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Interview:
Big Gigantic keeps looking for growth
 

By GARY GRAFF
For Journal Register Newspapers

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Big Gigantic has been, well, big in places like Chicago and Denver, the latter near the electronic duo's home base of Boulder. But drummer Jeremy Salken says and he partner Dominic Lalli are happy to consider Michigan fertile ground for the blend of organic and synthetic music, too.

"It wasn't, like, a shock, but we've been like, 'Holy s***, tickets are selling~!' and Michigan continues to impress the hell out of us," says Salken, 31. "We get great crowds in Grand Rapids and Royal Oak in the Detroit area. We just did Kalamazoo for the first time; that was 1,600 people, sold out in advance. We keep doing these markets 'cause people (really) love it. You guys have a huge scene there."

Salken says Big Gigantic plans to reward the faithful with "a bunch of new music" -- the duo plans to hit the studio in late summer to make a follow-up to 2012's "Nocturnal" -- as well as the biggest show its ever taken on the road, which it debuted on New Year's Eve in Chicago.

"We have a new light rig, and the show is tighter than it's ever been," Salken says. "We're definitely trying to push ourselves every time out. We're pushing ourselves musically, creatively; when we're playing together and doing the kind of improvisational sections, we're always trying to figure out new ways to challenge ourselves and keep it fresh and keep it moving so it's not the same thing ever time.

"But even with a song we've played a million times, every night ends up being kid of different. There's always different inflections, different ways we approach each of the songs. We're not just pressing a button and letting it play."

Big Gigantic, Manic Focus and Satta Don perform Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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