Diplo collaborated with the controversial 22-year-old –who found himself in a brawl on Wednesday night– on “Where Are Ü Now,” which was released in 2015 and was easily the first step in Bieber’s rise to a new level of respect in the industry. The song also came with a whole new following of fans.
“He had just turned 21, and he was like, ‘Yo, man, I want to thank you, because this is the first time I’ve ever had adults clap for me. This is like a big deal,'” Diplo recalled Bieber telling him of the song.
On the flipside, Diplo had to be stern with JB. “You think about that, and yeah, he was kind of like a clown on a pedestal. People just like picked on him.”
Diplo says the DJ business as a whole is sort of a lame, fleeting thing. “The DJ world is the corniest f–king group of people,” he told the publication. “We’re not celebrities, we’re not famous for any good reason. We’re just…really lame.”
He continued, “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.”
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