Diplo & Mark Ronson Announce The Return Of Silk City


It looks like we’ll be getting new music from the producer super-duo Silk City in 2021. Diplo and Mark Ronson first started the housey disco project back in 2018, and it saw some major success with their track “Electricity” with Dua Lipa, going platinum. Mark Ronson took to Twitter this afternoon to announce their return with a simple post saying “…and we’re back.”

We would absolutely love to see these two drop an album this year. They’ve only released a handful of singles so far (and one remix), and each one is brimming with infectious, feel-good, dancey vibes; the perfect combination of house and pop.

According to another tweet, there’s going to be a big name for the feature on their upcoming track. Definitely stay tuned for what’s to come.

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Ellie Goulding Recruits Diplo, Blackbear to Guest in Livestreamed Show

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Ellie Goulding recruited recent collaborators Diplo and Blackbear to appear in her upcoming livestreamed show. Bruno Baketa / AGIF via AP

Ellie Goulding recruited recent collaborators Diplo and Blackbear to appear in her upcoming livestreamed show.

“The Brightest Blue Experience,” a pay-per-view event presented by LIVEnow, will be broadcast Wednesday, August 26th at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Tickets are available now.

The two guests contributed to the singer-songwriter’s recently issued fourth LP, Brightest Blue: Diplo co-wrote and co-produced her single “Close to Me,” and Blackbear co-wrote and appears on the single “Worry About Me.” The album, which follows 2015’s Delirium, also features Swae Lee, Lauv, serpentwithfeet and Juice Wrld.

The livestream will feature both new and old tracks, with Goulding accompanied by a live ensemble. “How incredible to hear this album come to life with some of London’s most talented players,” she said in a statement. “It sounds exactly how I imagined — like a new world.”

Goulding also noted how the one-off event helps promote the 18-track LP with touring currently sidelined due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s a truly incredible opportunity to push my creative boundaries and perform inside one of London’s most iconic museums,” she said. “I can’t wait for you all to see the spectacle we have put together for this extraordinarily special experience.”

The singer will also broadcast the show via additional streams for East Coast North and South America; West Coast North and Central America; and Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

This article is originally from Rolling Stone

Diplo and Noah Cyrus Are Horsin’ Around in the New Video For ‘On Mine’: Watch

Diplo and Noah Cyrus, "On Mine"
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Diplo and Noah Cyrus, «On Mine»

Diplo and Noah Cyrus are playing on our farmhand fantasies with the just-released video for their collaborative single «On Mine.»

Released today (July 8), the clip features Cyrus giving haute couture Coyote Uglyvibes in a trio of strappy, flowy, leathery cowgirl outfits while she hangs around a horse pen as Diplo performs manual labor in a Hank Williams t-shirt.

The duo then ride around in a front end loader and generally horse around the farm. It’s the fifth video to spring forth from Diplo’s debut country album Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley Chapter 1: Snake Oil, which has spent five weeks on the Top Country Albums chart, where it’s currently sitting at No. 9. Watch the video below.

Diplo spent this past weekend celebrating the American West with a Fourth of July weekend trip to Joshua Tree, CA. Here, he wore stars and stripes-centric clothing and lit sparklers with his kids in the desert.

‘Heck Yeah, We’re Dancing’: It’s Diplo, Live From His Living Room


Around 10 p.m. on a recent Saturday night, the party really found its groove. Diplo, the D.J., songwriter, and record producer, was holding court behind a pair of Pioneer decks, wearing a Kermit green poncho and matching bucket hat, manipulating an undulating, underwater-sounding dance track with buttons and knobs.

Next to him, the D.J. Dillon Francis bobbed his head. The crowd, 8,000 strong, had questions (“What’s this song?”), comments, (“these guys scare me, but in a good way”) and requests (“Where is the anti bacterial gel?”).

Diplo invited a fan, Robin Spears, to share the spotlight with him and Mr. Francis on one condition: dance. Ms. Spears happily obliged, throwing her hands above her head and then back and forth, swimming through air. Her roommate, Sterling Morris, pumped her fist and then turned around, backed it up, and wobbled like a Weeble.

