The duo sat down with Charlie Rose on Wednesday and talked about combining forces, working with Bieber, the genre’s relationship with drugs and staying true to themselves in the industry. Here are five things we learned about Jack Ü from their talk with Rose:
1. Diplo doesn’t consider himself a musician.
“I’m not a musician, per se, but I’ve always been obsessed with music,” Diplo said. "You have to create an atmosphere. The music that we make is a little more complex than just laying down some chords.“
2. Jack Ü was formed after many years of being friends – and outsiders in the EDM world.
"We’re peers. We’ve always been outsiders in this dance world,” Diplo told Rose. "It was real special because we have real strong quality control. It’s not good enough until it’s good enough for both of us. It takes a lot of work.“
"There’s no rules [with Jack Ü], besides we make good music,” Skrillex said. "There’s no rules.“
3. The producers believe Bieber is in a better place now than where he was a few years ago.
"He’s one of the most talented people I’ve ever been in the studio with, 100 percent,” Skrillex said.
4. Diplo says he has “leverage” over artists to give them their best, but only because he gives them respect and trust.
“When you’re working with an artist, it’s always like a sense of negotiating,” Diplo said. "A lot of times a big star will take up most of the space, and you will only have a little say in the work, but with [Jack Ü], we did 95 percent of the work and the direction it went.“
"There’s always been drugs [in relation to music]. This year there happened to be molly. Before there was Skrillex, MDMA – ecstacy – has been in rave and underground club music since the beginning. [EDM] got bigger out here, so inevitably, that culture came along with it.”
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“India is special and its beauty absolutely humbled me. When we toured there as Major Lazer, it was mind blowing to see our fan-base and we wanted to incorporate the attitude and positive vibes into our video and just do something that embodies the essence of Major Lazer. Major Lazer has always been a culture mashup and to us, India feels like some kind of special creature with one foot in history and one firmly in the future. The experience is something we’ll never forget.“
Diplo Wanted Rihanna or Nicki Minaj To Sing ‘Lean On’
While Major Lazer, DJ Snake and MØ’s “Lean On” has become one of the hit tracks of the summer, Diplo says that the track wasn’t always meant for MØ. Diplo explained to TIME magazine that the song with MØ was meant to be a slow reggae track as he unsuccessfully shopped the beat to the camps of Nicki Minaj and Rihanna. Diplo goes on to say that their rejection was a “blessing in disguise.” “MØ sounds better than anybody was going to sound on that record,” says Diplo. “All we want to do is make the records feel like classics,
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With MadonnaI had to gain her trust. I’m real honest with her in the studio about what we’re doing. I wasn’t like a fan, she knows I wasn’t trying to be there and make some money. I was proud of everything we did together, so I think she really appreciates that I had that…