If a track bears Dillon Francis‘s ubiquitous emblem, listeners can expect a record that’s a little bit bombastic, packed with a whole lot of flavor. For his latest Mad Decent development, Francis signed on with equally fervid producer, Boombox Cartel for a smoldering new single, “Drip.”
Bolstered by hip-hop hot topic, Desiigner, “Drip” does just that, flowing through styles spanning Francis’s buoyant moombahton muscle to Boombox Cartel’s fluttering future bass/trap finesse. The producers’ seminal, festival-friendly flairs are on full, twofold display, with neither entity’s style audibly smothered by the other, as often happens with high-profile collaborations.
The momentous tune is a guaranteed soon-be-fixture in both producers’ prolific summer festival bookings, which include HARD Summer and EDC Korea for Francis and Lollapalooza and Electric Zoo for Boombox Cartel.
It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.
With just a day’s notice, Skrillex has surprised-dropped a two-track EP on OWSLA, consisting of “Fuji Opener” and “Mumbai Power.” Knife Party came out of the woodwork, too, to reveal their first releases in four years in the form of the Lost Souls EP. Perhaps today’s biggest mega-collaboration comes in the form of Dillon Francis, Boombox Cartel and Desiigner’s “Drip,” and one of the biggest remixes is sure to be Gryffin’s remix of Shawn Mendes’ “If I Can’t Have You.” Golf Clap have cooked up a spicy remix of Madi and Robokid’s “White Horse,” and Far Out takes Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy’s “Lift You Up” to new heights. Madeaux takes listeners deep into a late-night club with “I Want You,” and Goldroom continues his string of new releases with “Nothing Matters.” DESERT STAR returns to Monstercat with “Carissa,” and Alesso remixes his own tune with TINI, “Sad Song.” Andrew Rayel and HAILENE prove to be a match made in heaven on “Take All of Me,” and Hardwell and Quintino take things up a notch with “Reckless” on Spinnin’. Ray Volpe and Aviella join forces for “Our World,” and Mark Knight’s remixed David Guetta and Raye’s “Stay (Don’t Go Away).”
As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.
The next installment for the multi-platinum-selling DJ is titled What’s In Dillon’s Box? The weekly video series will consist of brief reviews about some products Francis acquires via “drunk” Amazon purchases. The pilot reviews a Vector Robot with a myriad of frustrating qualities, all of which drive Francis towards squaring up with an object that’s a fraction of his size. Despite its flaws, the Robot will be given away to one lucky commenter. In the video’s Thumbnail, it displays as a play on third-party YouTubers that use silly images as clickbait for their review video.
Aside from YouTube content, Francis recently signed a development deal with 20th Century Fox Television to spearhead an animated series called Gerald’s World, all focused on his famous candy-filled friend.
The moment has finally arrived for Dillon Francis to stir EDC‘s Kinetic Field, with his iconic bass-laden, moombahton sound. His choice slot at the festival’s main stage comes after a series of huge developments on the career front. In the past six months alone, the Latin Grammy nominee went on an expansive national tour alongside Alison Wonderland, ventured further into television with a Fox deal for Gerald’s World, and packed out the Sahara Tent both weeks of Coachella.
Francis also confirmed that This Mixtape Is Fire 2 will make it to digital shelves sometime in May or June—thus, this notable EDC performance serves as a ripe testing ground for new music on the record. The mixtape’s debut was in 2015. It’s also likely he’ll inject his latest anthem with lovelytheband, “Chamge Your Mind,” somewhere in the mix. Listen closely for new dancefloor weapons until 4:14am.
Dillon’s is the stage’s penultimate performer, with Jamie Jones taking over afterward to close out.
The video showcases the 34th annual Pro Darts Tournament of the Flowers on PBSPN with professional host-with-the-most Rick Jambles (played by Francis) and his best friend and former pro-dart champion, Jackie D (played by Alison Becker) commentating. Dirk Duckland (Jimmy Tatro) and Maddie Gilmoore (Anna Akana) face off in an intense dart battle that takes a dark turn with a light upside. The music video was directed by Brandon Dermer whose worked with Panic! At The Disco, Diplo, and Steve Aoki.
