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“Put your right hand over your heart and repeat after me:
I pledge of allegiance (I pledge of allegiance)
to Dillon Francis (to Dillon Francis)
and everyone else (and everyone else)
can go fuck themselves (can go fuck themselves).
And tonight (and tonight)
I pledge to not give a fuck (I pledge to not give a fuck)
or shit (or shit)
and have an amazing fucking time (and have an amazing fucking time)”
-Dillon Francis, Paradise Rock Club, 11.5.12
Dillon Francis never ceases to amaze me. Whether he throws down a ridiculous DJ set (11.5.12 at the Paradise, check), puts out the latest and greatest production (“Bootleg Fireworks”, check), or does something ridiculous to crack me up (“I pledge of allegiance to Dillon Francis”, check), he is truly a unique individual. Last Monday at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, I had the most fun on a Monday night I’ve had in quite some time. And that all happened at a sold-out show featuring Dillon Francis, Clockwork, and Baauer.
Due to the Paradise listing the incorrect set times on their hotline we had the unfortunate displeasure of missing Baauer’s set. As he is one of the leaders of the Trap movement, I was real excited to do the “Harlem Shake” for a few minutes. Thankfully, however, we were able to catch most of Clockwork’s set which had the crowd in a frenzy. He played a great mix that spanned all the genres, but mostly stuck to Electro-House (Wolfgang Gartner, Bingo Players) and Trap (his “Mercy” remix as his alter-ego RL Grime for example). Clockwork’s set was real high-energy and did a great job of getting the packed room ready to rage to Mr. Francis.
Dillon Francis made his way onto the stage shortly after Clockwork wrapped up, receiving blood-curdling cheers and screams, so much so that he had to quiet the crowd down to make his announcement over the mic before he began his set. His announcement, as described above, was to encourage everyone to pledge their allegiance to Dillon Francis and to not give a fuck or shit (IDGAFOS!). Here’s a video of that moment:
Once Francis got back behind the booth, where his Macbook (Serato software) and CDJs awaited, he pressed play on his latest Moombahton gem “Bootleg Fireworks (Burning Up)”. He kept the energy up by going into his hit “Masta Blasta” and then into his remix of TAI’s “Beatdown”. In 2012 alone I had the privilege of seeing Dillon Francis perform four times (five if you count part of his opening set for Nero) and every time he plays different tracks while still rocking the crowd so hard. What I love about seeing Francis is his ability to smoothly transition between tempos, something not all DJs can do (but should absolutely be able to). Moombahton remained the theme of the night but there was no shortage of House, Dubstep, Trap, or even Hip Hop (“Bell Biv DeVoe – Poison“). I was impressed by how much of the music the crowd knew, which just shows how devoted of a following DF has developed. And hey, when the crowd around me didn’t know the songs I made sure to belt them out at the top of my longs.
If you didn’t know already, I’ll spell it out plain and simple: you need to get yourself to a Dillon Francis show ASAP. And his supporting cast of Baauer and Clockwork makes it that much more imperative.
Selected Tracks from the Show:
Dillon Francis – Bootleg Fireworks (Burning Up)
Angger Dimas – Kitchen
The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up (Noisia Remix)
Clockwork – Hulk (Dillon Francis Remix)
Nadastrom – i!!
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