style="font-weight: 400;">Drummer Jeremy Salken and saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli of href="http://dancingastronaut.com/big-gigantic">Big Gigantic embody their band’s namesake in every sense of the word.
style="font-weight: 400;">From selling out href="http://dancingastronaut.com/tag/red-rocks-amphitheater">Red Rocks Amphitheater in their home state of Colorado five consecutive times for their annual href="http://dancingastronaut.com/tag/rowdytown">Rowdytown event, to hitting Indonesia with href="http://dancingastronaut.com/tag/mad-decent">Mad Decent and jet-setting around the world to play every major festival imaginable, the live electronica band reaches international audience with their infamously boisterous sound.
“It’s something that’s your duty as someone in a community, to help other people that are in need.”
While Big Gigantic’s popularity explodes as they style="font-weight: 400;">play a distinct role in blending jazz and hip-hop elements into the electronic genre, their musical footprint is equally paralleled by their continuous philanthropic involvement. style="font-weight: 400;"> elaborates,
style="font-weight: 400;">“We always wanted to be able to use our platform to help other people, raise awareness and spread the word,” Salken elaborates. It’s something that’s your duty as someone in a community, to help other people that are in need. It helps enrich your life, and is a kind of paying it forward situation.”
Before the duo had an exponentially growing platform, philanthropy has been a priority for Big Gigantic since their inception. Back in 2008, their debut show benefitted charity organization href="http://www.consciousalliance.org">Conscious Alliance, to aid residents of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Over the course of their charitable history, Big Gigantic has spread the love around to a wide variety of organizations, from assisting troubled youth to animal rescue.
style="font-weight: 400;">To maximize their charity involvement, the duo founded href="http://www.biggigantic.net/a-big-g-difference">A Big Gigantic Difference Foundation in 2016 b style="font-weight: 400;">efore touring North America for their style="font-weight: 400;">Brighter Future style="font-weight: 400;">album. style="font-weight: 400;">$1 of every ticket sold on the 22-date tour went to a select charity in each market, raising over $20,000 in the organization’s first year. style="font-weight: 400;">
style="font-weight: 400;">Fort heir 2017 philanthropy goal, Big Gigantic sets their sights on href="http://www.youthonrecord.org/">Youth on Record, a charity located in their Colorado stomping grounds. The Denver-based organization is a music learning experience for at-risk and otherwise written-off youth. Youth On Record teaches style="font-weight: 400;">their musically inclined students lessons with instruments, how to record those instruments, and how to do production on computers for either electronic music or for whichever genre they choose.style="margin-left: 560px; width: 516px; background-color: black; padding: 32px; text-align: center; font-size: 32px; color: #fff;">“If we are giving instruments to kids that are in our community, that’s just passing the torch on to the next generation.”