Diplo Tells Us About His Indian Adventure 15 Years Ago

Posted at January 22nd, 2016 | by Shivani Goel | in Dance Music, Entertainment, Featured

World famous DJ Diplo, most popular for chart topper ‘Lean On’, and it’s exotic music video, has an interesting story to share about his time in India. The shooting of Lean On wasn’t the first time he was here, he had a six month long stint in 2001 and he tells us all about it in this beautiful Instagram post. From selling exotic Indian records abroad for 100-200 dollars to learning how to ride a bike on the countryside highways, Diplo explored India like most of us probably haven’t yet.

 

You can read my post about our time last year shooting the video for "Lean On" while on tour in India but it wasn't my first time. When I was 20 I traveled to India after a real big earthquake on the Pakistani border in the state of Gujarat we worked to help with relief and worked locally to rebuild areas and document the process with the Red Cross and other peacekeepers but I took the time to explore everywhere. I was drifting around India for 5 months between Delhi Calcutta even the border of Nepal in Ladakh. I had traded some belongings for a Enfield motorcycle that my friend had been riding around on. He was running away from the army as a deserter so after he showed me the ropes of hustling around rural india he escaped to Bangkok or something. I traveled early in the mornings on the highway to avoid the sun and pollution. I rode 100s of miles on the road and I crashed the bike a few times. When the headlight went out (it was badly wired) a guy on a camel gave me some wire to fasten the exhaust pipe back on a pitch black night on some desert road. Sometimes I would have to walk the bike miles to a garage for parts. This was 15 years ago and India was just starting to explode into an industrial powerhouse. It felt like cities were literally growing out the ground. Giant Tata trucks clogged up the highways and sometimes I would sleep on my bike on a tea stand at 7 am when there were too many cars clogging up the highway. Between all this I traveled with a small keyboard and speaker to play and make music. I listened to albums under a mosquito net at night and dreamed of coming back again. I never did until 15 years later on stage as @majorlazer 🇮🇳 #tbt

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