FYI | Why Dillon Francis’s “Money Sucks, Friends Rule” Album Title Is Nonsense

Posted by on October 21, 2014

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Millionaire DJ Dillon Francis would like you to know he has an album coming out. Not just any album. An album disingenuously titled “Money Sucks, Friends Rule” that he would like you to purchase with your hard earned money. In an interview with Radio.com, Dillon explained the genesis of the title.

When he was stuck on what to call his album, Francis’ manager reminded him of the T-shirt idea. “I called my manager one day, and I was like, ‘I want to make a shirt that says ‘money sucks, friends rule’ in the Warriors font,” he explained during an interview backstage at Coachella 2014, referencing the distinct spray paint font used on the movie poster for the 1979 New York gang war movie, The Warriors. When he was stuck on what to call his album, Francis’ manager reminded him of the T-shirt idea.“I was like, ‘that’s the best title for an album.’ Because I really feel that way. Friends are forever. Money isn’t.”

Think about that for a second. This is coming from a DJ (and the Windish Agency) who commands $40,0000 a show. That’s only $10,000 less than than the median household income according to recent statistics released by CNN. In fact, only 26% of households in the US make $80,000 a year or more. In a matter of a few shows, Dillon can match that figure assuming manager and agent still take their cut. The title is antithetical to the motif that “DJ Rich As F*ck” is attempting to advance to his adoring flock.

Don’t misunderstand me. I’m all for artists making money. It’s no secret that it’s extremely hard to make a living being one. The barriers to entry are higher than ever. However, the title should be ridiculed, and ridiculed thoroughly. The joke isn’t on Dillon Francis. It’s on the fans who buy into this nonsense marketing. They’re so blinded by their love of the artist that it robs them of their ability to think critically and be a skeptic. Perhaps that’s asking too much of an “EDM” demographic steeped in rampant idealism and a penchant for low brow progressive house bangers re-packaged to them time and time again.

If Dillon truly believes that money sucks, he should give his album away for free.

Dillon Francis’s “Money Sucks, Friends Rule” is out via Columbia on October 28th.

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Progressive House | Magic Man – Out Of Mind (Live City Remix)

Posted by on September 17, 2014

Magic Man - Out Of Mind (Live City Remix)

Ethan of Live City told me I could just write “It’s great, download it now” for a post, but I have a bit higher standards then that. Continuing their trend of indie remixes, Live City release their officially sanctioned remix for Magic Man “Out Of Mind” for free 99. They keep much of the original feel, notably the vocals, but add a cheery melody and poignant piano to the tune. As previously stated, it is free so grab it below.

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Deep House | Dr. Kucho! & Gregor Salto – Can’t Stop Playing (Oliver Heldens & Gregor Salto Remix)

Posted by on August 18, 2014

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I’m hard on Oliver Heldens. It’s because I like him. I hold him to a higher standard than most. This track, man. This track is a real serious tune. Borrowing largely from the original, Oliver and Gregor Salto breathe new life into a classic. I think I can safely posit that the summer was Oliver Heldens. “Can’t Stop Playing” out August 29th on Spinnin’ Records. Future house is the new religion.

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Electronic | Grant Bowtie – Cloud Nine

Posted by on July 30, 2014

Grant Bowtie dropped this joyful single out on Monstercat today called “Cloud Nine”. This electronic track has a full sound with a mix of high and low melodies. The bass compliments the higher synths and overall the track sounds nostalgic and fun. Grant Bowtie is from San Diego, and still just in high school. It’s amazing how talented he is for his age, and just in general! He says he’s still searching for his own sound… let’s hope he goes with this one!

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Mainstream Remix | The Weeknd – Often (Kygo Remix)

Posted by on July 28, 2014

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I’ve seen a lot of talk lately about Kygo signing to Sony. Some congratulated, some even claimed this was the beginning of the end. It’s incredible to me that fans, or people who claim to be, wouldn’t want to see their favorite artist progress. Fans don’t understand how hard it is to make a living in this music scene. The barriers to entry are higher then they’ve ever been. What Kygo has done is unprecedented, yet fans have this ill-informed notion that Sony is going ruin his brand. Sure, major labels are notorious for messing up an artist’s brand. We’ve seen many artists (sadly) come and go because they signed. Kygo, and his team, are too smart to let that happen. Kygo is going to be just fine.

Jersey Club | Rusty Hook – Get So Fly

Posted by on April 6, 2014

As soon as you hear that iconic riff, you’ll already know what it is – but lemme just tell you to wait a second because this is, quite frankly, even better. As soon as I pressed play on Bordeaux-producer, Rusty Hook’s Baby Bash remix, “Get So Fly,” I straight up got the chills! Imagine the original, except without the cheesy lyrics, with a Jersey Club twist and full of unexpected breaks and pauses that leave you just dying to hear more. In the short amount of time this track has been live via Cosmonostro and Marmorean Records, it has already ran dry of free downloads, but you can still take 4 minutes and 20 seconds to get absolutely lifted, shifted, and higher than the ceiling (you know the rest).

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Chill, Electronic | DAILON – Trips (Ion The Prize Flip)

Posted by on January 28, 2014

Ion The Prize, from California, has put out a trippy remix of Dailon’s “Trips” for us today. He gave the song more of an upbeat feel than the original track, and made it sound a bit more complex. You can still hear the chord progression from the mellow original, but with new drum work and vocal samples. His take on the track lends way to a higher pitched melody and quicker tempo as well. The ambient piano section at the end is very pretty. Grab this one for free right off Soundcloud!

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