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Dillon Francis (USA)

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The next big name to join the Mad Decent team at the Olmeca Mad Decent Block Party is from Los Angeles, Dillon Francis. The line-up of international artists is set to make this event one to remember. In less than a month Major Lazer, Flasstradamus & Dillon Francis will blow you away.

Dillon Francis: “I was born and raised in Los Angeles. My father is an alternative medicines doctor, so I guess he’s upper middle-class. But I came from the lower middle-class. When I was younger, my family lived in an apartment but now my dad has worked [his way up]. “I grew up in a really sheltered family. I didn’t know the F-word until I was like 13. [Growing up sheltered] helps with… I don’t know what it helps with but I know it helps with something. I feel like my work ethic is amazing because of my parents.

“Growing up, I couldn’t watch TV unless I watched two hours of Sesame Street a day to learn stuff. And then I had to go to study. I had hooked on phonics just so I could be ahead of the game. It’s weird. I’m happy with what my parents did for me and the type of work ethic I have.

“I don’t go out that often. When I’m at home, I’m constantly working on music. I’ve tried to have two relationships but I can’t even handle relationships.

Francis first rose to fame after gaining the respect of American producer Diplo and eventually collaborating on the song “Que Que”. His song “Masta Blasta”, originally a 130bpm house track, was edited after inspiration from Dutch musician Munchi and eventually ended up as the Moombahton track that brought him to fame. In 2010, Francis released his Swashbuckler EP on Play Me Records.

He has released works on multiple labels including Dim Mak Records, Mad Decent and OWSLA.
In February 2012, Francis became the first Moombahton artist to achieve the number-one spot atop the Beatport Top 5 Releases Chart with the release of his extended play Something, Something, Awesome.

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.
In 2013 he announced a headlining ‘Wurld Turr’ across the USA and Canada, as well as confirming that his debut album would be released in 2013. He also gained prominence by being announced as one of MTV Clubland’s Artists to watch in 2013, 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. The uprising artist is on his way to becoming one of the most recognized faces in the EDM scene. In the past year, Francis performed at many popular music festivals such as Camp Bisco. Electric Daisy Carnival. Coachella, TomorrowWorld & Electric Zoo.

Romina Rosenow of LA Weekly interviewed Francis in December 2012 and mentioned his “kooky online personality and an obsession with cat memes”, to which he responded “I love dogs too… but cats rule the Internet. The reason people like cats more than dogs on the Internet is because cats have more of their own personality. Dogs are more of a companion. Cats are just by themselves… and do their own thing”, illustrating his cat obsession.

Francis is also one half of the comedy production duo Meowski666 alongside Kill the Noise. In October 2013 he was announced as number 73 in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll

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