SAN FRANCISCO — Audien spent all of last year producing new music and testing it out at his Las Vegas residencies. He was all work and no talk Friday night at the Regency Ballroom, and proved the time off was worth the wait.
The Connecticut DJ came out swinging with no introduction to a heavy trap song to start off the night. Following the grimy introduction, he performed some of his popular Coldplay and The Chainsmokers remixes. The EDM hits were broken up with more trap that shook the building.
At one point, and probably the most surprisingly, he threw in some vomitstep drops. This demonstrated the different styles with which he has been tinkering at the Marquee and Wynn, as did a wavy future bass drop that could only resemble Flume. Audien then gifted the crowd with some new music, a song with a tropical house mix. The rest of the set was filled with more EDM hits and remixes like “Cinema” by Skrillex, “This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris, “When You Were Young” by The Killers and “El Trapo” by The Game.
At one point Audien brought the show to a halt so that he could FaceTime with fans or friends, showing off the large crowd. At times, the set veered in unexpected directions, such as a remix of the Pokemon theme, which led to a loud singalong. Audio also unleashed a hard style remix of Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out.” Then the young DJ reminded everyone of his biggest hit, a Grammy-nominated remix of Bastille’s “Pompeii.” For an encore, Audien played Daft Punk’s “One More Time.” The classic house hit created a wall of sound to which fans could not resist jumping. It was a high note to perfectly end the night.
Los Angeles DJ Ravell opened the show with a 90 minute set, performing as long as the headliner. He performed a mixture of deep house, trance and experimental tracks. But it was hop-hop and R&B tracks with alternative vocals that most resinated, such as “California Love” and “No Scrubs.”