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“I hate major labels”: Diplo speaks on WTF is happening with Jack Ü

Mid-last year, Skrillex hinted that we may have seen the last of his collaborative project with Diplo. “Just did our last Jack Ü festivals of 2016…and for a long long time,” he wrote in a tweet that was later deleted. “Thank you for all the people who came out to support us.”

Until now, the future of Jack Ü has been anyone’s guess. But during a Q&A session in Sydney attended by inthemix last week, Diplo fielded a question from the crowd on whether there would ever be another release from the superstar duo.

“Hopefully,” the hitmaker answered. “Right now I’m just doing a lot of new Major Lazer stuff and Diplo stuff. The thing with Jack Ü is complicated, because of Atlantic. Skrillex is signed to that label and it’s difficult to do anything with that. I hate major labels, so I don’t really want to do anything with major labels. So it’s hard.”

If label politics get in the way, that means the Florence Welch collaboration Jack Ü first teased a year ago might never see the light of day.

The Q&A session – hosted by Nina Las Vegas – was staged to raise funds for Heaps Decent, the charity Diplo started together with Sydney locals NLV and Levins back in 2007. The hour-long talk saw Diplo speak about collaboration and creativity, as well as how to market your music, what he thinks of Flume’s Instagram and, um, getting diarrhoea on the job. Read inthemix’s full recap here.

Katie Cunningham is the Editor of inthemix. She is on Twitter.