In the current dance music scene, there are artists who thrive on anonymity and private personas (think Marshmello or Alan Walker), and then there’s Dillon Francis, the Los Angeles hitmaker who loves to talk.
Thankfully, Francis has shown through a string of recent video segments — not to mention his hilarious music video for recent track “Hello There” — that he’s got a sharp sense of humor, and the class clown proved that even further on Thursday (Nov. 2) during a video interview with WIRED.
Over the 11-minute video, Francis fields common questions from Twitter users about DJing, from hardware recommendations to whether he throws down for his friends’ sets. But Twitter being Twitter, things get weird, with more daring fans asking everything from what it would sound like to collab with Jersey Shore‘s Pauly D to what DJs do when they need a bathroom break during a live set (expect TMI).
The DJ couldn’t help but laugh out loud when asked whether he feels sad when no one is dancing to his music: “If anything, it’s kind of like that commercial where the Sarah McLachlan song starts playing. I feel like those battered dogs!” he joked, referencing the singer’s infamously sad ASPCA ad.
And when asked the inevitable “what do DJs do?” question, Francis had the perfect response: “A lot of people get angry when they’re like, ‘But a DJ’s just playing other people’s songs,'” he explained. “But the thing is, you’ve seen bad DJs and you’ve seen good DJs, and there’s people that know how to read a crowd, and there’s people who don’t know how to read a crowd. There’s a whole knowledge about that, rather than it just being someone coming and mixing songs.”
Check out the full video from WIRED, below.