How Big Gigantic Broke the Saxophone Into Dance Music
The Colorado duo premiere new documentary and recount their struggle to bring live instrumentation to EDM.
Anyone who has been to a Big Gigantic show can attest to its appeal.
The Boulder live/electronic outfit — comprised of saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken — is a rollicking, funk-fueled roller coaster in concert, careening through blistering sax breakdowns and snarling synth bass drops while commanding the fervent fandom usually reserved for jam bands.
Big Gigantic’s scene-straddling balancing act has elevated them to a rare sort of festival staple – equally at home playing ‘heads-only’ outings like Electric Forest, Shambhala, and Camp Bisco as mainstream festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Ultra Music Festival.
They also remain hometown heroes in Colorado, where their annual Rowdytown concert series at the hallowed Red Rocks Amphitheatre – set to kick off this weekend from Sept. 25-26 – has sold out every year since its 2012 debut. The event features prominently in their new documentary.