JamBase was recently blessed with the opportunity to sit down with Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken from Big Gigantic to ask them a few questions about their new project…
Big Gigantic by Tk Kayembe|
JamBase: How long have you been independently making electronic music and working on Big Gigantic?
Dominic Lalli: I started making electronic music a couple years ago and have really only been working with the Big Gigantic idea for about 7 or 8 months now.
JamBase: When did the two of you get together, and how?
DL: We have been friends for quite a while now and have played gigs together in other bands. When I started trying to make this Big Gigantic thing a reality, Jeremy was the perfect guy for the gig. I'm just glad I snatched him up before someone else did...
What is the typical process you go into when creating your songs?
DL: I'm really just trying to keep it honest and let whatever I hear in my head come out. I definitely try to keep it rowdy and dirty, but I also love writing melodies, so I try to write melodies and songs that will resonate with people.
|Big Gigantic by Tk Kayembe|
How much of the BG sound is generated with samples, and how much of it are you creating?
DL: I do some sampling but I mostly use different synths to make my tracks. I make all the beats and play all of the melodies, chords and basslines in the songs I write.
What other projects are you currently working on?
DL: I'm always doing stuff with The Motet and The Motet Trio and I'm also releasing my straight-ahead jazz record this month.
Jeremy Salken : I play around town with my funk/jazz group Dayum,which I started to try and push my playing to the next level. I feel it's important to surround yourself with people that push you to think and, in this case, play outside the box. It can be a little intimidating at first but is always very rewarding.
What's your response to how quickly BG has blown up?
DL: I just feel really lucky to have had the opportunities we've had so far. I'm just trying to keep working hard, keep making fresh music and keep developing different aspects of our live show.
JS: I feel extremely fortunate to be playing in the music scene we are in. We're just trying to come out and do our thing and it feels great to have people there experiencing all of that with us. After all, we're all in it together.
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