Diplo Talks About Jack Ü, His Latest Release, Upcoming Projects, & More

Posted at January 29th, 2017 | by Yash Vikram Singh | in

This week, Diplo sat down with Zane Lowe for an exclusive interview and spilled the beans about a lot of things; Jack Ü among them. Check out the top 6 things they talked about.

Jack Ü is no more, at least for this year.

“I think right now I’m just trying to make Major Lazer. Last year I kind of did everything and I wore myself really thin trying to do all those projects but this year it’s all about getting the Major Lazer stuff out. We have a lot of records we wrote together me and Skillex but I don’t think its time to put those out now. Just trying to concentrate on this Major Lazer material.”


On Major Lazer’s latest release w/ Nicki Minaj & PARTYNEXTDOOR

“This record got kinda like an Afro Beat kinda vibe to it. Something like Nigerian or from South Africa. It started out like kind of a reggae record, we just built it up and it’s an infectious dance song… I tried to get Nicki to do records with us for a couple years now. We happened to find the right one that made sense for her. She’s inspiring man, it’s crazy. I’ve never had an artist be so disciplined on cutting a song like this. She wrote sixteen different verses for this song.”

Major Lazer’s follow up to their last album Peace Is The Mission will not be a slow process as they’ve got 30 tracks to choose from..

“It’s crazy when people come see our concerts and I just feel like we want to concentrate on a song. Every time we put a song out we want people to know this is the song. We have over thirty songs so at any point it’d be easy to just drop the album but I’m not sure people digest our music like that anymore. They don’t listen to our album as much as they listen to a song or watch our videos.”


On his sitcom w/ James van Der Beek starring as Diplo.

“We did a promo for one of our parties and it was so funny, James being me and it was an exaggerated version of me you know because even on the internet I’m exaggerated in the culture for fun. Being tongue and cheek about it. I didn’t mean it to necessarily be about me but it just became the character. We shopped it over to Spike Jonze and he actually liked the idea so he green lit it for Vice. We’re gonna try and shoot some stuff and make it as funny as possible. It comes out in March.”


He sure loves hip-hop and he has been working with a lot of rappers.

“It’s cool right now there’s a lot of rappers in LA. A lot of young guys like Travis Scott again, Migos, MadeinTYO, Lil Uzi Vert, just doing records like that. And of course just writing. I’m not trying to go out there and find all the pop stars to work with, we’ve always worked with our friends. Even with ‘Cold Water’ and Justin Bieber we had done a lot of music together for the last couple years.”

Touring is a given hectic ordeal that every DJ goes through but Diplo tours as three different entities; Major Lazer, Jack U & his own shows. So it’s 3x harder for him to get through that.

“I wanna sit back and tour a lot less. That’d be the goal but I think I never expected for Major Lazer to do such big numbers when it comes to releasing music. I thought it was an agony until two years ago. It’s just the music landscape changed a little bit to where people are interested in this kinda of music.”

You can listen to the interview in full here.

Source: Dancing Astronaut

Yash Vikram Singh


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