Skrillex + Diplo Explain How The Hell They Started Working With Justin Bieber In The First Place
“With us, there couldn’t have been a more unexpected, weirder idea."
by Jordan Runtagh
Super DJs Diplo and Skrillex can work with literally any living artist they desire—and they often do. Their individual discographies read like a list of, well, everyone who matters in the music business. When these two party titans teamed up for their Jack Ü project, the line of collab hopefuls stretched all the way down the Vegas strip (probably). So it seemed a tad bit surprising that they picked…Justin Bieber. Don’t get is wrong, the errant child-star’s vocals on “Where Are U Now” weren’t bad— but how did the trio come together in the first place?
It takes a big man to ask ’em that question, and that big man is MTV’s Sway Calloway. He caught up with Jack U after they wrapped up their co-headlining spot for day one of Hangout Fest 2015.
“With us, there couldn’t have been a more unexpected, weirder idea than just [to] do a song with Justin Bieber,” admitted Diplo. “So that’s kinda why we did it, I think.”
“We met him at a club randomly,” remembered Skrillz. “If there’s good chemistry and the vibe is alright, you can’t be afraid to try anything with anybody. There’s no reason you should ever limit yourself.”
Ready for the 2015 Hangout Festival May 15-17? This year’s lineup boasts sets from Zac Brown Band, Skrillex and more. Don’t miss out! Watch the live stream for the best performances and interviews from the festival at hangout.vh1.com.