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With two songs burning up the charts this summer, the "Lean On" hitmaker, Diplo, tells TIME about working with Madonna, Justin Bieber, Tinashe and 2NE1's CL. Subscribe to TIME ►► http://po.st/SubscribeTIME Get closer to the world of entertainment and celebrity news as TIME gives you access and insight on the people who make what you watch, read and share. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2EFFA5DB900C633F Money helps you learn how to spend and invest your money. Find advice and guidance you can count on from how to negotiate, how to save and everything in between. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYOGLpQQfhNKdqS_Wccs94rMHiajrRr4W Find out more about the latest developments in science and technology as TIME’s access brings you to the ideas and people changing our world. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYOGLpQQfhNIzsgcwqhT6ctKOfHfyuaL3 Let TIME show you everything you need to know about drones, autonomous cars, smart devices and the latest inventions which are shaping industries and our way of living https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2862F811BE8F5623 Stay up to date on breaking news from around the world through TIME’s trusted reporting, insight and access https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYOGLpQQfhNJeIsW3A2d5Bs22Wc3PHma6 CONNECT WITH TIME Web: http://time.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TIME Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/time Google+: https://plus.google.com/+TIME/videos Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/time/?hl=en Magazine: http://time.com/magazine/ Newsletter: time.com/newsletter ABOUT TIME TIME brings unparalleled insight, access and authority to the news. A 24/7 news publication with nearly a century of experience, TIME’s coverage shapes how we understand our world. Subscribe for daily news, interviews, science, technology, politics, health, entertainment, and business updates, as well as exclusive videos from TIME’s Person of the Year, TIME 100 and more created by TIME’s acclaimed writers, producers and editors. How Diplo Is Making Pop Music Weird | TIME https://www.youtube.com/user/TimeMagazine
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Jeric Simeon (8 дней назад)
Now LSD🎧💊🎉
Krisztián Gyuró (10 дней назад)
All y’all giving so much credit to Diplo, check out Boaz van De Beatz, King Henry and Jr Blender. These guys ghost-produced 90% of Diplo‘ songs including Jack Ü and Major Lazer
TDY MooD x ALESH (1 месяц назад)
I am here for those glasses. And Diplo too <3
Hubert4515 (2 месяца назад)
his facial hair = trash
DnB Soldier (2 месяца назад)
Diplo is just the face, the people who actually write and produce the music he's involved with are in the background. He doesn't really produce shit. There's several producers on every track he puts out. He's the money and the face, not the talent. Even when he was in Jack U, Sonny did all of the actual work and Diplo just jumped around and stoop on top of the decks. He pays people to make music and then slaps his name on it. He's like a P. Diddy. Put him on his own in a studio and he wouldn't make anything worth hearing.
saemus hailstorm (2 месяца назад)
looks like michael keaton
παδιm (3 месяца назад)
Thanks for giving us such great music DIPLO.....
CenTz (3 месяца назад)
damn thats a nice body shape
Elet Music (3 месяца назад)
_He likes girls who twerk_ 😂😂🌴
John Bonanno (3 месяца назад)
I remember when i was actually super receptive to Diplo's new releases, now i avoid that shit cuz i know its going to be pointless. @diplo you arent making any genre of music weird, you are working with fuckboi artists and your production is more than predictable. #Makediplogreatagain
andyjoe888 (2 месяца назад)
You should check out Time is Up by Poppy
Vibhum Bhardwaj (3 месяца назад)
I don't like the ways they're using the word "Weird". He's always been giving something extraordinarily nice to the music industry. Full Stop.
giovanni witjamulia (4 месяца назад)
Imagine Diplo as 007
scary muffin (4 месяца назад)
thats major lazer not diplo on his own
jawdey kim (4 месяца назад)
Gra Xx (4 месяца назад)
A talentless clown
Manaen Hall (7 месяцев назад)
You can hear the original, slow reggae demo of Lean On, Wes comments about, on Major Lazer's new documentary soundtrack on Apple Music.
Ash The ripper (9 месяцев назад)
Mo was actually perfectly suited for the lean on record
Y Z (10 месяцев назад)
He never fails to amaze me
Opening Ceremony (1 год назад)
xJSo (1 год назад)
Where's his ghost sound creator at ...trash trash trash sampling justines voice ...he just said he samples voices in all his songs that's his way of being unique any one can sample a sound and turn it into a melody where's the creativity in that sample repeat sample repeat ...and he knows it.
