Big Gigantic at Roseland Theater. All photos by Raz Veja
In the course of just the past year, electronic/hip-hop/jazz duo Big Gigantic (saxophonist and producer Dominic Lalli and percussionist Jeremy Salken) have struck unprecedented levels of success through commercial synchronization licenses with major companies, including Apple and MTV, greatly outnumbering any other artist during this period. Yet, they’ve managed to fly under the radar of popular music charts, though one shouldn’t be surprised to see their name appear on the Billboard 100 in due time. Indeed, the duo isn’t even signed, and they’ve made every release, including remixes, available for free download on their official website.
They also have some very remarkable charity work under their belt. Over $10,000 was raised through a 2014 product collaboration with Electric Family, where all sales were donated to Conscious Alliance, a hunger relief and youth empowerment non-profit based Boulder, Colorado-where the duo are from. Additionally, they founded the Big Gigantic Difference Foundation in 2016, donating portions of all live ticket sales to nonprofits across each market they’ve played.
Their sold-out live show last month at the Roseland Theater gathered a diverse crowd ranging from teenage ravers to the sophisticated and cultured, all excited for the experience of seeing the pair engage in an energetic set featuring a slew of tracks from across their catalog of catchy tunes.
After opener Brasstracks completed a set featuring a number of popular covers from the past decade, Big Gigantic claimed the stage, backlight by a bright screen displaying vibrant visual cues that synced perfectly with the tremulant beats and sampled loops driving each track, Lalli’s saxophone notes fueling the groove with lustrous treble.
Featured songs included singles like “Good Times Roll” and “Get On Up,” as well as a wide array of songs from their latest album, 2016’s Brighter Future, and more tightly focused side project Big Grizmatic, featuring the talents of electronic DJs GRiZ and Gramatik. The set also included a number of samples that highlighted the remixing talents of the group, with live sax and drums adding their own energetic twist to songs like DJ Kool’s “Let Me Clear My Throat,” and tributes like their “Notorious Thugs” mashup, these transitions seamlessly moved the set along with nary a break worked in.
Showgoers maintained a tangible stamina throughout the extensive set, dancing excitedly in the colors projecting forth from the screen as the music spilled in from each direction. The bass was deep and soulful, while the horns and samples pitched the mids and highs in a lively manner.
Based on the following they’ve gained with their live offerings, and the following they’re gaining in their more commercial endeavors, there is indeed a bright future ahead for Big Gigantic, and a loyal crowd to carry them forward.