Diplo Talks Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift & Collaborating With A Country Band
Diplo recently sat down with Rolling Stone to talk about his busy schedule producing music for a variety of projects and artists. The controversial producer talks about working with everyone from Madonna to Justin Bieber, and hints that he may be the latest EDM producer to dabble in Country.
Diplo talks about working with infamous pop star Justin Bieber on the hugely successful "Where Are Ü Now" single, explaining the effect the song had on reversing a few opinions of the young singer.
“Guy from Disclosure texted me, "Yo, man, that Bieber record is amazing," and I'm like, "Man, you would've never written that a year ago," and he's like, "I know, this is very difficult for me to text right now." Bieber's personal life is whatever it is — he's a rich kid and he's pretty much gonna have to be a jerk.”
Diplo dishes on one of the other mega pop stars he's produced for, getting serious as he addresses the ageism Madonna is facing in the music industry right now.
“She created the world we live in. It already sucks to be a woman in the music industry, but to be a boss woman is even harder. She sold out her tour in minutes, but no one seems to want her to succeed.”
He also puts the Taylor Swift controversy to rest, stating that there is no bad blood between the two.
“We squashed it! I saw her at the Grammys and she was super nice and cool. Her fans loved the beef, though. That's all they have — they don't have, like, real things going on.”
There's been a recent trend of artists and producers who made a name for themselves with EDM but are now turning their back on the movement as it becomes mainstream. Diplo explains why you won't hear him talking smack about the genre that's helped make him a household name.
“It's been a slow evolution in America — you still have the biggest, glossiest, most masculine music at EDM raves. But it's got young people excited about music.”
Lastly, Diplo hints at a cross-over to the world of Country music, talking about a collaboration with Country act The Band Perry.
“I just did a session with the Band Perry, and I didn't think that would work. But I listened to it yesterday — I'm like, "Yo, this is a big, awesome song." The way we recorded it was unorthodox — I just did it in a room with a mandolin. I mean, I'll try anything once.”