Moombahton pioneer, proud Jim Carrey disciple, platinum-selling DJ and producer, host and creator of TBS Digital’s One Deeper Talks, actor, and all-around nice guy Dillon Francis continues to disrupt entertainment in all forms. By 2017, the Los Angeles-born artist had solidified himself as a veritable social media-era renaissance man.
Averaging over 4 million monthly Spotify streams, he achieved a string of smashes, including the #1 Dance Radio Airplay hit “Anywhere” [feat. Will Heard], “Candy” [feat. Snappy Jit], #1 Billboard Dance Club Songs chart-topper “Coming Over” with Kygo [feat. James Hersey], and the RIAA platinum-certified “Get Low” with DJ Snake—which surpassed 500 million worldwide streams. Francis initially made history in 2012 as “the first moombahton artist to achieve the number-one spot on Beatport” with the Something, Something Awesome EP. In 2014, his major label debut album, Money Sucks, Friends Rule [Mad Decent/Columbia Records], landed on Rolling Stone’s “Top Electronic Albums of 2014” list and boasted a myriad of diverse collaborators such as Twista, Brendon Urie of Panic! At the Disco, Major Lazer, and more. Meanwhile, 2015’s follow-up This Mixtape Is Fire EP bowed at #1 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums Chart.
He stands out as a festival favorite, igniting the stages of Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra, TomorrowWorld, Electric Zoo, and more as well as touching down for shows in the UK, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, France, Australia, and beyond. 2017 saw him reprise his residency at the Wynn LasVegas for the second year in a row alongside fellow heavy hitters Skrillex, A-Trek, Alesso, David Guetta, RL Grime, Virgil Abloh, and more.
He consistently engages a social media following of 1.6 million on Instagram, 1.5 million on Facebook, and 921K on Twitter with a flurry of hilarious and hysterical content as well as his YouTube series DJ World. Assuming roles such as affluent millennial annoyance Becky, Australian teen Treva, fashion tastemaker Klaude, and of course German dance floor impresario DJ Hanzel, he keeps his audience guessing and laughing. Hanzel would not only open multiple gigs, but he also serves as the host for the comedic series One Deeper Talks, featuring revealing interviews with the likes of Calvin Harris, Kaskade, and more on TBS Digital. The real Francis’ music has piped through Furious 7, Entourage, Neighbors, Zoolander 2, and more. Along the way, the artist graced the cover of DJ Mag and appeared in Entertainment/Weekly, Billboard, Variety, Deadline, and many others.
Now, he shakes things up once again with his 2017 single “Say Less” [feat. G-Eazy]. The first release under his own IDGAFOS independent label, the song merges G-Eazy’s clever and catchy bars with Francis’s signature moombahton spark and charming unpredictability.
As 2017 ramps up, Francis still has quite a few surprises up his sleeve and more territory to conquer…