DJ Hanzel and Tchami? Dillon Francis hints at new collaborations, talks ‘WUT WUT,’ TV show, and more [Interview]

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Moombahton progenitor Dillon Francis has put a near-incomprehensible amount of work into his 2018 thus far — and there is much more on the horizon. His highly-anticipated sophomore effort, WUT WUT, has spawned six Latin-inspiredproductions thus far and is officially slated to hit the internet at the top of the fall season on September 28. This follows an already busy eight months of headlining global festivals, working alongside Panic At The Disco for a track off their latest album, and getting back into the remix ring with a spin of Cardi B’s hit single, “I Like It.”

One talent Francis has that shines as brightly as his musicianship is his ability to make others laugh. The artist is a natural comic, amassing a mass following on social media with meme-worthy content that includes DJ Hanzel’s creation, Gary the Piñata, and silly antics. Last summer, he starred alongside James Van Der Beek in the Diplo-based Viceland series What Would Diplo Do? 

These skills culminated in one of the more momentous announcement of Dillon’s career: he’d be taking his comedy to the next level by executive producing his very own series Like & Subscribe. Fans had been hoping this for years on end — especially after seeing his innate knack for acting on Vice. The show was announced in typical Francis fashion, by way of an “Influencer Wall” that baffled some and angered many.

Before one of the more entertaining and idolized personas in all of electronic dance music was honored with shutting down the Perry’s Stage at Lollapalooza, we got the chance to sit down with Dillon Francis as he dished on how his new album come to fruition, an update on the upcoming Like & Subscribe project and finally a potential return of the fan-favorite alter ego DJ Hanzel.

Your new album ‘Wut Wut’ is mostly Latin-influenced. Was that something you always aspired to do and was the process of creating that any different than your music in the past?

My manager and I actually came up with the idea for the album like three years ago and it was long before “Despacito” and “Mi Gente” had ever become big. The reason we did it and the reason the album is called Wut Wut is because it was me just going back to “Que Que“, which was a song I made together with Diplo and Maluca. I wanted to just have those vibes of what I used to make back during the West Side EP days and try to revitalize it and add in the new flair that I have now. Where I’m at in my career, I was able to go to some artists that I really looked up to and work with them so it’s been really fun. It’s probably been one of the most fun albums I’ve worked on. A lot of people have been like “it took so long, it was a labor of love” but the only thing that has taken long was for it to come out. The whole thing for me was just having the best time of my life and the whole album was about fun, and that’s it. It’s not this crazy, introspective project so you can enjoy it and get wild to it.

You worked on a track on Panic At The Disco’s new album. What was it like working with them?

Brendon Urie is one of my favorite people alive; hanging out with him was so much fun and he’s such a funny dude. Our music sensibilities are so much alike and I don’t know if that’s because I grew up listening to Panic and being an emo kid but then also listening to indie dance music. I think that’s where him and I meld together is the fact that I was so into indie dance music when I was coming up. There’s an old song on my album Money Sucks, Friends Rule “We Are Impossible” and that’s kind of trying to be that vibe but I think we really nailed it with “Hey Look Ma, I Made It“.

Everyone saw that hilarious influencer mural you put up in Los Angeles to promote your new series “Like & Subscribe” and you’ve always had a knack for comedy so was having your own series always a goal of yours?

Yeah so I executive produced that show and I know that it didn’t come out yet because Go90 got destroyed. Two days into the promotion for what we were doing, they hit us back and we’re like “hey the company is closing down, do you still want to air it for 30 days?” so they just gave it to us and right now we are shopping it. If that doesn’t happen though then I think I’m really going to try to blow it out and put it on my YouTube.

Going off of that, we wanted to take it back for a second to those incredible Snapchat story sketches that you used to do with your friends Phantoms. Do you guys have any plans to bring those back or potentially work on something else in the future?

I don’t really use Snapchat that much and on Instagram you can’t do those long format stories. I tried to use Instagram TV once and it did well but I’ve kind of grown apart from doing that especially after doing the Like & Subscribe show, I want to focus on doing those types of productions. Every now and then I like to do it for something like Gerald’s birthday and other big moments like that.

It’s definitely been a minute since we went ‘One Deeper’ with DJ Hanzel so are there any plans for another show in the coming months?

Yeah so the last show we did was at Exchange LA and that’s a really good question because I was literally just talking about it like 30 minutes ago. I’m hoping to try and do something again if not this year then next year. I know that there has been talks of a DJ Hanzel and Tchami song so we’ll see what happens with that.

