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Diplo is a country artist now. A one-time fluke booking at Stagecoach Music Festival to get the after hours crowd going could have been chalked up as a fun publicity stunt. Though almost a year later, Diplo, or rather Thomas Wesley, has a growing catalog of country-leaning material and now he’s even locked in for a second outing at the most famous country festival at the US.
The three-day Goldenvoice affair, held at the Empire Polo Fields where Coachella takes place, turned in a thick 2020 lineup of country music power players topped by Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, and Thomas Rhett. Diplo is featured prominently in the undercard next to his holiness Guy Fieri, Mayor of Flavortown. Additionally, Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus are locked in for Stagecoach 2020, so expect the three to reunite for another live performance a year after “Old Town Road” changed the game. See the full Stagecoach lineup below.
Diplo, a jack of all genres, and even a master of a few, rounds out his recent his foray into country music with a new visual for the Cam-assisted “So Long.” The first single to gain a release under the newly forged Thomas Wesley project, “So Long” preceded Diplo’s appearance at Indio Valley’s Stagecoach Music Festival. From the cowboy hats that Diplo dons, to the dancing and the visual aesthetics, the official music video fully embraces the culture of the genre.
Diplo’s characteristic penchant for unpredictability extends to the music video, where Diplo transitions from taking shots with celebrated Mayor of Flavortown, Guy Fieri, to dancing alongside “Old Town Road‘s” Lil Nas X. The production exudes the carefree sense of summer fun, reflected in the stylized candid scenes and snippets of Diplo’s Stagecoach performance that collectively comprise the music video.
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Those who missed the live premiere of Diplo‘s Stagecoach set on Sirius XM’s Diplo devoted channel, “Diplo’s Revolution,” can still get in on the cross-genre action. Diplo’s April 28 performance at the Indio Valley based country music affair is now available to all music streamers, and can satisfy the curiosity of the listeners who missed the initial stream and consequently wondered just how much Diplo’s Stagecoach showing differed from one of the producer’s traditional sets.
Contrary to what many might expect given his appearance at the country music festival, Diplo’s Stagecoach set ended up being a bit of a stretch from what one might have expected at a gathering of this genre. Diplo’s electronic roots are audible in records like Armin van Buuren‘s “Ping Pong.” While the L$D group member’s performance retains the electronic flair consistent of the sets that Diplo delivers at dance music festivals, the live effort makes several, staggered turns towards the twangy sound characteristic of country music. The icon notably uses a country cut as the precursor to Loud Luxury‘s “Body,” and later live debuts his recent collaboration with Cam, “So Long.” The Stagecoach set materializes as a tasteful balance of electronic and country that further credits Diplo’s dynamism.
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Diplo‘s closing performance at Indio Valley country music festival, Stagecoach, proved that the electronic virtuoso wasn’t as much of an event outlier as many originally believed. Diplo capitalized on Stagecoach’s status as the highest-grossing country music festival currently in operation to debut his brand new remix of Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ viral sensation, “Old Town Road.” The multi-genre producer brought out both Lil Nas X and Cyrus, as well as Sam Hunt to perform the electronic-country crossover, much to the delight of the lively Stagecoach crowd.
Diplo’s rework of “Old Town Road” is evidence that Diplo knows how to strike in the commercial music market: when the proverbial sonic iron is hot. Fortunately for country music listeners, Diplo fans, and all those in favor of the “Close To Me” collaborator’s foray into western sound constructions alike, Diplo’s Stagecoach showing will soon broadcast on Diplo’s Sirius XM channel, Diplo’s Revolution. XM subscribers can tune in to channel 52 to catch the set at 5 p.m. EST April 30.
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Diplo is constantly out here doing what he can for the culture—the latest culture corner he’s honed in on being that of country music. As if his head-first dive into country wasn’t publicized enough, he added a big splash to his closing performance at Stagecoach Music Festival by bringing out Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus to debut his official remix of “Old Town Road.”
After initially getting booted from the country Billboard charts, the number one song in America has seen a viral surge of popularity to the point of mass meltdowns when Lil Nas X made his appearance at the nation’s highest grossing country music festival.
The crowd is even overpowering the artists and sound system themselves, crooning along to the memorable hook and even both verses from the crossover artist and Billy Ray Cyrus. Whether it’s Diplo’s unmatched knack for striking the current wave or his new country persona Thomas Wesley is actually here to stay, there’s no denying that no matter what culture Diplo is doing it for, he always goes all in. See the clip of him performing at Stagecoach below.
— wes (@diplo) April 29, 2019
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Ah, yes. The story of “Old Town Road.” I know it well— A classic underdog tale I hope to tell my children some day. It all started last month, when 19-year-old Lil Nas X’s country-rap single became a viral hit, owing much of its initial success to TikTok, where users tied … More »