Learning To DJ
Dillon Francis: “One of the benefits I’ve had throughout my career is that I never realized how hard it is to actually make it in the music industry until like two months ago.
“There’s so many other kids in the world right now that are trying to do the exact same thing that I was doing. They probably have the same mind set that I did. I got through some how.
“I never was in to electronic music. I was into it, but my brother told me I was gay. So when I did it, I didn’t actually show anybody I was into it. I got super into punk music like the Blood Brothers, The Germs, and The Descendents. I used to listen to a lot of that. I used to go to a lot of shows too.
For a year straight, I didn’t do anything except sit on my computer and plow away trying to figure out everything about Ableton.
“When I moved to Atlanta, that’s where I learned how to use Ableton. I moved to Atlanta and worked with Cory Nitta, his producer name is Cory Enemy. I worked with Cory Enemy for two months and just watched what everything he did.
"I went back to my house after two months and I told my parents, ‘Look, this is what I really want to do. Please, let me try this for a year. If nothing happens, I swear to God I will go back to community college, then transfer to UCLA, and I’ll be out of your hair. But let me do this and I’ll try to pay you $500 bucks a month for rent.’
“For a year straight, I didn’t do anything except sit on my computer and plow away trying to figure out everything about Ableton.
“After a year, things started really moving. My parents saw that and they were like, ‘Okay, we’ll give you a couple [more months]. We’ll wait it out, let’s see what you’re doing. But now, you have to pay [rent].’
“Then I actually started being able to pay them rent from the money I was getting at gigs. A year and six months later, that’s when I played ‘Masterblaster’ to Diplo, and then boom, I was able to move out and be my own man.”