We are musicians Big Boi + Phantogram and we’ve teamed up on a new project called Big Grams. Ask us anything!
Hi Reddit! We are Big Boi + Phantogram AKA Big Grams and we are so excited to answer your questions! Our 7 track EP “Big Grams” is coming out on September 25th and we’re here to announce that you can pre-order it HERE RIGHT NOW on Apple Music to get our first track “Fell In The Sun” instantly. We’ll be here to answer your questions starting at 2:15pm EST / 11:15am PST so ask us anything.
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Yes! We have plans to do some experimenting with mixing up some Big verses with Phantogram beats. Big has already written a verse that is unreleased for "Black Out Days" and it would also be dope to hear Big rap on tracks like "When I'm Small". - Josh & Sarah
Big Boi - have you seen the Key and Peele sketch about you and Andre meeting at a coffee shop? and if so, what did you think about it? How is your relationship with Andre 3000?
It was funny but it was way off. Anybody who follows me on my social media accounts knows that we have been hanging out all summer with our children. We've been going paintballing and had a good personal summer of brotherhood. We've been doing music so long together that we're just getting back to the friendship. The sketch was funny though. - Big
What is your favorite non hip hip album?
Kate Bush - The Dreaming. - Big
It's A Wonderful Life - Sparklehorse. - Josh
Kid A - Radiohead. - Sarah
It sounds like you guys have had a lot of fun making this album, and Fell in the Sun is already a winner. Do you have any favorite tracks or background stories that you can share?
Looking forward to the tour!
The first song we started working on day one in the studio with Big was "Drum Machine" and we recorded vocals that afternoon. - Sarah
We were wrapping up the record and later on down the stretch Josh stayed in my pool house for like a week and a half finishing up the record, eating dinner with my family and we went to The Blue Flame with Dave Chappelle. Dave was like "I can't fucking believe I'm in here!" - Big
Why was Big Grams better than Phantoboi?
It's all about the grams. The unsnortable. - Big
With all the hype of "Staight out of Compton" It has made me curious of other great rap stories. Any chance of an Outkast biopic of you and Andre in the future?
Me and 'Dre were just discussing this over Labor Day. Stay tuned. - Big
On a more personal note, what are your favorite films?
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Magnolia. - Sarah
Blue Velvet. Adaptation. - Josh
Colors. Heat. Casino. Point Break. - Big
Hows working with run the jewels like? Did you collab in person?
Yes. Killer Mike came in the studio and crushed. It was great working with him. We had to actually email El-P his stuff. - Big
Can we expect to see the new music on Spotify under Big Grams on the 25th?
this question is for Big Boi: Who is your favorite artist coming out of ATL as of right now?
Who would win 1v1 in a basketball game to 21, big boi or andre 3000?
Muh diack. - Big
Sarah and Josh: what have you learned from working with Big Boi so far? as a dude with a career going back decades you must have learned some super interesting things, even stories or whatever.
Big Boi: what have you learned from working with Sarah and Josh?
Whoa, decades?! - Big
Stay confident in what we do and always be forward thinking. Don't second guess ourselves. Sarah and I are both Aquemini and we've modeled a lot of our career after Big Boi and Outkast so hearing all of that from one of our heroes has been reassuring that we're on the right path. - Josh & Sarah
Any plans for a full-length album? Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
Yeah, we're gonna keep making music as Big Grams so definitely! If Missy Elliott wants to be on a track later on, holler!
I first heard of you (Phantogram) as Charlie Everywhere - what was that name about and why did you change it? I remember hearing your 3 song EP and knowing you would blow up one day. Congrats!
It was a half-baked inside joke name that we changed because we were gaining a fan base. - Josh
Then Josh came up with Phantogram and it stuck because it was fucking awesome. - Sarah
This question is for all three of you. Outside of general music stuff, what are your hobbies/things you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Skateboarding and art. - Josh
I like bowling. Top golf is my new favorite thing. Also raising dogs. - Big
I like to stare at Leroy while he sleeps and takes dumps. And I like to smoke cigars. - Sarah
I need some new music, so pop quiz – What songs would you choose as the soundtrack if you were:
Destroying a house with a sledgehammer?
