Referring to him as a “musical genius” and a “modern-day Mozart,” friends of junior environmental studies major Dillon Cantlon are praising his musical gift of crafting the perfect playlist for any occasion.
Cantlon’s roommate, Joseph Lopez, recalls a party that was “totally lit” thanks to Cantlon’s savant-like understanding of the intricacies of music.
“Imagine this: ‘Pursuit of Happiness’ comes on. We’re all singing along. All of a sudden, plot twist—it’s the Steve Aoki remix,” said Lopez . “It was poppin’ man. Then, suddenly it ripped into Gas Pedal and all the chicks were on the walls.”
Lopez became “way too smashed” to remember the rest of the night’s soundtrack, but is pretty sure he heard “Forgot About Dre” at some point.
Cantlon’s parents recognized his talent early in his childhood and encouraged him to pursue his passion for curating music.
“We always knew he was interested in music, but when he burned a CD for our family road trip when he was 11, we realized that he was on another level,” said Diane Cantlon. “The playlist was upbeat and excited at first, then trailed off into some relaxing driving songs.”
Cantlon made a name for himself as a freshman when he made the perfect road trip CD for his FLO: a mix of familiar throwbacks, current hits, and a token gangster rap song. He has since fulfilled requests for workout playlists, study jams, and breakup mixes.
“I’ve got big plans for this semester,” said Cantlon. “Valentine’s day may have passed, but everyone is still going to need the perfect date—and post-date—soundtracks. Hit up @CantMaster_Flash if you want some beats for the sheets!”
Cantlon has been scouting the charts for his spring break mix and has already received requests for Chilifest.