Interview: Big Gigantic
Thu, 06 Feb 2014 14:04:24
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Big Gigantic make the kind of music perfect for a midnight ride. It's a simmering stew of classical intricacy and chops, electronic swells, and danceable dirtiness that's worth staying up all night for. That's exactly the way you'll feel after one listen to The Night Is Young. Get ready to move well past dawn...
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Big Gigantic's Dominic Lalli discusses The Night Is Young and so much more.
What connects The Night Is Young for you?
When I dropped Nocturnal a couple of years ago, I dug it. It was good. It was fresh, and it was the best thing we had done so far. With this album, I wanted to sound sort of along the lines of the things we were doing, but fresher. Even the key centers are up higher a little bit to give it a fresher type of sound. At the same time, I wanted to do a bunch of different things. Some of it is stuff we've done as well as things we haven't done. I wanted to push boundaries a little bit in general in terms of what we're capable of doing. There are a lot of different styles, but they're good tunes. It's different, but it's familiar.
How do songs start for you?
It completely varies. When it rains, it pours. I'll spend fifteen hours in the studio. Of those, for twelve or thirteen, I'll get nothing. It's very defeating sometimes. Then, you get one thing and the door just opens up. It's like you have the key and it makes so much sense. Everything falls into place. It depends. In terms of making a whole record, anything more than a three- or four-track EP, it's like you're making the puzzle pieces as you go along. As you finish one thing, you're like, "I've got this. I need this to fill the rest of it out". You're writing tunes to fill out the rest of the album. It's a really interesting and fun process. You're always bouncing things back and forth. You hone in and dissect it all closely. You also look back at the whole big picture and see what it looks like. There's a lot of that back and forth.
What's the story behind "Shooting Stars"?
I really wanted to make a track that was just nice and melodic. I wanted it to be like an intro and outro. It ended up be a three-and-a-half minute song. I'm actually singing and then I take the sampler and mess with it. I wanted to do something that was a nice tune with a great melody that's laidback.
How did the title track come together?
We were in the green room in Boise, ID. I had the beat, and I played the chords. I loved the chords. I played the little chorus melody. I had that. We came off tour. I had already worked with the Cherub guys because I'd already played on a couple of their songs. It reminded me of Prince or something like that, and the Cherub guys like channeling that type of shit. I hit them up and the first thing they sent back made me go, "This is money!" It was perfect. Originally, I had the vocal part over the chorus so I decided to move it and change everything around. It had that melody, and it all came together. That's the first thing they sent over though.
Was "From Dusk Till Dawn" a nod to the movie?
It was just the two juxtapositions of the intro melody thing into the drop. That's like the "Dusk" to "Dawn" part. It's that time in the night when you're going out if you make it up until dawn. It's reflective of that whole world.
What inspires you?
For the most part, I'm inspired by lots of other music. Being an all-instrumental thing for the most part, I try to hone in on the music painting some sort of picture. It's not that I'm necessarily inspired particularly by certain movies or art pieces. As a saxophone player and fan of classical music and all different kinds of music, I think it's my natural extinct to think like that in terms of writing instrumental songs. It was cool to work with Cherub and utilize actual vocals.
If the album were a movie or a combination of movies, what would it be?
It'd be a movie about someone's whole night and all of their experiences within the evening from going out to going to bed [Laughs]. It might be a new movie starring James Franco.
Check out 'Nocturnal' from Big Gigantic, below, and be sure to check the Big Gigantic website for more audio and video!
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