You and DJ Snake obviously have one of the most enviable friendships that we’ve seen in all of dance music. That well-thought-out revenge prank that you pulled on him after he blasted your number across the Ultra Mainstage back in 2015 was extremely entertaining. Do you guys have anything in the works in terms of music that you can share?

We’re trying to work on something but I don’t think we’ve found the right song yet. We’re still sending back and forth songs and trying to figure out what we want it to be but it’s been a little tough because we don’t know if we want it to be a moombahton song or something closer to ‘Get Low‘. He’s finishing up his new album too so I was trying to get something done with him but we’ll see.

You have the honor of closing down the Perry’s Stage here at Lollapalooza this weekend so is there anything you can tell us about that set before it all goes down later?

I was sick for the past five days and I was just sitting in my house making edits of all my old music so a lot of them are blends. I brought back “IDGAFOS” and “Bruk Bruk“. My intro is really cool and I think for the first hour it’s all my music that’s all blended together. The set only has about two other people’s songs but I really tried to focus on making edits of my songs. I know a lot of people are like “man, you stopped playing ‘Anywhere‘” and that was just because sometimes I forget as well when I’m DJing. I’m just in a vibe and then I’m like “oh, I don’t want to go to that one” so I tried to make these cool edits so that I could finally have them to place around sets when I need to. I didn’t realize how much music I have but my favorite song that I’ve ever made has to be “It’s Not Butter” and that’s been in my set forever. I have a new remix I’m playing tonight that I did for Martin Solveig and it kind of has that vibe from my “Morning Sun” remix but it’s way more tropical so look out for that.

***We stayed on the lookout, and he did indeed drop said track.

 

Photo credit: Jeremy Deputat

Jai Wolf ends 16-month hiatus, unveils newest release, ‘Lost’

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After a 16-month hiatus, Sajeeb Saha, better known as Jai Wolf, returns with an original track “Lost” featuring Chelsea Jade. In 2017, the Bangladesh-born producer headlined his “Kindred Spirits” US tour, which included stellar performances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and more. Fans have been hotly anticipating new content, and “Lost” proves well worth the wait.

The track rides a smooth beat and catchy vocals from Jade, fusing indie-electronic vibes with a new wave pop sound and impactful percussion arrangements. Saha shared a few words on the new original work,

“Chelsea and I wrote this song as sort of an anthem for a generation of kids who feel disillusioned by the world around them. Feeling lost is something that never necessarily goes away. Even when you might think you’ve found your way, your perspective might shift and you may feel lost again. This song is about that cycle and our desire to escape it. This song is also special to me because it is the perfect bridge between my old music and where I want to go next.”

Jai Wolf will support ODESZA on their headline tour this fall and with his return on “Lost,” it looks like more new material from Jai Wolf may be on the horizon.

16-year-old boy dies after being found unresponsive at Lollapalooza

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16-year-old Mundelein teen Evan Kitzmiller was pronounced dead on Sunday, August 5 after he was found in an unresponsive state at Lollapalooza. Kitzmiller was immediately taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after being found in the 300 block of East Randolph Street at approximately 7:50 PM on Sunday. Kitzmiller was pronounced dead at 8:59 PM.

Police have yet to determine the cause of Kitzmiller’s death. The Cook County Examiner’s Office will conduct Kitzmiller’s autopsy, while city detectives move forward with their own death investigation. Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications deemed Kitzmiller’s death a “medical emergency.”

H/T: Chicago Tribune

Gear up for Lollapalooza with DA’s 12 most anticipated performances

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Lollapalooza is this weekend in Chicago, and Dancing Astronaut is hosting a live stream of the music festival.

With headliners such as The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, and Travis Scott, the festival’s 27th year in existence should be one for the ages. After changing to a four-day event in 2016, Lollapalooza is easily one of the top-attended music festivals in the United States.

Below are 12 of the most anticipated Lollapalooza performances from an electronic music perspective.


REZZ

“Space mom” is a must-see for any festival. She’s performing Thursday at 7:15 p.m. CDT, and her new album, Certain Kind Of Magic, comes out Friday on mau5trap. REZZ was just featured on the cover of DJ Mag‘s August issue.

ODESZA

After killer sets at Red Rocks and Panorama, ODESZA looks to bring their massive live-electronic show with their big synths, drum line, and stellar light show. The duo is the headliner of EDM at Lollapalooza, and there are rumors of a potential Foreign Family festival in 2019.

