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Dillon Francis took off his pants and threw New York a sweaty dance party

Dillon Francis is celebrating the final weekend of the U.S. leg of his “Friends Rule” tour in a big way—headlining three nights at New York’s Terminal 5 with a delightfully deep roster of surprise guests. Friday night’s sold-out show featured drop-by’s from Major Lazer, Flosstradamus, Kam of The Chain Gang of 1974, Lily Elise, Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco, and Twista.

Francis has several alter-egos he’s developed through social media, the most popular of which is DJ Hanzel, a Ray Ban-wearing, German, deep-house DJ who always wants to go ”one deeper.” True to form, Hanzel opened last night’s show with a 30-minute, thumping set to a small group of ravers, kicking off the evening by asking the crowd, “Who’s ready to go one f—-ing deeper?”

Francis’s debut album, Money Sucks, Friends Rule, was noteworthy for not only being good, but for its ability to move between genres swiftly and smoothly. That commitment to variety was as evident in Francis’s set as in his billed support: Anamanaguchi, who make you feel you’ve stepped inside a Tetris machine with their unique electronica, and trap-heavy Bro Safari; each played for an hour. When the time came for Francis and his enormous, glowing DJ-stage (which he refers to as ”Gary”), the crowd was frenzied–and sweaty. Major Lazer, who came on early in Francis’s set, told the crowd to take off their pants and even Francis complied, DJ’ing in his boxers until telling everyone he had to get dressed again because his parents were there.

Money Sucks, Friends Rule isn’t a traditional dance album in that its tracks boast traditional song structures, meaning choruses and verses rather than an indeterminate, incessant beat pattern. While EDM traditionalists accused him of selling out, seeing him play live proves how right Francis was. The crowd sings along the way they might to their favorite pop star (especially during “Love in the Middle of a Firefight”) and dances like they’re at their favorite club. You have to appreciate a guy who comes on stage wearing a “Dillon F—in Francis” t-shirt, takes off his pants in front of 3,000 people, and laughs into the microphone as much as he yells, reminding everyone what dance music is supposed to be: Fun.

The Prodigy announces sixth LP 'The Day Is My Enemy'

Pioneering U.K. arena-rave group The Prodigy is planning to release its sixth album since its 1992 debut, and the first since Invaders Must Die back in 2009. The Day Is My Enemy is set to drop March 30 on the band’s own Take Me to the Hospital label. The 14-track LP will feature contributions from two fascinatingly disparate acts: pop-dubstep superstar Flux Pavilion and the almost-impossible-to-categorize postmodern punk cult duo Sleaford Mods. The group released a teaser video yesterday that offers an intriguing juxtaposition of slow-mo, black-and-white concert footage and abstract noise, but little indication as to what the album will actually sound like.

Sammy Bananas talks bettering the world with DJs for Climate Action


Seven years ago, Sammy Bananas realized he was flying a lot—and he realized that flying a lot meant he was increasing his carbon footprint. So he decided to do something about it by launching DJs for Climate Action, an annual drive that asks DJs and fans of DJs to donate money to a charity that helps offset carbon emissions.

Bananas, a DJ and producer on A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold label that also includes artists like Run the Jewels and Chromeo, wasn’t always a big flyer but once he began touring, it became a necessity. “All the flying I was doing actually put me above average,” he told EW, referring to his carbon footprint, “and I was trying to figure out some way to justify that without finding a completely new job, because I was enjoying what I was doing—still am.”

The money the DJs for Climate Action make doesn’t go to the same place each year, but each charity relates to the environment in some way or another: Last year, the money raised benefited Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts while this year, the donations will go toward MyClimate, a non-profit with a mission of protecting the climate. READ FULL STORY

This Week in Diplo: The week that kept on giving


The official video for Skrillex’s “Dirty Vibe” with Diplo, CL, and G-Dragon dropped this week, and while I can’t be sure if G-Dragon and CL (Skrillex and Diplo are cameo-less) are doing impressions of late ’90s and early 2000s American rap videos or if this is meant to be taken seriously, it’s pretty fun.

And to continue the holiday-release-giving: Diplo gave EW three blistering playlists on Spotify. The first is hip-hop. It kicks off with Rae Sremmurd and blows through tracks by Migos, ILoveMakkonen, Kanye, 2 Chainz, Chris Brown, Frank Ocean, and so many more.

The second is future house-based. Duke Dumont, Oliver Heldens, Route 94, AlunaGeorge, and more make up two and a half hours of fun.

And the third—proving Diplo either really does exist in a genre-less state of taste or he’s very generous during the holidays—is psychedelic rock. The Mops, The Seeds, The Bees, The Telescopes, The Yardbirds (are we sensing a pattern here?) are all there.

And because why do one when you can do seven, Jack Ü has previewed seven official remixes for “Take Ü There” this week. The package was partially leaked a month ago, with the Felix Cartal, TJR, and Vindata remixes releasing earlier than intended. The rest of the collection is rounded out by Tchami, Tujamo, Netsky, and (drumroll, please) Zeds Dead.

Check out the rest on their Soundcloud.

