Dillon Francis Talks Spanish-Language Album: 'You Don't Need to Know the Words to Enjoy the Song'

When DJ/producer Dillon Francis spoke with Billboard back in September 2017, he surprisingly revealed that he was going to be making a Spanish-language album.    

While fans were expecting the LP to be released by the end of last year, they are still anticipating its arrival – but last month, Francis tweeted some promising words, writing, “Finishing my album” and “2018 is about to be wild.”    

Billboard chatted with Francis a bit more about his plans for the Spanish-language release, and he discussed the inspiration behind the decision. “Back in the beginning of 2016, my manager and I were just talking about what I was gonna do for my second album,” he shares. “I was telling him, ‘I’m really uninspired, I don’t know which direction I wanna go into.'”   

Francis explains that his manager then suggested revisiting his 2011 Westside! EP, which included his collaboration with Diplo and Maluca, “Que Que.” He also cites his admiration for Dutch DJ Munchi as inspiration for the project. 

When asked why now is the right time to release a Spanish-language album, the producer explains that while songs like “Despacito” and “Mi Gente” are hugely successful at the moment, he has been doing this since 2011. “I haven’t been doing reggaeton, but I’ve been doing moombahton, which is a genre that was created on the Internet, and it’s reggaeton meets dance music,” he says.  

“It started my career and I felt like doing something that was very roots-centric for me,” Francis continues, adding that he wanted to work with artists his fans might not know of and to create music in a language that they might not have listened to before – while also having fun.

Francis also discusses the process of recording the album, explaining that he went to Mexico City for a three-day session, working with Milkman, Fuego, Jarina De Marco, Happy Colors, Matt Hunter and Jesse Baez. “We were all working together, and I think it sounds really cohesive, just because I’ve created relationships with all these artists and the music was all made in that certain timespan,” he shares.

You can watch the full video above to hear much more from Dillon Francis about his next album, including why with music today “you don’t necessarily need to know the words of what someone’s saying to enjoy the song” and how "Ven," his “dream come true” collaboration with Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Arcangel that is out today, came to be. 

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