Jessica Audiffred stopped by at EDC Las Vegas to discuss her accomplishments, aspirations, and advice to her younger self.
Jessica Audiffred, known as Mexico City’s queen of bass, has established herself as a force within the bass community, with her tracks finding their homes on highly sought-after labels like Subsidia, Bassrush, and Circus Records. She has not only performed at major festivals like EDC Las Vegas, Lost Lands, and Beyond Wonderland SoCal but has created a festival of her own, bringing the first-ever bass music festival to her home country.
Over the past year, Jessica Audiffred has achieved several notable accomplishments. She collaborated with dubstep heavyweight Excision on the single “Rise,” which marked the first official collaboration between the two artists. She also made her Rampage Belgium debut, played a b2b with Riot Ten at EDC Las Vegas, and just joined DIESEL on stage at Forbidden Kingdom to premiere this new single – not to mention that she’s scheduled to perform at Tomorrowland later this year.
At this year’s edition of EDC Las Vegas, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Jessica to discuss her latest collaborative single, “You Found Me,” with Adventure Club and Clara Park, her very own festival Madhouse, and the advice she would give to her younger self starting out in the industry. Join us as we explore the world of Jessica Audiffred and get a glimpse into the mind of the queen of bass.
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So great to have the pleasure of speaking with the queen of bass Jessica Audiffred… How are you?
I’m good! How are you?
Good! Your new song, “You Found Me,” just came out today!
I know. I have a bunch of stuff going on today. That’s my collab with Adventure Club, released on Monstercat, which is a dream come true for me. This is one of my dream labels and the beginning of a bunch of releases I’m doing with them. So I’m really, really excited. We’ve been sitting on this collab for a year now, and wow, it’s finally here.
Are we going to get to hear some of those unreleased gems during your set?
Yeah, of course! You’ll get all the good stuff!
What about the upcoming DJ Diesel collab?
I’m playing that one for sure. It’s not out yet, but you’ll get to hear it.
So what has been your biggest accomplishment when you look back at your career?
I’m from Mexico City; I was born and raised there. We don’t have a big bass scene in Mexico City like there is here, where you have constant dubstep shows, so it’s really hard to see your favorite artists there. I was able to throw my own festival, Madhouse, and that’s the only one we have in Mexico City. I know it gets people so excited. So I’m really happy and proud that I’m behind Mexico’s one and only bass music festival.
It must feel so good to bring the music you love so much back home with you in such a massive way.
Exactly. That’s one of the most rewarding things ever. Just to grow the bass scene there.
What’s it like to curate something so huge like that?
So I have a label too, which is A-Records. My team and I’re always looking for fresh acts, like producers from Mexico City or Mexico in general. They are so talented. I get so excited to discover new talents out there and just put them on Madhouse Festival. It just gives me so much joy.
You are one of the biggest female faces in the bass realm! If you were to go back in time to when you first started, what advice would you give your younger self when getting into this career/genre?
When I first got into this genre, I did it because I loved it so much that I never considered myself playing big festivals or anything. That was never on my mind. I was just there for the music of, like, “Fuck, I love that genre. I’m gonna play it. Fuck it.” But I never thought it would get me here, so all I did was purely for the love of music, which is amazing. I would tell my younger self to be herself the way I did it, just keep doing that for the love of music.
We’re gonna do a quick fire round. EDC Las Vegas or EDC Mexico.
Oh no, you can’t make me choose! Mexico is my home. But [EDCLV] is so magical to me. Just by looking over it now, I feel chills. Mexico is my city, my love, but this is just magical. So a little bit of both.
Producing or Performing?
Oh, man. These are hard. I love producing because I get to be with my boyfriend and dogs at my house. We all hang out, and it’s such a magical time for me to be in my studio. But performing is just insane. When I’m on stage, I feel like this is what I was born to do… so a little bit of both. It’s giving me chills. I’m sorry that I didn’t get to choose one.
Purple or yellow hair?
Purple… to me, just suits me better than any other color.
Your hair color right now is pretty sick…
Yeah, it’s grayish, but I love it because it’s not over the top. I can go into the bank or wherever and people aren’t gonna look at me like, “What the fuck is up with this girl.”
They are probably just looking at you in awe! Favorite bass artist right now?
I think it’s always been Excision. I look up to him so much, not just for his music but for his entire business. He runs festivals; he has a label… kind of what I want to do.
Well, you kind of are. And you are collaborating with him!
Yeah, that was epic. I was like, “Is this really happening?” I really love that song.
Daytime or nighttime set?
Nighttime 100%, but a sunset set is fire too.
Alright, last one. Describe EDC in one word.