Producer says he doesn’t make money from record sales
Diplo has spoken about how fans access his music, saying “I don’t care if anybody trades my records, leaks my records, I don’t care.”
Speaking to The Sunday Times, the producer explained that he did not make money from record sales. He continued, “I can’t make money off the sales, but I’ll make money off doing shows, or selling merchandise.”
Diplo went on to criticise people’s response to dancehall music. Lamenting the fact that most “don’t treat it like real music” he complained that it was still being used despite the fact that people do not respect it.
“Everybody is sampling it, everybody is taking the culture,” he told the paper. “Even rap. Kanye’s ‘Yeezus’ had three or four dancehall features on it, though you don’t really know they are there.”
The producer also commented on his involvement in various arguments and online controversies from his fall out with MIA to a recent twitter spat with a GIF artist, who claimed he used her GIF without giving her credit. He explained that it wasn’t a bad thing if people hated him because “People who didn’t know who I am know who I am now.”
“I’m, like, clickbait. I saw it with the GIF thing – I got more followers,” said Diplo. “People who didn’t know who I am know who I am now, even if they hate me. Is that a bad thing? Actually, no, in 2015 it’s not. Kanye proved that. All you need to do is be in their minds.”
Diplo recently revealed his new single ‘Doctor Pepper’. The track is a collaboration with a new trio of artists, Riff Raff, OG Maco and K-Pop singer CL, who is set to release her first English language album soon.
Talking to The Fader about the meaning behind the song’s chorus, CL said: “Diplo canceled a session on me, and I was so mad at him. I was drinking a can of Dr. Pepper and wrote the song so I could go home as soon as possible. Diplo ended up loving it!” You can listen to the track here.