Exclusive Video Premiere and Interview: Big B – Here Comes The Lightning
“Here Comes the Lightning” was co-written with Grammy winner P!nk and producer Butch Walker.
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In celebration of this video premiere AltSounds was given a little time to sit down with Big B to discuss the making of “Here Comes The Lightning,” His new album “Fool’s Gold” and his excitement for his upcoming tour with The Dirty Heads. We were most curious about the collaboration with P!nk andButch Walker on “Here Comes The Lightning“, Big B was very excited to state:
It’s just a feel good, fun song. I had been friends with P!nk‘s husband Carey Hart for the past fifteen years, and I had became good friends with P!nk as well. I worked with him for a long time, and P!nk and I had talked about making music together for a long time and for this record it finally happened. We hadButch Walker produce the track and help us write some of the music for it. I had known him for a really long time and we were friends. He had some music that went with the ideas that P!nk and I had, and when he played us the track I immediately knew that that was it. P!nk and I just both grabbed a pen and pad and starting writing the song.
It was an honor to work with both of them. It was cool mesh my writing style with theirs, and the song we created together turned out to be one of my favorite songs on the record. I’m a fan of both. Butch Walker is one of the most talented guys I know. He’s always been a great songwriter and whenever he comes around on tour I’ll always try and go see him. With P!nk, how could anyone not be a fan? She’s a great songwriter and an amazing artist. I’m actually a fan and bought both of their albums long before I worked with either of them.
Big B‘s new album Fool’s Gold features musical collaborations with Slightly Stoopid, The Dirty Heads, and members of legendary punk outfits NOFX andPennywise. The end result is a collection of songs that are just as contagious as Big B‘s thuggish charm. With the entire music industry focused on finding the next huge star on reality television, Big B has taken a back-to-basics approach on Fool’s Gold and filled it with fun and spirited songs that can fit into any music lover’s playlist. The album is rich is musical diversity and is cleverly inventive, as Big B seamlessly bridges the gap between rock, hip-hop, and alternative. He had this to say about it all:
This album is just me growing up a little bit musically. I think I’ve evolved as an artist, and I know every album has been different, but I think people are starting to finally see it. I’ve done the whole white rapper thing, but it wasn’t a place for me to call home, but now I think I’m at place musically that I’d call home. I’m working with a full band now and writing songs instead of just writing rhymes over a beat that you purchased. I pride myself on that and that I’ve evolved over the past couple of albums into a songwriter. People can just expect some really good, fun songs from me. The name of the album comes from when you come into the music business you think that you’re going to take over the world, but it doesn’t always happen. When it doesn’t happen you can lose friends, label mates and even family members just searching for that “Fool’s Gold“.
It was really just me and Jim Perkins sitting in a room working things out. I’m constantly writing all the time and I’ve got songs in my head. We sit down together with Jim and his acoustic guitar, and I just start signing him melodies or choruses. We start from scratch and we just tart building it up from there. It’s just the two us in a room together for months putting together songs.
Then we invited some other musicians into the studio when we were recording like Byron from Pennywise who played drums or Jonathan from OPMplayed keyboards. We do everything ourselves and then we just add a little flavor. With
Slightly Stoopid I just got really lucky, because they had talked about working with me for a long time. I went over to their studio and they had a track that they thought would be perfect for me. They produced that whole song, and then Jim and I took it back home and chopped it up. It was going to be on theSlightly Stoopid record, but they said it worked better as a Big B track. At first I thought it might have been a b-side that they recorded for their album, but it turned out that they really had intended to use it, but they thought it would be given a better home over at my house. I went through a little bit of a hard time in my life over the past couple of years, so a lot of these songs were written during that period and what I was going through. I got through that rough period in my life and I came out of it with some good songs and the girl, which means I made out OK!
Fans can catch Big B on tour this summer with The Dirty Heads and The Expendables on the Cabin By The Sea Tour throughout June and July. Dates are below. Big B seems really excited about the tour and winning over some new fans:
I’m excited but super nervous at the same time because I haven’t toured in a while, and I need to bring my A-Game. The fans of the Expendables and theDirty Heads expect a lot from their opening bands, so I need to make sure I give them the best possible show. There isn’t one show that I’m looking forward to more than the others. The first show will be the one that it sinks in that we’re out here doing it. As far as cities go, San Francisco has always been good, Los Angeles is always a big one, and I love Texas. There are a lot of cities that have supported me over the years and the fans always come out to the shows and show a lot of love.
For me it’s just performing in front of audiences and seeing their response. I always like the ones that are just standing there with their arms crossed, giving you this evil eye, and about fifteen minutes later you look back at them and they are dancing or singing songs they didn’t know before because its catchy. It’s just a great feeling to win over that fan. Then it’s also funny to see the fan that is just so mad that they won’t give into you, because you know they are living a miserable life. I never understand why anyone would pay money to go to a show and then not want to enjoy the whole thing. Winning over fans is always the best part for me. The last couple of years I’ve seen a lot of the same fans come back after performing with Everlast or just touring. To have them come up to you and say they had never heard of you before, and now they own one of your records is a highlight for me.
We will definitely be playing a lot of tracks from “Fool’s Gold.” I know we will be playing “Here Comes The Lightning” and I want to play the Dirty Headstrack “Hangovers With You“. We will be playing a few more, but I also want to play tracks from my previous albums that fans love. I think our set has gotten a lot tighter over the past couple of years with the full band, and I think fans will really respect what we’re trying to do.
BIG B TOUR DATES:
- 06/21 – Austin, TX – The Belmont
- 06/22 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
- 06/23 – Jacksonville, FL -Free Bird Live
- 06/24 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
- 06/25 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
- 06/26 – North Myrtle Beach, FL – House of Blues
- 06/28 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
- 06/30 – Ocean City, MD – Seacrets
- 07/02 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
- 07/08 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
- 07/09 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
- 07/11 – Kansas City – Midland Theatre
- 07/12 – Denver, CO – Exdo Event Center
- 07/15 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
- 07/16 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
- 07/21 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
- 07/22 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
- 07/24 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory Concert
- 07/26 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
- 07/28 – Costa Mesa, CA – Pacific Amphitheatre
And so that was it, our time with Big B was up and undoubtedly you guys have had a chance to listen to and watch “Here Comes The Lightning” a bunch of times already. Before we left our chat with Big B we asked him for some parting words:
I just want to thank everyone that has supported me on this journey and I hope they like what they hear. I want to thank everyone at Suburban Noize andKevin Zinger for believing in me. Jim Perkins for making this album possible and all the fans that continue to go out and support my albums every year.