We’ve always hated these comments from superstar DJs, the profession is a noble art as far as we’re concerned.
Diplo has made some explosive comments about EDM and DJ culture in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, saying: “I know I’m a poseur pushing buttons onstage!”
The interview landed ahead of the upcoming Diplo and Major Lazer documentary Give Me Future, with Diplo also admitting: “You can’t really deliver a lot as a DJ in concert. There’s not much you can do. Your job as a producer is to make enough great material that people will show up to see the music you’ve made.”
Streaming is literally what kids want to listen to over and over again
During the conversation, Diplo also touched on the rumoured disco album with Mark Ronson (“We just want to go on tour and do a little DJ’ing together”), the new era of hip-hop (“It’s not made for people like me: white men, 30-plus years old”) and seeing himself parodied by James Van Der Beek (“It made my stomach twist”).
The DJ-producer revisited his minor feud with Taylor Swift while chatting about the impact of streaming music: “Streaming is literally what kids want to listen to over and over again. They want to listen to [Post Malone’s] ‘Rockstar’ and [Cardi B’s] ‘Bodak Yellow’– they don’t want to listen to, like, [Taylor Swift’s] ‘Look What You Made Me Do.’ That music doesn’t relate to them at all. I don’t think it ever did. They were only given that, by radio and marketing budgets.”
Diplo has made the most from his position behind the decks, including Major Lazer’s benefit concert for the Caribbean victims of 2017‘s hurricanes and donating $100,000 for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting tragedy.
Read the interview in full here.
Diplo previously called the DJ culture “cheesy” and “embarrassing”.