Diplo is one of the most famous and successful EDM stars of all time. With massive collab hits like “Lean On” with DJ Snake to winning the title of Billboard’s “Dance Artist of the Year”, it’s shocking to see this powerhouse force behind EDM slamming his fans and their subsequent culture his music has helped to foster.
Following his award in dance music, Diplo was given the cover feature in Billboard’s latest issue as well as an extensive interview, in which he expressed his opinions on the current EDM scene:
“The DJ world is the corniest f–ing group of people. We’re not celebrities, we’re not famous for any good reason. We’re just … really lame. Besides people like Dillon Francis, who makes fun of the whole thing, or Calvin Harris, it’s a sinking ship. It’s a really lame culture. I’m sad that I’m part of it, but I play the game.”
The fed-up celebrity seems to have blown his gasket on the wrong people (the entirety of his fan base and fellow artists, except for Dillion Francis and Calvin Harris, of course). While there certainly is an element of artificiality to the EDM “game” in some circumstances, like DJs who can’t spin without their laptops, there is a world full of DJs and artists who put their blood, sweat and tears into their art. While his criticism seems to be geared at EDM alone, it’s still an unfair statement to many hard working EDM artists who have done nothing to deserve this flippant scorn.
This criticism of the culture coming out in an interview with Billboard, who named him the #1 EDM artist of the entire year and put him on the cover, seems absurdly bratty. Had his first-person input had any constructive criticism at all, maybe it would have rang true for some and offered something to the community his music has helped create.
However as it stands, Diplo’s criticism has offered nothing to his colleges or his fans, and has succeeded only in making him look like an entitled asshole to the rest of the world. If you’re so sad to be a part of it, then you can leave. Bye Diplo.