Last weekend in Toronto, a jam-packed roster of electronic talent took to Veld Music Festival for 48 hours of Canada’s premier summer dance energy. Dancing Astronaut was on site to capture the greatest and most entertainment moments from the DJ booth to the grounds. From the memorable drops to the laughs and fun-loving festival feel, we presents the best of Veld Music Festival 2013 through our photo diary comic strip.
Hard Summer Sunday: Brodinski, Gesaffelstein, Dillon Francis, and Dirtybird highlight superlative closing day
Hordes of Los Angelenos returned for the second and final day of HARD Summer 2013 — ready for another twelve hours of frolicking in cool tents, woodchipped stage grounds, and dusty lawns areas of the Los Angeles State Historic Park. For diehard fans of Ed Banger Records and Dirtybird, the two labels owned their own stages on Sunday (on the Summer Stage and Underground Tent, respectively). Bromance fiends got sets from both Brodinski and Gesaffelstein, and those prone towards the “HARDer“ sounds soaked in the grinding basslines of Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis, Baauer, and Clockwork. Click through to read more about our highlights from the festival’s closing day.
On the latest release from Dillon Francis, dance music’s resident jokester gets a little personal. The song, “Without You,” is a classic breakup song, filled with angst, regret, and ultimately hope. Dillon himself even confesses that Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs wrote and sang the lyrics to the song to help the situation he was going through at the time. The song is definitely more poppy and melodic than some of Dillon’s recent offerings, but if anything shows a refreshing bit of breadth in his growing and maturing sound and style.
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In just a few hours, Toronto’s premier dance music festival is set to commence. Due for its sophomore run after a successful 2012 event, Veld Music Festival comes packed with a vast talent lineup that covers all the bases and more over its two day span. Toronto’s Downsview Park will be transformed for only 48 hours, leaving festialgoers on the clock with an abundant set list and decisions to be made from hour to hour. Two days, two stages, endless options; here are our picks for Veld Music Festival.
After taking to Twitter last week to potentially score collaborations with Mark Knight and Nicky Romero, Dillon Francis has finally released the first track from his project with Kill The Noise. Doing it for the “lulz,” Meowski666 was the decided moniker for the collab, and “Meow Machine” the first track. With samples of “Who Let The Dogs Out,” what sounds like E.T., barking dogs, and yes, cats, the track sounds more like a remix of a Fisher Price See ‘N Say than anything else. If you like what you hear the pair has graciously given up the single as a free download, so grab yours below.
Between burrito-fueled DJ Mag campaign ads and making full use of Instagram’s new video function, Dillon Francis has been turning heads for reasons outside of his sharp sense of humor. He’s recently unveiled a collaboration alongside T.E.E.D that is thought be included on his impending debut album, but a recent social media exchange between Francis and both Nicky Romero and Mark Knight has hinted towards yet more unexpected collaborations from the humorous producer, adding to further allusions to forthcoming material alongside Martin Garrix. Whilst still in the talking stages, the momentum building around his recent activity signals that 2013 may well be one of the most creatively pivotal years for this North American talent to date. Hit more to see the various Twitter exchange and Francis’s recent opening reel from Surrender Las Vegas. (more…)Posted by
When moombathon’s North American poster boy Dillon Francis let slip that his eyes were set on a full-length album, a lot of people simply weren’t sure whether he was being serious. But enroute to what we now know to be a solid 14-song affair from Mad Decent’s comedic protagonist, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs joins the trail for a single well outside of his comfort zone. For those fearing recurrence of the docile “Flight 4555,” the Zane Lowe premiered “Without You” is sure to spark relief along the way. This melodic electronic ballad strips Francis of his class-clown persona for perhaps one of the most nubile offerings to emerge from the young American artist to date. A bout of solid writing and subtle synth developments, the accomplished dup unites to the avail of a track that naturally hits universal territory without the cheesy compromises. Benefitting heavily from T.E.E.D’s own mesmerising studio get-up, the track signals that for all the skeptics out there, Francis may well be on to one his most accomplished studio servings to date if this emotively oiled single is anything to go by. (more…)Posted by
Dance music troublemaker and spokesman for DJ awareness Dillon Francis will be spinning this Friday, June 14th, at Mansion Miami. With a forthcoming artist album and the recent release of both his remix of Passion Pit’s “Carried Away” and the ingenius rework of Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie,” Dillon will undoubtedly bring his patented brand of fun loving energy to the expansive Miami nightclub. General admission tickets are currently on sale for $35.00 + fees.
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instagram each week. This week, we feature gems from Dillon Francis, Autoerotique, Steve Angello.
Dillon Francis, Taco Bell-enthusiast and alleged Tiësto doppelgänger, has released his delightful moombahton remix to “Carried Away” as a free download, just as he did with his recent trap remix to Justin Timberlake’s ”Suit & Tie.“ Reworking Passion Pit’s summer anthem, Francis splices and transposes the vocals, accentuating the carefree vibe of the original with charismatic chords. The ensuing drop employs a feisty torrent of barking acid synths, and might just be one of the first (and best) well-known cases of acid moombahton. In regards to the tune, Francis remarked: “this and my suit and tie remix might be my favorites to date!”