Diplo has shared his thoughts on the current state of the music industry in a new interview with the Huffington Post.
Explaining why Major Lazer had to change record labels, Diplo said: "Interscope dropped [us] when we asked for money for a video for 'Get Free' [Major Lazer's killer collab with Amber of Dirty Projectors] and we sold 150,000 copies of that song. So that just proves that labels have no idea what's going on anymore. They just want to jump on EDM dick, shit that sucks because they don't feel the music but think it's happening. We are in these streets."
Diplo has always searched the globe for new, emerging sounds and prides himself on the forward thinking, one-step-ahead approach of his Mad Decent label. Its most recent hit was Baauer's internet smash 'Harlem Shake'.
"We have, like, seven people working for us, but Interscope probably didn't even have a record as big as 'Harlem Shake' last year and they have thousands working for them," he added.
The 34-year-old also revealed he isn't finding much inspiration at festivals: "You go see a dance stage at a fucking dance festival and I'm bored out of my fucking mind. That's not going to last very much longer, because kids see that it's the same shit every single time."
That's probably why Major Lazer is doing so well. The project offers the whole package, from iconic artwork through to up-to-the-minute dancefloor sounds. And if you don't like it, you're probably over the hill, as Diplo points out.
"We don't make music for old people who have built-in expectations. When older people start hating on you, just aim for the younger kids. They're very animalistic and instinctive in terms of what they like."