• Diplo’s Single ‘BANK ROLL’ Ft. Justin Bieber, Young Thug & Rich the Kid Is Now Available on DJcity

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    After first teasing it a year ago, Diplo‘s collab with Justin Bieber, Young Thug, and Rich the Kid is now available. The track, which was produced by Diplo, Boaz van de Beatz, and King Henry, features verses from all three artists over a slow burning hip-hop instrumental.

    Preview “BANK ROLL” below and grab it on DJcity. Shouts to Diplo for sending us the file.

    Related: Wax Motif Remixes Major Lazer’s ‘Run Up’

  • Diplo Talks Early Days As Producer and Decline of EDM

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    Diplo recently stopped by the Philadelphia chapter of The Recording Academy for an interview with journalist Dan DeLuca. The Mad Decent chief discussed his early days as a producer and vinyl dealer, the decline of EDM, his advice to artists, and other topics.

    On the development of his sound: “I was finding these kind of crevices and things that people weren’t doing. I don’t think I was ever that great at the music I was making, but I kept finding things that people weren’t doing and like just doing them, like you know and trying to do my best at taking up that space.”

    On the decline of EDM: “Some of these [artists] are great that are part of [EDM] and make great music but for the most part you already see that it’s in decline. . . . There hasn’t been a dance song on the radio except Calvin Harris and Rihanna this whole year. I think people have moved on. They’ve moved on to hip-hop again . . .”

    On his advice to artists: “You should always be an artist for yourself first. Do what you want to do. Never adhere to this genre or whatever. There was [once] a young DJ that played me his demos that were kinda cool, they different than what he made. But he was like, ‘I can’t release this because all my fans expect [that].’ I’m like, ‘Man, that’s the worst attitude ever.’ What if David Bowie thought that? He always was the guy who was changing the game. He was always the guy who decided to do something against the grain and always made records that were were forward thinking and ahead of the time. That’s what any artist should pursue.”

    Watch the conversation below.

    Related: Diplo Remixes M.I.A.’s New Single, ‘Bird Song’

  • Diplo Remixes M.I.A.’s New Single, ‘Bird Song’

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    Diplo has remixed M.I.A.‘s new single, “Bird Song,” marking their first collaboration since 2010.

    Diplo’s version, along with another version produced by Blaqstarr, samples a 1983 Tamil film called Aanandha Kummi. Both tracks appear on M.I.A.’s upcoming fifth studio album, AIM, due out September 9.

    Stream Dip’s remix below and download it on DJcity.

    Related: 5 Things We Learned From Diplo’s Billboard Interview

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  • Watch Mad Decent Block Party’s Hilarious Promo Video

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    Diplo has shared a hilarious video to promote this year’s Mad Decent Block Party, which kicks off this week in Florida.

    The piece, which is titled Day in the Life of Diplo, stars Dawson’s Creek actor James Van Der Beek as the Mad Decent chief himself. It provides a satirical behind-the-scenes look at Dip’s daily activities, which include managing “an army of little elves,” coming up with “lit” social media posts, and dealing with haters.

    The video is effective because it, unlike most festival promos, is a stand-alone piece and doesn’t feel like an ad. People who might not have otherwise posted about the Mad Decent Block Party have shared the video simply because it’s funny. If that isn’t clever marketing, then I don’t know what is.

    Watch and check out the tour dates below.

    7/30 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
    8/6 – Brooklyn, NY @ MCU Park
    8/7 – Brooklyn, NY @ MCU Park
    8/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
    8/19 – Toronto, ON @ Fort York Garrison Commons
    8/20 – Detroit, MI @ Russell Industrial Center
    8/21 – Chicago, IL @ FirstMerit Bank Pavillion at Northerly Island
    8/26 – Dallas, TX @ Club Zouk Outside Lot
    9/3 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
    9/4 – Kansas City, MI @ KC Live! at The Power & Light District
    9/9 – Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheater
    9/10 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley
    9/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rawhide
    9/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rawhide
    10/1 – Los Angeles, CA @ LA Center Studios

    Related: 5 Things We Learned From Diplo’s Billboard Interview

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  • 5 Things We Learned From Diplo’s Billboard Interview

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    Diplo hits ’em with the dab in Paris. (DMahoney)

    Billboard has named Diplo “Dance Artist of the Year” in their third annual Power List of DJs and Execs. The magazine also interviewed him for their current cover story.

    The attention makes sense. Since 2015, Diplo’s groups have scored two worldwide hits: Major Lazer and DJ Snake’s “Lean On” featuring MØ and Jack Ü’s “Where Are U Now” featuring Justin Bieber. The tracks have amassed more than 758 million and 3.4 million combined streams and sales, respectively. In March, Major Lazer performed a historic concert in Cuba, becoming the first US act to do so in decades. Now, the group is working with Bieber and MØ together on “Cold Water,” the lead single off Major Lazer’s upcoming fourth album.

    Here’s what we learned from the interview:

    1. He’s focused on producing for his own groups now.

    “Beyoncé is the only artist I’ve produced for the last year, because it’s more lucrative for us to make our own music now. When we put out a song with Beyoncé, cool, we’ll get a fee, we’ll get some [publishing] splits, but Beyoncé is going to make a billion dollars touring it. If I make a song and it’s my song, like ‘Lean On,’ we’re going to make money off the synchs, the Spotify and we get to headline festivals on it. That’s the model I want to explore.”

