Jack Ü

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Jack Ü
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Background information
Also known as Skrillex and Diplo
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Years active 2013–2016
Labels
Associated acts
Website jackuofficial.com
Members

Jack Ü is an American EDM DJ duo, side group and collaborative project, consisting of Mad Decent founder Diplo and OWSLA founder Skrillex, formed in 2013.[1] Jack Ü performed at Ultra Music Festival Miami in 2014, they released their first official single "Take Ü There" featuring vocals from Kiesza on September 17, 2014. On February 3, 2015, the duo announced that they would be working with Missy Elliott on a remix to "Take Ü There",[2] they released their debut album Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü on 27 February 2015.[3]

According to Skrillex, this collaboration is called 'Jack Ü' because it refers to how the music 'jacks you up' with its high energy beats and bass line.

Jack Ü also performed at Ultra Music Festival in 2015 with the entire "Jack Ü crew", featuring live contributions from CL, Kai, Diddy, Kiesza, and Justin Bieber.

History[edit]

Jack Ü members Skrillex and Diplo

On September 15, 2013, Jack U debut performance took place at Mad Decent Block Party in San Diego with 3 Jack U tracks: Dubstep-Juke hybrid track known as "Shark Patrol",[4] "Bounce it",[5] and a very early version of their collaboration with AlunaGeorge that would later be released as "To U"[6][7][8]

Diplo announced the project by releasing the Mad Decent Block Party lineup with Jack Ü playing at multiple stops on the tour, after some guessing by many of who Jack Ü was, Diplo finally came out to reveal that "Jack Ü ... means Skrillex and Diplo together".[7]

The two have worked with each other on assorted projects over the past five years starting with Skrillex singing and playing guitar on a record for Major Lazer, one of Diplo's other projects; in 2011, Diplo also worked on a song with Skrillex titled "Amplifire" (though it was never completed or released) for Bangarang.[9]

On March 30, 2014 Jack Ü was given an hour-long slot to play at the Ultra Music Festival, the set included a wide variety of genres featuring songs from Skrillex's then newly released first studio album, Recess, and including some old school hip hop with DJ Kool's "Let Me Clear My Throat". They later played the 2015 Ultra Music Festival.

They collaborated on a song that combines trap and dubstep elements and features vocals from Korean pop artists CL and G Dragon titled "Dirty Vibe" for Skrillex's album Recess.[10] When asked about how the two ended up forming Jack Ü, Diplo stated that Skrillex "was one of the first producers I met when I moved to LA...we just [have] always been really close musically with our ideas." The two get together in Downtown LA or in hotel rooms when on tour to make their songs.[9]

On December 31, 2014 Jack Ü headlined a concert at Madison Square Garden. Besides their (Diplo and Skrillex) performance, other performers included A$AP Ferg, Diplo, Skrillex, Rudimental and Yellow Claw. The concert was broadcast live on Yahoo.

On February 27, 2015, the group released their debut album,[11] they commemorated the event by streaming a 24-hour live DJ set on Twitch, which was shut down 18 hours into the set.[12]

Jack Ü had over 9.6 million Shazams in 2015.

Jack Ü performed at a 2015 Clippers half-time show along with Kai, Fly Boi Keno, and several other celebrities and dancers, later releasing an official video in December.

Controversy[edit]

On September 1, 2014, Seth Troxler, was set to play his set at the Robot Heart stage at the Burning Man Festival. However, due to some of his entourage not being allowed to join him behind the DJ decks, Troxler refused to play, those in charge of the Robot Heart stage needed someone to fill in for Troxler and they asked Skrillex to help. Skrillex played for about half an hour before inviting Diplo to come onto the stage for them to perform as Jack Ü for the rest of the set.[13]

Some of the Robot Heart crowd were unhappy, because Skrillex and Diplo are mainstream producers, and the Robot Heart stage is more about underground artists and songs.[14] To finish up their set Diplo mixed the song "Africa" by Toto into DJ Snake and Lil Jon's platinum record "Turn Down for What" as "an inside joke".[13][14]

Rumors later surfaced that the two were booed off the stage and forced to end their set early due to playing "Turn Down for What" at a stage that was meant for underground music.[15] Diplo linked to a long statement on his Twitter, saying that "there was no booing... no bad vibes... Everything we did there was good fun and all the people that attended know it".[13]

