After streaming platform go90 shuttered at the end of July, it seemed the world might never see Dillon Francis’ much-anticipated series, Like and Subscribe. The show kicked off its promotions in June with a mural in Los Angeles that only allowed access to verified influencers and those with more than 20,000 social media followers. Like and Subscribe was supposed to follow shortly after on July 9, but the show lost its network when go90 ceased to exist on July 30. Since then, Francis has been at work finding a new place for the show to live, and it’s finally found a home on Funny or Die.
Like and Subscribe stars Francis as Skyy Goldwynne, the most powerful manager in Hollywood. “Somewhere along the line he signed a bunch of influencers and then forgot about them,” reads the show’s promotional blurb. “When he sees an article in the trades about how terrible he is for representing them, he is left with no choice, but to lock them all in a house together, and film it.”
The 23-minute inaugural episode, titled “The House,” is out now on Funny or Die’s YouTube channel.
Now, on October 26, one of his most anticipated shows of the year has arrived, as Gritti will take the stage with Valentino Khan and Dillon Francis at Light & Life’s Halloween Warehouse 2018. To prime attendees for what should be a freaky night in the depths of Brooklyn, Gritti has curated an Orbit Spotify playlist exclusively for DA.
The selection includes hard-hitting tracks from his current rotation, including favorites from his Drive EP, the Boombox Cartel and Flosstradamus team-up “ID,” “Crystal Eyes” from Ekali‘s 2018 debut EP, and more.
Dillon Francis releases a second music video for his WUT WUThit”White Boi,” featuring Lao Ra. The hilarious lyric music video consisting of numerous of white boy activities was made by PIZZASLIME. It’s a colorful, tongue-in-cheek video that features stereotypical “white boy favorites” — such as safari jungle hats, dad hats, Hawaiian t-shirts, unfashionable running sneakers, construction, khaki shorts, basic sandwiches made with wonder bread, Mountain Dew, pizza, LinkedIn, running on the beach, and more.
To make things fun, Francis hosted a naming contest on social media. Hayden Bradshaw won, naming the music video “WHITE BOI DOES WHAT!?!?!? (NOT CLICKBAIT)(GONE SEXUAL).”The Latin Grammy award winning artist doubled down on his initial music video filmed in the Dominican Republic, placing Lao Ra front and center. Picking a favorite version is certainly tough when Dillon Francis is involved!
Dillon Francis hosted a Q&A on the eve of his album release moderated by Kyle Anderson. The relatable producer has no problem sitting down for an hour and talking to whoever is on the other side. Below are 18 things learned from the hour-long Q&A about his new album, Wut Wut.
1) Francis shares the story of how he met Gerald.
2) His manager would send his beats to Toy Selectah, who would send to other artists to get them interested in a collaboration for the album.
3) He went in the studio with every collaborator off Wut Wut, which is rare for him and other artists who simply send instrumentals and have the vocalist add their vocals on top.
4) The Arcangel collaboration happened spontaneously while in the Dominican Republic. Both were coincidentally there at the same time, they met at a hotel, drank beers, Arcangel brought his friend, Quimico, over who jumped in on the song.
7) He witnessed Diplo crying when the Phillies lost one time.
8) “White Boi,” off the album, was made in one day.
9) Residente was Francis’ favorite artist to work with off the album, and there are 25 versions of “Sexo.” They got nominated for a Latin Grammy for this song.
10) Francis went crazy deciding about “Cuando’s” 808.
11) Francis tried to M. Night Shyamalan viewers on the music video for “White Boi,” but he didn’t think Colombia Records would approve.
12) He wants to get more into acting, and is still looking for a home for his Like and Subscribe show that previously aired on go90.
13) He doesn’t ever vacation.
14) Francis’ favorite quesadilla from La Casa de Toño is the chicken quesadilla with cheese on the side. They don’t put cheese in their quesadillas in Mexico City. He want’s to bring La Casa de Toño to LA because he loves their sopes.
15) Brandon Urie and Francis are definitely making another song together in the future.
For Dillon Francis, WUT WUT marks a return to the producer’s moombahton roots. Francis’ long-teased second full-length production, WUT WUT is noteworthy for its immersion in Spanish stylization. From Latin influence in WUT WUT’s beat arrangements to the album’s Spanish-language lyrics, WUT WUT marries Francis’ passion for moombahton constructions to his equally ardent and historied love of Spanish music, a match that makes for a distinctive and sonically explorative release.
Included among previously released WUT WUT tracks like “White Boi” and the Latin Grammy and Latin American Music Awards-nominated “Sexo” are a series of album constituents that scale the continuum of Latin crossover. “Ven” toes Latin trap territory, while other tracks like “Esta Noche” and “Never Let You Go” materialize as softer, Latin pop-leaning offerings. WUT WUT additionally boasts a number of high-profile features, with Happy Colors, De La Ghetto, Young Ash, Arcangel and more pitching in variant vocal contributions.
