In a new Interview article, Diplo spoke with fellow producer Rick Rubin about his career trajectory and the inner workings of Major Lazer, whose new album Peace Is The Mission is out in June. I’m no Diplo fan (ahem), and I’ll be the first to say that this Q&A is a great read, touching on everything from Madonna to Skrillex to M.I.A. to Diplo’s childhood love of Miami bass. Though Rubin asks a series of engaging questions, Diplo’s most intriguing response appears toward the end of the article, when he asserts that he’s planning to move beyond Diplo material in order to fully embody his Major Lazer side project:
RUBIN: [laughs] How do you separate what is Major Lazer material and what’s your material?
DIPLO: Well, I’m trying to actually retire Diplo material at this point. Diplo has a ceiling in Vegas, and I’m doing great there, but I’m so proud of Major Lazer — the way it sounds, the way it’s mixed. I feel like if I devote my time to that, it could grow.