Dillon Francis

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Dillon Francis
Dillon Francis @ Aragon, Chicago 12-14-2013.jpg
Background information
Birth name Dillon Hart Francis
Also known as DJ Hanzel, DJ RichAF, Becky, Rave Dad, Greg, Treva & Klaud
Born (1987-10-05) October 5, 1987 (age 27)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres
Occupation(s)
Years active 2005–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website dillonfrancis.com

Dillon Hart Francis (born October 5, 1987) is an American DJ as well as moombahton and electro producer.

Early life[edit]

Francis was born in Los Angeles, California.[1] Francis has stated that his father, Robert Drew Francis, is an "alternative medicines doctor". He has made a recurring Internet joke about being unable to find his father. Francis has stated that he was very sheltered growing up, claiming that he "didn't know the f-word until (he) was 13". He also claims he couldn't watch TV unless he watched at least 2 hours of Sesame Street a day.[1]

Career[edit]

Francis first rose to fame after gaining the attention of American producer Diplo and eventually collaborating on the song "Que Que". His song "Masta Blasta", originally a 130 BPM house track, was edited after inspiration from Dutch musician Munchi and eventually ended up as the moombahton track that brought him to fame.[2] In 2010, Francis released his Swashbuckler EP on Play Me Records.[3]

He has released works on multiple labels including Dim Mak Records, Mad Decent[4] and OWSLA.[5]

In February 2012, Francis became the first moombahton artist to achieve the number-one spot atop the Beatport releases chart with the release of his extended play Something, Something, Awesome.[6]

In late 2012, he embarked on his Wet & Reckless tour across North America, as well as supporting the English electronic-music trio Nero on their Welcome Reality tour and English musician Flux Pavilion on his Standing on a Hill tour.[7]

In 2013 he announced a headlining Wurld Turr[8] across the USA and Canada, as well as confirming that his debut album would be released in 2013 before later experiencing various delays. He also gained prominence by being announced as one of MTV Clubland's Artists to watch in 2013,[9] alongside acts such as Kill the Noise and Otto Knows.

Francis was labeled by MTV as an “artist to watch” as of September 9, 2013.[10] The uprising artist is on his way to becoming one of the most recognized faces in the EDM scene. Francis has performed at many popular music festivals such as Camp Bisco, Electric Daisy Carnival, Coachella, TomorrowWorld, Ultra & Electric Zoo.[11]

Francis is also one half of the comedy production duo Meowski666 alongside Kill the Noise[12] and has been linked to internet funny man The Fat Jew[13] In October 2013 he was announced as number 73 in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll.[14] His single "Get Low" with DJ Snake was released on 11 February 2014.[15]

On March 22, 2014 Francis announced via his official Twitter account that his debut album, entitled Money Sucks, Friends Rule,[16] will be released on October 28, 2014 on Mad Decent and Columbia Records.[17] In August, Dillon released his second single off of the album, which was a collaboration with Sultan & Ned Shepard featuring The Chain Gang of 1974.[18] Beginning in February 2014, Francis embarked on the Friends Rule Tour supporting his debut album. Dates for the tour were booked through January 16, 2015 in 18 different cities across the United States.

On January 1, 2015 Francis revealed to Australian radio show Triple J that that he was working on a sketch show pilot for MTV. Francis stated that the show, tentatively if not creatively titled The Dillon Francis Show, was set to go into production in January 2015.[19]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Swashbuckler (2010)
  • Westside! (2011)
  • Ultra (2011) (with Cory Enemy)
  • Bossa Rocka (2011)
  • Que Que (Remixes) (2011) (with Diplo)
  • Something, Something, Awesome. (2012)
  • Money Makin (Remixes) (2012) (with A-Trak)
  • Without You (Remixes) (2013)

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[20]
US
Dance

[21]
AUS
[22]
AUT
[23]
BEL
(FL)

[24]
CAN
[25]
FRA
[26]
GER
[27]
SCO
[28]
UK
[29]
"IDGAFOS" 2011 Non-album singles
"Money Makin'"
(with A-Trak)
2012
"Messages"
(featuring Simon Lord)
2013
"Without You"
(featuring Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs)
37
"Get Low"
(with DJ Snake)
2014 61 5 44 55 58 48 93 79 64 88 Money Sucks, Friends Rule
"When We Were Young"
(with Sultan & Ned Shepard featuring The Chain Gang of 1974)
25
"I Can't Take It" 31
"We Make It Bounce"
(featuring Major Lazer and Stylo G)
31 118
"Set Me Free"
(with Martin Garrix)
24 107
"Love in the Middle of a Firefight"
(featuring Brendon Urie)
45
"Drunk All the Time (The Rebirth)"
(featuring Simon Lord)
Non-album singles
"Clouds"
(with KSHMR featuring Becky G)
2015
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other appearances[edit]

List of other album appearances
Title Year Album
"Music Is Dead"
(with Doctor P)
2012 Mr Mongoose's Fantastic Weekend EP
"Epidemic"
(Jack Beats featuring Dillon Francis)
Careless
"Here 2 China"
(with Calvin Harris featuring Dizzee Rascal)
18 Months and The Fifth
"Someone to Die For"
(with Example)
The Evolution of Man
"I'm the One"
(Flux Pavilion featuring Dillon Francis)
2013 Freeway

