LIVE REVIEW: Sharps, Jessica Audiffred, G-Rex at Hollywood Palladium

When we last caught up with Mexico City-based DJ Jessica Audiffred in 2016, she was putting out high-energy, catchy tracks like the future bass masterpiece “Higher,” the trappy “K.O.,” the intense “GTFB,” and her infectious remix of Marshmello’s “Alone.” Since then, she’s played at some huge festivals including EDC Vegas and Tomorrowland Mexico and released the EP Nice to Meet You, along with a number of singles like “This Ends Now,” a collaboration with Austin-based DJ Crizzly, and the fast-paced, chaotic, bass-boosted “Like What the F.”

Audiffred paid a visit to Los Angeles for a show alongside Riot Ten, Cookie Monsta, G-Rex, and Sharps on Saturday, February 29 at the Hollywood Palladium, and her set demonstrated not only the colorful range of music she’s been putting out as a DJ and producer but also how well she’s mastered the art of getting a crowd riled up.

Even though it was just a one-night event, people showed up decked out in festival gear, from face glitter to colorful bras, and the line stretched through the block outside the Palladium. The night started off with Seattle-based DJ Sharps, whose bass-heavy set got people jumping and bouncing as the background screen displayed knives (ostensibly a play on his name). People head-banged to the music and even formed a mosh pit in the center of the dance floor and threw themselves at one another. Just when it seemed like the energy couldn’t get higher, Sharps announced, “Make some noise for Jessica Audiffred.”

Female DJs are still unfortunately and unreasonably among the minority in festival and show lineups, but Audiffred proved that audience members, male and female alike, will support women on stage just as much as men, if not more. People shouted “Jessica!” and “We love you!” from the crowd and sang along to any and all vocals she sampled.

Part of Audiffred’s success is stems from her ability to put on a great live show. She throws her head back and forth and dances with her fists in the air while performing in front of delightfully quirky imagery, from Beavis and Butt-Head cartoons to dogs in sunglasses and images of her own face breathing fire. She also made the show interactive, prompting people to put on their cell phone lights and wave them in the air at one point, then turning around and having someone on stage take a photo of her with all her fans in the background later on.


Throughout Audiffred’s set, which embodied the interesting mix of upbeat and dark vibes that characterizes her music, she sampled “Sicko Mode,” elicited head-bangs with the Latin-inspired beats in “K.O.,” and produced some epic drops in “This Ends Now.”

G-Rex followed her with music reminiscent of what you hear in a haunted house and corresponding imagery of skulls, creepy baby faces, and ghost-like hands that appeared to be crawling out of the screen. His set featured voices warped both low and high, scratchy beats, and high-pitched clicks and clacks. While his music was similarly intense, G-Rex lacked the stage presence that Audiffred exudes, but he did create a mood that was spooky and thrilling.

I left before Cookie Monsta and Riot Ten came on; I couldn’t rally up the energy to stay out long past 11. But in my mind, I’d already seen the main act, which was Audiffred. Hopefully, more venues will soon be smart enough to make her the headliner.


EVENT PREVIEW: AudioFemme Holiday Show

Audiofemme Holiday Flyer

Join us this Wednesday, 12/21 for the annual AudioFemme holiday party! As well as live music and drinks, there’ll be stickers, Xmas cookies, your favorite Femmes and a killer afterparty.

We’ll see you at Union Pool at 8pm.  Doors are at 8pm, the show starts at 9pm and tickets are $10; Purchase them in advance and RSVP here so we’ll know you’re coming! The party will feature live performances by:

  • Gold Child: Created by Brooklyn musician Emily Fehler, Gold Child injects a burst of energy and melodic sweetness into country music, updating the genre by mixing it with psych-folk elements. Listen to their debut single, “Tides,” below.

  • Von SellDavid Von Sell is an electro-pop artist originally from Berlin. He crafts mellow yet interesting tracks draped in layers of reverb heavy vocals that range from shimmery and upbeat to bittersweet and atmospheric. Check out his track “Miss Me” below:

After the live performances, the after party begins at 11pm with DJ sets by:

  • BEARCAT:   BEARCAT is a multidisciplinary artist whose music reaches into her Jamaican roots and time spent making dance floors shake in all corners of the world. Check out “Radar 111,” an invigorating blend of heavy rhythms.

  • SHYBOIThis DJ’s sets are bursting with barely-contained energy, making Yulan Grant a critical addition to the all-women NYC DJ collective known as Discwoman. Her songs will keep you on your toes, both literally and figuratively.