Nov 08, 2012
Dillon Francis

Dillon Francis has blazed through the bass music scene at lightning speed, while maintaining his distinct sense of humor all along the way. Learn about his current tour, what he would raise on a farm, and how he’d incorporate 1000 cats into his live act in our exclusive interview!

Dillon Francis - Bootleg Fireworks (Burning Up) (Original Mix) [Fly Eye]
LessThan3: Tell us about your current Wet & Reckless tour (dates & tickets here). Were you involved in picking the other talent?
Dillon: I picked all the artists that are on the tour. I played with Clockwork down in Florida and after that I knew I wanted to tour with him because he’s such a funny guy who makes amazing music. The first time I heard Harlem Shake I knew I wanted Baauer, and Flosstradamus was always one of the main picks since they released their Original Don remix. When I heard that track I hit them up and told them I hadn’t been this excited about new music since I first heard Munchi’s moombahton.
LessThan3: Any dates you’re particularly excited for?
Dillon: I’m really excited for the New York date because all the proceeds are going to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. I wanted to help in any way I could because I love New York and the people there.
LessThan3: What has trap done for your sets? How do you see it evolving over the next year?
Dillon: Trap is basically minimal dubstep to me. I’ve always been into minimal house, and there aren’t a lot of kids who are. In a similar way, it takes away all the high screeches and just lets the listener groove. Same with moombahton—I’ll go between the noisier, more high pitched stuff and then down to my older, softer stuff. It allows the music to breathe and takes the listener on a journey rather than it just being craziness the entire time. RL Grime, Flosstradamus, and Baauer are really the guys pushing the sound right now, but I see it going in a more Jersey/Baltimore club direction with guys like DJ Sliink in the future. I expect more techy sounds too, with more bleepy, EDM-type influences.
LessThan3: You dropped a trap remix of Bootleg Fireworks at Day Of The Dead—any idea when that will be released?
Dillon: I actually did that edit an hour before I went to Day Of The Dead. I was in the shower, where I have most of my best ideas, and I just heard it in my head and I went downstairs, sped it up, and put some drums on it. It’s more of a dubstep edit, but I did put in “whats” and “heys”, which makes people think it’s a trap remix. I’m not sure when I’m going to release it; it’s only a minute long so I still have to finish it. Possibly around the end of December for Holy Ship.
LessThan3: What’s it like being a producer that pioneers a new type of sound or style, as opposed to being an artist who copies and imitates others in order to gain recognition?
Dillon: Honestly, it’s kind of surreal that people listen to my music at all. I had big dreams, but I never really expected that anything like this would happen this fast.
LessThan3: When did you first get started with production? What was your first big break?
Dillon: I started around three years ago when I moved to Atlanta. My first break was Masta Blasta. I was in the car with my friend DJ Ruckus—he’s a top 40 DJ and he works with Rev Run, and I was working for him at the time. We were headed to San Diego and I had just heard all of Munchi’s stuff and was playing it for him and he loved it. He’s always been a person who could hear things and know whether or not it would work on a large scale. After that, I played Masta Blasta for him and didn’t tell him it was me, and he dropped it in his set that night. I put it up on SoundCloud then I asked my manager to send it to Diplo, and he loved it and said Mad Decent wanted to put out Masta Blasta. I talked him into letting it be a full EP called Westside, and the rest is history.
LessThan3: Do you have any resentment toward Armin van Buuren for keeping you from being DJ Mag’s #1 DJ?
Dillon: I have a lot of resentment—get out of here. I am Tiesto, I am #1. Next year we’re gonna get him—and when I say we I mean me and my mom.
LessThan3: If you were to form a heavy metal band with any other producers or DJs, what would you and they play, and what would the band be named?
Dillon: If I were in a band, I would play bass and also be the lead singer. Sidney Samson would wear a wig with really long hair. Diplo would be on piano for emotional breakdowns, Skrillex would be on drums, and Avicii would be on guitar with dyed black hair. The band would be called “Slay Her.”
LessThan3: Your opponent Barack Obama won the 2012 presidential election. What will your platforms be if you run again in 2016?
Dillon: If I were the president, all I would do would be give free tacos out to everyone. That would be my one and only platform. The whole world would be like that movie Demolition Man where the only restaurant people could go to would be Taco Bell.
LessThan3: What’s your worst hangover story?
Dillon: After a crazy night in New York on the Nero tour, I woke up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on a wood floor and I didn’t know where I was. There were three other people sleeping by me who I barely knew. One girl woke up and sat up and was like “what the f*ck” and immediately went back to sleep. I walked outside, tried to figure out where I was, realized I was in Williamsburg, then took a cab back to my hotel and hated my life.
LessThan3: What career could you see yourself in if you weren’t DJing?
Dillon: I would be a construction worker. I need to bulk up, so that would be a good way to do it. I’m also really good at sitting at a bar and getting mad.
LessThan3: If you owned a farm what would you raise?
Dillon: I would raise pigs for bacon, and that’s it.
LessThan3: How would you incorporate 1,000 cats into your live show?
Dillon: It would be all kittens that would be in a large box behind me on different levels. The box would also say Levels. It would have to be a really large box, too, so none of the animal organizations would get mad at me. I’d have a lot of LEDs since I wouldn’t be able to use strobes for fear of giving the kittens a seizure. They’d probably all have LEDs strapped to their backs, too.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Dillon: I would throw the iPod at someone and I would go and find some girl to have sex with.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Dillon: Very f*cking cool.
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