Releases[edit]

Jack Ü's hit debut single, "Take Ü There", was released on September 17, 2014; in an interview with Zane Lowe of BBC's Radio 1 station, Skrillex explained that the making of the song had a unique process; they were set to play a show in Ibiza, Spain when they saw Canadian pop singer Kiesza perform ahead of them. Impressed with her singing, they asked her to do the vocals for a song, they recorded her vocals in their hotel room and finished the song in one night.[16]

During a set at Camp Question Mark of the Burning Man festival (one of eight different sets they played over the course of the festival), the duo played "Take Ü There" along with demo versions of "To Ü", of the electro and future bass genres, featuring vocals from AlunaGeorge. "Beat Knockin'" (Originally titled Beat Steady), which features vocals by New Orleans bounce artists Fly Boi Keno. In late 2014, Jack Ü played a mix for BBC Radio 1xtra, they played numerous demo versions of tracks and an unreleased song in a two-hour takeover mix including "Febreze" featuring 2 Chainz, "Jungle Bae", "Cumbia Trap" featuring Maluca and "Holla Out" with Snails. Febreze, Jungle Bae and Holla Out are all included on their debut record, with "Cumbia Trap" excluded from the album's release.[17] Diplo has also discussed an upcoming Jack Ü mixtape, however no official release date has yet been announced.[9] Skrillex has also mentioned that Jack Ü has "got five songs that we made that aren't even released, and we'll end up releasing in 2014".[18]

On February 27, 2015, after attempting to livestream a 24-hour DJ set on Twitch, which was shut down by local authorities at the 18-hour mark, Skrillex and Diplo released their debut collaborative album entitled Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü on iTunes. Alongside the previously announced six tracks, the album's release included unannounced songs "Where Are Ü Now" featuring Justin Bieber, "Mind" featuring Kai, "Don't Do Drugs Just Take Some Jack Ü" and a remixed version of "Take U There" featuring Missy Elliott.

On August, 2016 Skrillex wrote on his Twitter page that Jack Ü is done touring "for a long long time".

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 2014: Take Ü There (feat. Kiesza)

Remixes[edit]

  • 2015: Beyoncé - 7/11 (Skrillex & Diplo's Jack Ü Remix)

LP[edit]

  • 2015: Skrillex and Diplo present Jack Ü

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Diplo and Skrillex Team as Jack U". May 1, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Missy Elliott Goes Top 10 After Super Bowl Performance". Rap-Up. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Skrillex and Diplo Release Jack Ü Album". 
  4. ^ "Why didn't 'Shark Patrol' make the final cut on Jack Ü's album? - Dancing Astronaut". www.dancingastronaut.com. Retrieved 2016-09-03. 
  5. ^ Lombardo, Scott (2016-04-15). "Could Jack U's "Bounce It" Be Nearing Release? - EDMTunes". Retrieved 2016-09-03. 
  6. ^ "Diplo & Skrillex Debut Jack U Project, New AlunaGeorge Track: Watch Clip Here". Retrieved 2016-09-03. 
  7. ^ a b "Diplo And Skrillex Reveal Their Surprising New Group: Jack Ü". May 1, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  8. ^ Marmor, Jacob (2013-09-16). "Skrillex and Diplo Premiere 5 JACK U Tracks". Your EDM. Retrieved 2016-09-03. 
  9. ^ a b c "I am DIPLO. AMA!". Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Skrillex: Recess". Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Skrillex And Diplo Finally Release Jack Ü Album, And It's Incredible". 
  12. ^ "Skrillex And Diplo Surprise- Release Debut Album.". 
  13. ^ a b c "Diplo Claims JACK Ü Was Not Booed Off Stage at Burning Man". September 2, 2014. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "JACK Ü Was Booed Off Stage at Burning Man 2014". September 1, 2014. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Diplo Booed Off Robot Heart Decks At Burning Man". September 2, 2014. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  16. ^ "TAKE Ü THERE (FEAT. KIESZA) ZANE LOWE RIP by Jack Ü". Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Watch Jack Ü Preview Unreleased Material at Burning Man". September 11, 2014. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  18. ^ ""It’s not all dubstep:" One-on-one with Skrillex". January 8, 2014. Retrieved April 27, 2015.