Riding the wave of newly popular electronic-influenced jazz rock, Big Gigantic has become a phenomenon in the U.S. Joining the ranks of Pretty Lights and Sound Tribe Sector 9, Big Gigantic has become a sought-after name in the music world.
By Robert Daniel
eginning as a side project for saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli, Big Gigantic has been a national touring force on the improvisational rock/electronic music circuit in the U.S. since the duo was formed in 2008. The saxophone is introduced into a new role, as the usually dominant instrument takes a back seat to production in Big Gigantic’s brand of music. Lalli and drummer, Jeremy Salken, have managed to integrate the sounds of jazz, electronic, and hip-hop to create a final product whose creativity and musicianship jump out at the listener on every track.The pair’s exponential rise in popularity since Big Gigantic burst onto the scene out of Boulder, Colorado, has coincided with the growing phenomenon of electronic-influenced music that is taking the music world by storm. Electronic tones are seeping their way into traditionally one-dimensional genres and new, fresh music is being created as a result.
“I really can’t explain it but I certainly love it as much as everyone else. It’s just what is happening right now. It’s awesome,” Lalli says. Big Gigantic is certainly a chief enabler in the infatuation with this new style of music that people simply cannot get enough of. Along with Big Gigantic, artists such as Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9) and Pretty Lights are helping spearhead this electronic digression from traditional approaches to music.
Big Gigantic has become a very sought-after act all across the U.S. in a very short amount of time. “I just kind of wanted to give it a shot and see what would happen,” says Lalli. “This has all really exceeded my expectations. It’s pretty crazy.” The group’s popularity is clearly reflected by their relentless touring schedule. They have opened for STS9 at the esteemed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, played at a myriad of music festivals, and have played at venues all over the nation. “We love being on the road. It’s great seeing friends and meeting new people and it’s incredible to get to perform in front of people. There is nothing like that feeling,” says Lalli.
Performing in a live setting is where Big Gigantic really shines. Playing in front of an audience gives the band more flexibility to experiment with remixes, extended jams, and try new material while feeding off the audience’s energy and enthusiasm for the music. It’s as if the quality of the music is directly proportional to the energy of the crowd – which is never in short supply. “We definitely come full force with our live show — remixing our tunes and mixing and reworking other people’s tunes to really have a raging live show," says Lalli.
In addition to a tenacious touring schedule, Big Gigantic has released two full-length albums and an EP. Fire it Up, the duo’s debut release, did, in fact, do what its name suggests. The album was a popularity springboard for the group and showcases their ability to unite such different genres of music with an innovative style. The group’s sound is a never-ending work in progress, as is evident with each new release. “We continue to develop our sound and make it more concise and consistent,” Lalli explains. Their EP Wide Awake injected a more dynamic and alive sound to each track, while also focusing more attention on Lalli’s abilities on the saxophone. The group set the bar even higher for themselves with their most recent album: A Place Behind the Moon.
“We are so excited about this new, full length release,” says Lalli. “This is definitely our strongest release yet.” Unveiled on Sept. 1st of this year, the album features more complex productions interlaced with Salken’s knack for providing a fitting, original beat to each song. The track “Step Up” even delivers a new side to the band — Big Gigantic’s only released song in the “dubstep” sub-genre to date.ride this wave of success for as long as they can. “I’m just trying to keep working as hard as I can, setting my goals high, and enjoying myself as much as possible,” says Lalli.