Remixes[edit]

Year Song Artist
2010 "Lassitude" Sigma and DJ Fresh featuring Koko
"Booty Bounce" Dev
"Monkey Bars" Bit Thief
"911" Tittsworth featuring Stimulus
"Sasha Don't Sleep" The Dance Party
2011 "Fireball" Dev featuring The Cataracs
"Spaceman" Vaski
"Transition" DWNTWN
"Sex Sax" Drop The Lime
"Take It Back" Toddla T featuring Shola Ama and J2K
"Just Fall" HeavyFeet featuring Hannah T
"Look at Me Now" Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes
"Broken Hearts" Kito & Reija Lee
"Hitz" Chase & Status featuring Tinie Tempah
"She Blows (The Whistle Tune)" Time Takers
"Swagger Jagger" Cher Lloyd
"Hits Me Like a Rock" CSS
"Louder" DJ Fresh featuring Sian Evans
"Stereo Hearts" Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine
"Feel So Close" Calvin Harris
"A Woman Like Me" Willy Joy
"Turn It On" Kissy Sell Out
"Dancehall Queen" Robyn featuring Name Brand
"Earthquakey People" Steve Aoki featuring Rivers Cuomo
"Circles" Digitalism
"Underneath the Sycamore" Death Cab for Cutie
"Kill the Noise" Kill the Noise
"Who Is Ready to Jump" Chuckie
2012 "Pull Up, Wheel Up" Sinden
"Hulk" Clockwork
"Stars Come Out" Zedd featuring Heather Bright
"Beat Down" TAI
"Daydreamer" Flux Pavilion featuring Example
"Control Freak" Steve Aoki featuring Blaqstarr and Kay
"Finale" Madeon
"We Run The Club" Doc Hollywood
"Where Did I Go?"
(with Kill Paris)
I See MONSTAS
"Like Home" Nicky Romero featuring Nervo
2013 "So Young So High" Dada Life
"Carried Away" Passion Pit
"Suit & Tie" Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z
"Night Is On My Mind" Oliver
2014 "KNAS" Steve Angello
"Jealous (I Ain't With It)" Chromeo
"Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" Daft Punk
"Morning Sun" Strange Talk
"Bigfoot" W&W
"Some Chords" deadmau5
"Runaway (U & I)" Galantis
2015 "Nuclear" Zomboy

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ahmed, Insanul (2012-03-13) Who Is Dillon Francis?. Complex. Retrieved on 2013-03-31.
  2. ^ Video (August 21, 2012). "Dillon Francis and Diplo Talk Moombahton". The Creators Project (via YouTube). Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Dillon Francis Bio, Music, News & Shows". DJZ.com. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ Staff (n.d.). "Dillon Francis". Mad Decent. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ Staff (n.d.). "Dillon Francis". OWSLA. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  6. ^ Database (undated). "Something, Something, Awesome. – Dillon Francis, Kill The Noise". Beatport. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  7. ^ Staff (July 26, 2012). "Dillon Francis – Wet & Reckless Tour Presale!!". Mad Decent. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  8. ^ Marie, Shannon. (2013-01-25) Dillon Francis – Wurld Turr. ElectroJams. Retrieved on 2013-03-31.
  9. ^ MTV Clubland's Artists To Watch In 2013 – Music, Celebrity, Artist News. MTV.com (2013-01-10). Retrieved on 2013-03-31.
  10. ^ Brodsky, Rachel. "MTV Artist to Watch: Dillon Francis". Viacom International Inc. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Dillon Francis - Live @ Electric Zoo (New York City) 8.31.2012E". 
  12. ^ "Dillon Francis and Kill The Noise join forces to create Meowski666". Dubstep.NET. 2013-08-02. 
  13. ^ "NSFW: The Fat Jew Had Coachella's Most Insane Belly Drawing 4.13.2013E". 
  14. ^ "Twitter / DJmag". Twitter. 2013-10-19. 
  15. ^ "Twitter / Spotify". Spotify on Twitter. 2014-02-04. 
  16. ^ "Dillon Francis — Miami Music Week 2014 — Interview". 2014-03-30. 
  17. ^ "Twitter / DILLONFRANCIS". Twitter. 2014-03-22. 
  18. ^ "Preview Dillon Francis' Debut Album 'Money Sucks, Friends Rule'". Spin Magazine. 2014-03-22. 
  19. ^ "Dillon Francis to Shoot Pilot for MTV.". Mixmag. 2015-01-05. 
  20. ^ "Dillon Francis – Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Dillon Francis – Chart History: Dance/Electronic Songs". Billboard. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Discography Dillon Francis". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. 
  23. ^ "Discography Dillon Francis". austrianchart.at (in German). Hung Medien. 
  24. ^ "Discografie Dillon Francis". ultratop.be (in Dutch). Hung Medien. 
  25. ^ "Dillon Francis – Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved March 30, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Discographie Dillon Francis". lescharts.com (in French). Hung Medien. 
  27. ^ "Dillon Francis". officialcharts.de (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  28. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in Scotland:
  29. ^ "Dillon Francis". Official Charts Company. 
  30. ^ "Canadian certifications – Dillon Francis". Music Canada. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 

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