This week, Fast Company‘s Diplo cover story, “Why the World is Moving to Diplo’s Beat,” tries to answer the age-old question: What does a mogul make?
Delving into Diplo’s many different ventures (DJ, producer, label head, restauranteur, cartoonist, occasional model, perpetual social media maven, an investor of new people and newer technology) as well as his role models (he cites Virgin Records’ Richard Branson) it’s a good read. It’s also a great peek not just into Diplo’s mad, mad world, but also into the increasingly necessarity for artists to build their empires across as many different disciplines and revenue streams as possible.
Also on the interview front this week—inthemix posted an in-depth chat with the artist. Diplo revealed a few things: The new Major Lazer is pretty much finished, a new single is coming out in January (album collaborators include Ellie Goulding, Gwen Stefani, Travis Scott, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, and MØ), and he, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and SOPHIE did a song together. (SOPHIE is arguably the most popular anonymous name of 2014; if you thought Jaden and Willow had a crazy interview, read this one between Billboard and the elusive producer.)
Following in the footsteps of Thom Yorke, Diplo has released an album on BitTorrent—his reissued 2004 Florida will be available for free or $5 on Black Friday. The paid version includes the entire album. The free bundle comes with an Eprom remix of “Big Lost,” emails between him and Big Dada as well as a bunch of stickers, illustrations, and images.
And as social-media followers of Diplo’s already know, Diplo went on the Mad Decent Boat Party.
I am having a hard time coming up with captions for the insanity. I hope you can understand.
And as Diplo and Skrillex continue promoting their Madison Square Garden extravaganza, DJ SKEE reported this week that the duo gave Justin Bieber’s forthcoming album an electronic makeover. SKEE says that even people who aren’t “feeling Bieber” (a number which seems perpetually on the rise) will be surprised.