On this week’s R.O.A.D. Podcast, the crew talks to seasoned DJ, Low Budget. The Philadelphia native recalls how he linked up with Diplo to start Hollertronix and the dynamic that made the famed group successful.
Low Beezy also explains why he believes Philly breeds so many talented DJs and describes the current nightlife scene in the city.
Watch an excerpt from this week’s interview above and the full episode here.
Diplo at Echostage in Washington, DC on Sept. 14, 2019 (Source: Facebook)
Diplo has been added to the lineup of Destructo‘s second annual All My Friends festival, which goes down in Los Angeles on Oct. 19 and 20. The Mad Decent boss will join house legend MK for a rare B2B set.
The announcement follows the launch of Diplo and Mad Decent’s new house label imprint, Higher Ground, in August.
Diplo and MK won’t be the only high profile DJs to perform at All My Friends. The multi-talented Idris Elba will headline, along with legendary French duo Justice, and rising South African house star Black Coffee.
Grab tickets here and check the full lineup below.
Related Post: Watch Bad Bunny’s ‘200 MPH’ Video Feat. Diplo
Fresh off his performance at the Billboard Latin Music Awards last Thursday, Bad Bunny has returned with a video for his single, “200 MPH.” The Diplo-assisted track appears on the Latin trap star’s debut album, X 100PRE.
The video, which is packed with special effects, features Bad Bunny riding a jet ski through the sky and drinking beers on the beach with Diplo.
Watch it above and download “200 MPH” on DJcity.
RL Grime is considered one of the pioneers of electronic trap music, influencing countless DJs and producers.
One of those has been Diplo, who recently sat down with RL Grime for a candid and insightful conversation. The discussion focused on his career, touching on topics like why he transitioned from house music to trap, the impact of his anthem with What So Not, “Tell Me,” his influence on Diplo, and more.
RL Grime on why he stopped producing house:
“I was seeing a shift in that big room house stuff and how it was becoming corny to me, and I wasn’t inspired and didn’t wanna make it anymore. I’d been listening to a lot of James Blake and Night Slugs stuff and just walking around New York and decided to start a project in that vein.”
Diplo on “Tell Me”:
“That record for me seems to be the staple of this whole scene. It’s up there with the biggest dance records … that record still goes off.”
Diplo on RL Grime’s influence on him:
“A lot of times, the edits you play are songs I don’t even know. And I’ll play them on the respect that I have of you and knowing what you’re doing. … You’re one of my favorite tastemakers. You always have the best attitude and the best taste of what’s about to happen, what’s gonna happen.”
Watch the convo above.
Diplo and Mark Ronson‘s duo Silk City has released three tracks since it debuted in May. Now, the duo returns with arguably their strongest single to date, “Electricity,” a feel-good house anthem featuring Dua Lipa.
Silk City also released a visual starring Dua herself. In the video, the English singer dances and sings in an apartment. She then makes her way to a warehouse-style party with some friends.
Watch above and download the track on DJcity.
Diplo performs at Hyde Beach in Miami on March 23, 2018. (Credit: Dylan Rives/World Red Eye)
Since 1823, Oxford University’s historic debate society, the Oxford Union, has hosted numerous high profile speakers. From Winston Churchill to Albert Einstein to Michael Jackson, the list is full of influential people who’ve helped shape the world.
In May, Oxford added Diplo to the list. “I never imagined my career would take me somewhere like this,” the 40-year-old DJ/producer said at the beginning of his speech.
During the hour-long conversation, Diplo gave a speech about his career and participated in a Q&A session with the audience. He discussed how traveling abroad influenced the development of his career, his thoughts on the current hip-hop scene, the lack of female representation in the DJ world, among many other topics.
On how he stays passionate about DJing:
“I found a way to regulate my life so I can get work done and do shows. And I’m actually really lucky that I love it. … The randomness of my career and the eclecticness of what I DJ makes it easy to do different things. I never plan a DJ set. I have so many different projects I can pull from to play. It might be the pop songs [or] it might be something underground I just created. I think when people come see me play they’re going to expect to be surprised. So I’ve been really lucky that I never get bored.”
On the younger generation of rappers:
“It’s fascinating to see how, if you look at the top charts on Spotify or Apple Music, the top 20 charts [are] gonna have 19 rap songs by young kids that are between 15 and 20 years old. And I think that’s an amazing shift because the audience wants that. They’re reaching people directly. And I feel like hip-hop always had the chance to be that music that reaches directly, but there was always a guard by the labels, by the radio, and now we don’t need any of that. You just go straight to SoundCloud or Spotify, and you’re reaching an audience. So I love that. I love the rebelliousness of and the anarchist qualities of these young guys who were on the last EP I just produced.”
On how an aspiring songwriter can get his attention:
“I listen to as much music as I possibly can, but now you have to be something crazy. I’ve lived in [Los Angeles] for so long, and there’s such a songwriter-y world there where the songs are the same. They’re just dressed up differently, and I’m so bored. … But I’ve always been the kind of guy that’s been on the outside, trying to do something different. And it’s never been easy for me to write a simple song or pop music. And I think you have to be really exciting. I don’t have an ear for pop that much. I have more of an ear for craziness, and I can help you figure out how to make that work. … [So] just be different because we have so much of the same happening right now in the music scene that I think that if you push yourself to be as crazy as possible it’s gonna be your only hope to succeed.”
Watch the interview below.
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