Watch DJ Hanzel and Drezo’s b2b set from the Mixmag Lab
Dillon Francis debuted his DJ Hanzel alter-ego several years ago as a recurrent character in Instagram videos, who soon began to take over segments of selected performances. What began as a caricature of a German deep house and techno aficionado has started to blossom into a legitimate musical persona, bolstered by his faithful sidekick, Drezo. The gothic-clad pair notably auctioned off a vinyl pressing of their collaboration “Anxiety” for a staggering $11,400 to benefit VH1’s Save The Music foundation. This accomplishment comes alongside their remix of Francis’ own “Need You,” and a series of warehouse-appropriate b2b sets.
Now, the duo have begun to cross the line between satire and seriousness by laying down an extensive set at Mixmag’s The Lab LA. On September 28, Drezo and Francis’ German alias hit the decks for an hour and a half to provide a set driven by a darkened blend of techno, bass house, tech house, and Hanzel’s beloved deep house. While there is obviously a tongue-in-cheek air pervading throughout the set, their selection is undeniably satisfying, and their affected stage presence channels memories of 2012-era sets from Gesaffelstein and Brodinski. Both the musical and humorous facets of Francis and Drezo’s performance make the concept of further extensions of this partnership exciting.