As we took our place in the crowd for Big Gigantic’s set on Sunday evening, Dominic Lalli’s (of Big Gigantic) jazz saxophone set the scene for the sun’s departure on the last night of Hard Day of the Dead in Pomona, CA. The pink-streaked sky was laced perfectly with the last remaining beams of golden sunlight, causing positive vibes to be spread amongst everyone at the HARD’s Mainstage.
The duo’s hypnotic blend of live instrumentation and electronic composition was a breath of fresh air from the standard DJ sets I had been seeing all day. The live aspect really did a lot to inject energy into the crowd. A major reason for this was that Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken are just so damn good with their instruments, and seeing them each take on solos throughout their set had the crowd begging for more. Their set consisted mostly of originals with a few beloved remixes, such as their remix of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us” and Aloe Blacc’s “I Need A Dollar”, sprinkled in.
Backed by a wall of varying neon gradients, the explosion of colors, along with Lalli’s infectious stage presence, propelled the performance into legendary status. Overall, Big Gigantic was the perfect set to usher in the night and make sure the party kept going.
Written by Alex Arviso
Photography by Owen Jennings
Posted on November 4, 2014