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Interview:
Big Data grows from a man into a band
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Alan Wilkis started Big Data a few years back as a solo concern, a chance for him to make electropop flavored music with an assortment of singers.

But in the wake of its first full album, this year's "2.0," Big Data has become a touring entity, which has created a new dynamic that Wilkis is coming to terms with.

"I guess I like the feeling of having options," Wilkis, 33, explains by phone while getting a take-out salad in Brooklyn, where he lives and works. "When I started the project it was really just me in my basement. But as I've figured out what the live experience was, it's really kind of become a band. It really feels like a unit, the camaraderie and everything.

"It's really me at the heart of it, but the live show is a band, and I think going forward I'll still sort of walk the line between sometimes its more of a producer thing and sometimes it's a band thing."

That said, Wilkis -- who had a No. 1 Alternative hit with "Dangerous" from "2.0" -- acknowledges that having a touring band has had a definite and tangible impact on the way he approaches music since Big Data began going on the road.

"I'm starting to write new stuff and I definitely think more about how the songs will work as a performance as I'm writing them, which was never really part of the process for me before. I always came at things from more of an electronic music angle, and now I think about, 'How would this feel with a live drummer or live harmonizing or guitar parts?'

"It's definitely an added layer I didn't used to think about, so that's really cool. It gives me something new to think about and pushes me in a good way. I never really want to feel like I'm doing the same thing again, so it's good to have different things and new things to look at."

RAC, Big Data and Filous

Sunday, Nov. 1. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

Tickets are $24.

Call 313-833-3700 or visit majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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