Dillon Francis Drops This Mixtape Is Fire EP With Skrillex, Kygo & More
After a machine gun marketing campaign, Dillon Francis has officially released his This Mixtape Is Fire EP, dropping seven new tracks, featuring high profile collaborations with Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Kygo, Chromoe and Bro Safari. Several tracks on the EP see Francis returning to the Moombahton sound that started his career. Francis sat down for an interview with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the mixtape, joining Zedd on tour and the worst/best set ever.
Francis explains why he decided to release the new material in the form of a mixtape instead of saving it for his next album.
"I didn’t want this to get stale—and I’ve played all the songs live now. Working on my album took so long to make sure everything sounded correct and current, and there’s so much second-guessing when you have that much time. This was so easy and fun. I wanted it to be done fast and put out fast so my fans would have something for the summer."
He also discusses his reasons for wanting to team up with Zedd on his tour, revealing that it was more about having a friend on the lonely road than getting to play the big venues.
"Maybe I shouldn’t say this, but I’m going to. I’m really excited about the venues and shows, but I’m way more excited about just hanging out with Zedd. We have such a good relationship and it’s so fun when we get to hang out, so yes it will be amazing to play in venues so big but it’s going to be 10 times more amazing because I get to be with one of my best friends. Being on the road can get lonely, actually."
The comedic producer explains his recent Bee Positive campaign and talks about how the concept came to fruition.
"Ray Ban came to us and were like, ‘Hey, we’re doing this #Campaign4Change, what do you want to do?’ And I was like, ‘I want it to be about making people laugh and spreading happiness through the Internet. So we all came up with the idea to be Bee Positive—so I performed the rap and tried to be as wacky as possible so people knew I wasn’t being serious about being a rapper. And I put myself in a bee costume and got myself a nice whip—that car was amazing!"
Lastly, Francis reveals the worst gig he's ever played, stating that Murphy's Law went into effect big-time at HARD Summer, but he surprisingly still played one of his best sets.
"I played Hard Summer and it was actually a bit of a bummer. I had brought a new light show and set up, with all new edits of my songs—everything was absolutely perfect except the sound engineer at the front… I don’t know what he was doing wrong but he was doing a lot wrong [laughs]... But in light of that, I actually think it was one of the best sets that I’ve ever played."
You can head here to purchase the new EP, but be sure to comply with all fire hazard warnings when attempting to play it.
Stream six of the tracks below: