Diplo talks Justin Bieber, Madonna, Taylor Swift and more

Renowned U.S DJ/producer, Diplo, recently had a sit down with Rolling Stone Magazine; revealing his thoughts on specific artists, his own persona, the industry and more.

Let’s start off with his comments on Justin Bieber. Let’s be honest, most of us still have a negative image of Justin Bieber and his “Baby”; Diplo takes time to address this.

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Diplo, Justin Bieber and Skrillex visit Y100 Radio Station on March 30, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)

MIAMI, FL – MARCH 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Diplo, Justin Bieber and Skrillex visit Y100 Radio Station on March 30, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)

Diplo tells Rolling Stone, “Bieber’s personal life is whatever it is — he’s a rich kid and he’s pretty much gonna have to be a jerk. But he’s respectful to me, and he has that weird gene where he’s good at everything: better at basketball than me, better at drums.” He even mentions how Disclosure weren’t keen fans of Bieber until recently.

He also talked about his social media ‘beef’ with Taylor Swift, when he commented on Swift’s not-so-big behind. Apparently, Diplo met up with her at the Grammy’s and the quarrel is now officially squashed. Diplo reflected back on the petty side of the incident stating that artists and fans tend to take these kind of things too seriously, and even mentioning that Ed Sheeran un-followed him on Twitter after his ‘inappropriate’ tweet regarding Taylor.

We also learned that Diplo’s arrogant social media persona is more of a publicity stunt than anything else. He tells Rolling Stone, “If I have a fight with somebody, it makes me look like a prick, but it makes the social-media numbers explode.” According to Diplo, he’s simply following the Kanye West formula; “become a prick and just get more popular.” Quite evident in the producer’s case as he now boasts over 1.4 million followers on Twitter.

The American trendsetter has recently co-produced several tracks for pop legend Madonna, Rolling Stone took the opportunity to ask Diplo his thoughts on the negative backlash she’s been facing in recent months.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Diplo (L) and Madonna attend the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 04: Diplo (L) and Madonna attend the “China: Through The Looking Glass” Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Diplo says, “She (Madonna) created the world we live in. It already sucks to be a woman in the music industry, but to be a boss woman is even harder. She sold out her tour in minutes, but no one seems to want her to succeed — “Madonna, we’ve been there, done that, now we’re about Kim Kardashian.”

Diplo clearly supports Madonna and her choices to be sexy on stage or whatever the hell else she wants. I think what really summed things up was a tweet from Diplo last month that read, “I’m confused that Madonna’s not allowed to be sexy but Caitlyn Jenner is?”. Of course, the internet couldn’t handle this simple comment and Diplo was forced to take his tweet down.

I’m eagerly waiting for the music industry to step into the 21st century sometime soon.

You can read the full length interview exclusively on Rolling Stone here.