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Little Big (group)

Little Big (group)

Russian rave/rap band

Little Big is a Russian rave band founded on 1st April 2013 in Saint Petersburg. The band consists of Ilya "Ilich" Prusikin, Sergey "Gokk" Makarov, Sonya Tayurskaya, and Anton "Boo" Lissov. Their first full-length album, With Russia from Love, was released on 17 March 2014. The group has released four albums and nine singles.

History

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

They have toured in Europe, Russia, and North America. "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.

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.

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. "Big Dick" won Most Trashy, and "Give Me Your Money" won third place for Best Performer. "Big Dick", with over 70 million views, is full of sexual imagery and overtones.

"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.

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

In April 2018 Olympia Ivleva decided to leave the band. Later that year she stated her "burnout after five years of doing the same job", combined with intention to start her own non-musical businesses (chocolate paste and lingerie), were the reasons behind her exit.

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".

Little Big took the first prize in the Most Trashy category at the Berlin Music Video Awards 2018 for their music video ''Lolly Bomb'' and their music video ''Skibidi'' won the first place in the Best Concept category in the festival's 2019 edition.

In March 2020, Little Big were announced as Russia's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, where they would have performed "Uno". The music video for the song, released at the same time, features Yuri Muzychenko from The Hatters and Florida Chanturia from Leningrad, both of whom were to join the band on stage during the contest. However, on 18 March 2020, the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2020, the band won the Most Trashy category with their video ''Go Bananas'' at the Berlin Music Video Awards. The same year, they also placed 3rd for the Best Music Video.

In October 2020, Little Big's cover version of "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" was used over both the trailer and the closing credits of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.

On 30 December, 2020, the group performed the song 'Mamma Maria' on the Evening Urgant New Years special 'Ciao, 2020!'.

On 1 March 2021 Little Big announced on Instagram that founding member Anna Kast had died.

On 8 March 2021, Little Big released a new single, "Sex Machine," along with a video which referenced the video to "UNO" the year prior. However, they subsequently posted on Instagram, "We are not going to the Eurovision-2021. We think that Russia has many talented and unique artists, each one of them deserves the chance to be seen out there."

Little Big have been nominated for Best Art Director with their music video ''S*ck My D*ck 2020'' at the Berlin Music Video Awards 2021.

On 24 November 2021, Little Big released the video "“LITTLE BIG NFT SURPRISEN EGG” episode 1" to announce that the band was making NFTs. On 1 December 2021, people could buy 1 of 1000 unique surprise eggs which would hatch a week later, revealing one of the designs. Ilya Prusikin stated that they were inspired by Kinder Surprise Eggs, which are popular in Russia.

In 2022, the band plans to release a fourth studio album, said vocalist Ilya Prusikin. He also noted that 'We are a band that likes to work in so many styles: pop, rave, punk and hardcore. And (now) we embody our ambition and love for different genres in the (new) album. It will be different'.

Musical style

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

Since the first concert took place as the opening act for Die Antwoord, the band was dubbed "The Russian Die Antwoord", and is often compared with this band. Vice also called Little Big "a Russian mental patient's answer to Die Antwoord". 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.

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.

Discography

Studio albums

Title
Details

Antipositive, Pt. 1

Released: 8 May 2018

Format: Digital download

Label: LB Family

Antipositive, Pt. 2

Released: 5 October 2018

Format: Digital download

Label: Warner Music Russia

Funeral Rave

Released: 21 December 2015

Format: Digital download, CD

Label: Little Big

With Russia from Love

Released: 15 March 2014

Format: Digital download, CD

Label: Little Big

Live albums

Title
Details

Live in St. Petersburg

Released: March 5, 2019

Label: Warner Music Russia

Format: Digital download

Extended plays

Title
Details

Covers

Released: June 3, 2021

Label: Warner Music Russia

Format: Digital download, streaming

Go Bananas

Released: November 14, 2019

Label: Warner Music Russia

Format: Digital download, streaming

Rave On[44]

Released: March 31, 2017

Label: Warner Music Russia

Format: Digital download, streaming

Skibidi

Released: February 22, 2019

Label: Warner Music Russia

Format: Digital download, streaming

Welcome to the Internet

(with Oliver Tree)

Released: September 30, 2021

Label: Atlantic

Format: Digital download, streaming

Timeline

December 11, 2021
CCKY Little Big NFT Limited Edition "Meme City" - Collection | OpenSea
December 3, 2021
CCKY
December 3, 2021
Launch of NFT collection
November 5, 2021
Little Big official merchendise.

Further reading

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Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

♫ «А сделай "пим-пим-пим"». Илья Прусикин и Алина Пязок -- об успехе Little Big ♫ ИМИ.Журнал

September 1, 2021

Little Big представили новый NFT -- скульптуру «Meme City» с Прусикиным в образе Супермена

January 17, 2022

КРИПТОМИЛЛИАРДЕР ИЛЬИЧ о NFT-яйцах, ПАНКАХ и деньгах / Интервью с Little Big

December 30, 2021

Кто такой Илья Прусикин из группы Little Big?

March 4, 2020

References

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