Dillon Francis talks Red Rocks, Taco Bell and his Asshole of a Cat [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

How on earth can we be expected to squeeze every question we could possibly ask Dillon Francis into a quick 15 minute phone conversation? There’s so much to cover. From Taco Bell to cats, Columbia Records to his long lost dad, there’s just way too much to get in.

Regardless of our endless supply of burning questions, we did get a few choice ones answered as we look ahead to his show at HARD Red Rocks, coming up next week in Morrison, Colorado. Check out what he had to say:

TMN: Hey Dillon – thank you for taking some time to speak with us today. We’re looking forward to catching you at HARD Red Rocks on July 31st. You’ve played all over the world. Where does this venue rank for you in comparison to the rest of them?

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[TMN Resident Artist Exclusive] ARTY’s Music Ninja Mini-Mix

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The Music Ninja Guestmix

Before he leaves us for the month, resident artist ARTY decided to put together a mini-mix just for his Music Ninja family. We have enjoyed having this talented young artist take over for the month and are really digging this mix with some of our favorite songs. One thing about ARTY, he knows how to mix, remix, and make originals. He really is a triple threat kind of artist, and we will keep watching as he continues to take electronic music to another level.

TRACKLIST:
01. ODESZA – Sun Models [feat. Madelyn Grant]
02. Pharrell Wlliams (ft Jay Z) – Frontin’ (Disclosure re-work)
03. Nora En Pure – True (Original Mix)
04. Kiesza – Giant In My Heart (Billon Remix) [Lokal Legend]
05. Schuhmacher ft. Dr May – Back Home (Original) [3Beat]
06. Arty feat. Angel Taylor – Up All Night (Original Mix)
07. Porter Robinson feat. Urban Cone – Lionhearted (Arty Remix)
08. The Young Punx – Supersonic (Original) [MoFoHiFi]

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[Tropical House] Sam Feldt & De Hofnar – Bloesem (Original Mix)

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Sam Feldt & De Hofnar
Bloesem (Original Mix)

After a whirlwind of bangers all morning, we have finally found a little down time to mellow out and relax. We always seem to find ourselves perusing through the melodic house genre when we want to escape to our mental paradise. Whenever we get in these mindsets we typically end up on Sam Feldt’s SoundCloud because he has earned his title as the Melodic House king at this point in the game.

We have featured a few of Sam’s tracks and each and every time we find something new to love about his feel good productions. Just a few days ago, Sam Feldt released a new original track on Spinnin’ Deep Records which he collaborated with fellow producer, De Hofnar. Their new track, “Bloesem”, incorporates everything you can think of that sounds pleasant to the ears; whether it be the tropical pan flute, the heavenly harp, or the groovy bassline, this track has every element to lift your spirits. We go weak for pan flutes and you just might, too, so press play and let your afternoon worries float away.

You can get “Bloesem” today on Beatport here.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 7/24-7/26

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Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

- Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
- Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)
- Deal valid for THURSDAY AND FRIDAY only. If you want to see Danny Tenaglia, you’re going to have to cough up some dough.

That’s it! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. Head to Beta and see for yourself.

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Keep Moving (OUT NOW)

Kill Paris - July 25th
Carbon Airways
Black Sun (Kill Paris Remix)

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Dj mix for electric zoo
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[NEW] Rustie – Attak (Feat. Danny Brown)

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Attak (feat. Danny Brown)

With his second studio album, Green Language, set to drop next month (the follow-up to 2011′s Glass Swords), Rustie decided to leak one of the most anticipated singles from the project, “Attak,” featuring frequent collaborator, Danny Brown. The track is just as insane as you might expect, opening with wailing sirens and a wave of skittering 808′s that urge Danny to do what he does best–spit like a homicidal maniac, unleashing his lunacy all over the beat until he runs out of breath. This non-stop thrill ride could’ve easily gone on for another two minutes, though a full blown “Attak” like that could be dangerous to one’s health. Well, we wouldn’t have to worry about that, because we’re ninjas, so we’re really just looking out for you.

In any case, check out the tremendous tune above, and make sure to pre-order Rustie’s Green Language before it hits shelves on August 26th.

