Little Big (band)

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Little Big
Little Big Vidfest.jpg
From left to right: Sergey "Gokk" Makarov, Sonya Tayurskaya, Anton Lissov, Olympia Ivleva, Ilya "Ilich" Prusikin
Background information
OriginSt. Petersburg,[1] Russia
Genres
Years active2013 (2013)-present
LabelsMakarov Sergey,[5] Little Big Family,[6] Luxury Rec.[7]
Associated actsDie Antwoord
Jane Air[3][8]
WebsiteLittleBig.band
Members
  • Ilya "Ilich" Prusikin[2]
  • Sergey "Gokk" Makarov[2][9]
  • Sonya Tayurskaya[10]
  • Anton Lissov[11]
Past members
  • Olympia Ivleva[12]
  • Anna Kast

Little Big is a Russian rave band founded in 2013 in St. Petersburg.[1] The set includes Ilya Ilich Prusikin, Sergey Gokk Makarov, Sonya Tayurskaya, and Anton Boo Lissov.[11] The first full-length album, With Russia from Love, was released on 17 March 2014.[13] The group has released three albums and nine singles.

History[edit]

The band made its debut on 1 April 2013, releasing their first video Every Day I'm Drinking.[14] They made their first public appearance on 2 July 2013 at the club A2,[9] opening for Die Antwoord.[2][8][9]

They have toured in Europe, Russia, and North America.[3][8][15][16] "This music is really in demand. We have not invested a single penny, just shot video, and became known in Europe", Ilya Prusikin said in an interview with UTV.[17][18]

On 19 December 2015, the band released their second album, Funeral Rave. It was 8th on the Russian iTunes chart for the 52nd week of 2015.[19]

On 21 May 2016, videos for the songs Give Me Your Money and Big Dick received a prize at the Berlin Music Video Awards 2016.[3][20] Big Dick won Most Trashy,[21] and Give Me Your Money won third place for Best Performer.[22] Big Dick, with over 50 million views,[23] is full of sexual imagery and overtones.[24]

"We just want to show people that they own their lives. Countries and governments are not as important as they think, a person can deal with what he wants", said frontman Ilya Prusikin on the purpose of the band in an interview with Noisey.[16]

The band has its own label "Little Big Family", which includes Little Big (2016–present), The Hatters (2016–present), Tatarka (2016–present), Хлеб (2017–present), and Lizer (2018–present)[25].

In April 2018 Olympia Ivleva decided to leave the band.[12]

Little Big achieved viral success with the release of the video for "Skibidi" on 6 October 2018. The video features a dance that became popular when others tried to imitate it as part of the "Skibidi Challenge".[26]

Musical style[edit]

The team calls itself a satirical art collaboration,[2] which relies on the music, visuals, and the show.[2] Little Big mocks various national stereotypes[16] about Russia.[8] All the videos are filmed by co-founder Alina Pasok.[2] The band shoots and produces all of their music videos.[8]

Since the first concert took place as the opening act for Die Antwoord, the band was dubbed "The Russian Die Antwoord",[2][16] and is often compared with this band.[27] Vice also called Little Big "a Russian mental patient's answer to Die Antwoord".[16] Other critics point out that while Little Big has an identity of its own, it also exposes the listener to Russian folk songs and Russian culture.[28]

The band was influenced by a variety of musicians from Cannibal Corpse, NOFX, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rammstein, and The Prodigy to Mozart and Vivaldi.[17][29]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Rave On (2017)[31]
  • Skibidi (2019)

Singles[edit]

  • "Everyday I'm Drinking" (2013)[32]
  • "We Will Push the Button" (2013)
  • "Russian Hooligans" (2013)
  • "Life in Da Trash" (2013)
  • "With Russia from Love" (2014)
  • "Dead Unicorn" (2014)[33]
  • "Kind Inside, Hard Outside" (2015)[34]
  • "Give Me Your Money" (feat. Tommy Cash) (2015)[35]
  • "U Can Take" (feat. Tatarka) (2016)[36]
  • "Lolly Bomb" (2017)[37]
  • "Слэмятся пацаны" (with Ruki Vverh!) (2018)[38]
  • "Rave in Peace (In Memory of Keith Flint)" (2019)[39]
  • "I'm OK" (2019)
  • "Arriba" (with Tatarka feat. Clean Bandit) (2019)

