Big Wild Making Big Moves: Hulaween Artist Spotlight
Every so often, you come across an artist who defies musical boundaries and refuses to be part of the mainstream in electronic music. Someone who isn’t just another face in a sea of DJs and producers. With Suwannee Hulaween coming in hot in just a few short weeks, I decided to highlight one of my recent favorites on the lineup in the electronic music scene, someone who’s no noob to producing beats, but has just recently begun receiving much-deserved recognition for his sound. LA-based Jackson, more commonly known by his stage name Big Wild, is rapidly ascending to the top of the game with no intention of slowing down, as shown by his recent touring with reputable artists such as Gramatik and funk pioneer GRiZ.
Jackson, who began experimenting with music at an impressively early age, started off with collaborative hip-hop projects, and then progressed into the electronic music scene, shifting his focus towards solo productions. Having learned most of his musical knowledge on his own through hands-on experience despite majoring in music business at Northeastern University, Big Wild is practically self-taught in all aspects of producing, including performing a multitude of instruments in the studio and on stage as well. Keyboards, Cajon drums, and a drumpad are all incorporated into his music, which help him achieve a melodic, tribal-influenced sound of electronic music. His first EP, entitled Native Echoes and released onto the Cosmonostro record label, perfectly exemplifies Big Wild’s type of music – a larger than life sound layered with drippy, futuristic beats, and dreamy melodies. It’s the kind of tunes that you listen to over and over again, each time hearing something new that you hadn’t noticed previously.
Aside from his original tracks, Big Wild has perfected the art of remixing, as shown by some of his incredibly popular remixes such as Odesza’s “Say My Name” ft. Zyra (Big Wild Remix) and GRiZ’s “For The Love” ft. Talib Kweli (Big Wild Remix). And that’s just the beginning of it, Jackson has produced a slew of ingenious mash-ups as well, showcasing his creativity and limitless ability to integrate genres into one beautiful harmony.
Currently on tour with GRiZ along with supporting acts Louie Lastic and Muzzy Bearr, Jackson and the crew have been crushing the scene all over the US, and are preparing to make a few pit stops in the Sunshine State in Tampa, Orlando, and of course Live Oak, FL at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park for Hulaween. A full list of Big Wild’s upcoming US tour dates are listed below.
- 10/14/15 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor (w/ GRiZ and Louie Lastic)
- 10/15/15 – Orlando, FL @ Venue 578 (w/ GRiZ and Louie Lastic)
- 10/16/15 – Columbia, SC @ Music Farm (w/ GRiZ and Louie Lastic)
- 10/17/15 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore (w/ GRiZ and Louie Lastic)
- 10/20/15 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre (w/ GRiZ and Muzzy Bearr)
- 10/21/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore (w/ GRiZ and Muzzy Bearr)
- 10/22/15 – Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theatre & Performing Arts Center (w/ GRiZ and Muzzy Bearr)
- 10/23/15 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall (w/ GRiZ and Muzzy Bearr)
- 10/24/15 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre (w/ GRiZ and Muzzy Bearr)
- 10/25/15 – Boston, MA @ Royale (w/ GRiZ and Muzzy Bearr)
- 10/30/15 – 11/1/15 – Live Oak, FL @ Suwannee Hulaween (w/ Pretty Lights, Slightly Stoopid, Primus & more)
- 10/31/15 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom (w/ The Floozies)
- 11/23/15 – 11/24/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue (w/ Odesza)
For more music by Big Wild, visit his SoundCloud and keep up with tour info on his Facebook and Twitter. GA and VIP tickets to Hulaween 2015 are still available on the website, including Thursday pre-party tickets as well. Also, you can purchase tickets to any of Big Wild’s upcoming shows on his official site.