?
Big G: Ableton Live and Reason and a bunch of plug ins.
Rob: I was at the show in ATL, what’s it like performing with guys like Bassnectar and Pretty Lights?
Big G: Its amazing. Both guys (BN and PL) are extremely nice guys and we were honored that they asked us to come out with them. They are the 2 names that are, i feel, in the forefront of the electronic music scene right now so we were just really stoked to be on tour with them all fall and see how a show that is that big is put on.
Rob: You’re headlining your own show at the Georgia Theatre, so are names like Skrillex, Zeds Dead, and Big Boi this semester- that makes you feel awesome, no?
Big G: Ahhh SO awesome. We LOVE Athens. It really feels like a second home to us in so many ways. This is kind of where we got our start in the south so anyways.. I really feels like a homecoming to be coming back to play Athens and also it feels great to be able to play at The Georgia Theatre. Its has such an incredible history
Rob: Playing the saxophone and drums has to be the fun part of the live show right?
Big G: haha. Everything is fun. Every single little part about the whole night is incredible really. But yes, when we start to dig into our instruments and start to move the music it’s definitely a special thing and we have a great time playing togethert.
Rob: What do you guys do to promote Big Gigantic and what has the process of building your fan-base been like?
Big G: Well, we just do everything we possibly can to promote. Everything from the internet to handbills and posters. We just want to throw a raging party and have a bunch of people come together for what could be the best night of their lives. In terms of having their friends their and everything really just being in place for an awesome night. So we just try to blast promo everywhere so people know we are in town.
Rob: What can Big G fans expect in the near future? New material on the way? And any new dubstep tracks for the bass heads?
Big G: We have our new album dropping on 1/11/12 and we’re calling it ‘Nocturnal’. We are so damn excited about this record. We just feel like it is a great representation of our sound and how its developed throughout the years. Its a mix off all kinds of electronic styles with heavy bass and drums and a lot of melodic stuff in there. And yes, there are some tracks on there that i think the bass heads are definitely gonna dig.
Rob: A tough question I always like to end with is where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Big G: In the next 5 years i hope we are still touring and expanding our fanbase as well as touring on an international level and i see us still putting out original music and remixes and just trying to keep our sound as fresh as possible. We just wanna push as hard as we can and take this thing as high as we can!
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