Friday, January 25, 2013

Dillon Francis and Clockwork at El Rey on December 22, 2012

Dominica, the host of Delirium Drop airing Tuesdays 8:00-10:00pm, recently attended Dillon Francis and Clockwork at El Rey on December 22, 2012 and took a few photos. Check them out below and for more from Dominica visit her blog

Dillon Francis



Artist: Dillon Francis, Clockwork, and Paul Devro
El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles
Saturday, December 22nd 2012

It was night two of Dillon Francis' show Dillon Francis, one of the pioneers of Moombahton, was scheduled to play Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (December 21st-23rd) at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles for his “Wet and Reckless” tour.  All three nights were sold out.

I decided to attend night two (Saturday) when Paul Devro and Clockwork opened for Dillon Francis. I arrived towards the end of Paul Devro's set, but from what I heard of his set, he did a perfect job of warming up the dance floor.  The crowd was primarily people from the ages of 18 to their mid-twenties.  As I looked at the people in the crowd, I noticed many were sporting cat shirts (Dillon Francis is known to have quite the cat obsession) and black hats that state I.D.G.A.F.O.S. (the name of a song he released in 2011) in bold white letters. When Clockwork, who is also famously known as R.L. Grime, came on stage, the crowd buzzed with excitement. Clockwork got the crowd pumped with a set consisting of a mix between electro-house and trap.  He even threw in his X-mas edit of Mercy to stay true with the holiday spirit.  By the time he was done, the crowd was ready to get wild.

There was short intermission before Dillon Francis came on. When the curtains opened and Dillon Francis was on stage with a "ready to get rowdy" look his is eyes.  He opened his set with the national anthem and then introduced himself as Tiesto. Francis then continued his set with his version of the Pledge of Allegiance.  What is his version of the Pledge of Allegiance you ask?  To put it simply, he asks the crowd to put their right hand over their heart and say "I pledge allegiance to Dillon Francis, to not give a...." You can put the rest of that sentence together based off of his I.D.G.A.F.O.S. hats. The craziness then ensued when he played “Doomsday” by Nero.  His set consisted of moombahton, trap, electro-house, dubstep, and hip-hop. Francis played some of his well-known hits such as "Que Que," "Like Home," "Masta Blasta (The Rebirth)," "Where Did I Go," "Daydreamer," "I.D.G.A.F.O.S." and "Here 2 China," as well as his unreleased single with Flux Pavilion "I'm the One." The dance floor was packed and going wild. Ladies were on top of their friend's shoulder vying for the attention of Francis. Meanwhile, some men ran on stage just get closer.  I remember by the middle of his set I had seen about five or six people (both men and women) getting kicked out of the venue for being a little too out of control.  Also, I'm not too sure if it was because the music was too loud, the fog machine, or the smoke from lighters held by the crowd, but the fire alarm went off during his set.  That didn't stop the show.  Francis even tried to blend the music with the fire alarm. Towards the latter half of the night, he stopped his set and brought out his parents.  He mentioned that it was the first time they have ever seen him DJ live. The show continued on until about 2AM and at the end the crowd was screaming and clapping for the outstanding set he just played.

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