Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.
Dylan Ragland has produced some of dance music’s most infamous club tracks under his moniker Party Favor, but the artist is the first to admit that his ideal Saturday night is going to bed early and getting a good night’s sleep. His need for sleep is belied by his catalog of music, which is singularly unified by one thematic: energy.
Ragland made his foray into dance music through mashups during his high school years. He explains, “I got into dance music through mashups. I was a huge mashup head in high school and I started gravitating towards all the European mashup djs who were mashing up American pop/hip hop vocals with electronic music that I had never heard before. I fell in love with the energy and then began to learn more about electronic music slowly but surely.”
Despite the fact that he has been producing originals for years, his early influences are apparent when looking at the breadth of music Ragland produces. Whether it is rap-leaning “Scrape” featuring Gucci Mane, tropical infused “Caskets,” or club-phenomenon “Bap U,” Ragland’s diverse sonic interests are apparent. Listener’s never know what to expect with each of his new releases. Is it going to be trap? Is it going to be rap? Is it going to be commercial crossover? This uncertainty is refreshing in a musical landscape that ...
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