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Big Gigantic x Electric Family ‘Do Good’ Event [Interview]

EDM: Let’s move on to your upcoming event “Do Good” with Electric Family. You guys have your artist series bracelet with Electric Family that donates to the charity Conscious Alliance, but when did you guys decide to further your charity work with Electric Family?

Jeremy: We’ve been pretty active with Electric Family as we’ve been back and forth for a while now. After the collaboration with the bracelet that supports the Conscious Alliance charity, we talked to them about doing a t-shirt and that went really well. We tried to figure out a way to take it one step further, so we found a local food bank in Denver, Food Bank of the Rockies, and we’re keeping up with Conscious Alliance. They’ve been really good friends of ours for years and we’ve done tons of work with them. I used to volunteer before Big Gigantic back in the day, so we’ve had a relationship with that family for a while and it’s cool to combine it with Electric Family and fuse the two worlds.

EDM: This is the second “Do Good” event that Electric Family is hosting. What are you guys anticipating as the second artists to support this one-of-a-kind event?

Jeremy: We’ll be there helping people collect food and moving it from area to area, as well as telling people about what Conscious Alliance and the food bank is doing. We also want to be there to help spread the vibes. Its on December 18th from 1-3pm, hopefully we get a lot of people down there to help others in need.

EDM: How has collaborating with Electric Family influenced your outlook on the EDM community?

Dom: It’s really cool. It’s great that they’re trying to help make people aware of bigger things that are happening in the world other than the music. Music has already brought this community together and there’s a lot you can do with these people who are all on the same wavelength. I think it’s important to bridge the gap between what you can do in the community, as well as having it all come together for music and all these different purposes. It’s cool that Conscious Alliance has been doing it for years, more so in the jam band world, but they’re pretty big there for doing food drives and raising money. So it’s awesome that Electric Family has the EDM scene and they’re bridging all these gaps between the fans and other non-profits, whether it’s food drives or helping out or really any cause. We’re really psyched to be working with them because we’ve been talking about it for a while now.

EDM: Lastly, do you guys have any big plans in store for the future?

Dom: Oh we’re always planning. We’re about to leave for Europe and we’re gonna have some of our first shows in places over there so that’s pretty cool. We are doing New Years at Decadence here in Denver, and the lineup includes artists such as Bassnectar and Disclosure, so it’s gonna be a big one. We’re also gonna take a hot minute to work on a bunch of new music, although we will be releasing some new stuff along the way for sure. We’ve got this track called “Get On Up” that a lot our fans really like, so I’ve been kinda finishing that up and hope to get it out right around the first of the year. We are hoping to release some sort of longer EP type of thing in the fall too. We’ve also got a bunch of summer festivals scheduled, so we’ve got a bunch of plans throughout the 2015 year.

If you are interested in signing up to “Do Good” with Big Gigantic, you can sign up for the event here.

Follow Big Gigantic:
https://biggigantic.net 
https://facebook.com/BigGigantic
https://twitter.com/biggigantic
https://soundcloud.com/biggigantic

Follow Electric Family:
https://electricfamily.com 
https://www.facebook.com/ElectricFam
https://twitter.com/electricfamily


 



EDM: Let’s move on to your upcoming event “Do Good” with Electric Family. You guys have your artist series bracelet with Electric Family that donates to the charity Conscious Alliance, but when did you guys decide to further your charity work with Electric Family?

Jeremy: We’ve been pretty active with Electric Family as we’ve been back and forth for a while now. After the collaboration with the bracelet that supports the Conscious Alliance charity, we talked to them about doing a t-shirt and that went really well. We tried to figure out a way to take it one step further, so we found a local food bank in Denver, Food Bank of the Rockies, and we’re keeping up with Conscious Alliance. They’ve been really good friends of ours for years and we’ve done tons of work with them. I used to volunteer before Big Gigantic back in the day, so we’ve had a relationship with that family for a while and it’s cool to combine it with Electric Family and fuse the two worlds.

EDM: This is the second “Do Good” event that Electric Family is hosting. What are you guys anticipating as the second artists to support this one-of-a-kind event?

Jeremy: We’ll be there helping people collect food and moving it from area to area, as well as telling people about what Conscious Alliance and the food bank is doing. We also want to be there to help spread the vibes. Its on December 18th from 1-3pm, hopefully we get a lot of people down there to help others in need.

EDM: How has collaborating with Electric Family influenced your outlook on the EDM community?

Dom: It’s really cool. It’s great that they’re trying to help make people aware of bigger things that are happening in the world other than the music. Music has already brought this community together and there’s a lot you can do with these people who are all on the same wavelength. I think it’s important to bridge the gap between what you can do in the community, as well as having it all come together for music and all these different purposes. It’s cool that Conscious Alliance has been doing it for years, more so in the jam band world, but they’re pretty big there for doing food drives and raising money. So it’s awesome that Electric Family has the EDM scene and they’re bridging all these gaps between the fans and other non-profits, whether it’s food drives or helping out or really any cause. We’re really psyched to be working with them because we’ve been talking about it for a while now.

EDM: Lastly, do you guys have any big plans in store for the future?

