Diplo Explains Harsh Words For Zedd's True Colors

(Radio.com) "Diplo likes to talk," offers the superstar producer's publicist, as both an encouragement and a warning. To the guy known to his friends simply as Wes, it's a well-known caveat. Diplo's infamous mouth has a knack for causing trouble, usually by way of some scathingly honest yet politically incorrect tweet.

From the online firestorm he created after the joke about Taylor Swift's body to an equally harsh and concise review of Zedd's latest album True Colors (two words: poop emoji), Diplo's outsized personality has made him nearly as famous as his music.

But with a strong contender for this year's song of the summer with Major Lazer's "Lean On," it's thankfully the music that's doing most of the talking now. Boasting a breezy, summer-ready melody, the collaboration with vocalist MØ and DJ Snake has exploded around the world. The song has already gone platinum in Australia, New Zealand and Sweden, is currently rising into the top 30 of Billboard's Hot 100 and most impressively, has racked up more than 109 million YouTube views in little over two months.

Having built Major Lazer's brand and character to the point that it's been turned into an animated series, Diplo is further embedding his fingerprints on the pop culture landscape, not to mention his DJ super-group Jack Ü with Skrillex that have already scored a hit with the Justin Bieber-assisted 'Where Are Ü Now."

Chatting with the producer just as Major Lazer's latest full-length, Peace is the Mission, is released, Diplo is as chatty as advertised, opening up about working with Justin Bieber and Ellie Goulding, Major Lazer's next album and why he was so hard on Zedd's album.

Radio.com: You gave Zedd's latest album, True Colors, a pretty harsh assessment on Twitter.

Diplo: I'm actually not enemies with Zedd by any means. I just think that he came from such a cool place, and now he's been pegged as a money-maker for a major label to do EDM, which to me isn't even a genre. But they've pegged him for that, they've marketed him, even the fake relationship with Selena Gomez, all the things to sell records took away from the music. He's an amazing producer and good songwriter. I just feel like�I was hoping he'd come out of the scene and do something. He had some pop records and I think he was learning how to make great songs through that. So to just kind of like not care and make an album that's just stereotype�there's nothing really there for anybody. He's got a really loud space right now in this culture, there are a lot of people paying attention to him, he can do this awesome music, and to just come out with something so flat and expected and easy for people�When Skrillex and I came out with the Jack Ü album, we came out with the weirdest s-t we could think of. We're not about to put out the same songs we did over and over again. You only live once, you know what I'm saying?

Read the full interview here.

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