Some British humor, an eclectic crowd, and a forty-four dollar punch bowl, what do these all have in common? A solid set to start off the three-day weekend. A little off the main Gaslamp strip and up a steep collection of stairs is a triad of part Asian-fusion, part cocktail lounge, and part dance club. Bang Bang San Diego strikes a balance of class and pop culture. There is a sense of comfort being able to sit high whilst enjoying drinks off a table embellished with Chinese newspaper clippings of Michael Jackson. There is also something gravitating about a dance floor with a floating disco ball comparable to a super moon. The space dripping in purple and blue was segmented and intimate, drawing in a spectrum of love dazed people for the night before Valentine’s Day. When the clock struck twelve, British DJ duo Just Kiddin graced the Bang Bang stage. And as playful as their name, Just Kiddin mixed a playful night of house music.
Just Kiddin is comprised of Laurie and Lewis. Hailing from across the pond they stopped in San Diego for the weekend to soak up some San Diego sun and experience some California love as a part of their US tour. Equipped with a handy-dandy Polaroid, KSDT was allotted the opportunity to sit and talk with Lewis before their performance. Warm and welcoming there was much excitement surrounding their presence in SD. The two have had an eventful 2016 thus far with their newest single “Only For You” reaching the heights of #2 on HypeMachine. The group’s ultimate hope is to offset the pretentious stigma surrounding house music by putting out dance tracks that are light-hearted in disposition. We later found ourselves engaged in a 3-way conversation including the LED Rep & Lewis, debating the “coolness” of Pacific Beach, assured the verdict was split.
The crowd was exactly what you’d expect from a weekend ruled by cupid, bringing in a slew of people on both sides of the dating pool. Whether they were looking for love or already had one, the crowd displayed moves to match the mood. With Laurie & Lewis exhibiting some tongue and cheek tunes, the club-goers were quite humorous too. The demeanor of the night was a little less sultry than some Casanovas would have liked; but being the new kids on the block coming through on Valentine’s Eve Just Kiddin brought a solid set with a lot of build-up into a great extended weekend.
They are definitely a group to watch for in 2016. Also worth noting is that a surprising number of their tracks are free for ones downloading pleasure via Soundcloud. The down to earth duo will no doubt continue to surprise us in months to come.
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Mentioned Track(s): Just Kiddin – Only For You (Single)
Photos / Just Kiddin + The Wanderlvst / Article / Susan Bystrom