Austin’s music scene is unique in the sense that every scene has its touch of family to it. While there isn’t really an exclusivity issue, you start to see the same faces at shows with artists of similar genres. As people made their way into Stubb’s to see Big Gigantic last Thursday night, it was obvious that groups were having their own little family reunions all over the venue.
Saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken, the duo that brings you the glorious sounds of Big Gigantic, have developed their own brand of EDM, or electronic dance music. These two have created a live electronic experience where they produce the craziest, dirtiest beats to go along with their skills on the sax and drums. The beauty of Big Gigantic is that there is no specific wording for the music they make. EDM is the foundation but everything they have built on top is too diverse to fit into one mold.
As the show began, I see where spectators could pigeonhole them into being “just another DJ.” The bright light show, trippy television screens and the glow in the dark accessories covering dancing fans with wide eyes and smiley faces. But it’s that moment when Salken starts drumming away as the beat starts and Lalli blows into the mouthpiece of his sax producing a sultry melody; that is what sets them apart.
The groups of ATX families spread out around Stubb’s lost it when the duo came on. It was as if the dance party was never going to end. Considering this winter tour is in support of their most recent album Noctournal, the majority of their set list was made up of tracks from that album but they managed to squeeze in tracks from previous albums as well. When Big G started pumping a remix of Jay Z’s “Can I get a…,” the whole crowd got grimey. Regardless if you knew the person next to you, you were all moving to the same beat which made it a badass time all around.
Lalli’s energy was infectious throughout the entire set and he was constantly hyping the crowd which kept the show going strong. Towards the end of the show, Big G dropped a dubby track that made the crowd’s dance party way more rowdy. Lalli shouted out to the crowd, “this is the beginning of the end, y’all!” At this point in the show, the duo pulled all the stops and had everyone’s hands in the air. Lalli’s sax skills were so dirty, they had everyone grooving all the way out the door.