Thursday night in San Francisco can sometimes be a tricky night as far as night club attendance goes. Sometimes the show is sold out. Sometimes not so much — which was the case for the Jack Beats show. The English duo maybe famous in DJ and music aficionado circles, but they haven’t quite hit the wider dance music radar, like, say iLL. gates has done. And although Star Eyes was one of the leaders in the SF drum n’ bass scene in the late 1990s, her current label, Trouble & Bass, has fallen into the same micro-niche status as Jack Beats has. But just because these three players aren’t famous, doesn’t mean they don’t kill it live.
Star Eyes has made a name for herself the last ten years as one of the most versatile DJs in the bass music scene. Her press release says, “Star Eyes is known for throwing down raw, dirty underground bass tracks, from grime bangers to ghetto house, Miami bass classics to speaker-rattling dubstep stormers.” Usually I think these self inflating sentences are bull-shit. But in the case of Star Eyes, it’s true.
It’s always hard opening for the headliners. You have to surrender to the fact that the crowd came to hear them, not necessarily you. And the fact that Jack Beats has such a distinguishable sound, Star Eyes eventually had to turn her low-end thumping breaks to the more electro happy, bassline-poppy breaks that Jack Beats are known for, but not before the crowd was happy-n-sweaty dancing to her grime bangers.
It took the crowd that night about 2.3 seconds to explode once the DJ/production team stepped on stage and dropped their first bassline. It was clear from the beginning that the mostly 21 to 24 year-old audience came to hear one thing: that famous JB sound. The two moved easily from raw breaks, to bassline slapping house, and the people couldn’t get enough. Although Mighty was far from sold out, the energy that they created through their music was enough to rock The Fillmore at full capacity. It was easy to see why people who tend to listen to artists who are creatively ahead of the curve came out enthusiastically to support this electro-house dream team.
Here’s a little of that famous Jack Beats sound with Star Eye’s label mate AC Slater’s track: “Jack Got Jacked (Jack Beats Remix/Thrills Dubstep Refix)“ (play/download mp3)