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EDM's Reigning Clown Prince Dillon Francis Hits Phoenix with the Mad Decent Block Party

No one can accuse Dillon Francis of taking himself too seriously. Sure, he might be guilty of prank-calling, re-creating Ghost's pottery wheel scene with 12th Planet on YouTube, or giving away ham at shows, but he's never been one of those self-important EDM producers obsessed with image.

Instead, the 26-year-old prefers to obsess over Taco Bell, cats, Tiësto, or whatever absurd bit he's planning next -- and he's definitely got a lot of 'em. When Francis isn't performing or producing, he's uploading videos of arguments with himself to Instagram, trolling Twitter, or creating another of his farcical alter egos, such as German deep house weirdo DJ Hanzel.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.