Maribelita Mañanera (1 год назад)
I'll swallow ANYTHING Diplo throws at me, I swear <3
Tejaswi Singh (1 год назад)
India loves Diplo...n m sure we all do
heckin good doggo (1 год назад)
paper planes bcuz of a movie trailer? more like cuz of far cry 3 imo
Miltos Belas (1 год назад)
3:40 stromae
Tyler Padgett (1 год назад)
I wish I had an ounce of the talent Diplo and Will have... Being able to create great music is such a beautiful thing.
tatestudios510 (1 год назад)
hes putting talent back in the mainstream
Andrew Castillo (1 год назад)
thank god nicki minaj passed on lean on
Brandon Slicker (1 год назад)
Prakhar Yadav (1 год назад)
Diplo and Stromae!!!
Skaadi (1 год назад)
interesting, i'm finishing up on my own new song while watching/listening to this... guess imma have to add some crazy shit in this song to surprise my audience
Andrew Luhring (1 год назад)
So much respect for diplo. A lot of people only know his new pop stuff and thats a bummer, because mad decent (his record label)'s early stuff and even now has helped a lot of lesser known artists and has had a huge influence on music. Everyone out there, go check out his Florida album. Go check out Dj Blaqstarr. Go check out Bonde Do Role. Go listen to early mad decent stuff. he's always been pushing music in weird directions and it's super awesome that he's getting recognized for it. Big up diplo.
Jarral Boodhram (1 год назад)
But diplo doesn't produce pop he produces trap and hybrid trap
Travis Beck (2 года назад)
Met him in 2010 after a show at 1st ave. I told him he was a God he was super humble. Now look at him! Can't wait to see him again tonight!
educationalvideos (2 года назад)
he said he pitched up that voice "24 semitones" ...why not just say 2 octaves? makes me wonder if he has a good ear but no idea what those numbers mean
Carlos Mier González (3 месяца назад)
educationalvideos it's the same lol
Daniel Carroll (2 года назад)
Diplo is fucking poison.
Me Me (2 года назад)
Daniel Carroll in what way
Zimzim (2 года назад)
Only reason why diplo makes big records is because he has the opportunity to do so, all his hits are so simply to produce. The marketing around it tho is big and that's why it sells, not because he produced em.
2cool 5school (1 год назад)
Zimzim lmao who cares his music is good
Zimzim (1 год назад)
+Spencer El Katy Perry also makes millions and million of 'fans' enjoy her music, doesn't mean an average person can't do what she does if they were in her spot :) You're comparing his career achievement with producing talent, which isn't the same subject at all. He made it, good for him. When you know the right people, you don't need to trick anyone. If he's happy that he's making millions, then i'm definitely happy for him. But producers don't respect him as an ARTIST.
SpenceTheMence (1 год назад)
+Nazim Well since you're so set with your opinion I don't know why you commented since people would obviously start debating with you but here I go: I never said Diplo made it alone, I said he didn't make it simply because of marketing. I said he made it due to numerous factors, and if you think he's an idiot and a terrible producer than you don't know shit about making music. His shit sounds good and has high quality production value. Yeah he didn't make it just because he is "good" but he didn't make it because he tricked some top artists into thinking he was talented either. You can keep your opinion and I'll keep mine, but at the end of the day Diplo is making millions and people are enjoying his music while you are complaining. This will be my last answer, but nothing we say will change anything.
Zimzim (1 год назад)
+Spencer El Any idiot surrounded with the right people can make it if they're in the right spot to do it and have the team to make it. He didn't make it alone. Let's take for example 'marshemello', another terrible 'artist' that won't last more than another year. He started his career as 'Dotcom'. For years he wasn't going nowhere. So he decided to add a lil bit of marketing to it and put a mask (how original) and with the HUGE help of tiesto skrillex and diplo he eventually he made it to the bigger scene. It's the same thing with Diplo. Now it'll be my last answer.
SpenceTheMence (1 год назад)
+Nazim "Only reason why diplo makes big records is because he has the opportunity to do so." Yeah you said what I thought you did. "The marketing is big and that's why it sells." So what am I missing?
David MacCumber (2 года назад)
Nice thom browne sunglasses
VZ Matthews (2 года назад)
I really like what Diplo produces. Sounds so unique and catchy at the same time =) More producers need to be like him: not afraid to try new stuff and suprise people xD
Krisztián Gyuró (10 дней назад)
VZ Matthews these are not sounds originated by him, most of these songs are ghost produced by others
h3admusic (2 года назад)
Miguel Madureira (2 года назад)
what is that glasses model ? is Oakley... ?
merich (2 года назад)
I want that shirt.
shalini (2 года назад)
what an inspiration,,,seriously he's incredible
Alex McDonell (2 года назад)
YOHAN HENRY MUSiQ (2 года назад)
Definitely an inspiration for me as a producer..really fresh sounds..