After headlining Coachella and bringing lovelytheband on stage as a surprise guest, Francis announced a partnership with 20th Century Fox Television for an animated comedy series called Gerald’s World, based off his lovable piñata best friend and social media superstar.
In a one-minute recap video posted to Twitter, Francis summed up his Coachella weekend and shared that the highly anticipated follow-up to his August 2015 mixtape, which included iconic tracks like “Coming Over” with Kygo and James Hersey and “Bun Up the Dance,” is just a month or two away.
“When will it be coming out you ask? Probably sometime in May or June depending on when I finish all the other songs,” Francis noted in his tweet. He had previously hinted that he was working on it in March.
The recap video—which showed Francis being interviewed, performing, and running around saying he’s “influencing”—also shares what’s likely a sneak peek at an upcoming new moombahton number.
Here’s both weekends of @coachella condensed into 1min set to a new song of mine that’s gonna be on “This Mixtape Is Fire 2” …when will it be coming out you ask? Probably sometime in May or June depending on when i finish all the other songs anyways i love y’all thank you pic.twitter.com/XHJ4SYglMM
Over the past decade, Dillon Francis has been somewhat of a fixture at the Sahara tent. Since making his Coachella debut in 2013, the impish moombahton mainstay has been a premier attraction at the festival’s rowdiest stage in 2014, 2017, and now, 2019.
To celebrate the milestone of his fourth Coachella appearance, he laced his energetic, primetime set with notable guest appearances from some of his choice collaborators. In addition to inviting DJ Snake to join him onstage for their hit, “Get Low,” Francis temporarily veered attention away from the decks, as lovelytheband came onstage to perform their recent joint single, “Change Your Mind.”
In an Instagram album recapping the set, Francis succinctly expressed how emotional the experience was for him, further engendering excitement regarding what’s in store for Coachella’s second weekend.
Dillon Francis is partnering with 20th Century Fox TV and writer Spencer Porter (“Family Guy,” “We Bare Bears”) to bring a new animated series called “Gerald’s World.” The up-and-coming piñata seems to have finally found his limelight in television thanks to the help of his owner and professional DJ/producer, Dillon Francis.
Gerald is Francis’ piñata best friend and fan favorite character from the social media-savvy entertainer. The lively piñata lives in an awkward corner of the WUT WUT producer’s house and gets into mischief that includes butt implants, getting lost at a Panic! At The Disco concert, a wild first birthday party with all his piñata friends, and way too many other adventures to count. Gerald even helped Francis pick an outfit for his Coachella performance this year.
This is not Francis’ first rodeo with shows, as he produced a video series called “Like and Subscribe” that landed on Funny or Die’s YouTube page. Curating “Gerald’s World”will be quite the wild ride in an already epic lifetime of Snapchat and Instagram stories.
In the days leading up to his Coachella performance, it appears Dillon Francis wasn’t just working on his set. He contacted Jeff Wittek of Vine fame with a request: to get jacked in seven days.
Over the course of the next week, Wittek and Francis worked together to get Francis the body he’s always dreamed of. A video on Wittek’s channel documents the venture, showing Francis doing push ups with a scorpion under him, hiking, and attempting 50 burpees.
“I plan on taking [Francis’] laptop, ’cause I know DJs need that to ‘play their music,’” Wittek says in the video as he runs off with his laptop. “If he doesn’t’ stick to the plan, he won’t be able to perform at Coachella.”
Dancing Astronaut’s2018 Artist of the Year, Dillon Francis will imminently take the decks at Coachella‘s opening weekend, and fans won’t want to miss a minute of the action. Fortunately, they won’t have to, as Coachella organizers live broadcast an animated segment of Francis’ set on channel three of the event’s three-channel live stream.
In the fashion of 2018, 2019 is a year of considerable musical strides for Dillon Francis, who rises to the Coachella occasion with a new single in tow, the lovelytheband assisted “Change Your Mind.” The moombahton artist’s headlining performance follows his joint tour with fellow electronic force to be reckoned with, Alison Wonderland. Those who didn’t get the opportunity to catch Francis on the Lost My Mind tour can catch the versatile producer live from Coachella’s Sahara tent, while those fortunate enough to attend the tour can experience Francis’ unmistakable stage presence anew, now.
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