Rusko

After beating cancer, the British dubstep pioneer is back in action. He dropped his Has Made Five More Songs EP, this year, and the flag-bearer of contemporary dubstep knows how to throw down, recently coming off supporting Zeds Dead in London. Dubstep whomps at 6 p.m. CDT Friday? Yes, please.

Billie Eilish

The 16-year-old from California had her debut EP, Don’t Smile at Me, rank on Billboard‘s top 200 list. The distraught yet swagged-out teen recently had a tarantula emerge from her mouth for the new single, you should see me in a crown. Imagine what the eclectic and eccentric young trendsetter will bring to the stage.

Dillon Francis

The budding actor, director, and TV writer is also one of the most sought-after festival DJs. With six releases from his upcoming WUT WUT album on Francis’ new IDGAFOS imprint, working with Comedy Central on Living The Dream, his own show Like & Subscribe, and One Deeper Talks with DJ Hanzel; EDM’s funny man has been busy this summer.  Playing Friday at 8:30 p.m. CDT, Francis’ live set will be a perfect way to start the weekend shenanigans.

Tycho

Cool your jets to the easy-going electronic ambiance of Scott Hansen aka Tycho. The musician, composer, producer, songwriter, photographer, and designer is a true embodiment of an artist. With a variety of genre’s at Lollapalooza, Tycho will be a nice escape into the serene 9 p.m. CDT on Thursday.

Post Malone

With one of Billboard‘s top albums for the past two months, beerbongs & bentleys, Malone is a must-see. His happy-go-lucky attitude, infectious smile, and daydreaming vibe will create an ambiance of love, partying, and good harmony.

Illenium

Future bass maven, Nicholas D. Miller, will put on a beautiful set with big synths 7:15 p.m. CDT Saturday. He’s been diving into harder productions, recently teaming up with Excision on their new track, “Gold (Stupid Love)” featuring Shallows. Last month, Illenium released a massive 15-track remix package for his 2017 Awake album.

Chromeo

Having released their fifth studio album, Head Over Heals, this summer, the veteran FUNKLORDZ look towards filling the electro-funk void. After cancelling shows earlier in July due to mental health issues, the duo is back in action and will not disappoint fans of funk, dance & hip-hop.

Tyler, The Creator

He just released a new music video with A$AP Rocky for their single, “Potato Salad.” The Odd Future fashion, lifestyle, and content icon finally received critic recognition on his Flower Boy album last year. His set is sure to be one of a kind.

Galantis

The live electronic duo from Sweden will keep spirits uplifted with melodies and drops a-plenty. According to their Twitter, they’ve also got something special planned for Lollapalooza.

Zedd

Germany and pop music’s EDM headliner and Billboard chart-topper will not disappoint. He’s playing at 8:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday. His newest song is “Happy Now” featuring Elley Duhé.

Honorable mentions: Petit Biscuit, Malaa, Lykke Li, Goldlink, What So Not, Excision, Logic, The Weeknd, Khalid.


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Stream Lollapalooza live through Red Bull TV: The Weeknd, Zedd, REZZ, Tycho + More

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The most happening musical celebration in Chicago, Lollapalooza, has announced that this year, those not attending the festival will have four different live channels for all things Lolla at their disposal, thanks to Red Bull TV.

While three of the channels will be reporter-led coverage, the fourth, through the Red Bull Music Youtube page, will offer live streams of the festival sets via virtual reality. The new streaming installment, compliments of C3 Presents, Live Nation, and Google‘s own AR/VR team will “virtually transport fans from anywhere, in real time to the front row at Lollapalooza.”

Coverage is set to begin on the Grant Park festival grounds the day of commencement, Thursday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. CST and roll on throughout the weekend until the fest’s conclusion Sunday. The four-day affair boasts an eclectic-as-ever lineup this year, headlined by categorical virtuosos like Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Bruno Mars, Travis Scott, and The Weeknd, who will all be included in the live streams. The live broadcast will also include sets from top-tier electronic acts like Tycho, Rusko, ODESZA, Illenium, REZZ, and much more.

Streaming will be available here.

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Live Nation details Festival Passport expansion for 2018-2019 season

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Last year, Live Nation successfully launched its Festival Passport program, granting 1,000 lucky fans across the world access to over 90 of the company’s festivals at just one flat fee. The ticketing and events behemoth has announced the return of its one-of-a-kind access pass for the upcoming season, now with a major expansion in territory and new VIP option.

2,500 GA passes will be sold at $999 with just 100 VIP passes priced at $5,000. Though the GA price includes a $200 increase from last year, purchasers will now have over 100 of Live Nation’s unique festivals to choose from.