Krisztián Gyuró (10 дней назад)
Check out his ghost producers too
John Bonanno (3 месяца назад)
yeah,the shit i layed this morning was pretty fresh too.
YOHAN HENRY MUSiQ (2 года назад)
definitely man.. Hoping to release some stuff with those weird repitched vocals later this year/ next year! Also, his mixes are a bit analog, as though he uses tape/ consoles (especially 'lean on' for example)
Hampus (2 года назад)
same here
James (2 года назад)
Most underrated producer in the world.
TheNicerDicer (2 месяца назад)
don't think Boaz van de Beats is the producer behind Major Lazer in general but indeed, seems their hit song "All My Love' was made by him. That's pretty cool.
Koro Sensei (4 месяца назад)
You mean overrated especially when his biggest song is not even produce by him, Lean On was produced by dj snake, in a french he said he got the acapella and did the full song and even the producer behind Major Lazer is Boaz van de beats. Diplo did that for years taking full credit for other people works
kashemiro (1 год назад)
James KSHMR...
Syntax (1 год назад)
doodler56 no martin garix is
mess (2 года назад)
Muss (2 года назад)
i bet rihanna and nivki minaj regret on doing lean on
Pulse2AM (2 года назад)
He's made some great records, lots of respect.
Player Tu (2 года назад)
I see what he means by not having a signature sound, had no clue he produced all these tracks
aligboyakasha (2 года назад)
He does have a bit of a signature sound in that he uses a lot of "Wah" and pitch bended sounds, such as on horsey and express yourself. it's definitely more present on the songs that are labeled as "diplo" for an artist, and definitely in major lazer
Zajecik (2 года назад)
His voice sound so sexy ohmyyy
Brad Bailey (2 года назад)
I liked his old music... Before he started making dubstep. But people evolve soooo
Brad Bailey (2 года назад)
+Brent Rawlings listen to the full Florida album. It's his debut album. And also his best work. Unfortunately, it's the last time his music had "heart." I like his new stuff, I just don't feel "soul," in it... His older stuff was reminiscent of DJ Shadow level excellence :) (The full Florida album is on youtube, you should check it out). :)
Brent Rawlings (2 года назад)
yeah wow I didn't know he was putting out full bodies of work in 2004!! First stuff I started listening of his was the Revolution EP. I knew he produced for pop artists before that, but thanks for this
Brad Bailey (2 года назад)
+Brent Rawlings yeahh. Check out his Florida album. Sounds nothing like his recent stuff... His old stuff was abstract. His new stuff is more for partying I guess.
Brent Rawlings (2 года назад)
Yeahhh agreed. I like that about him though; no off-limits. Sometimes he's hit and miss...but when it hits it's next level
Brad Bailey (2 года назад)
+Brent Rawlings since pairing up with people known best for dubstep... Regardless, I just miss his original debut sound. But again, people change... Hist first album was very abstract tho. He's had a variety of sounds over the years.
Thornton (2 года назад)
3:53 Girls behind Diplo?
Jermaine Cold (2 года назад)
Diplo is very underrated.
Aas Hesh (14 дней назад)
Koro Sensei lol seems like you know everything shut up..... don’t comment anything stupid
Matvic (1 месяц назад)
Hahaha bruh not.... He is definitely one of the biggest ones out therr
παδιm (3 месяца назад)
Maybe you recently discover Diplo or you living under rock.... XD
Koro Sensei (4 месяца назад)
You mean overrated especially when his biggest song is not even produce by him, Lean On was produced by dj snake, in a french he said he got the acapella and did the full song and even the producer behind Major Lazer is Boaz van de beats. Diplo did that for years taking full credit for other people works
Alex Vieira (1 год назад)
by people who dont know anything about music production?
TheHotFalafel (2 года назад)
Any one else wondering why Diplo didn't stick to his old Florida sound? I gotta be brutally honest here, I don't like EDM... lemme rephrase that... I don't like popular EDM. I don't really like the stuff that Diplo is doing now, verses the stuff I've heard on Florida. To me, Florida was like something Bonobo makes, but more energetic and new hip hop. It had a really smooth vibe and a cutting edge at the same time. But now, it's all club twerking EDM music. Now granted, today's Diplo is actually better than some of the by the numbers crap EDM "producers" scribble out on their laptop and make billions off of. Jack U was surprisingly decent. To be honest Skrillex, is also one of the more tolerable EDM producers now that I think about it. Because both put more thought and their own creative curve on their music. It's risky, experimental and aggressive. Both make a decent team. But guys... I would have loved Diplo if he stuck with the Florida sound....
