Pop hitmaker/producer Mark Ronson and the DJ/producer known as Diplo will be making their live collaborative debut under the name Silk City at New York’s Governors Ball this summer. The two artists and longtime friends made the first real announcement of their project together as part of the GovBall lineup reveal on Wednesday morning, giving their fans a promising outlook as to what could come from the pair of hitmakers.
The announcement of their upcoming duet performance confirmed what Diplo had initially teased at in an interview with GQ back in August, when he explained how deep the relationship between the two songwriters really goes.
“Mark was playing for bottle-service clubs in New York ... We were playing for middle-class kids in Philly,” Diplo explained in the interview while on tour in Africa over the summer. “By the way, I've known Mark almost since I was in high school. I met him when I first went to Philly. I taught at a school, and he was classmates with my boss. I went to go see him play Allen Iverson's birthday party at the Palmer, which is an all-black club. I just thought, This guy is cool. Actually, me and Mark are doing a collab album. You know the album I did with Skrillex, ‘Jack Ü’? Me and Mark are trying to do something with disco music.”
While neither artist has revealed any actual audio clips of this mystery “disco” project, fans should assume that they’ll be debuting some new tracks when they both take the stage together in early June. Fans should remember that Ronson and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker also delivered a collaborative performance at last year’s Governor’s Ball, where they debuted an unreleased SZA track on stage.
Diplo continued to stay busy in 2017, with his Major Lazer virtual trio releasing an EP titled Know No Better back in June 1 with vocal appearances by Camila Cabello, Travis Scott and Migos’ Quavo. Ronson has also kept a busy schedule over the past few years, having worked on huge pop albums including Lady Gaga’s Joanne, Adele’s 25 and Queens of the Stone Age’s Villains.