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With the big show just days away, we were able to catch up with Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic to pick his mind about the 2014 Sky High Tour, coming to Urbana October 14th. We speak on his youth, his influences, the bands latest collaborations, and even touch on spirit animals. Be sure to purchase your ticket via eTix to witness Big G once again throw down at the Canopy Club this Monday. In the meantime, check out the full interview below.

UPC: At what age did you start playing the drums?

Jeremy: It was kind of like when I was three. My parents have all these pictures of me beating on pots and pans with chopsticks and kind of setting them up like a drum set. I have no musical family. I didn’t watch videos. I don’t even know where I got that idea from to do that but, I have been doing it since I was really little.

UPC: What music and artists influenced you to continue playing?

Jeremy: There has been tons of artists, tons of drummers. I was really into the jam band scene for a while, so Phish is a big one, and a bunch of jazz guys. As well as Carter Beauford, the drummer from Dave Matthews. He was a big influence when I was growing up.

UPC: You’ve recently collaborated with Sabina Sciubba of Brazilian Girls on  ‘Love Letters.’ Can you elaborate on the cyber process of working with this artist and how this beautiful track came to be?

Jeremy: We have been fans of Brazilian Girls for years and we were trying to do a track with a female vocalist. We hit her up and she is somewhere in Europe, like in France or something crazy. Dom went back and forth with her, sent her the track and she would sing over it. They would go back and forth making edits and revisions. She made up the lyrics and is singing in different languages. We are definitely really proud of that track. It is something totally different from what we have done in the past and its kind of Dom’s thing, with him, making it to do something totally different. We are super psyched on it and how it came out.

UPC: Does Sabina’s voice actually sound just like how you recorded it in ‘Love Letters?’ Or did you alter it?

Jeremy: Yeah, no. Her voice sounds like that. Dom really didn’t do effects, or pitch changing, or anything like that. He might have added some reverb which makes it a little more echo-y. It sounds like it’s coming out of a big room. But, yeah that’s Sabina. Have you checked out Brazilian Girls?

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UPC: I have not, yet.

Jeremy: Go get Brazilian Girl’s albums and check it out. You will love it. They kind of do a live electronic thing, also. Just awesome vibe. Then, she’s just crazy on stage. Wears costumes. Never shows her face. That’s the whole vibe of her thing with Brazilian Girls. So she will wear a censor bar over her face or some mask. It’s crazy.

UPC: Who have been the more influential artist(s) you have collaborated with?

Jeremy: Being in Colorado, there are so many homies around here. We have gotten to work with Paper Diamond, with Griz, with the Adventure Club dudes, Savoy. We have done stuff with tons of people over the years, we’re just psyched to work with our homies any time that we can.

UPC: It seems quite frequent that you share the bill with Christian Bauhofer, better known by his stage name Minnesota. Can you share some memorable experiences you have throughout the years?

Jeremy: Man, we have played tons of shows with that dude. He is a good friend. It is almost like … a lot of these guys come and open up for us, we feel like they’re our little brothers. They kind of come up and it will be like their first tour, or their first bus that they have ever been on, and it’s with us. So, it is really cool to share that with these guys. Minnesota is just a badass. We want to get him out there as much as we can and we really believe in the guy.

UPC: Who runs you Twitter account these days?

Jeremy: Who runs it? Kind of all of us, mainly Dom, and I’ll kind of chime in every once in a while. But, it is usually him. And then, our team when we do more press related stuff. But, we have the final say with the wording of it if it is something, like we are dropping our New Years tickets or stuff like that. 99% of the time it is Dom. You guys digging the twitter?

UPC: Absolutely. Always.

Jeremy: Our Twitter.

UPC: It is good to know that the artist are actually doing it.

Jeremy: Like the spirit animal thing. We have got this whole thing going that we didn’t even expect. We were kind of being silly, wrote that, and then it turned into everybody posting their spirit animals and shit.

UPC: What’s your spirit animal?

Jeremy: There is a test that I found online and it said that I was a wolf. Which is kind of weird because I grew up with Malamutes, Alaskan Malamutes, and those are my favorite dogs … any type of wolf dog, like a husky. And I am very friend, pack-oriented which kind of makes sense, but I don’t know if I’m necessarily as aggressive as a wolf is, but maybe I’m a little sly. Who knows? I don’t know. I just think it’s hilarious that we put that post up and it just went wild. That’s got the most attention than anything we have written. More so, than ‘Thank You for coming to Red Rocks,’ or anything that comes from our heart. We’re like talking about spirit animals and girls in yoga pants, and that is what everyone cares about.

UPC: Can you give us any insight into the reasoning behind choosing New York to bring in the New Year? Certain shows or experiences there?

Jeremy: New York City, I don’t know if you have been there before, but it is freakin’ amazing. And we loved being in Chicago for the last two years, and we were trying to find a new home just to give another part of the country some love. And because we just did North Coast, we don’t want to overstay our welcome in Chicago. So, we thought we would go to New York and it is awesome. We can do our show. I can go see Phish. The Biscuits are there. There is so much to do that week that it is just going to be a crazy time.

UPC: Any news on a Big Grizmatik track in the works?

Jeremy: We’re always chatting with those guys, but everybody’s so busy right now that it’s hard to nail something down. So, nothing plan right now, but we’re always talking to those dudes and hopefully we can get something going at some point.

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UPC: What has been the last live show that you’ve attended that wasn’t yours? Do you watch other artists perform regularly?

Jeremy: I’m like really into Snarky Puppy, lately. I don’t know if you have checked them out at all. Have you heard of them? You have. Their drummer is really frickin’ insane. He is just amazing. The whole vibe of the band and the music that they’re playing is really changing it for the Jazz funk vibe. It’s the kind of groups that Dom and I played before Big G. So, it is really cool to see a band that’s taking it to the next level. And I listen to them and I’m like, ‘God damn it, I just want to be able to play like that.’ I just need to practice a lot more. They’re great. Love Alt-J. I’ve been listening to Lorde a lot lately because she’s just awesome.

UPC: 16 years old.

Jeremy: Yeah, Lorde is like a baby. Poolside I don’t know if you have heard of them. They’re is great. There is a bunch of good bands out there.

UPC: Poolside’s dope.

UPC: Well, we sincerely thank you for your time and ask if you have any final thoughts to share with the Big Gigantic Family?

Jeremy: So, this is going to be for the Urbana show, correct?

UPC: Yes, correct.

Jeremy: Yes, cool. Well, we are so psyched to be back there. Ian Goldberg that runs the venue is a really good friend and we’ve build this relationship through that club and through Summer Camp. We’re just beyond exited to come back there and rage with you guys. So, tell everybody to buy their tickets and come bring it. It’s on Monday. This Monday. I cannot wait to get back there.

UPC: Once again, thank you so much for your time.

Jeremy: Thank you guys. Really appreciate it. We will see you on Monday. Take care.