Big Something has begun to earn their place on the festival circuit and become a household name for fans of groovy rock meets jam band music. I recently had the opportunity to discuss Big Something’s upcoming tour with the group’s frontman Nick MacDaniels. He explained the group’s unique sound and filled us in on what Big Something has in store for the future. Check out what he had to say about inspiration, touring, and the future of Big Something.
Answers by Nick MacDaniels (guitar, vocals)
How would you describe your sound?
The foundation is pretty straight forward rock ‘n roll with lots of spacey sounds and then we bring in different influences like funk, jazz, reggae, hip hop, metal, bluegrass. It’s all over the place, but we’re just music nerds so that’s the way we like it. Each song kind of has its own identity. We like to write songs that are catchy and kinda tell a story and take listeners on a journey.
Do you feel like you have been pigeonholed into any genres and has that affected the band?
Not really. We kinda just do what we do and let the rest work itself out. The way other people want to describe it isn’t really up to us and it’s all just semantics at this point in musical history anyway. We’re not really aiming for a certain sound in particular. We listen to so many different kinds of music and we just really enjoy playing together and writing songs where the feel of the music fits the theme of the lyrics.
What/who are some of the biggest inspirations to your music?
Good question. Our inspirations are very diverse and always changing. Nowadays I think a lot of us are influenced by each other and what we’re each listening to. We’re also influenced by the bands we play with, the people we meet, all the different cities and cultures we get to experience. That’s vague I know but we’re a pretty diverse group of people in terms of taste, age and background and it’s part of the reason why we sound the way we do and why our band is called “big something.” We range in ages from 27 – 44. Some of us are in to Metal, Jazz, Classical music, in addition to more obvious styles like funk, reggae, hip hop, country and bluegrass. I think a pretty good common denominator for us is classic rock like Pink Floyd and alternative rock and prog rock but we also like some really dumb / silly stuff too. We’re always trying to find awesomely-bad and strange music to make each other laugh in the van.
What is next for Big Something? Anyone that you would love to get to tour with in the future?
Well we are about to finish up our “Tumbleweed Tour” in support of the new album that we just released in February. It’s been a great ride so far taking us all over the country. And now we’re gearing up for festival season this Summer with stops at Summercamp, Mountain Music Festival, Mad Tea Party, High Sierra, The Ride Festival, Pasture Palooza, Floydfest, The Werkout, and even our very own festival now in it’s 6th year – The Big What? We are also hoping to team up with another like-minded band for a big tour this Fall. Not sure who yet but there are some exciting options on the table 😉
Are there any words you would like to leave your fans with?
I guess I’d just like to thank everyone that has been listening to our music and coming out to shows. There are so many great people we have become friends with in our travels and we owe so much to them helping us get to this point – encouraging us, adding fuel to the fire, helping us make our music and our shows better. There’s a lot of heart behind the scenes in the Middle of Nowhere and we are very grateful for that.
As Big Something tours this spring, they are sure to inspire a variety of fans around the country. Thanks to Nick for taking the time to answer some questions for the fans. We are looking forward to checking out their upcoming tour dates with Umphrey’s McGee. Check below for the closest tour date to you and grab your tickets to see Big Something today.
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Big Something Tour Dates
TUE, APR 18 FAYETTEVILLE, AR George’s Majestic Lounge
WED, APR 19 TULSA, OK Cain’s Ballroom
THU, APR 20AUSTIN, TX Stubbs Bar-B-Q
FRI, APR 21NEW ORLEANS, LA Orpheum Theater
SAT, APR 22ATLANTA, GA Sweetwater 420 Festival
TUE, APR 25 TALLAHASSEE, FL Side Bar Theatre
WED, APR 26 ST. PETERSBURG Jannus Live
THU, APR 27 LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL House of Blues Orlando
FRI, APR 28 MIAMI BEACH, FL Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theatre
SAT, APR 29ST. AUGUSTINE, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre
FRI, MAY 5 WILMINGTON, NC Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
SAT, MAY 6 PITTSBORO, NC Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival
FRI, MAY 19 GIBSONVILLE, NCGrove Winery
SUN, MAY 21 OUTER BANKS, NC Mustang Music Festival @ Mike Dianna’s Grill Room
THU, MAY 25 MILWAUKEE, WI The Back Room @ Colectivo
FRI, MAY 26 CHILLICOTHE, IL Summer Camp Music Festival
SAT, MAY 27 GENEVA, MN Revival Music Festival
THU, JUN 1LEESBURG, VA Tally Ho Theater
SAT, JUN 3 NEW RIVER GORGE, WV Mountain Music Festival
FRI, JUN 9 CHARLESTON, SC Charleston Pour House