FELINE GOOD DILLON FRANCIS
KICK-STARTS THE SEASON!
1 Dillon Francis is fun. You already knew that as he’s posing on the front cover with a cat on his shoulder on a pink background. His bio tells you he’s 27 years old, he loves ‘ the internet and annoying your Mom and Dad ( especially if they’re hippies)’. And he’s just started a Donut awareness week on Facebook, with the hashtag #DonutFrancis #DonutsInCrisis. So yeah, he’s fun.
2 He’s the guy behind the huge ‘ Get Low’ 2014 collaboration with DJ Snake that’s currently racked over 110 million plays on Youtube.
3 He’s the biggest Moombahton DJ out there. Which for non- Moombahton fans might be like explaining the Grexit in Hungarian, but for us dance music types it’s pretty cool. Moombahton is a slowed down, beat heavy version of house ( with a little hip hop), and he first came to prominence in 2010 with ‘ Masta Blasta’ and went on to have the first Beatport No. 1 with a Moombahton track.
4 He has 5.5 million Soundcloud followers, which is about the same number of people, goats and camels that are in the UAE. soundcloud.com/dillonfrancis
5 Dillon had a very unconventional childhood. The son of an entrepreneurial herbalist and Yugoslavian immigrant, Francis attributes his Puritan work ethic to a strict childhood. “I had to watch two hours of Sesame Street and study Hooked on Phonics [ educational books] every day,” he says. “I didn’t even know any curse words until I was 15.”
6 He’s had some interesting fan encounters. ‘ There was the guy in the green suit. I drew a d*** on his head. He had a green suit on and he’s like “I can’t see. Draw whatever you want.” So I drew a d*** on his forehead.’ And he had a hard time with nude photos when he first started. ‘ That was like
way back in the beginning of my career and then I realized that was the scummiest thing to do, [ jokingly asking for fans to send nudes via Twitter]. I was just trying to do what Diplo was doing! I got some really bad ones… I got some dudes, and I think that’s when I took it down. That’s why I also stopped using Snapchat.’
7 He has some very cool musical friends. His new EP, This Mixtape is Fire, is a return to his Moombahton roots, and features collaborations with Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Chromeo and Bro Safari. We’re guessing his Facebook Friends list is pretty impressive.
Dillon Francis plays Pacha Ibiza Dubai, Thursday July 23, 10pm-3am, AED150.