Dylan Ragland, known by Party Favor to many, is an American DJ and electronic music producer that has really made a name for himself over the years. Ragland was born in Manhattan, New York, but raised in Park City, Utah. He began his career at NBC making sizzle reels, one day hoping that he'd become an actor. He then quit and pursued his true passion: music.
2016 was definitely the year of Party Favor. Having debuted his 'Party & Destroy' EP on Mad Decent--which featured collaborations with Sean Kingston, Rich the Kid, Gucci Mane, Dillon Francis, and Gents & Jawns--and collaborating with EDM's comedian Dillon Francis on "Shut It Down," Party Favor has proved the industry that he's definitely in favor of the party.
Party Favor just released a brand new song with Bad Royale and Party Loop "Bury," a meeting of the two styles that is designed to bury you.
You’ve had your music in movies and TV shows like How To Be Single, Vacation, Neighbors 2, NCIS Los Angeles, and many more. Describe the feeling you had when you first heard your music in the movie or TV show. What was going through your mind?
Since I used to work in the film industry, it is surreal to me every time and just so cool. Films are probably my second favorite thing to music, so I feel very fortunate.
What's your favorite song at the moment?
G-Eazy - "No Limit" (featuring ASAP Rocky & Cardi B). Cardi B absolutely murders her verse.
What’s your favorite movie of all time and why?
Very hard question, but I think I have to go with SNATCH. It’s classic Guy Ritchie and the editing and acting is just so on point.
To be honest, I’m most excited to play my new music and debut my new stage and production for certain dates. I’m also excited to see new fans and experience cities I haven’t been in for awhile.
Who or what inspired you to become a DJ?
The music itself did. I fell in love with electronic music first, and it was the first time a genre of music really made me want to make it. Then I wanted to try to find a way to make my mark on it.
When traveling around the world, you’re being exposed to a plethora of cultures and people. Do you take these changes and experiences into account when playing out a set?
Absolutely! (Plethora was a great word choice btw, haha.) I’m always winging my sets so that allows me to adapt to wherever I am, whether that’s a song that’s specific to that area or a certain genre like hyphy music in the Bay Area. I want people to see that I respect where they are from! I also take elements from these genres and places and incorporate them into my music.
What’s a challenge that you’re currently trying to overcome, and how are you overcoming it?
Trying not to be so hard on myself all the time and being more present with people. Listening and engaging with them instead of being on my phone or having thoughts elsewhere.
What is your favorite food to eat when traveling or at a certain destination?
I like to try the local 'spot' when I’m in town, whether that’s BBQ in Kansas City or seafood in Seattle/Vancouver. But I will never turn down sushi. It’s my favorite.
What’s a genre you see becoming the next big thing in the next year or so?
I think hybrids of genres are emerging and I think hip-hop is going to continue to permeate dance music for a long time. I personally love it because it’s the best of two great worlds meeting.
Do you have anything in the works at the moment that you’re extremely excited about for either this year or next? Can you give us a hint as to what it is, if anything?
Yes!!! I just produced a song with FKI 1st for Lil Jon’s new single. It features 2 Chainz and Offset from Migos. I had so much fun making that. It comes out later this month actually! An EP is in the works from me and a very, very, very special project coming early next year too, but that one is secret.