Aside from that, it’s been a lot of travel (Jamaica, India) and promotion for Jack Ü’s biggest show ever: Headlining NYE at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Get tickets here.)

DJ Snake drops 'Dirty Vibe' remix


DJ Snake, Grammy-nominated French DJ and hip hop producer most famous for 2013’s runaway hit “Turn Down For What” and his “Get Low” collaboration with Dillion Francis, dropped a new remix today on OWSLA with fellow Frenchman Aazar of Skrillex and Diplo’s “Dirty Vibes.” READ FULL STORY

Seven Lions and Xilent drop new track 'The Fall'


Twenty-seven-year-old producer, remixer, instrumentalist and DJ Jeff Montalvo, performing under the stage name Seven Lions, dropped a new track titled “The Fall” today on OWSLA Records, along with Xilent (né Eryk Kowalczyk).

Seven Lions’ first garnered attention in 2011, releasing a remix of Above & Beyond’s “You Got to Go.” Since, he’s released three EPs (the second of which, Days to Come, was also on Skrillex’s OWSLA imprint in fall 2012), toured with EDM’s golden child Porter Robinson, and made his rounds on the festival circuit with sets at SXSW, Camp Bisco, Ultra, TomorrowWorld, Electric Zoo, and others.

With hints of Röyksopp, “The Fall” is full of emotional atmospherics, a pulsing bassline, and heavy, trance-y instrumentals. It’s top-notch dance-floor fantasy. Hear the track below. (Track is available for purchase here.)

We raved for four days on the high seas with the Mad Decent Boat Party

Over the course of a decade-long career, the DJ/producer Diplo’s moved from pop music’s fringes to its very center, where he’s been working with A-listers like Madonna and Snoop Dogg—who look to tap into his talent for transforming eccentric sounds into hit songs. Along the way, he’s managed to keep one foot in the underground, with an indie label called Mad Decent and a cult following on the goofier, less bottle-service-centric end of the EDM scene.

Those fans have helped turn his annual Mad Decent Block Party, which he first started holding outside his house in Philly, into a touring festival that this year hit 22 cities in the U.S. and Canada.

Last week, he launched the first ever Mad Decent Boat Party, a four-day non-stop floating rave on a cruise ship touring the Caribbean. Over 2,700 people made the voyage—including an EW correspondent who was there to document the debauchery. Here’s what we saw.

Stream an exclusive remix from the upcoming Deadmau5 retrospective

On Monday, EDM icon Deadmau5 will release 5 Years of Mau5, a double album of greatest hits and remixes by dance music luminaries like Dillon Francis and Nero. The retrospective collection comes with different bonus features on different platforms, including exclusive remixes in its Spotify, Beatport, and iTunes editions. One of the standouts is a remix, available on iTunes only, of “Raise Your Weapon” by the German house producer Maywald that replaces the fan-favorite original’s monster drops with a neatly arranged synthesized string section, turning a big room banger into something more suitable for an after-hours cool down. Get an early peek (and the complete tracklist) after the jump.


Dillon Francis, DJ and 'normal hipster dude from L.A.,' talks about his new record


Los Angeles-based DJ Dillon Francis is about to release his first album, Money Sucks, Friends Rule. Out on Columbia Records Oct. 27, MSFR is not your typical EDM collection. Over the course of 12 tracks, he offers smatterings of pop, traditional club dance tracks, a few surprisingly downtempo tunes and, of course, some of his signature moombahton. The collaborators, understandably then, are equally cross-genre—the album shares credits with Twista, Mad Decent labelmates DJ Snake and Major Lazer, Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie, Martin Garrix, Simon Lord, and others.

Non-album track “When We Were Young (Grandtheft Remix),” which EW is premiering exclusively, is a slowed down, synth-pop take on the original’s classic house-anthem vibe. Stream it below and read on, as EW talked to Francis about putting together an album, planning his first tour (kicking off mid-November), and how he’s still just a normal 27-year-old dude.


This Week in Diplo: Diplo turns 10


There was a time pre-Diplo. Really. Ten years ago—long before the Vegas residencies, the star-studded recording sessions, headlining festivals, and all the many, many hits—a 25-year-old Diplo was just releasing his first album, Florida, on Big Dada Records. He threw the collection up on his Soundcloud page this week and announced that the album would be reissued with unreleased tracks on Black Friday (Nov. 28).

On his celebratory Instagram he captioned: “10 years ago.. i made my first album, ‘Florida,’ between a small apartment in Philly and my mom’s house in Florida.. i was working late nights and taking a bus through the city every night, smoking some weed, putting on headphones & just making things I never heard before and could just imagine.. making this record created an entirely new world for me. now that i think back it’s a very strange beginning and it’s crazy it’s been 10 years since it’s first release but really this record represents my first 23 years of life.. what i had inside of me and where i came from so i’m excited to revisit it.. i put it up on soundcloud for all of you to hear.. a special re-release will come black friday”

The album is remarkably up-to-date, but given that Diplo has been the zeitgeist in music over the last handful of years, his future-casting ability should perhaps not be too surprising.


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