Big Gigantic with HeRobust and The Phoenix Bros.
7:30 p.m. Sunday
Farmers Public Market
311 S. Klein
Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken — the two minds behind electronic duo Big Gigantic — met while playing in various jazz and funk bands around the greater Boulder, Colo., area before rooming together and deciding to collaborate.
Old habits die hard.
“[Lalli] said, ‘I'm making these beats, and I want to play sax over it.’ It was like, ‘Why not?’ I decided to add live drums, and it became this more natural, organic thing," Salken said. "We combined what DJs were doing with what songwriters were doing and kind of found our own thing. Adding saxophone to that really separates us."
Not that the idea came out of nowhere; the two had become friends with livetronica pioneers Sound Tribe Sector 9, which helped set the duo on a path to combine its equal-parts love of John Coltrane, Radiohead and Aphex Twin, just as numerous other acts nationwide began mixing a similar sound.
"Within the last couple of years, a community has developed around it," Salken said. "All these kids who didn't know where to go kind of feel like they have a home for what they want to do. It's paved the way for everyone to do anything they want to do. Electronic music has been around for a long time, but it's still new to a lot of kids. They are discovering a whole new world.”