Diplo on Justin Bieber ‘Sorry’ unauthorised sampling claims: ‘I thought they cleared it’

The producer described sampling White Hinterland without permission as "an oversight"

Diplo has spoken out about the claims that Justin Bieber and Skrillex sampled White Hinterland’s ‘Ring My Bell’ without permission on their hit ‘Sorry’.

The producer worked with Bieber and Skrillex on the song ‘What Do U Mean’ and collaborates regularly with the latter as part of Jack Ü.

Speaking to TMZ, he said: “I thought they sampled it, I thought they cleared it. It’s pretty easy.”

After describing White Hinterland as “pretty dope”, he said the incident “must have been an oversight”. “I there’s more producers… maybe like 10 writers altogether [who worked on the track]. Somebody added it without telling anybody… they should have fact checked it.”

He continued to give an example of when he was nearly caught out by an uncredited sample, discussing the song he worked on with Beyonce, ‘All Night Long’. “Somebody added horns and I noticed they sounded like ‘SpottieOttieDopaliscious’ by Outkast and I told them,” he said. “Then we had to give Outkast 25 per cent of the record, which sucks, but everybody got paid.”


Casey Dienel, who records as White Hinterland, is suing the star, as well as others who worked on the track such as Skrillex, for allegedly lifting the main vocal riff from her 2014 song ‘Ring the Bell’.

In a statement on the matter posted on Facebook, Dienel said that ‘Sorry’ “copies” her track, stating that neither Bieber nor any other individual sought her permission for its use.

Stating that she “does not take the act of suing lightly”, Dienel says she “poured my blood, sweat, and tears into writing and producing ‘Ring the Bell'” and that “it came as a shock to hear my work used and exploited without permission”.

Dienel concludes: “I offered Bieber’s team an opportunity to have a private dialogue about the infringement, but they refused to even acknowledge my claim, despite the obviousness of the sample. Justin Bieber is the world’s biggest artist, and I’m sure that he and his team will launch a full attack against me. But, in the end, I was left with no other option. I believe I have an obligation to stand up for my music and art.”