Dillon Francis is known for his wacky antics on and off the stage (especially his social media pages). But his music video for “When We Were Young” is just absurd. I have always been a big supporter of Dillon Francis, even though I prefer his earlier stuff, but he works hard and keeps me laughing. Take a look at some behind the scenes footage of Mr. Francis on set of his latest music video.
You can also pick up a copy of his new album right here.
It has yet to be determined what’s in store for us when the inaugural TBD Fest hits the streets of Sacramento this weekend, October 3-5. What we do know is that we’re damn excited—and for good reason. This isn’t the first rodeo for the fine folks at Launch Events. What was once a one-day hotel party known as Launch Festival has evolved over the years into a week-long Sacramento showcase of music, art, fashion, technology, and lifestyle. This year, Launch has been rebranded and renamed as TBD Fest, and it’s an entirely different beast, though the Launch spirit remains in tact.
We don’t expect this 3-day festival to have the roughness of a typical first-year fest. I mean, just look at the lineup: an eye-catching list of headliners with a juicy supporting bill as well. These guys know what they’re doing. This weekend, a world-class event is coming to California’s capital, and as a NorCal native, I couldn’t be more excited. TBD aims to be an evolution of music festivals, and I’m excited to see what they have up their sleeves. It’s going to be more than a music festival– it will be a festival of art, life, and forward-thinking. But the soundtrack is going to be pretty killer.
On that note, let’s take a look at that soundtrack. Dance music fans will have their plates full with mega-headliners Moby and Justice, who will have support from the likes of Dillon Francis, Gramatik, Keys N Krates, RAC, The Gaslamp Killer, Viceroy, and more. Hip-hoppers will be stoked to see local legends Deltron 3030 as well as one of my personal favorites, Danny Brown. The live acts are what really set TBD Fest apart from other festivals though. A truly unique and exciting bill of awesome rockers and indie poppers ensure that we’ll be getting down on the dance floor. Empire of the Sun, Blondie, Kurt Vile, DIIV, Cherub, MS MR, MNDR, Goldroom, and a hefty group of local artists will have us partying like it’s 2014. Oh, and Explosions in the Sky is going to absolutely annihilate our faces and bodies with loud, emotional, instrumental masterpieces.
So yeah. The lineup is insane. What’s more insane is that this party is going to be happening right along the Sacramento River in the Bridge District of West Sacramento, just minutes away from downtown. The event is going to have a heavy emphasis on food, art, yoga, technology, and lifestyle. This is taking place in the state’s capital, after all, not exactly known as a party destination. But we will party. And we will think. And we will live. This is going to be the real deal. A true sensory exploration and one hell of an audio/visual adventure. TBD Fest, we don’t know what you’re going to be, but we’re ready for you. See you on the other side.
Check back next week for our official review. Until then, check out the full schedule, which was released this morning, and get your ears warmed up below.
The weekend we’ve been waiting for is finally just a couple weeks away. On Thursday July 31st, the HARD team drops down on the famous Red Rocks amphitheater – featuring sets by Nero, Dillon Francis, Rudimental, Destructo, Julio Bashmore, and Samo Sound Boy. Then, just two days later, HARD returns to its home base of Los Angeles for HARD Summer 2014 – a two-day festival at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area featuring a massive lineup of some of the best DJs in the world. Headliners for HARD Summer include Jack U, A$AP Mob, Axwell, Flosstradamus, Tiesto, Disclosure, Dillon Francis, and Nero. Tickets for both events are still on sale but they are going fast! Let’s dig in to HARD Red Rocks and HARD Summer 2014 a little deeper and see why these have the potential to be the biggest parties of the Summer.
I’ll admit that I’ve kind of gotten over Dillon Francis as of late. I used to love his productions and had a blast seeing Dillon Francis DJ live on multiple occasions. Maybe it’s because I started getting into the more underground side of Dance music, better suited for Dillon’s alter-ego DJ Hanzel, or maybe it’s because Dillon has gotten away from his Moombahton roots, but either way he hasn’t had my attention. Well that all changed today when a new Dillon Francis remix popped up on my SoundCloud feed. And it wasn’t a remix of just any song – it was a remix of the classic track “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” by Daft Punk. I’ll put aside my disappointment that this remix isn’t of the Moombahton variety (a dying genre?), because Dillon Francis’ Trap remix is extremely well-done. I love the chopped up vocals and I think it has an original sound for a genre that has been beaten into the ground over the past couple years. It takes a special producer to successfully remix a dance classic and I think Dillon Francis nailed it. He writes:
“COACHELLA THIS PAST WEEKEND WAS FUCKING AMAZING AND I LOVE YOU ALL SOOOO FUCKING MUCH!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE SUPPORT AND LOVE YOU SHOW ME DAY IN AND DAY OUT SO HERE IS A FREE DOWNLOAD OF MY REMIX I DID OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE DAFT PUNK SONGS HBFS ….. OH AND HAPPY EASTER”
While Dillon Francis wont be dropping his first full length album until July, this week he has given us a gem and a little preview of what to expect. The collaboration with DJ Snake was first debuted at Tomorrow World last September, at both of their set. “Get Low” is a perfect example of what a collaboration should sound like. When you take DJ Snake’s chart topping Trap drops and combine them with Dillon Francis’s original Moombahton drum programming, you get great fusion of sounds that reflects what MAD DECENT is all about. Pick up the new single below and be on the look out for upcoming singles from Dillon Francis on the road to his album release this summer. Dillon Francis also debuted a track with Diplo at Tommorrow World, who also collaborated with DJ Snake on another track that debuted at the festival, so be on the look out.
With the anticipation of his new album growing by the day, Dillon has given us a little something something to tide us over. Taking a break from his album production and his daily social media personae we are once again reminded how talented he is. Transforming Steve Angello’s ever popular club hit KNAS, Dillon has given it a Trapped out “Re-birth.” With his classic hard hitting synth work and tight production we can only get more more excited for what is to come out on the album. Grab this one for free now and be sure to stay tuned for Dillon’s full length album that will be dropping this spring.