Dillon Francis secures Latin Grammy and Latin American Music Awards nominations for ‘Sexo’

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Dillon Francis secures Latin Grammy and Latin American Music Awards nominations for ‘Sexo’Dillon Francis Press Shot

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 WUTs official release on September 29. The Latin American Music Awards air October 25, followed by the Latin Grammys ceremony on November 15.

Dillon Francis features Lao Ra in infectious music video for new single, ‘White Boi’

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Dillon Francis features Lao Ra in infectious music video for new single, ‘White Boi’Dillon Francis Lao Ra White Boi Screen Shot Dancing Astro

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 , “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 talks ‘Wut Wut’ and more on Zach Sang Show [Watch]

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Dillon Francis talks ‘Wut Wut’ and more on Zach Sang Show [Watch]Dillon Francis Zach Sang Interview

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 Puts His Spin On Martin Solveig’s Smash Hit “My Love”

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EDM legend Martin Solveig has unveiled the Dillon Francis remix of his summer hit ‘My Love’, Solveig’s summer smash hit which has passed over 4 million streams on Spotify. Providing his own vocals on the track, the June original of ‘My Love’ arrived in the midst of another hectic summer season for Martin, with the

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Dillon Francis turns Martin Solveig’s ‘My Love’ into tropical heat

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Dillon Francis turns Martin Solveig’s ‘My Love’ into tropical heatDillon Francis Martin Solveig My Love Remi

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.

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

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

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

Dillon Francis previews entire ‘WUT WUT’ album on IGTV

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Dillon Francis previews entire ‘WUT WUT’ album on IGTVDillon Francis Wired Interview 2017 Billboard 1548

Dillon Francis announced his return to the long form release earlier this summer. His third artist album, WUT WUT, slated to release in fall 2018, the album got a Sampler release with each of its six already released singles front and center. With this, Francis has made it clear his intention to have this album take his career and sound in a new direction with Latin music as the larger overall focus.

Now the This Mixtape Is Fire. producer has released a full preview of each of the tracks to come on his upcoming album, along with track list details. Unsurprisingly, Francis in his glorious social media ways chose to adopt the nascent IGTV as his way of doing so, premiering each new piece in vertical view. The album will feature five additional tracks than the Sampler, and will include further collaborations with artists Happy Colors, Yashua, Ximena Sariñana and Lao Ra. WUT WUT is due out September 28th via Francis’s own IDGAFOS label.

Stream HARD Summer 2018 sets from Diplo & Dillon Francis, Marshmello, Mija, and more

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Stream HARD Summer 2018 sets from Diplo & Dillon Francis, Marshmello, Mija, and moreHard Summer

HARD Summer 2018 has come and gone — the festival’s first year without founder of the HARD brand Gary Richards (a.k.a. Destructo) at the helm — and all seemed to go as planned. Recruiting some of today’s top talent in house, future bass, dubstep, and hip-hop, the weekend featured some powerhouse back-to-back sets from Dillon Francis & Diplo, Zeds Dead & Jauz, and A-Trak & Baauer. Travis Scott celebrated the release of his new album, Astroworld, and Mija dropped another set that completely embodies her “Fk A Genre” mantra.

With more sets from Marshmello, Ghastly, Louis the Child, and others, this weekend marked the beginning of a new chapter for the HARD organization. Check out some of the top sets of the weekend below.

Diplo b2b Dillon Francis:

Travis Scott:

Zeds Dead b2b Jauz:

A-Trak b2b Baauer:



Louis The Child:


Big Wild:



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

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Gear up for Lollapalooza with DA’s 12 most anticipated performancesLollapalooza Chhicago 2018

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.


“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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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DJs chime in on France’s World Cup win

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DJs chime in on France’s World Cup winDJ Snake World Cup

France defeated Croatia in the World Cup finals on Sunday by a score of 4-2, marking their 2nd ever world cup victory. Countless French DJs took to social media to share their support and excitement. Below are reactions from some of them.


With the Wolrd Cup trophy and FIFA’s Young Player Award winner, Kylian Mbappe.


Made a song.


Translation: “Proud to be French.” Him and Tchami just finished a No Redemption show in ELECTROBEACH at Le Barcarès, France.


Repping the blue, white, and red. Go blues!


Sharing with fans one of his earliest memories and letting people know there’s a good atmosphere in France right now.


Wasn’t born during the last world cup. Translates to “dedicated to all the adults who told us kids we didn’t “know the World Cup.” WHAT NOW?!?!


Celebrating out in Place de la Bastille in Paris, France.


Shouting out the French coach.



“Champions my brother.”


Promises a song with Alison Wonderland regardless of result.

Saddened with his Croatian grandmother.

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