“It was a little nerve-racking, at first, but then it was like, ‘Whatever, it’s just Instagram, who cares?’” Ms. Spears said.

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent stay-at-home orders have delayed or canceled scores of music festivals and concerts. Nightclubs around the country are closed, bottle-service booths empty, dance floors mopped clean of their usual glaze of sweat, vodka and Red Bull.

But Diplo, the stage name of 41-year-old Thomas Wesley Pentz, he of magazine covers (GQ, Fast Company, Billboard), highest-paid D.J. lists ($25 million last year, according to Forbes) and high-profile collaborations (“Old Town Road”), intends to keep the party going. What else is he going to do?

In March, Diplo — short for diplodocus, his favorite dinosaur — began a series of live broadcasts that air Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday on social networks including Instagram, YouTube and Twitch: a residency, of sorts, streamed directly from his house in the Beachwood Canyon neighborhood of the Hollywood Hills to yours.

Instagram makes it possible for him to split-screen his video feed with viewers like Ms. Spears, who can exhibit their willingness to “go live” with him: the virtual equivalent of a performer bending down before a sea of eager, raised hands and pulling a hyperventilating fan up to the stage.

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Other D.J.s are trying this too. Derrick Jones, a.k.a. D-Nice, has attracted virtual visitors including Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Joe Biden to Club Quarantine, his weekly Instagram live stream of hip-hop. Ahmir Khalib Thompson, better known as Questlove, drops music and musings in regular intervals on YouTube and Instagram.

Many celebrities are using this moment to broadcast unvarnished versions of themselves to the world, with varying degrees of success. Here is Miley Cyrus, hosting a talk show from her living room, there is Madonna, waxing poetic about the “great equalizer” that is Covid-19 from her rose-petal-filled bathtub.

Diplo disseminates no news or advice. He does not offer recipes or at-home workouts. By combining his music, which ranges from otherworldly ambient tracks to mainstream club bangers, with of-the-moment video (“Tiger King” clips) and internet memes (Thanos twerking, Cardi B’s coronavirus rant), he creates a diversion that manages to take the absurdity of lockdown and turn it into an excuse to celebrate: If we’re all inside, welp, might as well jump on the couch and have a good time. No one asked him to live stream, and no one is paying him for his time (yet), but here he is, the pandemic party starter the world didn’t know it needed.

“At this point, I don’t care, I’m super-happy not going on tour,” he said on a recent Friday over Zoom, clad in a white cowboy hat with blue snakes embroidered on the underside of the brim, and a long-sleeved T-shirt that read, “Save the Humans.” He was sitting at his dining table, below a shelf of basketballs signed by pop stars he has worked with: Ariana Grande, John Mayer, Camila Cabello and “more that are illegible.”

FOMO doesn’t exist anymore,” Diplo said. “I’m having the best time ever in my live streams. I was doing 300 shows a year before this. I hated going to dinners with the promoters I didn’t like, I hated all the travel to get there. I love the shows, but everything else is kind of awful: paying for flights, paying for a jet, that’s stuff we had to do, and I hated it. I kind of hate my house now, but other than that, I’ve learned to really respect all this, you know, time, all the time we have here.”

“I love sleeping,” he added.

Diplo wakes up when he wakes up. He spends some time with his Peloton, bought last month, and Mirror, not live streaming any of it. (“I tried working out on Instagram Live,” he said, “but people don’t really care, they just want to watch me with a shirt off or something, they’re not, like, getting their bands out.”)

He goes for a walk around his neighborhood, answers email and checks in on his sons, ages 5 and 9, who live nearby with their mother, Kathryn Lockhart, and have taken easily to home schooling. Diplo oversees their French lessons.

“It’s cool to be part of that because I can actually learn a little bit, but their level of French is so high, they think I’m stupid when I try to speak,” he said. “They’re embarrassed.”

His own work, these days, involves a lot of experimenting with eerie tones and sounds.

“I’m making a ‘Blade Runner’ kind of soundtrack,” he said. “It’s super-different from what I usually do, but I’m learning. It’s what’s driving me when I wake up — I want to make a sound like how these empty streets of Los Angeles sound.”

