In 2015 alone, Diplo’s got a lot going on. Together with Skrillex, he released an album in February under the moniker Jack Ü. The lead single, “Take Ü There,” with Kiesza was followed by the Justin Bieber crooner “Where Are Ü Now.” Combined, the tracks have over 20 million views on YouTube alone. His dancehall-EDM hybrid act, Major Lazer, dropped its third studio album, Peace Is the Mission, on June 1. “Lean On” with DJ Snake and Danish singer MØ has been massive, and “Powerful”—boasting Ellie Goulding on vocals—promises to light up dance tents across the globe.
Then there’s Major Lazer, the show, anchoring FXX’s late-night Animation Domination High-Def program block. Hitting its mid-season stride, the neon-psychedelia-infused cartoon is essentially what a pro-weed PSA would look like on whatever planet the Thundercats are from. And all summer Diplo will be touring across America and Canada with his Mad Decent Block Parties—a perennial throwdown that has grown in seven years from a small gathering in Philly into a full-blown 19-city extravaganza.
And that’s not even mentioning Diplo’s recent sophomore album, Random White Dude Be Everywhere. A more accurate album title the world has never seen. “I’ve never had time to sit back and digest what’s happened to me, what I’ve done. I’ve never had time to sit back and be like, ‘Damn, I just worked with Madonna! I brought M.I.A., I did a Katy Perry record,’” says Diplo between stabs of kale salad and the careful deconstruction of a turkey sandwich. “It’s like all I’ve accomplished in creating Major Lazer and traveling the world and doing Mad Decent Block Parties, I’ve never sat back and thought about it. But you honestly can’t, you just can’t. Because you’re only as good as your last record.”