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Money's good, but friends are better for Dillon Francis

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Dillon Francis likes the title of his debut album "Money Sucks, Friends Rule," but he also wants the world to know he doesn't have anything against a little filthy lucre.

"The common misperception of the album title is that I think money actually sucks," says Francis, 27, a Los Angeles native and protege of Diplo who's been putting out records under his own name since 2010. "I think it sucks in a certain way; when you start becoming successful in whatever you're doing, let's say you're a doctor or an actor or a tennis player or something, you run into people who are 'woodworkers.' They're like, 'Hey man, I haven't seen you in years!' and you're like, 'What are you talking about? We weren't even friends.'

"They're jsut trying to get money out of you, y'know? They're not actually wanting to be your friend. So that's why I named the album what I did."

"...Friends Rule" may be Francis' first full album, but he's not stranger to recording thanks to eight previous EPs, a variety of singles and a slew of remixes for other acts, including Daft Punk, Chromeo, Passion Pit, Calvin Harris, Death Cab For Cutie and others. And he approached the 12-track "...Friends Rule" -- featuring guests such as Twista, Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie, Major Lazer and others -- with a decided DJ sensibility, championing variety over uniformity.

"I'm so sporadic in how I work; that's what I wanted to do on the album as well," Francis explains. "It's like when you're YouTube DJing or at a house party or something -- 'Oh, listen to this song. Listen to that song...' You play all different songs that aren't even the same genre, but everyone likes them, usually. I get inspiration from that.

"So I feel like I did that with my album because I wanted to showcase how diverse I can be when I'm producing. It's crazy to have a 12-song representation of my art so people can say they love it -- or hate it."

Dillon Francis

Wednesday, Dec. 3. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St.

Tickets are $29.50 in advance, $40 day of show.

Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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