Both GA and VIP passes will be granted access to any of over 100 participating festivals worldwide, including Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Electric Daisy Carnival, Governors Ball, Sasquatch!, and Lollapaloozas in Germany, France, and the US.  New additions to the roster include Australia’s Sydney City Limits, China’s Creamfields, UAE’s RedFestDXB, Poland’s Impact Festival, and the UK’s Edinburgh Summer Sessions.

This year, in an effort to avoid scalpers and ensure that Live Nation is only accommodating fans’ needs, purchasers will have to pre-register through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan platform with their full legal names and photo ID. Registration is open now through April 12 at 11:00 PM ET/10:00 PM CT, with sign up here. Tickets are on-sale beginning April 17 at 8:00 am EDT, but be aware, Festival Passports sold out in under 24 hours last year, so purchasers must act quickly when the time comes.

Lollapalooza announces 2018 edition with The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Vampire Weekend, ODESZA, more

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The Midwest’s premier music festival, Lollapalooza, returns to Chicago’s Grant Park August 2–5 with a newly announced lineup for the behemoth, 4-day affair. Topping the 2018 bill are The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, Logic, and ODESZA, and, most notably, Vampire Weekend — the band’s first live performance in four years.

Other high-profile acts include Tyler, The Creater, CHVRCHES, LL Cool J, Portugal. the Man, and Brit superstar Dua Lipa. The festival’s electronic and dance music bookings are just as thrilling, with a comprehensive roster of veteran and rising acts: Zedd, ExcisionDillon Francis, Galantis, Illenium, REZZ, Chromeo, Hippie Sabotage, Tycho, Zomboy, WhatSoNot, Malaa, Valentino Kahn, Petit Biscuit, Ghastly, Chris Lake, Herobust, and Space Jesus.

Lollapalooza also boasts an impressive undercard with Gucci Mane, Lil Pump, St. Vincent, and Aussie one-woman band Tash Sultana, who rarely tours the US.

With over a hundred names set to appear over the weekend, Lollapalooza truly has become an American institution with something to satiate everyone’s musical tastes. GA and VIP passes to Lollapalooza can be found here.

What So Not announces 30+ date ‘Beautiful Things’ world tour

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2018 was projected to be a big year for What So Not with the anticipated arrival of his long-awaited full-length album debut. Now, as the ball gets rolling for the Aussie standout this year, What So Not is officially starting to deliver with the announcement of his upcoming Beautiful Things World Tour, slated to hit a handful of major international festivals as well as more than 30 stops around the globe.

The “Be Okay Again” producer is expected to hit Ultra, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza‘s South American circuit, covering ground from Mumbai to Miami, Brooklyn to Berlin. The tour will include What So Not’s newly launched custom touring rig, featuring a massive chrome horse and chariot setup. The news of the Beautiful Things World Tour comes on the cusp of leaked, unconfirmed details about What So Not’s highly anticipated upcoming LP — rumored to be called Not All The Beautiful Things and said to include contributions from Skrillex, Rome Fortune, Toto, and more. Hopefully by the time What So Not hits the road later this month, we’ll know for sure.

Purchase tickets to the Beautiful Things Tour here.

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Zeds Dead release their Lollapalooza 2017 set

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Zeds Dead are combining two of their fan-favorite things into one: their radio show and their festival sets. Zeds Dead Lollapalooza set was a success, showcasing the raucous performance that has made their festival performances legendary.

Luckily for those who couldn’t make it to Chicago’s top festival, Deadbeats Radio is there to provide the experience to all. While a powerful performance in and of itself, this edition of Zeds Dead’s radio show will have one overwhelming effect: most will put one a Zeds Dead performance on their must-see list.

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Watch Lollapalooza performances from San Holo, Gramatik, Jai Wolf, A-trak, NGHTMRE & More

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Chicago’s largest music festival celebrated it’s 26th year in Grant Park this past weekend, Aug. 3-6. Like any festival of this sheer magnitude, the whole Lollapalooza experience was an undoubted whirlwind of ups and downs for attendees — from a weather related shut-down on day one to the lucky fan who joined Run The Jewels on stage.

In case you missed the Lolla live stream, you can thank your lucky stars (or RedBull TV, whichever) because now full sets are becoming available online. Topping the 2017 bill were Muse, Arcada Fire, The Killers, and hometown hero Chance the Rapper. Also catch performances from dance music producers San Holo, 3Lau, Gramatik, Jai Wolf, A-trak and many more.

We will update this post as more performances become available.

 

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