Diplo & Oliver Heldens Engage in Snarky Twitter Fight
If it isn’t Marshmello and deadmau5 sparring in 140-characters, it’s Diplo and Oliver Heldens. One can’t exactly blame Diplo for being a little—well okay, maybe more than just a little—cocky; a founding member of both Major Lazer and Jack U, with his fingers in production projects for artists ranging from Snoop Dogg to Britney Spears, Diplo has made quite the name for himself in the music industry, his niche resting in the EDM sphere of it.
Needless to say, with several Grammy awards under his belt, Diplo doesn’t react favorably to criticism, even when it comes in the most placid manner. Major Lazer recently attracted attention for their remix of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You,” a track that has dominated charts since its release weeks ago. An infusion of the tropical sound for which Major Lazer is known, the Sheeran re-imagination emerged as a creative take on the original, albeit a take that didn’t resonate so strongly with future house tastemaker, Oliver Heldens. “No offense, but this remix could have been so much better,” wrote Heldens in a tweet addressed to both Major Lazer and Diplo, “Next time send me and let’s collab.”
The tweet was admittedly a ballsy move for Heldens. Yet despite the earnest intention with which Heldens composed the tweet, Diplo did not respond so kindly: “if I wanted to make a future house remix with the same bassline over and over again I will hit you up you baby p*nis,” the “Boy Oh Boy” producer fired back.
The exchange developed in a series of tweets, with “Bruk Bruk” hit maker, Dillon Francis, jumping in the cut to add a humorous “#OliverHeldensIsOverParty lol.” Despite Diplo’s antagonistic replies, Heldens kept it classy, a feat considering Francis’s morphing of Heldens into a GAP model. “haha I’m not saying it needs a future house remix, but thanks for considering me as your future house guy,” Heldens responded. “I will stop now because I actually like you,” Diplo wrote back, ending the feud. The tweets appear below.