“When I was in Mexico promoting “We the Funk,” everyone was like, ‘Thank you so much for making music in Spanish, thank you for pushing the music.’” Francis recently told Rolling Stone. “That’s really what the whole project was about: to show people where I originally got [inspiration] from. Moombahton is reggaeton meets dance music, and that’s why I wanted to work with Spanish [-language] artists, so that people could understand that this is where the music came from. So if anything, I’m just trying to give back to where a lot of my success came from.”
Dillon Francis has spent almost a decade emerging into one of the world’s most sought-after DJ/producer talents — a journey that has come with a fair share of accolades and milestones. But something about his back-to-back nominations for a Latin Grammy and a Latin American Music Award for “Sexo” feels extra special… or perhaps, validating. And not just because they are his first nominations for both awards. Francis has spent the better part of the last 18 months retooling his creative and strategic approaches, leaving Colombia Records, and rather, opting for an independent model without the distribution network of a major in his corner. The dice roll resulted in total creative control of his work, and with newfound freedom, he went back to the place he originally planted his roots, moombahton.
But instead of grabbing the low-hanging fruit and picking up where “Que Que” and “Masta Blasta” left off, Francis expanded on his promised return to moombahton and did the same thing for Latin trap and pop as he did for Latin-influenced house stylings back in 2010. Now, its paid off in two major award nominations. At this point, describing Francis’ success as a “return to one’s roots” feels underwhelming. He’s found his lane, and the passion poured into finding and exposing Spanish and Latin American artists the way he has has been profoundly enjoyable to watch unfold.
The music video for the Residente-assisted “Sexo” nabs both nominations before WUT WUT‘s official release on September 29. The Latin American Music Awards air October 25, followed by the Latin Grammys ceremony on November 15.
Dillon Francis drops his “White Boi” music video featuring Colombiana vocalist, Lao Ra. In Francis’ recent hour-long interview on the Zach Sang Show, the subject of vocalist managed to come up during the conversation. It’s worth nothing that not too long ago, the strategy of placing a relatively unknown vocalist atop minimal, palatable pop-leaning sound with a catchy melody became one of the most streamed pieces of must in history on Diplo and DJ Snake dance pop hit with MØ, “Lean On.” There’s a similar appeal to Francis’ newest delivery — he’s got a hit on his hands, no doubt.
In the music video directed by Allie Avital, Lao Ra sets the tone atop plucky Spanish guitar chops as Francis graciously plays the “white boi” Lao Ra is singing about. Harmonies and claps come in, gradually building into the chipmunk-soul, pitch bent pop-style production of the track’s break. Francis’ deftly works in his harmonies on a hook that’ll have you hitting repeat. Eventually the layered vocal chops take center stage, moving Ra’s presence aside while bouncing through a minimal trap beat. The second verse is in Spanish, adding to Dillon’s already stacked WUT WUT concept album.›
Dillon Francis recently stopped by the Zach Sang Show on YouTube to talk Wut Wut and what lead him to make a Spanish language album. The relatable Sang has a specialty in crafting discourse in long-form, speaking with Francis for more than an hour about his childhood, Brendon Urie, Gerald, and Nicki Minaj sampling him and Skrillex‘s “Bun Up The Dance.”
Francis discusses how he found the genre so many think he created himself: moombahton. Though he didn’t, he was close to the source. His affinity for Spanish music was made obvious early on, having attended the 2016 Latin Grammy’s with Toy Selectah, met De La Ghetto and El Guincho there who eventually introduced Francis to Arcangel and Bad Bunny off the album.
In an hour-long segment, Sang dives into the weeds, having Francis talking about music production showing his inner nerd. This interview proves to be a truly authentic look into the life of Francis’ current state in music, adding to the list of curated collaborators from the deliberate funny man whose noticeably having a good time.
Dillon Francis‘ mind is a wild, unpredictable one when it comes to deciding what music to put on display with his fans. One minute he’s infiltrating playlists with sugary electro pop, while the next he’s demolishing dance floors with speaker-rattling trap. That chameleon mentality has served the producer well for years, keeping both Francis and his fans inspired and on their toes. The “Get Low” hitmaker is at it again with a brand new remix for Martin Solveig‘s “My Love,” injecting signature Dillon Francis verve into the original’s breezy house stylings.
Beginning in an expanse of tranced out pads, it’s easy to assume the remix is headed in a darker direction – that is, until the track bursts out of its shell at 45-second mark, as Francis takes the melody up a notch with full on steel drums. The atmosphere instantly turns balmy, the added tropical flair meshing perfectly with the producer’s electro house sensibilities. Dillon Francis has given a helping of Moombahton heaters to feast on with his WUT WUT Sampler EP, but it’s always a treat getting those unexpected left field cuts from the IDGAFOS boss man.