Danny Biggins (AKA D Bigginometry) – Guitar
I am a “mang” of many influences. As a young boy, I was influenced mostly by Disney movies, Looney Tunes, and my parents’ music. The first music I was introduced to by my parents was that of Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen and….The Pogues (yes, those three).
I started playing guitar at age 12 after I felt that trombone wasn’t “doing it” for me. After a year of playing, I realized I needed to perform! Jazz band was the only school band that allowed guitar and so I started taking jazz lessons. Fast forward a couple years and the first incarnation of The Coop all met because of the high school jazz band. Our first “gig” was the 2004 school talent show. HAHA!
One day while practicing, my sister asked, “You ever think you’ll grow your hair out?” to which I replied, “No way!” Several years, countless festivals, and 11 inches of hair later, I’m the kid who still has never owned an iPod, fills his time between shows by teaching guitar lessons, learning, and singing, and is preoccupied “striving for better, but forgetting how.”
The Inside sCoop:
Favorite Coop Song To Play: Wow, that’s a HUGE toughie, but I’ll go with “It’s All Here.” I’m a huge fan of intensity of all forms. The quiet moments of an artists’ set should be as intense as the loudest moments. When this transcendental tune HITS and connects with the audience…enough said.
Gear: Epiphone Les Paul; Fender Twin Reverb Amplifier; Pedals: Source Audio, Boss, Morley, Onerr, Ibanez; Microkorg Synthesizer, SOL REPUBLIC Headphones
Last Album I Bought: “Los Angeles” by Flying Lotus
Favorite festival(s) I’ve Attended: Wuhnurth 2010, Rootwire 2011
Favorite Venue(s) to Play: House Cafe in DeKalb, IL and Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, MI
Favorite Style of Electronic Music: Cerebral downtempo
First Concert: First ever was the Bodeans circa ’93. The first that I ever paid for with my own money was 311 in 2003. (Fun fact: I met Cason the next day )
Best Concert: I could name 5-10 that I could place as #1 for various reasons, but THE first show that made me think “This is what I want to do with my life” was Leo Kottke at the Woodstock Opera House in September 2004. One man, 2 hands, and an acoustic guitar.