Here's Why You Haven't Heard Any New "Jack U" Material
As Diplo continues to produce under the Major Lazer brand—see the trio’s most recent release, a remix of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You,” linked below, a track that followed the group’s previous PARTYNEXTDOOR and Nicki Minaj collab, “Run Up”—many have been left to wonder “what about Jack U?”
The Diplo/Skrillex partnership has been known to be on suspension for awhile now, specifically since August 28th, where Skrillex—in a tweet thas has since been deleted—announced the duo’s unofficial hiatus: “Just did our last Jack U festivals of 2016…and for a long long time. Thank you for all the people who came out to support us.” The tweet’s deletion suggested that there might have been trouble in dance music paradise swirling, as no official statement was ever released regarding the reasoning behind Jack U’s break—until now, that is.
Diplo elaborated on the status of the “Where Are You Now?” duo in a Q&A session with Nina Las Vegas in Sydney, Australia. When asked about the future of Jack U, Diplo commented that he was “hopeful Jack U could release new material in the near future.”
“Right now,” Diplo remarked, “I’m just doing a lot of new Major Lazer stuff and Diplo stuff. The thing with Jack U 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.” Diplo’s statement appears to confirm what all Jack U fans have suspected: whether by consequence of reluctance on Diplo’s part to engage with major labels, or by label imposed restrictions of release, there is no foreseeable conclusion to Jack U’s absence from the EDM scene, at least in the "near future."