Diplo is a big enough name at this point that he can pretty much work with whoever he wants, and he’s currently on a high after his successful Jack Ü collaboration with Skrillex, so Rolling Stone caught up with the producer to talk his recent Justin Bieber track, his shitty social media presence, and what collaborations he’s working on now. That last one is particularly interesting, because it turns out he’s been working a lot with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig. They’ve previously worked together on a few Major Lazer tracks. Here’s what he had to say:
I’ve done a lot of songs with Ezra Koenig [of Vampire Weekend], some really cool stuff that I hope people get to hear. We wrote a couple of things for another artist that might be huge records for the end of summer — one of them started with a Vampire Weekend idea. But he’s not traditional rock — he’s like me, a hodgepodge of styles and influences. And I have a studio with [producer] Ariel Rechtshaid, so every day I’m harassing Haim to listen to my beats. But I don’t make anything that they ever like [laughs]! My first production job after M.I.A. was actually the xx, but they didn’t like what I did, and at the end of the day we used their demos.
He also recently recorded with alt-country trio the Band Perry, and they apparently just made “a big, awesome song” together.