The old adage may say “Don’t rock the boat, baby” but thankfully for attendees of Mysteryland USA, Big Gigantic did just that with the top performance of Day 1. The first day of Mysteryland USA showcased some of the top talent in the world from club mainstays like Fedde Le Grand at the Main Stage, to Joris Voorn at the Sunday School Big Top tent, or the dark and gritty sounds of Visionquest at the Spiegeltent. It was the bass shaking Boat Stage that may have stole the spotlight for me however; with a lineup that lincluded newfound TNJ favorite Lindsay Lowend, and the various big time bass stylings of Delta Heavy, Figure, Dirtyphonics and Zomboy the feature of the day was definitely filth. One of the coolest moments of the day came when Dirtyphonics took the end of their set to recognize the gravity of the moment they were in and played out the entirety of Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix to celebrate the return of a major festival to the Woodstock grounds.
The MVP of the the night hands down went to Big Gigantic as saxophonist Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken took the crowd on an absolute ride for an hour and a half. Playing tons of songs from their new album The Night Is Young, old school favorites like their remix of Get Em High, a sax filled live bootleg mashup of What So Not’s Jaguar and collaboration with RL Grime Tell Me and what would the closing set of the night at The Boat Stage be without them dropping I’m On A Boat by The Lonely Island. We sat down to talk with them about their set right when they arrived at the site and discuss some of their recent successes and upcoming events including their upcoming show at the Red Rocks Amphitheater for their 3rd edition of Rowdytown on 9/26:
ThatNewJam: What has the reaction been like on your end for The Night is Young? Just been going around touring and all that?
Dom: Big Gigantic: Yeah pretty much, it’s just been great support and the reaction’s been awesome. We sold out just about every date on the tour that we’ve done and we did Coachella and we’ve had a real good response. It’s been awesome.
TNJ: I can kinda imagine. And I saw that you guys are going in for another edition of Rowdytown in September?
Big G: Yeah 2 nights. We got a big lineup; SAVOY is on it, Caked Up, we got Trippy Turtle doing these really cool tweener sets, DVBBS, The Floozies, HeRobust. Then we got this band The New Deal, which is like this house/electronic live band that we used to tour with when we first were coming up and they were the big boys back then so it’s gonna be really cool to play with them.
TNJ: You guys got anything up your sleeve for your set tonight? Debuting anything new or something special for the Mysteryland Crowd?
Dom: Big G: We got a couple things up our sleeves because of the situation; we can’t really tell you because then we’d spoil the surprise but it’s gonna be fun and maybe funny, but definitely just rowdy in general but yeah we’re gonna bring it tonight. We have an hour and a half, which is cool because it’s kinda the longest that we’ve really gotten all festival season, so we’re playing a few different things and playing through a bunch of stuff from the album so it’s gonna be cool.
TNJ: Definitely gonna be fun. So obviously you just got here but to you guys, what makes Mysteryland so special to you guys?
Jeremy: Big G: I’d have to say the grounds that they’re held on are probably the most unique part of it, like nobody does festivals where Woodstock was and that obviously kinda has an epic weight to it. We’ve never been to a festival like this before ya know, they’re bringing this concept over from Europe and from the rest of the world. We’re also really psyched to be playing on a pirate ship! We haven’t seen it yet but I saw the mockup of it and it looks wild.
TNJ: Ya know what it is, it’s also like a bambox. You’re real intimate there; from the front of the stage to the back of the field is like 200 feet on a decline so everyone’s gonna be getting real rowdy.
We want to thank Dom and Jeremy from Big Gigantic so much for sitting down with us and tickets for Rowdytown are on sale now; you can buy your tickets here!
Ghost Pixel Projection Mapping: Rowdytown II from Ghost Pixel Visuals on Vimeo.
Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam