At a Q&A session in Sydney on Sunday night, Diplo opined candidly about the music industry and hinted at the reason why his collaborative project with Skrillex (Jack Ü) is on hiatus.

“Right now I’m just doing a lot of new Major Lazer stuff and Diplo stuff. The thing with Jack Ü is complicated, because of Atlantic,” he said.

“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.”

The quote was published in a story by Katie Cunningham, Editor of Sydney-based publication inthemix, yesterday.

But why would Skrillex, aka Sonny Moore, remain beholden to Atlantic when he has his own vanity label-turned-creative-collective-institution, OWSLSA? It could be because Atlantic is not only Sonny’s label, it’s also OWSLA’s parent company and distributor in the US.

It could be because Atlantic is not only Skrillex’s label, it’s also OWSLA’s parent company and distributor in the US.

Atlantic is, of course, a flagship label of Warner Music Group, which distributes the catalogue of Sumerian Records, aka the label From First To Last is signed to. Those playing at home will remember Sonny recently returned to his alt-rock roots and rejoined the band in the lead-up to thei release of their sixth LP.