Women in Music 2018

Diplo Blames Major Labels for Lack of New Jack U Material

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Skrillex and Diplo attend The 58th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 15, 2016 in Los Angeles.

We all remember where we were the day Skrillex tweeted that he and Diplo's supergroup Jack U was going on hiatus -- all right, that's melodramatic, but the news did come as a shock for fans of the superduo, which counted among its numbers many mainstream listeners brought into the fold thanks to the Justin Bieber collaboration “Where Are U Now.”

Diplo recently addressed the situation during a Q&A session with Nina Las Vegas in Syndey, Australia. The Q&A was a bit of promo for Heaps Decent, an initiative that nurtures Australian talent through workshops and music programs for underprivileged youth around the country, founded by Diplo, Las Vegas and DJ Levins.

According to a report by Australian-based dance publication inthemix, Diplo said he was hopeful Jack U could release new material in the near future, but followed that with a doubtful statement.

“Right now I’m just doing a lot of new Major Lazer stuff and Diplo stuff. The thing with Jack Ü is complicated, because of Atlantic. Skrillex is signed to that label and it’s difficult to do anything with that. I hate major labels, so I don’t really want to do anything with major labels. So it’s hard.”

Read more about the Q&A via inthemix and visit Heaps Decent online to learn more about the initiative.