Dillon Francis' Top Five Trolls of All Time
Wikipedia defines a "troll" as "a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people... with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion."
Some trolls are less evil than others, though. Some trolls just want to lie about their identity and give you free tacos. Some trolls are just Dillon Francis.
Actually, Dillon Francis is the biggest troll in dance music. He gives not a single fuck, nor the slightest of shits. Random is his medium of choice, whether it comes to marketing schemes, music video treatments, or just being in the studio. He's made a career of being the most random guy in the game, but these are definitely his top five most creative and memorable trolls.
5. He is Tiesto
Tiesto is the richest DJ in the world and quite possibly one of the most world-famous. This makes him absolutely ripe for parody, and Francis spearheads a constant campaign to claim Tiesto as his own identity. It started, as we remember, when he was interviewed by a newspaper in New York and submitted a picture of Tiesto in place of himself. They ran the photo, mislabeled identity and all. It continued in his music video for "Masta Blasta" and on into this day. Next time you see Tiesto, definitely come running at him screaming "OMG! Dillon Francis!"
4. DJ Awareness with Taco Bell
Who goes into a Taco Bell and orders 50 Doritos tacos? This guy. It was all part of his promotion for his national tour. He hit the streets and gave away the 50 tacos to unsuspecting, very confused citizens. It was all about raising "DJ awareness and tour awareness for life and stuff." A lot of people don't know DJs are in California, right? This little stunt began a serious love affair with Taco Bell. Francis is one 16 people TB follows on Twitter, and he says they're in talks for some "big moves." Can we has taco, Francis?
3. DJ Mag Top 100: Vote Tiesto
The DJ Mag Top 100 is an even bigger joke than Dillon Francis' mom. Ooh, burn. Francis and a bunch of his fellow DJs teamed up with Funny or Die to put together this hysterical series of DJ Mag Top 100 campaign ads, featuring, among others, Paul Oakenfold, Boys Noize, and Alanis Morissette. Francis goes in on his taco and buritto jokes again and finishes with a strong plea to vote for Tiesto. Bro loves that trance/house flip-flopping Dutchman.
2. Dillon Francis and Zedd -- "Stages"
Francis got together with his young homie Zedd for this officially unofficial release of their song "Stages," meant as an homage to the chart-topping, game-changing "Le7els" by Avicii. Did you know the term "Avicii" is actually the name of a circle in Hindu Hell? Makes a lot of sense, right? Francis has been known to drop "Le7els" on an unsuspecting crowd for the lols.
1. Francis Goes Ghost
Here he is getting real close with his homie 12th Planet. Just, y'know, try to unsee it. And definitely come out to his show this Friday at Revolution, because he'll probably be the least serious DJ set you've ever seen, and that's the kind of DJ you can believe in.
Dillon Francis Worl Turr with the Heroes & Villains and Noisia. Friday, August 30, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third St., Fort Lauderdale. Age 18 and older. Doors open at 10 p.m., and tickets cost $43.20 plus fees via ticketmaster.com Call 954-449-1025 or visit jointherevolution.com.
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