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Album
2013 Everyday I'm Drinking With Russia from Love
We Will Push the Button
Life in Da Trash
Russian Hooligans
2014 With Russia from Love With Russia from Love
Public Enemy
Dead Unicorn Funeral Rave
2015 Kind Inside, Hard Outside Funeral Rave
Give Me Your Money (feat. Tommy Cash)
2016 Big Dick Funeral Rave
Hateful Love
Polyushko Polye
2017 U Can Take (feat. Tatarka) Single
Rave On Rave On - EP
Lolly Bomb Antipositive, Pt. 1
2018 Punk's Not Dead Antipositive, Pt. 1
Faradenza
AK-47
Skibidi Antipositive, Pt. 2
Слэмятся пацаны (feat. Ruki Vverh!) Single
2019 Skibidi (Romantic Edition) Single
I'm OK Single

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Official page of the group Little Big on SoundCloud «Little Big - Russian pop group, founded in 2013 in St. Petersburg »
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Die Antwoord vs Little Big". Sobaka.ru. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Interview | Ilya Prusikin: «Little Big - a musical reflection of society» Rock Cult
  4. ^ "Little Big". Weirdestbandinthewworld.com. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  5. ^ "?Альбом "With Russia from Love" (Little Big)". Itunes.apple.com. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  6. ^ "?Альбом "Funeral Rave (Deluxe)" (Little Big)". Itunes.apple.com. 2 December 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  7. ^ "?Альбом "Dead Unicorn (feat. Taras Umanskiy) - Single" (Little Big)". Itunes.apple.com. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e Роман Гогов (7 November 2014). "Ильич и Гокк (LITTLE BIG) - Интервью (Тула 31.10.2014)". YouTube. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  9. ^ a b c "Интервью с Little Big". Sobaka.ru. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  10. ^ "LITTLE BIG". Vk.com. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  11. ^ a b LISSOV VLOG - Backstage LITTLE BIG April 2 STEREO HALL (MSCs) «ANTHONY LISSOV (LISSOFF) Voice of JANE AIR, Clown from LITTLE BIG»
  12. ^ a b "Olympiya_ on Instagram: "В этот прекрасный день я хочу поздравить команду #LittleBig с днём рождения и пожелать ей дальнейшего продвижения и успехов в следующих…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  13. ^ "russian pop – The Weirdest Band in the World". Weirdestbandintheworld.com. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  14. ^ LITTLE BIG - Everyday I'm drinking
  15. ^ LITTLE BIG TOUR
  16. ^ a b c d e "I Found the Russian Die Antwoord". Noisey.vice.com. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  17. ^ a b Настоящая Музыка на UTV (19 February 2016). "Настоящая Музыка - Интервью с группой Little Big". YouTube. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
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  19. ^ Song Firs about autism hit the Russian charts iTunes , Lenta.ru
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  22. ^ "Wall". Vk.com. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  23. ^
  24. ^ / «Big Dick» is the song and super NSFW video of 2016 by Jordan Freiman, Death and Taxes Magazine
  25. ^ Текущий состав «Little Big Family»
  26. ^ "The internet is going bonkers over the Macarena-like #skibidichallenge". Dailydot.com. 15 October 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  27. ^ Metatroniks (12 December 2013). "Little Big from Russia". Metatronicks.net. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  28. ^ "Los "Die Antwoord" rusos: Little Big - Beatmash Magazine". Beatmashmagazine.com. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  29. ^ "LITTLE BIG (desde Rusia) en BARCELONA – Rave Funeral". Theconcertinconcert.com. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  30. ^ With Russia From Love on YouTube
  31. ^ Rave On on YouTube
  32. ^ Everyday I'm drinking on YouTube
  33. ^ Dead Unicorn on YouTube
  34. ^ Kind Inside, Hard Outside on YouTube
  35. ^ Give Me Your Money on YouTube
  36. ^ U Can Take on YouTube
  37. ^ LollyBomb on YouTube
  38. ^ Слэмятся пацаны on YouTube
  39. ^ Rave in Peace (In Memory of Keith Flint) on YouTube

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