Even though Big Gigantic has four previous albums to its credit, the group's Dominic Lalli feels that the just-released "The Night is Young" -- a collection of aggressive, high-tempo dance music -- is something of a new beginning for the Boulder, Colo., duo.
"I feel like we're just getting started in terms of showcasing to people what we have the potential of doing," says Lalli, 36, a saxophonist, composer and producer who formed Big Gigantic during the late 00s with drummer Jeremy Salken. "This is sort of scratching the surface in a lot of ways and exploring some new things we haven't done before.
"So we're excited to keep everything going and keep doing some more -- writing a lot more music, working with a lot of different people. It feels like a really great, fertile time.
Timing is on Big Gigantic's side as well. Lalli and Salken became part of the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis success story, letting the duo open for them before it became hugely successful and subsequently remixing the chart-topping "Can't Hold Us." "We had a feeling he was about to be huge and we knew his album was coming out earlier in the year, so it's an honor to be able to have someone like that open for you," Lalli recalls. "They're super cool and super nice guys. They had already started to blow up big at that point, but they were still just sweet people.
"So we did the remix and some other stuff and all that went well. We just give the biggest props to those guys. They probably won't play with us anymore -- but we'd open for them, for sure."
Big Gigantic and Manic Focus perform Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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