By Zachary Swickey
Diplo is currently invading college campuses around the states performing in intimate venues for absolutely free on “AXE One Night Only Tour,” and during first stop of the tour in Madison, Wisconsin, filled MTV News in on Santigold’s much anticipated sophomore effort, Master of My Make-Believe.
“I’ve done two songs with her – one’s with [German electronic DJ] Boys Noize; it’s like the only rap record on the album. And another one called ’Pirate in the Water’ that’s kind of like an 8-bit reggae song,” Diplo told us. “I love that record – it’s about one of our friends that passed away in New York. But her record is real adventurous and it sounds more like an ’80s rock record than a club banger, ya know?”
We told the producer we loved all of the new songs we heard during Santigold’s set at last year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival and he gushed about Santi’s originality, saying, “Yeah, it’s a little bit more… it’s not so straight ahead as what music is sounding like right now, but it sounds like her record, which you can’t say about a lot of artists anymore.”
Four years have passed since Santi’s last record, and those wondering if the time will change her sound can rest easy. “I don’t think so. I think it’s in the same vein as her last album was,” he said. “Her last album, me and Switch produced a lot of stuff after it was already written, because she wanted to make more of a modern sound, because she has more of an indie-rock vibe.”
“Ya know with ’Creator’ she became the front bearer of this new sound, and that record is still one of the most amazing songs out of our whole scene,” he continued. “It’s one of the big records that started everything for us. I’m just lucky we came up together. I’m so happy about the crews I’ve started with Santi, M.I.A., Spank Rock, all these kids that are like kinda Philly. We call came out of Philly in a weird way. If you’re a fan of hers, you’re gonna be into it. If you’re a fan of just like buzz-y music, it might not be for you, but it sounds like a Santigold record.”
Diplo then praised Santigold’s devotion to the project, saying, “She’s there for every process, man, from the writing all the way to the mixing. She’s there for every session during mixing and the mixer was going f**king nuts. But she was there for everything and I respect her, because she’s 100 percent an artist that does the whole record – every piece of art.”
“I don’t even have the patience for that man,” he joked. “I’m just like whatever, I shoot it and it’s done. I trust my collaborators to do the best job, but she tends to every f**king aspect.”