    2. He’s still an independent artist at heart.

    “It’s complicated because we just want to [release ‘Cold Water’] indie. And convincing Team Bieber to do that is hard. We don’t need to have some guy tell us, We don’t need to have some guy tell us, ‘Oh, this is what the market research says.’ I’m on the ground. I see it.”

    3. He finds greater purpose when performing in places where other big American acts don’t go.

    “In Pakistan, people were in tears. I’m not like the Red Cross, but the kids in Pakistan and Cuba want this. It feels like I’m doing something that’s important — I’m helping them create something that wasn’t there before.”

    4. He doesn’t like the EDM scene.

    “The DJ world is the corniest f–ing group of people. We’re not celebrities, we’re not famous for any good reason. We’re just … really lame. Besides people like Dillon Francis, who makes fun of the whole thing, or Calvin Harris, it’s a sinking ship. It’s a really lame culture. I’m sad that I’m part of it, but I play the game.”

    5. He uses Spotify and his own shows to find the next hit.

    “I think Spotify has been killing it with playlists. With Mad Decent we’re putting out like 400 songs this year. And we’re just doing it because we can find out which are playlist-friendly . . . Labels pay a lot of money for market research. I get it for free. Just give me an afterparty to DJ at.”

    Related: Diplo Discusses Major Lazer’s Historic Cuba Concert

  • Diplo Discusses Major Lazer’s Historic Cuba Concert

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    Major Lazer performs in Havana, Cuba on Mar. 6, 2016. (Kent Anderson)
     
    Last weekend, Major Lazer made history when they performed a free concert in Havana, Cuba for an estimated 400,000 fans. It was the first show by a major American act since diplomatic ties were restored between the two countries after decades of isolation.
     
    To learn more about the concert, award-winning journalist Charlie Rose traveled to Havana to interview Major Lazer member Diplo for CBS This Morning. The two cruised around the capital city while they discussed the significance of the event, why Major Lazer’s single “Lean On” became a worldwide hit and more.
     
    “I think it’s important to play places like this where the music is still brand new,” Diplo said. “These are the guys who are gonna change it. The kids in Havana, the kids in Pakistan, the kids in India — [they’re] the ones who are gonna to bring it to a new level.”
     
    “I was surprised by how much they knew, how culturally aware the kids are, considering there’s sort of a blockade of culture reaching Cuba. And I think it’s going to change a lot, because when information starts to come, you can’t stop that flow.”
     
    Watch the inspiring interview below.
     

     
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    Related: Major Lazer Drops Video for ‘Light It Up’ Remix

  • Diplo and Bad Royale Remix Migos’ ‘Look at My Dab’

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    If you follow Diplo on social media, chances are you’ve seen a photo of him dabbing. The Mad Decent chief is clearly a fan of the dance craze, and now he’s remixed the song that helped it go viral: Migos’ “Look at My Dab.”
     
    To make it possible, Diplo called on California’s Bad Royale, a rising group that recently flipped another dance craze: iHeart Memphis’ “Hit The Quan.” Like that remix, Royale and Diplo’s rework of “Look at My Dab” contains two drops that are intense enough to wake someone from a coma.
     
    Stream the remix below and download it on DJcity.
     

     
    Related: 5 Viral Songs That DJs Should Know About

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  • Watch TroyBoi’s ‘Afterhours’ Video Feat. Diplo and Nina Sky

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    Nearly three months after dropping a mix for the DJcity Podcast, UK producer/DJ TroyBoi has shared visuals for his single “Afterhours.” The four-minute video, which was shot in New York, shows duo Nina Sky and a handful of dancers performing choreography. The song peaked at number 33 on DJcity in September.
     
    Watch the video above and download the single on DJcity. Also, check out our interview with TroyBoi from summer.
     
    Related: TroyBoi Drops Mix for the DJcity Podcast

  • Watch MØ’s ‘Kamikaze’ Video

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    Danish singer MØ premiered her Diplo-produced single “Kamikaze” two weeks ago, and today she is back with visuals to go along with it.
     
    The action-packed video, which was shot in Kiev, Ukraine, shows the singer dancing on cars, driving down streets, and partying in an abandoned lot.
     
    “‘Kamikaze’ is a happy party song, but at the same time also about being lost and restless,” MØ said in a press release. “What I really like about this video is that it embraces both those aspects: the party vibe — the friendships and the happiness — but also the darkness, the craziness and the doom. And it’s not just the song that has that duality, it’s very much who I am.”
     
    Watch the video above and download “Kamikaze” on DJcity.
     
    Related: MØ Returns With Diplo-Produced Single ‘Kamikaze’

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  • Watch Skrillex & Diplo’s ‘To Ü’ Video Ft. AlunaGeorge

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    Skrillex and Diplo have released visuals for the AlunaGeorge-assisted “To Ü” — the third single off their debut Jack Ü album. The song recently received remixes from Armand Van Helden, Clean Bandit, and Oliver.
     
    Watch the video above and download the original track and its remixes on DJcity.
     
    Related: Skrillex and Diplo Drop ‘Where Are U Now’ Video Feat. Justin Bieber