Last night, I attended the True Colors Tour at UIC Pavillion.
The show featured Dillon Francis, Zedd, and a shit ton of vape pens. Of all the highlights, Dillon’s completely ratchet opening performance was a personal favorite. And just so you know, the term ratchet is a positive around here.
Mixing everything in his slate of original productions, Francis played a clearly superior set over the show’s headliner, Zedd. From classics like “Masta Blasta” to his newly-popular rendition of “Coming Over” with Kygo, Dillon’s setlist didn’t have much that wasn’t his.
While I won’t go into much more detail about the show itself, I will point out an interesting trend that seems to be developing. And last night, this very trend popped up again during Dillon’s set.
Kill The Noise, Dillon Francis, Feed Me, and I’m sure many others have some type of clear resentment against The Weeknd.
Arguably this year’s breakout pop star, The Weeknd became famous for his smash-hit song titled, “Can’t Feel My Face.” Evidently, the song is about his infatuation with cocaine.
A couple of weeks ago, we reviewed Kill The Noise’s ridiculous new EP, Occult Classic. In it, we also made some interesting observations – most notably the inspiration for his song featuring Feed Me, “I Do Coke.”
Now, if you don’t know who Kill The Noise is, here’s a very brief summary. He’s an extremely talented, respected dubstep artist and he’s exactly the type of person that would rip on pop stars like The Weeknd.
Kill The Noise and Feed Me were making fun of The Weeknd when they released “I Do Coke,” and unless Jake sends me an email directly saying otherwise, that is my stance.
On top of that, it’s clear that KTN isn’t the only musician that has an opinion on The Weeknd. During Dillon Francis’ show at UIC last night, his cheeky background visuals seem to pivot in a critical direction.
After dropping “Trophies” by Drake (coincided with hilarious graphics of his face on Drake’s body), Dillon dropped “I Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd. And more notably, the song was paired with a caricature of The Weeknd, with his eyes bulging out of his head.
Dillon Francis and other notable electronic musicians are proactively hating on one of the year’s biggest musical superstars. And more specifically, they’re ripping on his smash hit. Which, as I’ve said, is about him doing cocaine.
Maybe they’re saying “some of us like being quiet about doing drugs and partying, so don’t give us a bad name.” Or, maybe they’re just pissed that one of the year’s biggest jams was about one man’s infatuation with narcotics (and seemingly nothing else). There are a lot of maybes, but one thing is for certain.
They definitely have something against The Weeknd.