This LA native got the nod from electronic bon vivant
Diplo, (via a Twitter shout-out, natch) and is now the freshest member of the Mad Decent crew. Francis, 23, started making music at age 18, but didn't want to get booked at then-hot clubs like Cinespace
by "social climbing." Instead, he moved to Atlanta to learn the trade, promising his parents he'd go to college if music didn't work out. He has not yet been back to school.
The music that I'm making is extremely influenced by reggaeton and house. One day I hope to say that the sound is just "Dillon Francis," Now, I guess it's a cross between dub step and house music, slowed down to 110BPM.
For producers, Diplo. I think he's the epicenter of LA right now. He lives here, he's doing it, and it's awesome.
Favorite Club: Avalon
is the best club in LA, I think. I've been there so many times and haven't had a bad night.
I love this taco place called Plancha [Yelp
]. When I'm home, I eat there every day.
Photo: Courtesy of Dillon Francis