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[Anthem] Riff Raff – How To Be The Man (Meaux Green Remix)

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How To Be The Man (MEAUX GREEN REMiX) [FREE DL] @JODYHiGHROLLER @TheMeauxGreen

As a ninja here at TMN, I try to collectively talk about our music selections to reflect our eclectic taste in music. For the first time in a very long time, I feel that with today’s selection, I am allowed to point out one of my guilty pleasure artists – Riff Raff. Having just released his new album, “Neon Icon”, one could say that this ninja completely lost it.

Mad Decent beat maker and party starter, Meaux Green, just happened to trap it up a bit for my boy Riff Raff by taking on his song, “How To Be The Man”. Now, I have absolutely no idea what it means to be the man, but if I did I would assume this song is an accurate depiction as to would it would be like. Orlando native, Meaux Green, has a history of making us all turn things up a bit; we all rememeber his “Mosh Pit” remix for Flosstradamus, so when we his name came up on our feed today, we knew that we were about to enter a world of utter madness. Well ninjas, that’s exactly what happened. Meaux and Riff Raff gave us a new definition on “How To Be The Man” even though I still have no idea what that entails. Grab your free download and lose yo, mind.

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[Event Review/Preview] Boatylicious 2014 + Christmas in July

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A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to go boogie the night away with the Take 2 Entertainment crew for the return of Boatylicious. After experiencing the ultimate dance party of the Summer, I was convinced that I would never want to attend another event that wasn’t on some sort of boat. Before the boat departed from the dock, everyone on board S.S. Boatylicious got their drinks and headed up to the top deck to check out the gorgeous view of Long Beach, CA. With Sam Hiller and Kid B. spinning in the background, I found myself grooving all the way around the boat until my cup was empty.

As the sun began to set, the music shifted from an ambient and smooth vibe into a more club-like atmosphere that had everyone up on their feet dancing the night away. With artists like Moon Boots, Yolanda Be Cool, The Interns, Sam Hiller, Kid B., aRod, and Ruby Sparks, I was bound to experience the best of the best beats of all time. I have never had the chance to see both Moon Boots or Yolanda Be Cool and Boatylicious gave me the opportunity to listen to my music idols and intimately connect with everyone on board. There were a couple of other artists that definitely made me turn my head multiple times throughout the night and I just want to give a big shout out to both Kid B. and Sam Hiller once again for setting the mood at the beginning of the night – those dudes sent me straight to funky town and i’m pretty sure I still haven’t returned. Overall, Take 2 Entertainment threw down a bitchin’ party and I could not have had a much better time than I did that night; plus, I was on boat with a bunch of beautiful people who genuinely love good music…who could say no to that opportunity?

After that successful night, Take 2 Entertainment decided to surprise us all with ANOTHER Boatylicious event that will be departing the docks to cruise along the Long Beach Harbor this Saturday, July 26th. With a ‘Christmas in July’ theme and a line-up to knock you overboard, it’s imperative that you make your way out to this side of town and experience something truly magical. Hitting the decks this time around are legendary producer/DJ’s: Viceroy, Jessie Andrews, Bones, Troy Kurtz, Hendo, Bees Knees, Kid B., Shae B, and Wilks Music. If Viceroy, Jessie Andrews, or Kid B. don’t give you enough incentive to buy a ticket, then maybe a little introduction to their music will make you think twice. If you didn’t take advantage the first time, then make sure you grab a spot on one of the party buses so you can party and stay safe all at once; trust us, it was well worth the extra few bucks!

If you want to experience the party of a lifetime, then hop aboard S.S. Boatylicious and grab your tickets here and make sure to check out the entire schedule on Take 2 Entertainments website for bus arrivals and departures!

Here are a few songs from some of my personal favorite artists on this weekend’s line-up.

Viceroy:

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The Life Feat. Penguin Prison
Mystery Skulls
Ghost (Viceroy Remix)

Jessie Andrews:

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You Wont Forget Tonight Feat. Comets We Fall
Slim Fit Jeans

Troy Kurtz:

Casino Gold
All I Need (Troy Kurtz Remix)
The Rolling Stones
Miss You (Troy Kurtz & Pirate Stereo Mix)

Bees Knees:

Kill Paris
Falling In Love Again Feat. Marty Rod & Alma (Kill Paris & Bees Knees Keytar Mix)
Robin Thicke
Blurred Lines ft. T.I., Pharrell (Bees Knees Remix)
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