It’s been a long time since we’ve heard about any new projects from Skrillex. His last EP, Leaving, released about half a decade ago, and four years since his debut studio album, Recess. However, now it looks like the producer is returning with anew surprise after splitting from Jack U. In a recent interview with Argentine newspaper La Nacion, Diplo revealed that Skrillex is working on a new album. “Skrillex is working on a new album. I think that after that and the new album that we are preparing with Major Lazer, we will make music together again,” said Diplo. Not only can fans expect some new music in 2018, but it also sounds like Diplo and Skrillex are planning to revive Jack U.
Diplo’s pre-Super Bowl show in Houston was crashed by cops … who took the mic away from him, told everyone to leave. Diplo was performing at the Rolling Stone Live: Houston party Saturday night at the Museum of Fine Arts … when an officer jumped on stage and pulled the plug. For what it’s worth, Diplo didn’t seem too pissed, and the cops tell TMZ it’s not personal.
The music festival ‘Mad Decent Block Party’ is back in India with Major Lazer and DJ Dillon Francis! After the debut of MDBP in India last year, they’re all set to rock India once again. MDBP began in 2008 and has grown into a massive event touring cities worldwide. For 2017 Diplo decided to take marketing to a whole new level with this latest video which appears to be him, Major Lazer and Dillon Francis talking with little kid voices promoting MDBP.
A new series is coming out on Viceland called “What Would Diplo Do?”. I don’t know what’s more weird the fact there’s a show dedicated to Diplo or that the Varsity Blues star James Van Der Beek will be playing Diplo in this new series. The idea for What Would Diplo Do? comes from a concert promo for Diplo’s annual Mad Decent Block Party, called A Day in the Life. Van Der Beek starred in this as well, so he was already familiar with working with Diplo. The show which has 6 episodes will be airing sometime later this year.
The EDM bubble has been rumored to be on the verge of popping, but DJs that mix EDM continue to climb the ranks of celebrity and financial standing. Forbes recently made a list of some of the highest paid DJs in 2016. The highest paid among them are Avicii ($14.5 million), Afrojack ($15 million), Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ($15.5 million), Martin Garrix ($16 million), Kaskade ($19 million), Skrillex ($20 million), Diplo ($23 million), Steve Aoki ($23.5 million), Zedd ($24.5 million), and Calvin Harris ($63 million). The top acts command hundreds of thousands of dollars due in part to the bar set by payment from Las Vegas residencies. A quick glance at a list of DJ residencies in Las Vegas for 2017 will reveal many of Forbes’s highest ranking DJs. Listen to Steve Aoki explain the role of Las Vegas in dj payouts below. These days a DJ who makes an appearance at a large venue or on the main stage of a festival doesn’t come alone. In addition to the sound crew, there may be visual artists and other professionals who will work together to create a sensational, audio-visual experience around the DJ. The expense of travel and movement of all that equipment has to also be taken into account. A couch is not considered adequate accommodations so add in the expense of lodging. Let’s not forget stylists, artist managers, and other essential staff. When considering what goes into not only booking but bringing a DJ to an event, it is easy to see how costs add up. The entry-level DJ will quickly realize after starting out that before a steady income comes dues that must be paid. If a DJ is not established, he or she may be asked to play for free, in exchange for exposure and maybe a drink ticket or two. After some time spent working crowds and building a presence, what then would a DJ expect to be paid? There are several factors that go into how much DJs are paid: the type of party, the type of venue, the size of the venue, the duration of the time slot, and how far the DJ has to travel. A DJ who has asked to remain anonymous has said that he charges $150 an hour, but knows local DJs who are charging up to $250. He went on to say that a DJ of Tiesto’s caliber could command up to $300,000 for two hours. With this revelation, it’s hard to imagine the EDM bubble bursting anytime soon.