Dom: Oh we’re always planning. We’re about to leave for Europe and we’re gonna have some of our first shows in places over there so that’s pretty cool. We are doing New Years at Decadence here in Denver, and the lineup includes artists such as Bassnectar and Disclosure, so it’s gonna be a big one. We’re also gonna take a hot minute to work on a bunch of new music, although we will be releasing some new stuff along the way for sure. We’ve got this track called “Get On Up” that a lot our fans really like, so I’ve been kinda finishing that up and hope to get it out right around the first of the year. We are hoping to release some sort of longer EP type of thing in the fall too. We’ve also got a bunch of summer festivals scheduled, so we’ve got a bunch of plans throughout the 2015 year.

If you are interested in signing up to “Do Good” with Big Gigantic, you can sign up for the event here.

Follow Big Gigantic:
https://biggigantic.net 
https://facebook.com/BigGigantic
https://twitter.com/biggigantic
https://soundcloud.com/biggigantic

Follow Electric Family:
https://electricfamily.com 
https://www.facebook.com/ElectricFam
https://twitter.com/electricfamily


 



Live electronic music hybrids Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic recently spoke to EDM.com about music festivals, their iconic cutting-edge live performances, and an upcoming charity event with Electric Family. Big G is a standout duo in a world brimming with electronically produced music. Dom and Jeremy have made a significant impact in the EDM scene with their fusion of live saxophone and drums alongside their unparalleled electronic production since 2008.

Based out of Boulder, Colorado, the duo has traveled the globe showing off their one-of-a-kind sound while spreading good vibes along the way. Big G defies genres as they combine the raw power of Jeremy’s drum skills and Dom’s funky sax beats into an eclectic range of heavy-hitting remixes and original tracks. With 2014 coming to an end, EDM.com got the inside scoop of what the diverse musicians have in store for the approaching year.

EDM = EDM.com, Dom = Dom Lalli, Jeremy = Jeremy Salken

EDM: First off, let’s talk about Mad Decent Boat Party. How did it feel being the only live electronic band on the cruise? You guys killed it at the Stardust Theater and the Pool Deck.

Dom: It’s an honor. We love playing block parties with Wes and all the different acts. Diplo, Dillon Francis, Zeds Dead, Flosstradamus, all of us do most of those block parties. We are kinda always the only live electronic band, but it’s cool you know? It just sets us apart from all the other guys and we’re all homies, so it’s nice having our own little niche in the Mad Decent fam. 

EDM: How did your acoustic set with Kygo come about? Boat partiers are labeling the surprise performance as one of the top moments on MDBP. 

Dom: So everyone’s coming to hangout in our room like Kygo, Thomas Jack, all those guys. We have the piano in our room so we were just jamming out and I was like, oh shit let me bring out my sax. And we were just messing around, but then we were like, we should take it out of the room and do something. So we just did it but it was really fun. Kygo is such a nice guy and he’s killing it right now.

EDM: You’ve also been touring with Skrillex on his Fall Tour – what is it like touring with Sonny?

Dom: Man, that was awesome. Sonny is just one of those guys who is just so nice and he’s a super hard worker so it’s pretty inspiring to us to be able to go on tour with him and see how his whole operation runs. He’s got a great team behind him and he’s working 24 hours a day through the whole thing, but he was always super present and really good to us. We got a lot of good, quality time with him which was cool. Working with Sonny makes you want to work harder and really perfect your craft.

EDM: How do you usually go about mixing in your classic live instrument sound, especially with the sax?

Dom: You know we just kinda do it. It takes a bit of magic to try to mix it all in together but live we just go for it and layer it over the top of our stuff. We just like to do our own thing with it. We like to make the music sound a little more enhanced and more organic with the live instrumentation.

EDM: Before Big Gigantic really took off, how did you guys know you wanted to include live instruments into your sets?

Dom: Jeremy and I were living together in a growing electronic scene, especially around here in Colorado it was really starting to pop off. So we would go to see DJs and electronic bands and stuff, and then people would ask me to come sit in on sets. So I’d go play with my sax and then from there we started to get the concept together. Like Pretty Lights, at the time with them coming out of Colorado, I was playing with the drummer and we were like okay we have the drums and we’re doing the electronic thing and I’m gonna play sax.

Jeremy: We were musicians to start with. Before Big G took off, we were already playing gigs and different stuff. So when the time came we were like all right cool, we’re just gonna keep doing what we’ve been doing but we’re gonna do our thing over electronic stuff. We were already starting to do it but with Big G we took it to a natural place where it just really came together. 

EDM: Do you think we are heading into an era where live instrumentation will become more common among electronic artists?

Dom: Possibly, I think very possibly. I think that as it becomes more mainstream and as more diverse stuff comes out that it will become slightly more common. But I don’t think it will ever get to the point where everyone’s playing as an electronic band. Like I said, it’s just going to keep diversifying itself like it is now.

EDM: Your massive remix of ZHU’s infamous “Faded” was a huge success. How did that remix come to be? 

Dom: It’s just a great tune and we’re kinda homies with ZHU and the ZHU team. I thought maybe I could do a little funky remix of it, and so I just hit him up about it and hoped they liked it and they did.

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