Chintan Shah (1 год назад)
TheHotFalafel finally someone has mentioned FLORIDA. thank you my friend.
Dylan Joyce (2 года назад)
Thanks for turning me on to Florida.
Wedi (2 года назад)
3:22 You think the days are gone when they tried to make music as standart as possible? Ever heard of Deep House? :)
DJ Salad (2 года назад)
lol i thought he was some European DJ
B. Tickles (2 года назад)
"If I had a signature sound it would be the end of me" Damn that's deep af
Vibhum Bhardwaj (3 месяца назад)
e v o l v e
Str1000ac (2 года назад)
he would be a known and respected artist
Michael Leuff (2 года назад)
Diplo is possibly the most qualified person in the world to write a book about how to market to young people in 2016
timsand (2 года назад)
Golden rule: The moment you wrote a book about that, it's already changed.
SOZZYLAND (2 года назад)
+Michael Leung ahh i got you now
Michael Leuff (2 года назад)
+SOZZYLAND well.....i can't really name another person who in 2016 stands at the crossroad of all the things that young people consider cool.
SOZZYLAND (2 года назад)
hmm why do you say that bud ?
Kendall Kaing (2 года назад)
omg I didnt know that annoying flute shit on where r u now is a vocal so sick
Neceros (2 года назад)
Sure, but, Mo can't dance worth shit. What's she doin with her legs?
Des Slye (2 года назад)
Dav Med (2 года назад)
Stevie Wonder is blind, Diplo is not. why compare an apple (classic) to a (hip) orange?
benja303 (2 года назад)
Surprise the audience; dope.
mothertothemoon7 (2 года назад)
WOLFSHEIM (2 года назад)
Check out my latest remix!
TonelixGaming (2 года назад)
....this mother luver has made so many hits. i didnt know his name until maybe 5 years ago but apparently he's been making hits that i jammed to (paper planes) at least 10 years ago. thats just ridiculous that producers randomly fell away from lime light. i remember everyone knew about dre making a song. someone getting a timbland track. or an artist collabing with scott scorch or the neptunes. just incredible
Miyala Peters (2 года назад)
02:12 everybody look at justin bieber.
Dan Bana (2 года назад)
smoke weed everyday!!!
Tejveer Oberoi (2 года назад)
his build ups are great ... but the drops kinda ruin it for me
Dans TesYeux (2 года назад)
The Squadfather !!
Ketchupboyz Sorot.T (2 года назад)
Forever TURNT!!
Zach Phung (2 года назад)
does anyone know what kind of shades hes wearing?
Liam O'Farrell (2 года назад)
I thought it was trap not pop
Sü MïT (23 дня назад)
its dancehall/moombahton but its hit so considered pop
Logan Schway (2 года назад)
Trap on a pop platform
Liam O'Farrell (2 года назад)
+Carlos Mier González k
Carlos Mier González (2 года назад)
+Liam O'Farrell It is actually moombahton.
Fuzzbeta (2 года назад)
What are those glasses? i want them
Harl Bowman (2 года назад)
+Fuzzbeta they're tom ford
Lion23city (2 года назад)
+Fuzzbeta rayban maybe
YourHighwayInTheSky (2 года назад)
YourHighwayInTheSky (2 года назад)
+Alex Since when?
Alex (2 года назад)
Diplo and CL don't get along that well apparently
Nhi Duong (2 года назад)
Ik I was looking forward to her
sideslide | csgo,edits,more (2 года назад)
+Mr. Robot i fuckin hate them, kpop is aids and so is the fanbase
Король Ночи (2 года назад)
oh god, little stupid kpoppers...
Elektrik Buzzed (2 года назад)
he is sexy asf
Sweetgirl Sweetgirl (1 год назад)
Elektrik Buzzed I know right special with long hair
suga (2 года назад)
SOZZYLAND (2 года назад)
prove it.
Cece D (2 года назад)
I wonder if Nicki or Rihanna regret not doing "Lean On"
Matvic (1 месяц назад)
Oh definitely... I would too
Payton Paciotti (1 год назад)
He states, in the video youre commenting on, that the instrumental track wasn't similar to the final except for the genre. I would be so surprised if either Nicki or Rihanna felt ANY envy or regret regarding 'Lean On' save for any common competitive envy when anyone thats not them is sitting atop the Bilboard charts.
atmosvere (1 год назад)
probably not. they've got enough hits, fans, records sold, etc. what's one more? besides, any time Rihanna wants to make a platinum dance track, she just hits up Calvin Harris lol. i'm sure neither are losing sleep over this
Tommmyyy (1 год назад)
Ceka D nah
Erik Martin (1 год назад)
Ceka Rez i know i would
Sean Tafirenyika (2 года назад)
Diplo is a Don!
