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Diplo Explains Robert Plant Collaboration, Working With Madonna, Fame



Diplo continues to remain an ever-present force in the music world and that is represented in his media appearances. He was a guest on KROQ's morning talk show, Kevin & Bean, and they discussed a variety of different topics including his work with Madonna, why he doesn't want to get any more famous and the possibility of a Robert Plant collaboration, which was a joke at first, but is now becoming a serious thing.

Last month, Diplo was down in South America with Major Lazer doing the Lollapalooza gauntlet of shows with Robert Plant also on the bill. He posted a selfie of the pair while they were in Brazil with the caption "Collab coming soon."

 Collab coming soon

A photo posted by diplo (@diplo) on Mar 28, 2015 at 4:58pm PDT

He was asked about the potential collab and responded that though it was a joke at first, he is actively pursuing it now.

"I was on tour with Robert Plant down in South America and we never did anything together, I just wrote that on my Instagram," he said. "It seemed like it was so insane that no one would take it seriously but now I'm actively going to look for him to do a collaboration."

"The reason I even approached him backstage is because he beat me for the GRAMMY Record of the Year four years ago (The Diplo-produced "Paper Planes" lost to Plant and Alison Krauss's "Please Read the Letter" in 2009 for Record of the Year) and I told him that was my only chance to to get that award and you and Alison Krauss ruined it for me, but I still want to get a photo with you anyway."

The hosts noted that Robert Plant has drawn from different musical backgrounds and styles over his lengthy and storied career, so a collab wouldn't be so farfetched.

"He's so awesome and he has just such a good vibe," Diplo said. "He didn't really know who I was but he spent like a half hour talking to me about whatever, and I thought that was just so cool."

He continued, "His excitement about music and his eyes is still there and I love that. It gives me faith in my future, you know?"

While discussing his South American tour, the conversation veered off toward his status as a musician and a celebrity. He noted that he was mobbed at times in the airport and by his hotel down in South America, but is completely anonymous in the US, something he enjoys a lot.

Diplo championed Madonna, who he feels is under-appreciated, oddly enough because of her past and because she is no longer seen as relevant. He pointed out her work ethic, which he says is better than a lot of the guys he sees today.

Listen to the show below. Skip ahead to around 58 minutes for the start of Diplo's interview.

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