Gig you can’t miss: Diplo
The Grammy-winning producer hints it's all about the 'good vibes'
They gave us the most-streamed song on Spotify and featured in one of the only videos to cross the billion-view mark on YouTube. Now, the creators of ‘Lean On’ (feat. DJ Snake and MØ)—as well as ‘Cold Water’ (feat. Justin Bieber) and ‘Light It Up’ (feat. Nyla), among others—are headed back to India. Their tour, Mad Decent Block Party, will bring American DJs/producers Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire to Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi on March 3, 4 and 5, respectively. Grammy-winner Diplo tells us more about their trip.
ELLE: What’s the Mad Decent Block Party all about?
Diplo: Good vibes. We throw the craziest parties. In spirit, it’s an event that’s full of people you want to hang out with—where everybody is having a good time. Starting Mad Decent (their label) was a big challenge and it didn’t make money for a few years, but I am glad I stuck with it.
ELLE: Did you expect ‘Lean On’ to be this popular?
Diplo: The global success it has had is humbling and I’m grateful it has allowed me to travel all over the world—especially to India, which I have always loved. When we made the song, we all knew it was great—Karen (MØ) and I made it truly from the heart. We shot the video in India too.
ELLE: Are you familiar with the music scene in India?
Diplo: Anirudh Ravichander is dope. We recently had him do a remix of ‘Cold Water’ that we put out for Diwali. I plan on working with him again. I love finding out which artistes people are into in different countries, and India is no exception.
ELLE: Will you be going exploring when you’re here?
Diplo: We try to do excursions to beaches or other fun spots wherever we are, if we have a little downtime, which is rare. It’s not an easy schedule, but it’s worth the long days and longer nights.
ELLE: What’s your most memorable on-tour moment?
Diplo: Last year, we played in Havana, Cuba. We were afraid no one would come, but it ended up being the biggest show we’ve ever played, with like 4,00,000 people!
The tour is from March 3-5. For more information, visit Maddecentblockparty.com
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