Dillon Francis has been described as the clown prince of dance music. Whether he’s ranting about the DJ Mag Top 100 list, dressing up as a stack of pancakes for Halloween or skewering expectations the way he did with last year’s satirical, nowhere-near-safe-for-work video for “Not Butter,” the LA-born DJ and producer could never be accused of taking himself too seriously. Yet he’s left a serious impact through his music.
Francis is one of the pioneers of moombahton, the house/reggaeton hybrid exhibited on his Billboard Dance/Electronic chart-topping EP This Mixtape Is Fire, released last year. He has remixed and collaborated with a list of diverse artists that includes Daft Punk, Steve Aoki, Justin Timberlake and Calvin Harris, and his latest track, “Anywhere,” featuring British singer/songwriter Will Heard, finds Francis bouncing into a catchy midtempo beat with massive radio potential.
Francis, who makes his debut at Intrigue this weekend and returns to XS in December, has built a following as an Internet personality through humor and wild antics, translating into an expanded audience for his music. Not every DJ can pull that off, but almost everyone is trying. Dillon Francis at Intrigue at Wynn, November 12.