Man, I still love Diplo.
He’s like Kanye West: arrogant, egocentric and a total D bag, but there’s also something kind of freeing in that, too. Anyhow, my man Diplo covers the new issue of Billboard because Billboard named him the Ã¢â¬ÅDance Artist of the Year,” even though he sells out his fellow DJs hilariously. You can read the full piece here, and here are some highlights:
His success as a producer: Ã¢â¬ÅBeyoncÃÂ© is the only artist IÃ¢â¬â¢ve produced for the last year, because itÃ¢â¬â¢s more lucrative for us to make our own music now. When we put out a song with BeyoncÃÂ©, cool, weÃ¢â¬â¢ll get a fee, weÃ¢â¬â¢ll get some [publishing] splits, but BeyoncÃÂ© is going to make a billion dollars touring it. If I make a song and itÃ¢â¬â¢s my song, like Ã¢â¬ËLean On,Ã¢â¬â¢ weÃ¢â¬â¢re going to make money off the synchs, the Spotify and we get to headline festivals on it. ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s the model I want to explore.Ã¢â¬Â
Doing shows in Cuba & Pakistan: Ã¢â¬ÅIn Pakistan, people were in tears. IÃ¢â¬â¢m not like the Red Cross, but the kids in Pakistan and Cuba want this. It feels like IÃ¢â¬â¢m doing something thatÃ¢â¬â¢s important Ã¢â¬â IÃ¢â¬â¢m helping them create something that wasnÃ¢â¬â¢t there before.Ã¢â¬Â
Growing up in South Florida: Ã¢â¬ÅThe three things IÃ¢â¬â¢d hear were Miami bass, reggae and heavy metal. I still wonder why anyone would listen to any other music.Ã¢â¬Â
He hates the EDM scene: Ã¢â¬ÅThe DJ world is the corniest fÃ¢â¬âing group of people. WeÃ¢â¬â¢re not celebrities, weÃ¢â¬â¢re not famous for any good reason. WeÃ¢â¬â¢re just Ã¢â¬Â¦ really lame. Besides people like Dillon Francis, who makes fun of the whole thing, or Calvin Harris, itÃ¢â¬â¢s a sinking ship. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s a really lame culture. IÃ¢â¬â¢m sad that IÃ¢â¬â¢m part of it, but I play the game.Ã¢â¬Â
He worked on BeyonceÃ¢â¬â¢s Ã¢â¬ÅHold UpÃ¢â¬Â & Ã¢â¬ÅAll NightÃ¢â¬Â on Lemonade: Ã¢â¬ÅSheÃ¢â¬â¢s one of the only artists who can culminate a body of work so concisely. Nobody does that anymore.Ã¢â¬Â Like everyone else, Diplo heard his tracks in context for the first time on the HBO special. Ã¢â¬ÅI was like, Ã¢â¬ËOh fÃ¢â¬â, this all makes sense.Ã¢â¬â¢ Ã¢â¬Â
Who heÃ¢â¬â¢d love to work with: Ã¢â¬ÅIÃ¢â¬â¢ve been stalking [country singer] Sam Hunt. I think he can go multiformat in the Taylor Swift way.Ã¢â¬Â
Working with Justin Bieber: Ã¢â¬ÅJustin came to Vegas one night when I played Ã¢â¬ËWhere Are U Now.Ã¢â¬â¢ He had just turned 21, and he was like, Ã¢â¬ËYo, man, I want to thank you, because this is the first time IÃ¢â¬â¢ve ever had adults clap for me. This is like a big deal.Ã¢â¬â¢ You think about that, and yeah, he was kind of like a clown on a pedestal. People just like picked on himÃ¢â¬Â¦I think itÃ¢â¬â¢s hard because Justin wants to be cool. And heÃ¢â¬â¢s a music fan. He loves pop music just like he loves rap music. We did like five rap songs youÃ¢â¬â¢ll never hear. And if you were 18 or 19, can have any girl you want, have all the money you want? FÃ¢â¬â, I would be a lot fÃ¢â¬âing crazier than him. I mean, IÃ¢â¬â¢m 37, and IÃ¢â¬â¢m just finally maturing now.Ã¢â¬Â
He loves Bernie Sanders: Ã¢â¬ÅIf Hillary [Clinton] was the only candidate, I donÃ¢â¬â¢t think anyone would care about politics at all. [Donald] Trump is actually exciting in a lot of ways, too. But Bernie Sanders is amazing to me because so many young kids learned about politics [through him]. And it was all because of the Internet. The traditional media never gave Bernie Sanders the time of day. But he went viral the same way hip-hop and new dances go viral. And IÃ¢â¬â¢m part of that culture.Ã¢â¬Â
You heard it here first- Diplo felt the Bern and helped the Biebs.ÃÂ Love this guy and yes, I also think he’s sexy as hell. If EDM’s dying, you can be sure Diplo isn’t dying with it.