Right now, he said, it’s impossible to imagine being in a session with a famous songwriter writing a love song, which is his bread and butter. “It would just make no sense,” he said. “It’s already, like, 90 percent fake when you write those kinds of songs.”

Playing to an invisible crowd.
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Credit…Alex Welsh for The New York Times

He plays some of his melancholy compositions on his Friday show, Corona Sabbath, which, owing to its doomsday vibe, is less popular than Saturday’s “Coronight Fever,” which can attract as many as 25,000 people across all platforms at any given time.

Twitch, a live streaming service founded nine years ago, is his platform of choice. “The people who are on Twitch are this, sort of, new millennial audience that’s really hyperactive on internet culture,” he said. “Anything you do there is kind of magnified, it goes viral quicker, because the audience is so connected.”

He noted that his audience on Twitch — about 3,200 at 10 p.m. on the second Saturday in April — is nothing compared with that of professional video game players like Tyler Ninja Blevins, known as Ninja, whose followings earn sponsorships that rival those of athletes (Mr. Blevins makes a reported $500,000 a month).

“There are, like, 20 different sponsors that can sponsor different aspects of their lives,” Diplo said. “Gamers have done a really good job of building that market out of nothing and there’s a lot of money to be to be made. D.J.s, not so much, but we’re brand-new.”

Though Twitch doesn’t release traffic or engagement numbers of specific users, Mike Olson, the company’s head of music, said Diplo is “performing really well.” He cited Diplo’s consistency and ability to connect with the audience — he repeats things like, “heck yeah, we’re dancing” into the microphone, which results in a spike of comments and emoji, or “emos” as they’re called on Twitch. “He’s doing a lot of things right,” Mr. Olson said.

There have been missteps. Diplo was meant to spend the second weekend of March in New York, shooting a music video and preparing for the South by Southwest and Ultra Music festivals. When all of that got canceled, he went to his local Target and bought a fog machine. In his living room, he set up a green screen. Because of his Sirius XM satellite radio channel, he already had the equipment needed to broadcast high-quality sound from home.

He called Parris Goebel, a choreographer and friend. “I was like, ‘I don’t want to be at home just reading the news all day because that’s probably not good for my mental health,’” Diplo said.

Ms. Goebel sent him a troupe of “the best dancers in L.A.,” he said, and they twerked around him, wearing face masks, while he played dance music. “We got a lot of flak for that because that was the first week of social distancing, and we were definitely not doing it right.”

Now, the dancers have their own green screen and camera setups at home, so he can showcase them safely. “We bought so much technology to make it so that everybody who dances for me can dance remotely,” he said.

He still has occasional IRL collaborators, like Mr. Francis, who is signed to Diplo’s record label, Mad Decent, and comes over every Saturday for Coronight Fever. “The only reason we’re doing that is because we were the last people we saw before we started quarantining,” said Mr. Francis, who is 32. “We know exactly who we’re seeing, which is just each other, and the people that live in Wes’s house. I go and eat Wes’s food. It works out for me perfectly.”

Diplo lives with his creative director, Sara Nataf, who puts together the dizzying amalgam of memes, logos and dinosaur images that are projected onto the green screen during the live streams.

She also cooks — Diplo sometimes walks off camera, midstream, and comes back with a plate of greens and some kind of protein that he chews un-self-consciously. Midway through our Zoom, Ms. Nataf placed a plate of yellow noodles and mystery meat in front of him.

“It’s vegan meatloaf,” he said. It looked good.

“Uh, maybe on Zoom,” he said. “The noodles look great, the meat looks a bit weird.”

They’re trying to become vegan, “because no one’s buying the vegan ingredients at the stores so they’re always in stock,” he said. (A recent visit to a Studio City Ralph’s suggested the opposite, but OK.) “We’ve also been making weed cookies. We’re learning the dosage slowly, every night has been a different experience. We have a pretty good formula, but we’re starting to get fat. No matter how high you get, you always get fat.”

“I’m not totally quarantined out, I’m not going to lie,” said Diplo, who asks his few guests to submit to temperature checks.
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He used to not drink often but has taken to wine, “because it’s like, the thing,” he said.

