2018 has seen Dillon Francis as a very busy man. Outside of music, he’s confirmed a new show on Comedy Central, Living The Dream, where he’ll be writing, acting and producing, as well as contributing new music. He successfully pulled off a stunt for his upcoming Verizon Go90 series Like and Subscribe by putting up a security-fronted, “influencers only” mural in LA. In the studio, he’s been unstoppable, from remixing Cardi B’s #1 hit, to his slew of sharp Latin-influenced dance singles from a long awaited moombah-inspired project starting with “Ven” earlier this year. Now the hotly anticipated album, WUT WUT, finally has a release date via his newly minted label IDGAFOS, on September 28.
Not stopping there, Francis has released a 1980’s Miami-themed video for the album’s next single, “Never Let You Go.” The Latin-pop track features De La Ghetto on vocals, roping in the all satirical charm we’ve come to expect from Francis for the new video. The “Hello There” producer continues to be the gift that keeps giving, debuting the new video along with a WUT WUT sample EP comprised of his previously released singles.
EDC Orlando will descend upon its historic host venue Tinker Field from November 9-10, and as in all past years of production, the Insomniac festival will bring a slew of stars to the Sunshine State. After last year’s record turnout, the events giant had to follow with a special billing, and suffice it to say they’ve delivered with their 2018 lineup.
At the end of June, Dillon Francis introduced the world to his latest venture: a series called Like & Subscribe. The show, which he’s been developing over the past year, comes out July 9 on go90 and will tell the satirical story of a group of influencers.
In preparation for the show’s debut, Francis took to comedy podcast “Yeah, But Still” with fellow cast members and hosts of the podcast Brandon Wardell and Jack Wagner to talk about everything from Fortnite to llamas to, well, Like & Subscribe.
Without giving away too much, the three talk about the concept of the series, along with what’s in store for the first episode. The trio begin discussing the show and its characters around the 25-minute mark. Listeners can find a preview segment from the series itself at 27:23.
A mural in Los Angeles that only allows verified influencers and people with more than 20,000 social media followers to pose in front of it has been a considerably hot topic and widespread reason for online outrage recently.
Located on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, the mural is flanked by security guards, covered with a white sheet to limit the access to the hallowed work, and most importantly accompanied by a sign that reads, among other things, “INFLUENCERS: PLEASE TAG US ON SOCIAL MEDIA. INSTA: @LIKEANDSUBSCRIBE.”
Enter Dillon Francis. The artist’s just taken a page out of the Diplo playbook and developed and produced his very own television series, using the influencer mural to generate hype. The modern moombahton maven recently took to Twitter to share the news of his own original series, announcing that the show would divulge on a topic “near and dear” to the artist’s heart — influencers.
Over the last year Ive been developing my own show called @likeandsub. Its about a topic very very dear to my heart…influencers. Its out July 9th…I am starring in it & also I executive produced it.. A lot of work went into this & i am so excited for you all to finally see it. pic.twitter.com/Y1DtzD6Ril
While Dillon Francis has sampled a variety of production styles over his career, many remember him for his spastic and energetic moombahton tracks that put him on the map. Now, the Mad Decent protégé turned DJ superstar has released a continuous 15 minute Moombahton Mix as a tribute to the genre on which he built his name.
Dillon Francis reaches to his many past collaborators to fill out this mix, as tracks like “Bun Up The Dance” with Skrillex and “Need You” with NGHTMRE showcase the producer’s skill for making the bouncy and vibrant genre that is moombahton. The DJ and producer continues to show an interest in fusing the worlds of dancehall and electronic music, with tracks like “Never Let You Go,” featuring De La Ghetto, and “Ven,” featuring Arcangel and Quimico Ultra Mega, putting the spotlight on some of the world’s top reggaeton talent.
With a Spanish-language album on the way, Dillon Francis’ movement back into the realm of Caribbean rhythms may cement him as one of the most popular and relevant producers of the time.
While chronic jokester, Dillon Francis, has had the EDM world’s ribs tickling as he claimed his prank-fueled vengeance against DJ Snake earlier this week, he’s turned right around and shown he hasn’t skipped a beat in the studio. A celebrated remixer, Francis is known for trying his hand at widely popular tracks like Passion Pit‘s “Carried Away” and Halsey‘s “Bad At Love.” This time around, he’s re-envisioned Cardi B‘s latest single, “I Like It,” with Bad Bunny and J Balvin, which, so far, has topped out at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In this sweltering rendition, Francis gasses up the tempo, as well as Cardi’s forceful raps. The remix further accentuates the original’s titillating Latin fervor, and introduces a trap drop that is likely to spice up legions of festival sets this summer.
The remix comes ahead of Francis’ 2018-scheduled Spanish-language album release, from which so far, he’s released a number of tracks, including “Ven,” “We The Funk,” and “Sexo.”
This isn’t the first time the dance music world has collided with the unique rock style of the band’s lead singer, Brendon Urie. Featured on Francis’ 2014 album Money Sucks, Friends Rule, the two partnered up on the rock-influenced “Love in the Middle of a Firefight,” where Urie lent his vocals.
This time, it’s Francis featured behind the scenes on the track “Hey Look Ma, I Made It,” this time offering his indie dance sensibilities to the otherwise rock album. The track, co-produced by Jake Sinclair, has a nostalgic pop viewpoint to it, with simple synth progressions, strings heading right for the heart and a danceable chorus.
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Dillon Francis continues releasing singles from his upcoming Spanish-language. His new release is a collaboration with Jesse Baez, “Quiero Saber.” It’s a love song about Baez’ obsession for an unknown lover, for all the unanswered questions love might bring. The artist from Guatemala gives the song an emotional weight while Francis does his thing with soca rhythms, catchy ad libs, and emotive vocal chops.
This year, Francis’ released five Spanish singles and one official remix of J Balvin‘s “Machika.” This goes back to his 2011, Westside EP roots with singles “Masta Blasta” and “Que Que” with Diplo and Maluca. Even last year, he released an official remix of “Mi Gente” by J Balvin and a Spanish remix of his own single, “Say Less,” featuring Serko Fu.
Diving deeper, Fancis’ played with the soca rhythm on a lot of his English-language songs too. This next album will be his second studio album. He’s commented about looking for excitement in music again. It seems he’s going back to his moombahton roots.
NGHTMRE has had a stream of high-profile collaborations in the past year with the likes of Dillon Francis and Ghastly, proving there’s no stopping him. The LA-based producer played a collaboration he has coming out with The Chainsmokers during his EDC Las Vegas set. The track showcases a different direction for both NGHTMRE and The Chainsmokers, with Drew Taggart‘s vocals falling into a dirty drop. The Chainsmokers have been leaning pop as of late, while NGHTMRE is known for his kicking bass drops.
No information has been released about the track name or release date, but fans attending an upcoming Chainsmokers or NGHTMRE show can expect to hear it played. Fans can listen to the new track starting at 14:35 of NGHTMRE’s set on Mixcloud.
Dillon Francis has been hyping up his new Spanish language album that is expected to be released in 2018. He has been dropping singles from it — the latest being “BaBaBa (Vete Pa’Ya).” The high-energy track integrates elaborate synth combinations with drums, shaping the background around the vocalist.
Francis decided to create a Spanish language album as his second studio album after stating he was “uninspired” and looking for something to make him excited again. Seeing the success of “Despacito” and “Mi Gente” kickstarted the idea that he could produce Spanish language music as a continuation of his Diplo and Maluca collaboration, “Que Que.” 2018 has proved to be a big year for Francis as his experimentation between styles and genres continues.