Having awesome slow-motion sex?
Drifting through post-apocalyptic Los Angeles in a Mustang?
Destroying a house: Metallica - One -- Big
Having awesome slow-motion sex: Machine Gun - Slowdive -- Josh
Drifting through post-apocalyptic Los Angeles in a Mustang?: Everybody Hurts - REM -- Sarah
Is there anyway we can get the new LP in vinyl?
Absolutely! Hell yeah. Coming soon.
I see your songs are paired with one of the Seven Deadly Sins. So which of the seven is your sin?
Used to be Lust. I'm past it though... with the help of my Lord Jesus. - Big
Gluttony. - Sarah
Wrath. - Josh
Any plans for a Big Grams New Era Cap? And is there anywhere to grab a Phantogram New Era Cap? Was hoping they'd have been in merch on tour, but alas, no dice.
Already in the works! Phantogram hats are coming back soon too.
Will you be hitting the festival circuit? Would love to see you at Bonnaroo!
Hell yes! Pretty sure.
Excited for the project!
Big Boi - we used to be in a bowling league off Buford HWY. Are you going to play again this season?
You're a good bowler bro.
I think we might be on the road. Paul actually asked me if I'm gonna be in the league but I'm gonna be tied up with Grams. I might stop in though - come kiss me on the cheek. - Big
Is Leroy The Good Boy featured on any tracks? Really love what I've heard of this EP so far from the clips on Instagram and Fell In the Sun is great! Hope y'all come to Chicago on tour.
No, but he's taken a dump in every studio we've been in. - Sarah
He put the stank in Stankonia - Big
First off, major props to you both. Fell in the sun on repeat all day.
Do y'all think this will be a long term collab? and when can we expect to see a tour?
Hell yeah! If they like it, we love it. The reception so far has been motivation, too.
I'm a huge fan of Phantogram! Stoked for the album. What are your top three favorite synths and top three favorite pedals?
Moog - Minitaur. - Sarah
Guitar pedal - Boss DD20. - Josh
For both of y'all:
What / Where was your craziest, wildest, most-insane-crowd experience?
When people start mosh pitting at our shows I always get a little confused / excited. - Sarah
I've almost been tackled on stage a couple times. - Josh
100,000 people at Roskilde Festival in Denmark. That shit was crazy. - Big
What was the moment/idea/thread/spark/groove that brought you all together?
I've been a huge fan of your collective work, but I was still surprised (and extremely happy) to see you collaborate together on this scale.
When we were at Stankonia working on VLADR with Big - Josh
Everything we did sounded good as fuck, we was batting .1000 so we just kept working. - Big
how did your features with Skrillex and RTJ come about? Did you approach them with tracks in mind or did they come to you knowing that y'all were working together?
For RTJ at least I wouldn't be surprised if Mike was just kicking it at Stankonia with y'all haha.
Well, y'all know that we thought Run The Jewels would go well on that particular track and Skrillex hijacked "Drum Machine." Literally.
How did yous guys meet?
Tinder and Soul Swipe.
Sarah, did you dye your hair just for the Big Grams project? Or did you just want some change?
I got struck by lightning! - Sarah
Digital, tape, or a mixture of both in the studio?
Whatever works! - Sarah
Digital is just a little faster these days. - Big
are you guys releasing a physical copy? if so when can i buy it?
Yes! Coming soon but you can pre-order on Apple Music in the meantime.
When's the big ATL blowout??
Still scheduling. Stay tuned. - Big
Hey Sarah, how did the collaboration with Miley Cyrus come into play? I just heard the track and it sounds pretty dope. Would you ever feature Miley in a phantogram track? Love the blonde btw.
Met Miley through The Flaming Lips and we're always open to collaborating. - Sarah
What are your guys' most anticipated upcoming album releases?
Also Big Boi. Phantogram III. God bless America and nobody else.
