Mei caught up with jam band Big Something for another fun Q&A. Get a little insight into these guys and see them this Saturday night with Moogatu! Download their new live album, "Live From Uranus", here!
Where/When was Big Something’s first show?
BIG Something's first show was at a local North Carolina festival we hosted on our friends farm - we called it "The Farm Party" (very creative I know). Many years ago, our band used to be called "Anonymous" or "The Anonymous Band" but we decided to change the name and we announced that we would debut the new name as a surprise at The Farm Party. So when we played our set at the party, no one in the audience had any idea what the new name was going to be and over the course of the night our good friend and artist, Pat Howard, slowly painted an artistic rendering of the new name "BIG Something" on our trailer which was lit up and parked next to the stage like a big canvas. So slowly the name was revealed to the 300+ people in attendance and that's also the night we released our debut album "Stories from the Middle of Nowhere." This was several years ago so we've grown a lot since then, but there's a video that captures this experience pretty well: - http://www.youtube.com/
What artist/ band would you say you are most influenced by?
We all come from very different backgrounds and our influences definitely come out in our music. Personally, I have been influenced heavily by The Talking Heads, Pink Floyd, The Flaming Lips, The Gorillaz, The Who, Queen, Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter, The Beach Boys, Old school funk music, and tons of other stuff. We all listen to really diverse catalogues of music. The other guys in the band have their own tastes so I don't want to speak on their behalf, but I can tell you that some of their main influences are Rush, The Beatles, Frank Zappa, Foo Fighters, Miles Davis, Parliament Funkadelic, Sly and the Family Stone, Daniel Johnston, The Allman Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Herring and KinGator just to name a few off the top of my head.
Nick - dank eats & heady geddy dillas
Doug - 2 egg breakfast with sauchez
Jesse - any form of chicken and cheese
Ben - turkey sandwiches and jenkum milkshakes
Josh - the murphalotta & bbq from dairy queen
Casey - sandy pizza
What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences?
One of our most off the wall touring experiences happened a couple years ago when we played at The Blackwater Music Festival at The Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. We arrived the night before our set so we could camp out. And while we were hanging out at our campsite that night, we noticed someone standing in the middle of the road taking off his pants. It became clear that this person was hallucinating pretty heavily and he eventually got completely naked and came over to our campsite and started talking nonsense to us. We would shoe him away but he kept coming back and terrorizing our campsite. This eventually culminated with the naked guy charging at us, running full speed at our campsite like he was going to dive bomb us and our drummer Ben instinctively got up and had to tackle the naked guy in self defense. So yea our drummer tackled a naked guy in Florida one time.