Daniel Tsiperovich (1 год назад)
Top, top Don!
Jake C (2 года назад)
you guys are ridiculous this guy makes music threw feeling and i tell ya.. i can feel!
Adam Sioud (3 года назад)
Diplo my friend !!
Tersz Ace (3 года назад)
thumbs up
Sonyeo Margit (3 года назад)
Firsti I thought diplo was a duchbag but seeing more maybe hes not so much. Maybe hes even music genius.
Sara Lobo (1 год назад)
zeekybby yeah lmao 😂😂😂
zeekybby c: (1 год назад)
He's actually really chill and funny if you watch his snaps or ig posts ahaha
Brad Bailey (2 года назад)
You'll really think so if you listen to his older stuff. His florida album was very abstract lol
Papillon (3 года назад)
get a real job poser
SpazzyHotsauce (3 года назад)
+Papillon What? you can't be serious, he has the best job
Kris Keh (3 года назад)
Diplo is too dope
Jason1920 (3 года назад)
...so this is the guy I can blame for all the shitty music I've been hearing? Super.
troy montano (1 месяц назад)
Why do you have to play an instrument to be a musician? I play drums and have been producing music for three years. You will never be a good producer if you are not a musician. Learning to make music using software is more complicated than it seems and if I never learned to play the drums, it would take an extra 5 years for me to get where I am today
Guy Gamer (4 месяца назад)
@Jason1920 Diplo released his debut album "Florida" in 2004. It's ground breaking trip-hop and nothing like he makes now. Widely regarded as one of the best albums in it's genre. He's an extremely talented producer, and to have a good career it means he's got to make pop music. But Diplo does have his "good music", even if it was released a long time ago.
theawecabinet (4 месяца назад)
"..Define the term "shitty music."..." Music that relies on constant sweeteners and general over production to maintain the listener's interest (as well as sexually provocative dancers in high cut leotards etc). Music producers are such hot property today because pop music has gone completely down the toilet and is now just formulaic crap - everyone in the industry agrees with this. The job of the modern pop music producer is to take the scrap of rancid dog meat that has been lying in the sun for two weeks (ie the basic stripped down pop song), and cover it in all sorts of exotic spices and then present it on the plate in an attractive and innovative way ...... but underneath it is still just rancid dog meat. Nobody will care for any of these hits in 5 or 10 or 50 years. They will just give people ear ache because they are so hyped in the upper mid range (the audio equivalent of adding loads of sugar). By training the public to respond to slick production, rather than musical originality and artistic expression, the corporate music biz is able to turn art and culture into a factory churning out cookie cutter hits by 'artists' who have ZERO artistic control over their music or lyrics. That is why all pop songs and videos look and sound the same and cover the same extremely narrow range of subjects and emotions...... all of which just happen to perfectly align with corporatism (ego, violence, greed, money/ materialism, hierarchy, dominance, sex as power, aggression, moral relativism, hedonism, mind control and slavery). Most modern pop videos are basically just PR adverts for corporate fascism, if you break them down. They are satanic (in a literal sense, meaning they promote and normalise the main tenets of satanism). Thus pop music in the west is every bit as censored and controlled as music in any soviet nation ever was... there is fundamentally no difference between having your pop artists cavort on the ground covered in baby oil while celebrating the satanic values of corporatism..... and having them sing folksy ditties celebrating the state's annual grain production in buttoned up cardigans and sensible shoes. I forgot what the original question was.... Anyway it's all very silly.
Anastasia U (1 год назад)
Jason1920 Define the term "shitty music."
blake rudnicki (2 года назад)
Oh man you guys have me so heated I'm gonna write a heated comment ugghh, good music is good music and you guys obviously don't know what you're talking about either so please stop being little chodes. I'd love to hear your productions that must apparently be way better because you must both be true musicians which automatically makes you a better producer than 1/2 of Jack U. And I didn't know you had to be an English professor to write a stupid youtube comment. I appreciate that you've mistaken me to be a fool because that is proof of your dumbassery (yes i know that's not a word)
trendgil (3 года назад)
Always thought he was black for some reason
Dr0pkidd (3 года назад)
I'm a major fan of Major Lazer; Diplo, Walshy Fire, & Jillionaire all do amazing things.
Catherine Peacher (3 года назад)
Came here because Diplo is friends with CL and then I saw her name in the bio and I decided to stay 😂❤
VISARAH LEIDEN (3 года назад)
Going to meet him and Major Lazer this Dec! Can't wait!

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