Although many incredible electro artists are based in Europe (like Justice, Daft Punk and Breakbot), America's Big Gigantic is living proof we don't have to go abroad to see an amazing electro concert.
Hailing from Boulder, Colo., Big Gigantic's Dominic Lalli (producer/sax) and Jeremy Salken (drums) lived up to its name in a major way when they closed out The Backyard stage at the Firefly Music Festival on Sunday at midnight.
With a bevy of ice cream-colored lights radiating from the stage onto Salken, Lalli and a horde of smitten festivalgoers waving glow sticks, Big Gigantic dished out lovely tunes from its latest album, "Nocturnal," an intergalactic journey that binds dubstep, hip-hop and jazz elements together. Tunes off the album included the title track, as well as "The Heavyweight Champion" and "Rise and Shine." Big Gigantic also tossed in a few remixes like its bass-wobbling rendition of Jay-Z's "Can I Get A…," its synthy version of Aloe Blacc's "I Need A Dollar" and a jazzy take on Macklemore's new single, "Can't Hold Us."
What really separates Big Gigantic from most electronic artists is Salken and Lalli actually play live instruments over their electronic tunes, which allows the audience to develop an even stronger connection with them because you can feel and see that not all of their music is manufactured. Lalli and Salken were noticeably drenched in sweat at Firefly, which is uncommon for an electro act that's performing at midnight when the sun isn't beaming down on them. But that speaks to the dedication and passion that Big Gigantic really brings to its shows.
It's also a big indicator for why the Colorado duo recently reached 100,000 likes on Facebook just a few months ago.