Diplo’s assistant comes over to work “even though she doesn’t have to,” he said, before theorizing that she was probably just using him for his Peloton. The day we Zoomed, he had another visitor, Mike Milosh, a singer and organizer of Secular Sabbath, a Los Angeles gathering that inspired Diplo’s Friday night program.

“I’m not totally quarantined out, I’m not going to lie,” Diplo said. “Some people come and help. But we take their temperature.” (Not exactly a foolproof method of testing, but again, OK.) He got up, rifled around the kitchen countertop and came back with a forehead thermometer. “Come here, Mike, I didn’t test you yet.” He ran the thermometer across Mr. Milosh’s forehead and showed me the readout: 97.4, in the normal range. “If he was 99.9, he’d be out,” Diplo said.

Like the rest of those sheltering in place, he’s still figuring out how to best make use of this time at home. While sponsors haven’t been lining up, last Saturday, DoorDash and Feeding America donated 500,000 meals to families in need: one for every viewer of that evening’s Coronight Fever.

“I’ve been hired to D.J. a few parties on Zoom for people,” Diplo said. “That’s something that we would have predicted would happen in like, 20 years, not fast tracked to the summer of 2020, but I think that’s going to be the future of entertainment.”

What’s his going rate?

“You’d have to ask my booking agent,” he said. “The numbers are just starting to happen, so I’ll take whatever. The costs are low, I don’t have to travel, I don’t got to go anywhere.”

And will his fans stick around, even if they can’t physically go to him?

“Honestly, yeah,” said Ms. Spears, who has seen Diplo perform in Atlanta, Las Vegas and New York. “I’ve been aging out of festivals.” (She is 30.) “I’m done with camping. Having the festival brought to my living room where the drinks are free and there’s no line for the bathroom? That’s incredible.”

Source: The New York Times

Major Lazer & Marcus Mumford’s ‘Lay Your Head on Me’ Is an Uplifting Lullaby for Uneasy Times

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It’s a strange moment in history, to be sure. Amid the uncertainty and social distancing of coronavirus, you might just be craving a warm embrace. Major Lazer and Marcus Mumford are here to give it to you in sonic form with «Lay Your Head on Me.»

In Mumford’s first-ever feature collaboration, the Mumford & Sons frontman sings a series of reassurances — «This too shall pass, it won’t always be the same» — as the track from Diplo, Walshy Fire and Ape Drums plays like a tropical-folk lullaby, with flecks of guitar, a propulsive beat and a chorus of voices on the chorus.

Premiering Thursday (March 26) as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World, the track was co-written with MØ, who last collaborated with Major Lazer on their massive 2015 hit «Lean On.»

“Lay Your Head on Me” follows Major Lazer’s 2019 release “Que Calor” featuring J Balvin and El Alfa, which was performed by Balvin at the Super Bowl alongside Jennifer Lopez. Hear «Lay Your Head on Me» below.

Tune! Diplo & MØ Reunite For Dreamy Bop “Stay Open”


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Like Jennifer Lopez and PitbullDiplo and  always find their way back to each other. And for that, I’m truly grateful. From “Lean On” to “Get It Right,” the producer and his muse have a habit of bringing the best out of each other. A trend that continues with new single “Stay Open” — a dreamy bop with a romantic twist. “Even in the darkest hour, you don’t have to search so hard,” the danish singer coos over a wave of synths. “You’re the one that holds the power, now’s the time to play your part.”

That leads us to the sing-along chorus. “Oh baby my heart’s open, you know that I stay open for you,” she purrs, before we arrive at the post-tropical drop. Amazingly, this isn’t Diplo’s only contribution to New Music Friday. His new side project LSD (a supergroup comprised of the hitmaker, Labrinth and Sia) also rolled out a new single called “Audio.” As much as I like it, I think I prefer “Stay Open.” Listen to one half of the 39-year-old’s new material below.

This article was originally published by: Idolator

Diplo Teases “LSD,” His New Collaboration With Sia & Labrinth


This is shaping up to be an unusual robust week for new music. Florence + The Machine kick off their fourth LP with “Hunger,” while Ariana Grande is expected to debut “R.E.M.” after teasing it on Twitter. And then there’s Christina Aguilera, who may or may not launch her comeback with a song called “Accelerate.” Joining that potentially explosive mix is Diplo. He throws his hat into the New Music Friday ring with “LSD” — an all-star collaboration with Sia and British singer/rapper Labrinth.

