What is it like jamming with Skrillex? Big Gigantic tell all.
If you haven’t yet heard of electronic band Big Gigantic, you’re seriously missing out. We caught their set at Governors Ball music festival in NYC last month and the mix of live instruments with electronic beats was so perfect during their Sunday evening set.
The band is from Colorado and includes Dominic Lalli producing and playing the saxophone and Jeremy Salken on the drums.
Big Gigantic is currently making the rounds of the American festival scene and will be at TomorrowWorld in Atlanta at the end of September. We caught up with the guys to find out when they’re coming back to Aus and NZ.
MTV: How was Governors Ball?
BG: Awesome! Really incredible festival and we have some really amazing fans in NYC. It's one of our favorite spots to play in the U.S.
MTV: Out of the festivals you’ve been to, which would you recommend?
BG: Coachella for one because it seems like most artists do a lot of cool collaborations that you won't see at any other festival in the world. Another festival that's awesome which we just played is called Electric Forest. It's on a beautiful ranch in Michigan and they decorate the whole forest. We closed out the festival then afterwards we impulsively decided to play a surprise sunrise set with our friend Jason from Cherub on top of an RV in the GA camping area. It was surreal and so special.
MTV: What festival would you still love to play that you haven’t already?
BG: Stereosonic would be awesome to play because we reeeeeally want to come back to Australia and play for our fans as soon as possible! :)
MTV: Any funny stories from on the road or behind the scenes?
BG: Lots but none we can let out of the bag hahahaha
MTV: You’re playing at TomorrowWorld this year, any surprises planned for your set?
BG: Really excited to be playing TW this year and we do have a couple special surprises in store for sure. We've been doing different special sit-ins and things like that for every festival set we've played this summer. It's fun to mix things up.
MTV: You superjammed with Skrillex at Bonnaroo, how was that?
BG: One of the coolest experiences we've ever been a part of!! Skrill is one of the most brilliant, innovative and hardest working people we've ever met. His whole musical vision and world is contagious. Not only did we get to work closely with him we also got to work with Lauryn Hill, Damien Marley, Janelle Monae, ASAP Ferg, Mickey Hart, Robby Krieger from The Doors and lots more! Insane experience to say the least.
MTV: What are your thoughts on the ‘EDM’ culture and scene?
BG: You know it's something that is really thriving here in the U.S. There are lots of different ideas and opinions about it but at the end of the day, it's a bunch of young kids just trying to go out, have a fun time and enjoy the music. We feel honored to be a part of that culture and we love the fact that we are doing something totally unique and different within the dance music scene and we look forward to continuing to make music and push the limits of not only dance music but just good music in general.
MTV: You toured Australia, how did you find that?
BG: Ahhhhh we seriously had some of the best times ever touring Australia. One of the best 3 weeks of our lives. Incredible cities, amazing people and insane crowds.
MTV: Was there anything about Aus that surprised you?
BG: We were surprised how much everyone was into our music! You never know going into a new city or country how your set is gonna go over, but we had massive crowds for our set and people were getting dowwwwwn the whole set. It was awesome!
MTV: Any plans to return to Aus?
BG: We hope to come back as soon as we possibly can!
MTV: What’s next for the band music-wise?
BG: We are in full swing working on a new album right now. Lots of cool music coming with some incredibly talented artists. Also really excited to be working with this really great singer from Australia called Wafia. She has the voice of an angel and we're excited to be working with her.