It’s no secret that Diplo isn’t always the easiest of interview subjects. Between his don’t-give-a-fuck attitude, several years of sitting through tiresome media commitments and the fact that at this point in his career, he really doesn’t need to care what anyone thinks of him, Wesley Pentz isn’t always brimming with excitement when media time arrives.
Still, when he and his Major Lazer collaborators Jillionaire and Walshy Fire sat down for an interview with I Heart Radio at Lollapalooza a few days ago, things went particularly badly. From the first moment the interviewer calls Diplo “mothertrucker”, it’s a painful watch. Over the course of six minutes the journalist (who, hey, might’ve just been having a bad day) mocks the Mad Decent head repeatedly, has Diplo groaning “oh my god” by the 90-second mark and describes Major Lazer’s music as “motherfuckin’ electronica EMD moombahton”. All the while, the trio don’t look happy to be there at all.