Thanksgiving eve is always a time where old and new friends get together and let loose. I had to deviate from the script a bit and change it up this time. There was no venturing out to the bar recalling the high school glory days or that girl you used to date junior year. Dillon Francis brought his tour to a sold out Electric Factory. It was highly energetic all night. It’s what you would expect from an electronic show: everybody is going to be friendly and rave attire is a must, even though it was about 20 degrees outside. You have to admire the fans courage. I’ll go ahead and echo the Dillon Francis mantra of “Money Sucks, Friends Rule”.
TJR was a great warmup playing his brand of bootlegs and trap. I had heard about TJR a lot from friends who had previously seen him in other Philadelphia venues like Lit or Soundgarden Hall. His brand of trap music mixed with house had the crowd having fun; even some security guards were doing a little shimmy, here and there.
Now, I had seen Dillon Francis many times at different festivals. He seemed to be really on his game this time around opening the night with his deadmau5‘s remix of “Some Chords”. There was a weaving in and out of his first album, Money Sucks, Friends Rule and his older material. To be honest, I’m a big fan of when a DJ finds a creative medium to play most of their own songs, especially for Francis, whose Moombahton style captivated most of the fans in the venue. I rarely saw anyone stop dancing and Electric Factory is HUGE compared to the other dance venues in Philadelphia.
It’s awesome to see a DJ progress their style to a point where fans grow and resonate with it. This year in electronic music in particular, the theme has been to stay away from all things “EDM”. Dillon Francis not only showed that he is comfortable in his style, but to also not be so serious and have some fun.