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Dillon Francis On Making Sensitive EDM & His New Single ‘Without You’

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Fans might be surprised to know that Dillon Francis’ new single, “Without You,” is a detailed account of his recent relationship woes. And the truth is, the first time the L.A.-based moombahton DJ and producer heard the song, he was shocked, too.

While in the studio with Orlando Higginbottom, better known as the DJ project Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (TEED for short), Francis started talking about the girl he was dating at the time. “[TEED] kept smoking his cigarettes and I was just telling him about my life being like, ‘My girlfriend, I want her to move out of my place, but I don’t want her to think it’s me breaking up with her, I want her to think it’s us moving apart so that we can grow bigger together as a couple,’” Francis told Radio.com while at Lollapalooza over the weekend.

The following day, the two were back in the studio and Francis heard TEED singing a new set of lyrics that sounded a bit too familiar. “He’s like, ‘I’m singing this about your exact situation right now, I’m actually basing it off everything you told me yesterday,” Francis explained. “It was kind of amazing… I’ve never had a song written about my life, that’s why it’s so dear to me.”

Listen to “Without You,” released yesterday (Aug. 6), below.

Apparently, his fans are also connecting with the track’s we’re-breaking-up-but-everything’s-going-to-be-fine theme. “A lot of people have been tweeting at me and on Facebook saying, ‘I really relate to this, I totally understand what you’re saying,’” Francis said, before quickly clarifying. “What he’s saying about my relationship.”

On Francis’ upcoming album, he plans to show more of his sensitive side, revealing that at least four songs on the record will be in the same vein as “Without You,” which he says is a “great guide for everybody in a relationship.”

Francis is looking to avoid a trend permeating mainstream electronic music, which often puts a premium on harsh, party-ready beats in lieu of subtlety. “You can hear it on the song I’m trying to go back a little bit,” he said. “Like, ‘Let’s tone it down guys. We don’t need to hit every person hard in the face with every song that we make.’”

While there’s no official date attached to his upcoming record–Francis says it could be out any time between November and February– Francis said the next single will be a club record with DJ Snake. “It’s like a really weird 100 bpm club record.”

And even though Francis doesn’t know when this new song will actually be released (he thought maybe October), he’s already thought about the video.

“The music video we have is really amazing. It’s animated. [DJ Snake] and I go to a club and blow all our money, but very cliché,” Francis explained. “I want it to be like every rap video that was ever made about a club.”

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