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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.

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