In an exclusive interview with Billboard Dance on Tuesday, the dance supergroup divulged more about their forthcoming collaborations with the former Fifth Harmony member. The trio’s founder Diplo has teased their studio time together multiple times on Snapchat, the latest being back in January alongside Benny Blanco and Cashmere Cat.
And it seems the year-long stream of social media snippets resulted in a lot of unreleased material between them.
“We made like 20 songs with Camila Cabello,” Diplo says. “We love her.”
The Grammy winner also reflected on the time Walshy Fire took the “Bad Things” singer to one of her first club nights back in their hometown of Miami. “I do a party every Tuesday in Miami called ‘Rum N’ Bass’ at Coyo Taco, and she came through and nobody cared,” says Walshy. “And she turned way up. And it was dope, loud trap music.”
Diplo confirmed that there is a particular track in mind, set for release in the near future, but that “until we have the video and the song is on iTunes, you never know.” He adds, “But of course we have stuff with her. She’s done stuff with a lot of our friends, like Cashmere Cat, Benny Blanco, Frank Dukes — a lot of great producers we work with.”
There’s a good reason Camila has developed a close working relationship with the powerhouse trio: In the midst of her skyrocketing fame, she feels grounded when she’s with them. “Sometimes we just take for granted because we’re old, we’re not even famous,” Diplo says. “When you’re young and you’re that amazing and famous like that, it’s hard to live and be normal. When we’re with her, she enjoys that time because we take her places where she can enjoy herself. We love her, her voice is amazing. We’ve done many demos.”
As for that Ariana Grande tease Diplo previewed back in August, he says it’s been difficult getting their release schedules to align.
“We did some stuff with her. She has a bunch of songs coming out; not sure how it fits in. The thing with bigger stars is it’s hard to find that timing. We’re competing with them now in the market, so we just want to make sure everyone is happy.”
As fans impatiently await the arrival of Music Is the Weapon — the follow-up to Major Lazer’s Peace Is the Mission, which includes hit single “Cold Water” featuring Justin Bieber and MO and their current release “Run Up” alongside Nicki Minaj and PartyNextDoor — they shouldn’t expect a traditional album release.
“We have more unreleased music than ever before right now,” Diplo says. “Major Lazer has always been a summer act; we’ve always had our streaks during the festival seasons. We’re a little late this year, but we’re going to start putting out records next month into May, a bunch of new singles. We have about four songs coming out before the summer is over. … A lot of artists right now have proven that you can just flood the market with music.”