International DJ and producer Diplo is famous for fusing the world's many varied cultures into vibrant electronic sounds, but last week, he rode a gallant steed into a whole new world: country music. His latest release "So Long" featuring Cam, released under real name Thomas Wesley, blends country staples like acoustic guitar and fiddles into his big beat sound.
Diplo followed that release with a DJ set at Stagecoach festival, the country music festival that follows Coachella, transforming the same space at Indio valley into something with a little more twang. The producer met backstage with SiriusXM's Storme Warren to discuss his not-so-newfound love of country.
"I grew up listening to hip-hop and country music equally all the time," the Tennessee-born man explains. "I love ‘90s country music ... I worked with Sam Hunt a couple years ago, and I just loved his disregard for the rules of country music. We wrote some ideas and the last couple years I’ve just been like, what’s great about country music, I want to make something unique about that."