A 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.