We all know the saying “Go big or go home”, this rock and roll band decided that going big was the only way to go. Rolling deep in a seven person ensemble, this group’s unique sound is unlike any other and fans are taking note! In 2006 some of the band’s members actually took part in driving and assisting as stage crew for the Shiragirl stage. Now officially in the Warped Tour 2014 lineup we couldn’t help but share their excitement. Go Big’s Jessica gave us the insight into the band’s beginnings, experiences and more.
1. You’re a seven person group, do you ever face challenges communicating music ideas and visions as a band? Tell us about one.
Getting seven different people with seven different schedules in the same room once a week can definitely be a challenge. However, we’re all hard workers and if you want to make something happen you find a way to get it done. We work in small groups, have sectionals, and exchange song ideas through recordings and emails. We’re all such good friends and have been playing together for years, so when we are in the same room, it’s as if we never left.
2. What brought you all together?
Go Big is definitely a family affair. Jason and I are engaged and we’re actually getting married a week before our Conquer Entertainment Warped Tour date at the PNC Bank Arts Center! My soon-to-be brother in law Michael is also in the band and Jason, Joe, and Dave have been best friends and playing music together for over 15 years. Noreen and Steve were new additions to our musical family and now I couldn’t imagine being in a band without them. My band consists of my favorite people in the world and I think that shines through on stage.
3. Your sound is unique and one to be reckoned with, what inspires it all?
Go Big’s sound is rooted in rock and roll but we definitely touch on punk and ska influences. I’m so fortunate to be apart of such a diverse band with members from every part of the musical spectrum. I have a background in musical theater, several of the guys have played in ska bands for years, and three of our members have music degrees. We all draw influences from different places which is my absolute favorite thing about being in Go Big.
4. What is something you’d like fans to take away from your Warped Tour performances this summer?
It is definitely difficult to put Go Big into a musical category. We have male and female singers, horns, and strings. We refuse to restrict ourselves to a type of genre or sound by pulling from all types of influences. We would love for people to leave thinking “I haven’t heard anything like this, but I love it!” Personally, it’s really important for me to make an impression on the young women coming to the Warped Tour. When I was in middle school and high school the only female performers I had to look up too were prancing around stage in leather jumpsuits and singing with snakes around their necks. I want to be more than that for girls. I want to be the woman that girls look up to and say “Hey, I want to do that”.
5. What stages do you hope to one day take on?
We would love to play any stage that gives us the opportunity to spread our music to new people. As cookie cutter as that answer sounds, it’s the truth. One of my favorite parts of performing is after the set when I get a chance to connect with fans. There is nothing in the world quite like making a connection with a stranger over music, sign me up for any stage that gives me that chance.