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AT THE time of first plan I'd hoped my travels would rally my far-flung friends - if I book the festivals, they will come - that it would be our last charge together. That I could trail along in their wake, as I had done so many times before, and together we'd forge an end worthy of all the dance scene had meant to us. But they were too far gone. Only three responded and only two of those were definite: one for the first festival, one for the last. In-between, I was on my own. Now spending a summer travelling the world's largest dance festivals was one thing, but travelling to them on your own when you were as unsocial as I was? Jeeeez. Which brought me to my third point. I was not naturally built for travel. I had no sense of direction - in fact, I was directionally damaged. I got lost in car-parks. I got lost going to places I had been to a dozen times before. I did better if I went in the opposite direction to my gut instinct. And to me landmarks were mythical things, the whole world a blur of slightly different (but mostly the same) asphalt, buildings and trees. This fault resided in the same part of my brain that dealt with languages and facial recognition, for I was also atrocious at both. Over the years I'd terrorised many a stranger with random twitchy-cheeked conversation only to discover they were not who I thought they were. A problem which would be okay overseas, I supposed, given I wouldn't be able to make myself understood in most of the countries anyway. You see then why I had my doubts. I would like to say in the face of them my fortitude kept me strong as my planning advanced, but that would be a lie. I could cut and run with the best of them. Better than most. However my foresight (oversight?) of chucking my job and booking a score of long-haul, non-refundable flights before I knew if any of my mates were going motivated far more. Like it or not I had locked myself into a summer of travelling the world's largest festivals as a comfort-and-convenience-loving, ambivalently-social, directionally-and-facially-challenged man, who was known as being a bit useless, verged on being too old, was poor at languages, had limited travel experience, and now no mates. And the only thing I could be sure of was that everyone else I encountered along the way would be there with their crew, because, well, who the hell went to a multi-day, open-air electronica festival on their own? Hmmm, maybe Mum was right and I was in the middle of one gigantic, manic episode. * * * * This blog is a story. Each post picks up from the last. If you are new, start at the bottom with post 1 and then work your way up. * * * * Enjoying what you're reading? Please take the time to follow the blog, like and comment. Your support means a lot. Also, sharing is caring. * * * *
Guest posted an article in Ozclubbers News and ReviewsA lot of holidays in the EDM world are super special, but Halloween is definitely up there. Unlike Fourth of July, Memorial Day Weekend, or New Year’s, there’s a special magic that takes over any event or festival during the Hallow’s Eve festivities. Between the attendees dressing up and the inevitably inventive stage designs and decorations, things can get pretty weird (in a great way). This coming weekend is the annual Wynwood Fear Factory – this year’s lineup features headlining sets from Porter Robinson and DJ Snake, as well as support from Steve Angello, Oliver Heldens, Wiz Khalifa and Big Gigantic. Having just come off their annual Rowdytown show at Red Rocks, I caught up with Big G’s Dom and Jeremy about what Halloween means to them, what it means to play in Miami after a natural disaster, and more. Find tickets to Big Gigantic’s current tour here. What does Halloween mean to you? Do you have a fond memory of Halloween either in your career or from when you were a kid? Dom: We always do something fun for Halloween, we always dress up – some of our stand outs would be Wayne & Garth, probably the top one was Jeremy was a rabbit and I was the pope, that was pretty good. Jeremy: We did Cheech & Chong one year. It’s always a good excuse to have fun and get the crowd to dress up, because everyone’s trying to get funky that night so it’s cool. We’ve never been to Miami for Halloween, so I’m looking forward to that. I know you guys already do group costumes as a duo, but you are also sometimes a part of Big Grizmatik. If you had to come up with a costume for all four of you, what would it be? Dom: Power Rangers, probably. That would be hilarious. Or Voltron, maybe? Jeremy: There was a year that, in Denver, Beats Antique dressed up like Dom and I, then someone dressed up like Derek from Pretty Lights, and somebody dressed up like Lorin, and they did this little segment in the middle of a show, like they were playing off all our different things. People were texting me, “Are you at Beats Antique at the Fillmore??” I’m like, “No…” It was super hilarious. So yeah, it would be fun to do a Big Grizmatik Halloween, we would freaking rage. Oh, I 100% agree. I want to shift the conversation a bit toward your new tour, which just started yesterday, of which the Wynwood Fear Factory stop is a part. Are you going to be playing any new music on that tour, newer than Brighter Future? Dom: Yeah, we’ll be playing quite a bit of stuff from the remix and deluxe albums that’s pretty new. We have a handful of new things too that we’ve been playing out here and there; we debuted some things at our Rowdytown Red Rocks show this last weekend. We’ll be playing some new stuff for sure. And I’m in the studio right now writing new stuff as we speak, so I’m sure we’ll be even playing some brand, brand, brand new stuff on tour. And speaking of Rowdytown, how’d that go? It’s your big annual show at Red Rocks and it’s definitely something your fans look forward to year-round. Dom: It was epic. It was a really good one this year – music was great, we did a new set design for it that ended up being just crazy and awesome, seemed like everybody had a good time. Is the set design from Rowdytown going to follow you on tour, as well? Jeremy: I don’t think that’s possible [laughs]. Dom: Yeahhhh… we were like 20 feet up in the air, and it took like two days to set up. It’s kind of unrealistic for tour; but you know at Red Rocks, we try to go bigger than anywhere else, just because it’s Red Rocks and it’s Rowdytown, we really try to throw a mini-fest. So we kind of go super extra, but I’m sure something like that will pop up again in New York or Chicago; we’re doing Rowdytowns there that we just announced. We’re definitely gonna try to go big for those. As you know Miami was recently rocked by hurricanes. When you travel to do a show in some place like that, where you can bring happiness to people when they really need it, does that affect you emotionally in any way? Jeremy: It’s definitely super special for us to be able to do that, and that’s one thing we 100% try to do with our shows, is just provide a place where people can let go of whatever is going on outside of that, and just come in and have fun. And hopefully be in the moment and enjoy life and be with their friends and whatever they want. There’s so much crazy stuff going on right now, it’s definitely been a rough hurricane season – it’s crazy how it’s just back to back to back. And you know with Vegas too, the way concerts are, it’s great that people are strong enough that they don’t let things like that get them down; they come out and that means a lot to us, that they want to do that and we want to provide a space for everyone to feel good. So, in other words, you want to give them a Brighter Future? Dom: When I came up with that concept a couple years ago, we were towards dropping an album. Where the world was then up until now, that’s really the message that we’ve been trying to spread all along. Any final words, particularly for the fans who will be at Wynwood? Dom: Yeah, just excited to come down to Miami and play a festival; I don’t know if we’ve ever played a festival there or not, so just excited to bring the good vibes and the brighter future vibes. This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Big Gigantic Talks Wynwood Fear Factory & Their New Tour [Interview] Source: Your EDM