Diplo & Labrinth talk to Zane Lowe about the formation of LSD
Labrinth, Sia and Diplo have been dominating the music industry with the formation of their LSD project. Having just dropped their EP ‘Mountains‘, they continue to prove that they are a match made in heaven. Labrinth and Diplo recently joined Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio to talk about the formation of LSD and their plans for the future. Check out the full interview below.
Zane: I want to ask you guys a straight up question, as I haven’t had a chance to speak to you about this project, and you’ve been laying pretty low about it, and just letting the music do the talking. So I want to know, how is it going? How do you feel, LSD? Because bringing talent in like this, the three of you together who are all so successful in your own right to make something, it can come with its own set of challenges. And I wonder, Diplo, how you felt the LSD project has moved since you’ve launched it?
Diplo: I’m definitely the third wheel in this project. I’m just here to kind of make sure things make sense, ’cause when you put Lab and Sia in a room, it’s like the craziest concoction of two people with the most intense attention deficit disorder with the most creative people I’ve ever met … like, in a boxing match, like bam, bam, bam, bam. I worked with Sia for many years and I’ve never been able to hold her interest. I’ve worked so hard just to keep her interested, and Lab is the only person that’s fast enough to outdo her. It’s crazy how they bring out the best in each other.
Zane: Lab, how did this whole thing … ’cause I know Dip, you’ve already said to some degree that you came in towards the end of the inception of it to do what you do. But Labrinth, how did you and Sia kind of come up with the idea of working together in the first place, because both of you are known for collaborating with other people and doing your own projects, but to create a dual project is a whole other thing.
Labrinth: Yeah, I mean, we just worked a few years ago and made some really great records that we loved, and then we ended up wanting to revisit a few of them, and while we did that, we just ended up accidentally making an album.
Zane: What, so you just like tripped over and made some hits?
Labrinth: It was like, “oh sh*t, we’ve got like, 12 songs. How did this happen?” But yeah, we was in the studio jamming and it was one of those things where you just keep making a new idea, and you’re just like, “we love it, we love it, we love it.” And then, once Wes got involved, you just knew it was going to sound insane. I just learned loads from him as well. Like Wes, he’s trying to play like he’s the third wheel, but this guy was killing it with the sonics, killing it with ideas as well — visual ideas as well as musical ideas — so once we all got into a room, it really just turned into something.
Zane: Lab, what’s going on with you? Aside from LSD, what are you working on right now?
Labrinth: I’ve just been working on an album, writing stories, writing for movies. I’ve been scoring for movies, man. It’s so. fun, bro.
Zane: Wow. That’s amazing. Can you tell us a little more detail about that?
Labrinth: I wouldn’t go that far into it, but I’m doing something that you’ll see later on the year that I’m really excited about. I want to go and holler at Hans Zimmer and say, “Bro, can we … ” I’m hoping one day I can work with Hans Zimmer.
Zane: Zim, Zimmer. Holler at your Lab. Holler at your Lab, man. And Diplo, of course you got the Silk City thing, which is another one of these projects.
Labrinth: Bro, that’s one of my favorite projects that are out right now, man.
Diplo: Oh, thanks guys.
Zane: I keep saying to Mark and to Wes, you guys you’re playing, you’re crouching at the bar, but at some point, if you keep going the way you’re going, you’re gonna have to stand up straight. This is a real project.
Diplo: I just want to play house music. I need to make a song so I could play at the club, so that’s kind of what I did. But talking about Lab doing soundtracks, I was on Instagram one day and I saw him go up live, and I was like, let me go and watch this guy and he’s just like … a couple people in the room and he’s literally making a soundtrack to the royal wedding that happened this summer, just by himself, while he’s watching it. He was doing a live remix of the royal wedding.
Zane: Is that true?
Diplo: Lab on live Instagram is kind of amazing.
Zane: That’s amazing. And what you gonna do for the rest of the year, Diplo? You got anything else that’s moving, we got brand new Major Lazer with Tove Lo, which we love.
Diplo: Just working on some new Major Lazer. I put out a song with Ellie Goulding and Swae Lee last week that’s pretty cool. Maybe you could play that but … “Mountains” is all … I’m all about LSD right now.
Check out ‘Mountains‘ on Spotify below.