FEATURE: Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic
Big Gigantic is a force. Their live show is a sensory tsunami that builds up energy and crashes down on the audience like a wild wave coming in from Colorado, then retreats into a calm, and hits you with another round. Rolling. Driving. Captivating. A dynamic duo that doesn’t seem to stop, Big Gigantic will be storming into NC, and they are ready to make you dance.
Dominic Lalli (Production/Sax) and Jeremy Salken (Drums) first got together when Lalli moved to Boulder, Colorado after graduating with a master's degree in jazz at the Manhattan School of Music. The two quickly began weaving the electronic elements of dj’ing with the use of live instruments. Big Gigantic’s approach really started to hit home for their local audience, and in 2009 they released their debut album Fire It Up and hit the road.
Their sound resonated outside of Colorado as well, and each time Big Gigantic returned home from tour, their local audience grew exponentially. Selling out Red Rocks 6 years in a row with their Rowdy Town Festival is a testament to that. Big Gigantic is bringing their huge sound to the The Tarheel State, and NC Music Magazine recently had a chance to catch up with Dominic Lalli before they hit the road on their “Got The Love” Tour.
The concept of combining live instruments with electronic music isn’t something Big Gigantic holds the patent on, but they definitely helped develop the movement. For Lalli, it all developed very naturally. “Basically we’re finding more ways to stretch playing live by playing different parts and opening up sections where we can improvise a little bit more,” said Lalli. “I think in general people love to explore different ways to express themselves artistically so it’s just a natural thing coming from an interest in electronic music and performing combined”. Natural, yet supported by technology. The explorative doors wouldn’t have opened if it weren’t for the software. “Technology has made everything user-friendly and more hands-on," shared Lalli. "You can literally do everything yourself on your laptop. I think the people who have really taken advantage of that concept have been really successful”.
As Lalli and Salken utilize drums, saxophone, keyboards and laptops, the power of the production and the lighting also share center stage. According to Lalli, “We’re basically out here trying to create an audio/visual experience for our fans through music, lighting, and production. Those are 3 of the key ingredients to a successful show for us”. You don’t just listen to Big Gigantic, you experience them.
Since hitting it big with Big Gigantic, Lalli doesn’t get to step into the jazz world that much anymore, but his experience is definitely present in Big Gigantic. “Jazz comes into play mostly during the writing process for me, and I get to improvise a bit on stage too,” shared Lalli, “but I’m not really able to fully showcase all of the things I can do as a jazz musician. That’s totally ok with me. Music is music and jazz is a language within the music. I feel fortunate to speak with all of my other jazz peeps out there in the world through Big Gigantic”.
Big Gigantic has seemingly been able to translate their musical creativity to those who speak all tongues and have varied tastes. Some will come because of the booming bass, some will come because of the recognizable influence of funk and jazz, others will come simply because they have to dance. You don’t need to be into EDM to pick up what Big Gigantic is putting down. You just need to be ready.
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