LIB’ING Legends: Big Gigantic

In a new series by Do LaB, we take a walk down the sonic side of memory lane with the musicians that have returned to Lightning in a Bottle time and again with the signature sounds that keep your dancing shoes dirty year after year. To hold onto those moments that make the soundtrack of our lives, we commemorate our love of music and showcase the on-stage stars who made them possible in a weekly interview series that we like to call LIBing Legends.

Back for what will be their 4th year at Lightning in a Bottle Arts and Music Festival, the infamous funk duet Big Gigantic will return to slay the Lightning Stage again with a flurry of new tunes fresh off the final steps of their Spring 2016 Tour. Band members Dominic Lalli (Production/Sax) and Jeremy Salken (Drums) are set to deliver a few new mixes with live percussion and big band bravura sugar-coated in stylish synthesizers. In this way, Big Gigantic serves as a common ground for those with a penchant for full-bodied dance tunes and those who hold a passionate attachment for the contemporary bass-heavy milieu.

To hear more about Big Gigantic, we sat down with Dom and Jeremy who told us about their current passion project with Red Rocks in Colorado, their plans for a new album and they even hinted at a chance to hear a few new tracks from their upcoming album at Lightning in a Bottle in May.

LIBing Legend: Big Gigantic  – First Year at LIB: 2010 – Total Years at LIB: 3 years


Tell us about your first experience performing at LIB.

Our first time at LIB in 2010 was unfortunately super short lived but action packed. We were only there 1 night bc we had to fly super early to make it to another festival. We felt super at home the minute we got there though. Between all the homies that were also playing and a ton of our Colorado/West Coast possy it really felt familiar but totally different at the same time 🙂 The hand made stages were incredible to look at and to play on. We were shocked at how many people were at our set too. We hadn’t been out west too many times at that point so it was new territory for us but we were feeling the love from the crowd for sure! I remember the epic, epic sunset that evening as well. One of the craziest things I’ve (Jeremy) seen at any festival was specifically during Booka Shade… walking around the crowd and seeing this guy with 2 cordless drills w/ buffers on the end and the biggest grin on his face.. i was like “I wonder what he’s up to.” Then all of a sudden these 2 girls walk up, bend fully forward and he just starts buffing their bums while dancing! I was standing there in shock and awe. it was one of the most amazing & ridiculous things I’d ever seen! Pretty sure he had on assless chaps or something too. Haha I was like “Daaaaaaayummmm we’re definitely not in Colorado any more!!!!” I was seriously crying i was laughing so hard. That memory stuck in my head and is still one of the wildest things ive seen at a festival to this day. Just really love all of the creative & very positive energy that’s going on at LIB! Its a very special place! Can’t wait to be back and I’m bringing my own drills this time! Hahaha! Hopefully we get to hang longer this year!

If you could perform with one person or group on the 2016 LIB lineup, who would it be?

There are so many bad asses on the lineup this year and a ton of long time friends of ours too! Would be really dope to play with Chet Faker. We’re huge fans of his. (Doug) Emancipator is a good friend that we’ve done tracks with in the past, hopefully we can link up while we’re there. Just looking at the lineup its seriously stacked!!! There are sooooo many amazing artists & homies there! I hope we’re there for the Crying Over Porcelain set. Josh & Ed really stepped the game with those albums back in the day!! Man theres like 20 folks right off the bat that I hope we get to see!

What do you think makes LIB different from other festivals?

Theres so many music festivals out there but LIB has a vibe of its own. Whats great is there are so many experiences you can have that aren’t just based on music. Obviously music is a big focus at a music festival (shocker) but i feel like at LIB its an all immersive experience! You can create your own adventure there! Also back to the stages & the installations, they’re like nothing i’ve ever seen. It definitely sets the tone for a completely unique experience. Can’t wait to be back!

Where can we most likely find you at LIB when you’re not performing on stage?

We have seriously only gotten to hang for 1 night every time we’re there so we have no go tos! You guys are on a new site too so we’re really looking forward to exploring what it has to offer! Show us around!!

Describe LIB in three words or less.

Booty Buffers 🙂

What are you currently working on?

Come see our set we’ll be playing a ton of new music from a new album we’re working on!!! If you like what you hear and feeling feisty come journey to Red Rocks in September for ROWDYTOWN 5! 2 nights w us and a bunch of other amazing artists!! It’s a dance party and guaranteed good time!

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