Big Gigantic – HOB, LA Review x InterviewOctober 10th, 2012 ⋅ Events, News ⋅ by rbhavnani
Coming of the success of their latest album, “Nocturnal”, Big Gigantic began their Uprising tour on September 15. Their album hit #2 on the dance music charts on the day of its release, they played to a sellout hometown crowd of nearly 10,000 in Red Rock, Colorado – the future is looking bright for Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken. Big G is a unique live act in the current times with the rise of EDM – their live, pinecone shaped stage setup has the most trippy visuals I have seen.
Friday night they played at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, it was one of their most intimate shows. The venue provides that sort of vibe and really helps the audience connect with the artists on stage. Griz was their main opener, another act that I had heard very cool things about. His live set featured practically any genre of music and made, well, danceable. Although he’s primarily a dubstep producer, I heard a lot of glitch, reggae and funky rhythms with a hard thumping bass deep from the world of dub – Griz was the perfect warm-up act. “Smash The Funk” really rattled the dance floor, especially when he busted out the saxophpone. Plus he ended his set by taking photographs of the crowd he claims were for his mother.
Now the main act, Big G. Ever since, I heard their remix of “I Need A Dolla” I was instantly been hooked and have wanted to see them for a while. They bring their instrumental jazzy skills with the saxophone and drums; combining that with funky electro beats. To be able to multi-task between playing the sax, djing and keep synchronized drum rhythms, plus Dom and Jerm are very interactive with the crowd, constantly getting them amped adding to the liveliness in the atmosphere.
I had a chance to catch up with them before the show.
Tell us about the tour? What have been the best aspects so far?
Dom - Well we just kicked things off a couple of days ago. So things are actually starting to heat up now. We just had our hometown gig in Red Rock, Colorado with Dillon Francis, Griz, Crizzly and a bunch of other people. It was a lot of fun and it drew in nearly 10,000 people. So we were very excited about that to be doing that show with all the homies.
You’re album “Nocturnal” hit #2 on itunes. How did you guys feel about this when you found out?
Jeremy- Honestly we were just thinking of setting it out as a free download. But then later we decided to put it on itunes too.
Dom- Yeah on the day of the release, we checked to make sure the response for downloads and everything seemed to be going well and nothing was hitched. Then I decided to see how it was doing on itunes and when I looked at the charts it just blew my mind away. Definitely one of our big accomplishments. It’s been a great four years for us to say the least.
What have been some of the shows you guys have played at? What festivals do you guys want to play at? Any international ones.
Jeremy-Yeah we most certainly want to start touring around Asia, Australia and Europe. We’ve played a lot of shows in the past few months. Camp Bisco, Electric Forest our hometown show at Red rock were some of the best ones.
Do you guys have any collaborations coming out with any of the other artists that are part of your tour?
Dom-Yeah we’re working on a couple of things. We’ve actually begun work on our new album and doing some collaborations with Griz, Crizzly and Adventure Club.
What would you guys be doing if music wasn’t a part of your life?
Dom- Oh man. I don’t know. I’d probably be cooking.
Jeremy- I’d work in graphic design. I was doing that before music anyway.
Djs/ Producers we should watch out for?
Justin Blau, Griz, Crizzly and Adventure Club.
The pair brought an enormous amount of energy at their show. The visuals in their stage set up are amazing. It really is all so well synchronized with the music that it really helped bring out the liveliness in the crowd. They are very interactive with their audience consistently picking up the mic and getting people amped up. Towards the end of the night, the two of them came down to do a meet and greet with the fans and leaving us wanting nothing but more.