The super-producer started teasing the song yesterday (April 30) with a series of boomerang-type videos on Instagram that show the trio in wacky, rainbow-colored costumes. Sia, in particular, embraces the trippy theme — rocking a bright yellow robe with a clown wig. At this point, it’s unclear if “LSD” is a stand-alone single or the first taste of a larger project. Of course, the ever-prolific hitmaker just dropped an EP called California featuring DRAMDesiigner and Trippie Redamong others. See the pics below.

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Diplo & MØ Dance Like There’s Nobody Watching In Their “Get It Right” Video


Diplo and  have been making electronic music better since 2013. While “Lean On” remains their biggest hit, they have reunited on bops like “Kamikaze,” “Cold Water” and, most recently, “Get It Right.” The mood-lifting banger is taken from the soundtrack to Major Lazer’sGive Me Future documentary and is now being rolled out as a single. “[It] was one of those songs that was written within a very short amount of time — where you hear the beat, you feel inspired, you sing the melodies and the lyrics write themselves because they were already there,” the Danish diva says of their latest collaboration.

“Good sounds inspire you to write more passionately about subjects that are close to your heart, and [Diplo’s] sounds tend to do that to me,” she continues. “We’ve collaborated a lot of times over the past five years and working with him has helped me develop as a songwriter and shape my voice.” The producer even came up with the video treatment, which finds them twirling around a ballroom. “He came up with this idea of a full song of synchronized choreography and I just loved that idea — even though I was very nervous to learn all of those steps! But it all worked out and it was one of the most fun video shoots I have ever been on.”

Watch Diplo & MØ do their thing up top.

This article was originally published by: Idolator

Another Hit: Diplo & MØ Stun On Their New Song “Get It Right”


Frequent collaborators Diplo and  have reunited on a song called “Get It Right,” and it is another predictably sublime effort. The song is included on the soundtrack for Major Lazer’s forthcoming Apple Music documentary, Give Me Future. Set to drop tomorrow (November 17), the exclusive content documents the group’s performance in Havana, Cuba last year.

“Get It Right” is a striding release that features an inspiring message. “The can try to hold me down, but I am, I’m gonna get it right. When the sky is filled with smoke and fire, I’m gonna get it right. All I want is something better in the purple light,” the Danish hitmaker proclaims on the chorus. Things build up to a dramatic break followed by an outpouring of buoyant synths. In all, it is another solid taste of the duo’s in-studio magic and offers a great sample of what is to come when the soundtrack drops tomorrow.

It will feature additional unreleased songs from the production trio as well as music from Cuban artists who appear in the documentary. Major Lazer shared the second track today (November 16), and it is a collaboration with Azaryah called “Love Life.” If the rest of the project is as high-energy, the group is sure to have another hit on their hands.

Diplo and MØ have become something of an EDM dream team over the years. After collaborating on “XXX 88” in 2013, they soared to the top of the charts on 2015’s song of the summer, “Lean On.” Last summer they recaptured the magic alongside Justin Bieber on “Cold Water.” Listen to their latest below!

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Diplo Gives $100,000 to Las Vegas Shooting Victims’ Fund


Diplo is donating $100,000 to a fund in place for the victims of the deadly shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas. The money will go directly to victims and their families via a GoFundMe established by the Clark County Commission.

“My deepest sympathies are with the victims of this horrific tragedy and their families. It’s my hope that these events will start a long awaited and honest conversation about the importance of gun control in America. Las Vegas is my home, and it’s devastating to see this happen in such a vibrant city with an amazing community of people I consider my family,» he said in a statement released Friday (Oct. 6).

Earlier in the week, the DJ urged gun control in a series of tweets following the largest mass shooting in modern United States history. He posted a graphic alleged image of those killed along with his comments.

Diplo currently has a Wynn Nightlife residency in Vegas.

Donations to the Las Vegas victims’ fund can be made here. At press time, nearly $9.9 million has been raised.

This article was originally published by: Billboard