Event Review : Kastle Bringing the Heat to BANG BANG
With the ever-growing popularity of deep and tech house, San Diego’s nightclub BANG BANG has erupted with this movement and given life to the underground electronic music scene in the downtown SD area. Hosting some of the biggest names in the genre including Claude Vonstroke and Pete Tong, this hip spot is the perfect place to grab a giant punch bowl with friends and enjoy some of the best music in the industry. With two separate rooms, one for drinking and one for playing, it was the perfect spot for Pittsburgh native Kastle to showcase his bass-heavy Chicago style house, as the venue was packed from the moment he hit the decks ’til the last track played.
The East Coast born and bred producer is known for his R&B and Hip-Hop influenced music that has allowed him to evolve into one of today’s most promising young talents. His success is just starting off, as a debut album released last April projected him into the dance music spotlight. Music has always been a part of Barrett Richards’ life,when he taught himself guitar and piano at just the age of 12. Known for his popular remixes of today’s hits from stars such as Drake and Ellie Goulding, his unique ability to add in his own twist to these tracks have been well received by listeners. He headed off this summer with a tour, stopping at notable festivals such as Electric Forest and will be heading to LA for Hard Summer as well as hitting up cities such as Atlanta and Miami.
Attendees danced under the giant disco ball to the mixture of funky house and R&B infused beats that set the perfect tone for the night. I walked in expecting the usual heavy-bass deep house beats, but I was pleasantly surprised with the more upbeat R&B tracks that Kastle brought to the decks right from the very beginning. Playing various tracks from his album and the new Symbols record compilation (his record label), it was a great mixture of groove and soulful beats with some heavy-hitting tracks that the crowd couldn’t get enough of. His sound was both upbeat and unique, which was a breath of fresh air from the usual tech house beats that wubb though BANG BANG’s speakers on a regular occurrence.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with Kastle’s different kind of groove that he brought to BANG BANG, including his remix of Drake’s “Hold On, W’re Going Home”, as well as some groovy AlunaGeorge tunes. The young producer mixed in so many different styles and sounds, with energy flowed through the room from beginning to end. To me, one of the most important aspects of putting on a good show is to keep your audience guessing and dancing, which is exactly what Kastle did.
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