Besides your own music, what kind of music were you listening to in order to get inspired for the new EP?
A lot of old soul... Gladys Knight and the hits. Dungen. Nina Simone. Young Fathers. - Josh & Sarah
The Isley Brothers. E40. Majical Cloudz. - Big
What's your opinion on current music in general? Rappers such as Kendrick, J Cole, Drake, Rocky?
I think Kendrick is a genius. - Josh
I think I'm a fucking genius. - Big
What songs are on you guys' ideal road trip playlist?
Led Zeppelin. Beatles. Prince. James Brown. Stevie Wonder. Stevie Knicks. Steven Tyler. Steve Buscemi. Steve Martin. Even Stevens on DVD. And don't forget Steve Urkel.
What's your favorite Kevin Spacey movie?
Se7en. - Josh
What are your favorite and least favorite things about being on tour?
Favorite is hanging with our friends that work with us. Worst thing is missing special days like weddings and birthdays. - Sarah
Of your collaborations so far (out of Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors and the upcoming Big Grams EP), what is your favorite song?
By the way, I saw both OutKast and Phantogram at Osheaga last year and all of you guys were mind-bogglingly good. Thank you!
I like them all, depends on the day. Today in New York is a Goldmine Junkie type day. - Big
Do all of you share the same musical directions for this project or did you guys negotiate a bit?
We're all very eclectic with our tastes so obviously everyone had their own direction but we meld and collaborate. We're all separate but we all get together and it blends nice. We're mercurial. - Josh
There's no I in Team... but there is an I in Big Grams... for what it's worth. - Big
Josh and Sara - You grew up in the woods of Upstate New York (Greenwich). How have your experiences in that environment affected you as you continue to develop as musicians?
I think how it's affected us in our development as artists is learning how to use what you have. Having limited resources challenges you to be creative with not much around. - Josh
What's the best part of collaborating outside of genres and/or stepping out of your musical comfort zone?
Follow up, who would you love to collaborate with in the future?
That's the only way I know how to do it. - Big
Same! - Josh & Sarah
What's the average day on your like?
What's an average day like?
Wake up. Get out of bed. Drag a comb across my head...
How do you guys over come creative blocks?
Sex. - Big
Drugs. - Josh & Sarah
Rock & Roll. Everybody got choices. YUP!
How do you guys like your coffee?
Oh, I like it! - Sarah
Caramel frappuccino with quadruple caramel and quadruple whipped cream. It's not made for a man with diabetes but it gets you through a video shoot. - Big
Hi BGs Are there currently any contemporary, multimedia artists you follow?
There's this guy named Freako Rico. He's good. - Big
I like whoever does Amon Tobin's visuals. - Josh
Big Boi: Who you voting for this presidential election?
It's all a clown show right now. And for the record, I'm not libertarian, I'm a humanitarian. Not on anybody's team. - Big
What is your live set up going to look like?
It's a secret for now but prepare to wear diapers. - Josh
Hey guys. Random question- if you could be an animal, what animal would you be?
also, come to Kauai and lets go surfing!
Probably a unicorn. Or one of those centaurs. - Sarah
I wanna be Leroy. - Josh
A rabbit. They get the most cottontail around town. - Big
Sarah: Is the blonde related to the album?
All: What was the inspiration for the aesthetic for this? I'm liking the body paint /statue look.
The trophy aesthetic. There are 7 songs on the record... each corresponds with a deadly sin. - Josh
Big Boi: Who are some other non-hip hop artists you'd want to collab with? I remember reading about you working with Modest Mouse, so I'm curious if there's others you wanna try.
Phantogram: Same question to you, but instead what other MCs or hip-hop related artists would you want to collab with, if any?
Really excited for this project!
Right now I just wanna collab with the Gram. That's all I can see... the Grams. - Big
Ditto! It's all about Big Grams and the new Phantogram III album for us right now. - Josh & Sarah
Will the tour include renditions of songs from outside the project? Would be ill to hear Sarah sing the hook to "Follow Us", Big rapping over "Black Out Days" etc.
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