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WMC 2013: Big Gigantic Brings Saxy Beats To Grand Central

WMC 2013: Big Gigantic Brings Saxy Beats To Grand Central

On Friday, March 15, Winter Music Conference festivities were already in full-swing.  And Grand Central decided to showcase some excellent livetronica and bass music to kick things off, which is just what we got with Big Gigantic, Griz and Herobust – two out of the three acts showcasing live saxophones! And, the production was phenomenal thanks to the downtown Miami venue’s Adamson Soundsystem, LED Mega Screen and open warehouse format.

On Friday, March 15, Winter Music Conference festivities were already in full-swing.  And Grand Central decided to showcase some excellent livetronica and bass music to kick things off, which is just what we got with Big Gigantic, Griz and Herobust – two out of the three acts showcasing live saxophones! And, the production was phenomenal thanks to the downtown Miami venue’s Adamson Soundsystem, LED Mega Screen and open warehouse format.

Right on schedule at 11:30 p.m., Herobust out of Hotlanta brought the heat further South. The crowd from the outside patio funneled in as the first heavy basslines of the night shook the double doors. Scenesters shed their jackets and scarves, eager to rage to some heavy dubstep and grimy trap beats. About midway through, Herobust’s  hour-long DJ set, he dropped a sick remix of  “Hustlin’” by Rick Ross. The bassline soon morphed and mixed in to “Snapbacks and Tattoos,” (Driicky Graham) which then prompted him to exclaim, “I have to drop this right? We’re in Miami people!” The crowd ate it up. The first beats of WMC were dropping inside Grand Central, and all the while the line outside was building. The ULTRA-goers showed up around midnight, and a penguin, a Ninja Turtle, a giraffe and a Santa Claus with glowstick finger gloves entered the room.

At exactly 12:30 a.m., GRIZ took the stage, armed with his saxophone in-hand, and the Attack of the Sax began. The first few tracks really changed the vibe to a more soulful and organic hip-hop feel, while GRIZ jammed and improvised over the beats with his brass. The lighting rig came alive with strobes, and sexy red and purple lighting. The crowd appreciated the new vibe and live instrument element to the set.  About 20 minutes in, GRIZ jammed his new track featuring Big Gigantic named “Power,” outfitted in reggae. As the tempo of the music gradually accelerated, GRIZ dropped a dirty remix of Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode,” and everyone busted out lighters – sans encore. GRIZ then set down his sax for a moment and focused on some tweaked-out live vocals and beat matching skills. The room was primed and ready as someone exclaimed “Viva el Grande Gigantico!” The final tracks brought back the soulful feel with some funky guitar riffs and the ever-present saxophone fills and solos.

As 2:00 a.m. rolled around, headliner Big Gigantic was ready to rock a packed house of ULTRA after-partiers, local heady kids, tree thuggers and live music lovers alike. Quite the eclectic crowd, although it had a younger dynamic than most WMC events in close proximity. Dominic Lalli (sax, production) and Jeremy Salken (drums) delivered all their jams to an enthusiastic and responsive crowd. They began the night with a new remix of Jay-Z’s “Can I Get A…” with drum and bass undertones and sax-filled accents. When Big Gigantic began to mix in its version of the track “I Need A Dollar,” the crowd sang along and shouted “hey, hey” in between the lyrics. Lalli and Salken improvised another spine-tingling dNb section out of this track and right in to “Let’s Go” and “The Heavy Weight Champ.” They wrapped up their near two-hour set with new live remixes of Adventure Club’s track “Do I See Color” and Savoy’s “AfterShock.”  Everyone was stoked and yearning for more.

The duo from Big Gigantic stuck around after their set and came down on to the dance floor to greet their fans. Lalli and Salken took pictures, high-fived, hugged, thanked and answered any questions from their fans that’d stayed to see them.  Everyone appreciated the meet-and-greet, and left smiling, and thanks to Big Gigantic, got some great shots for their Facebook and Instagram pages along the way. On Friday night, Grand Central officially set the tone for what is sure to be a unique and diverse WMC 2013.

Photos by Melodysiac © 2013

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victor

March 19th, 2013

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