PARTY FAVOR Interview- working w/ Dillon Francis, GTA, crazy story about Gucci Mane song, Jamie Foxx
“In my high school year book it said I was most likely to win an Oscar”
Party Favor is the pseudonym of DJ and electronic producer Dylan Ragland. Growing up in Park City, Utah, Ragland spent his younger years listening to metal and working his way through film school in California. After graduating from Chapman University, Ragland and a friend started DJing in L.A.’s local clubs, playing a mix of electro and Dutch house which naturally progressed into production.
Ragland created his Party Favor alter ego in 2013, releasing his first EP, Parkin’ Lot Pimpin’, on Bomb Squad. Combining the elements of Euro-house and the Southern sound of trap, Ragland managed to perfectly combine the genres, quickly establishing himself as the rising star on the EDM scene. Remixes for the likes of Showtek and Bro Safari propelled his profile even further and saw him release a few more singles on Bomb Squad before signing to Mad Decent.
Party and Destroy EP In 2014, Ragland released the single “Bap U,” and after amassing a huge number of plays online, the track appeared on a U.S. national TV advert as well as in the movies Vacation and How to Be Single. By 2016, he had played DJ sets across the world and at some of the biggest dance and rock festivals, including Coachella, Tomorrowland, and Ultra. More singles appeared that year, including “Wiggle Wop,” “G-String,” and “Bust ‘Em,” and at the end of 2016, his first EP for Mad Decent, Party & Destroy, was released. Featuring guest spots from the likes of Gucci Mane, Dillon Francis, and Sean Kingston, the EP quickly hit the top spots on streaming and download services.
In April 2019, Party Favor released his debut album, Layers, on his own Area 25 label. The LP included the single “Wait a Minute” (featuring A$AP Ferg and Juicy J), as well as collaborations with GTA, Graves, KingJet, Rich the Kid, Lil Baby, and many others.