Tue. Sep 26th, 2023

The leisure enterprise has a repute as a fickle beast—a hostile atmosphere the place selflessness is an albatross from success. Gigantic NGHTMRE are a splash of chilly water to that fever dream.

NGHTMRE and Huge Gigantic have by no means shied from enjoying good. Their new, self-titled collaborative EP is an instance of power in numbers. It is also a reminder that the musical mines of the world bear an excessive amount of valuable ore for anybody act to excavate. 

Huge Gigantic, whose earlier collaborations embrace Huge Grizmatik (with GRiZ and Gramatik) and Gigantic Underground Conspiracy (with the Disco Biscuits and Underground Orchestra)—are keenly conscious of how a lot creativity may be pooled from a number of wells.

“It is one thing that Dom and I’ve completed from the start,” Huge Gigantic’s Jeremy Salken tells EDM.com. “I feel it traces to our backgrounds in music and rising up enjoying jazz and being in a marriage band or a funk band.”

“Having all these completely different experiences, appreciating completely different sorts of music and having numerous mates in numerous bands pre-Huge Gigantic, we got here to the desk loving what we had been doing,” he continues. “However then we’re like, ‘Oh man, let’s attempt to throw this within the combine. What if we do a dwell band model of Huge G? Or what if we workforce up with Tyler who we’re large followers of and get outdoors of our consolation zone and attempt to take that to a distinct degree?’ It is simply enjoyable, man.”

NGHTMRE has produced a variety of sounds regardless of the darkish and imposing presence of his stage title. His range is made attainable on account of his proactiveness in crossing the digital music pond. Frequent collaborations are a technique that has allowed NGHTMRE to keep away from typecasting and proactively evolve as an artist.

“Each single time, it provides me a chance to do one thing outdoors what I typically would do or make one thing that I like that perhaps would not sound like only a NGHTMRE tune,” NGHTMRE tells us. “I study one thing new each time production-wise. Regardless of how expert, new or veteran the particular person I am working with is, I all the time find yourself studying one thing… Little bits and items that assist my manufacturing alongside the best way and I can apply them to NGHTMRE stuff too.”

“It is a testomony to what you are able to do when you might have a group round the whole lot,” Salken provides. “When persons are collaborating it reinforces that group much more. That is what we’re all about. It is simply enjoyable.”

Gigantic NGHTMRE performing on the Brooklyn Mirage.

Alive Protection

The Gigantic NGHTMRE expertise is a tad surreal for the latter half. NGHTMRE all the time had self-belief in what he needed to supply to the trade, however the thought of working intently with Huge Gigantic—who NGHTMRE watched for the primary time in 2012 as a festival-goer at Camp Bisco—is definitely a “pinch me I have to be dreaming” second.

“Once I assume again to these days and first shifting to L.A. earlier than NGHTMRE began and all that stuff, I undoubtedly felt like I might do it,” NGHTMRE says. “I knew I had the thought to put in writing this music. If I might educate myself the technical facets of the whole lot, I would have the ability to kill it. I feel I’ve all the time had that behind my thoughts. It is undoubtedly a visit to consider sharing the stage with somebody that you simply’re at a live performance for.”

NGHTMRE and Huge Gigantic first collaborated on “Like That.” Their first twin launch and dwell efficiency made it abundantly clear that they needed to come “Again For Extra.”

“We did the primary efficiency [and] it was so clean,” NGHTMRE says. “It went over so effectively with the gang. I acquired to play some music I really feel I do not all the time get to play. They acquired to play some heavier stuff that perhaps they do not all the time get to play. It simply felt actually pure.”

“Having Dom writing loopy sax strains over home music, bass music, and all this kind of stuff simply actually intrigued me,” Salken says of their self-titled EP. “I have been actually making an attempt to include extra dwell devices and in addition actually love Huge Gigantic’s sound.”

The Gigantic NGHTMRE EP is an train in tinkering with how the puzzle items match as a substitute of wedging them by power. It is a tight, refined five-track EP that mixes the perfect of each worlds whereas additionally venturing into uncharted areas.

Gigantic NGHTMRE carry out at Brooklyn Mirage


“It is a little bit little bit of the whole lot between what you hear with Huge G and what you hear with NGHTMRE after which some stuff that I feel that you simply would not anticipate both,” Salken says.

“It is not similar to we took this a part of this and this a part of that and put it collectively. It is like each issues mixed become a brand new factor. Between Don’s writing and Tyler’s writing and them coming collectively and taking bits and items of one another’s work and having vocalists on high, it is a tremendous dope album.”

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