Diplo: 'Food, cocktails, a vibe. Soho Desert House feels very cool'
As weekend one at Soho Desert House blasts off, we caught up on site with the global music megastar to hear about his Coachella plans, Soho Desert House, and that blue hair
16 April 2022 By Jonathan Heaf Photography by AJ Woomer
It’s rare for a DJ to make the cultural leap from a non-descript nodding silhouette behind a flashing pair of Pioneer decks to someone who is asked for 10 selfies in the short space of time it takes to pick up his first chilled drink at the Patrón mirror bar to taking a seat at the Hugo VIP lounge. For Diplo, this is standard practice. At Desert House, it’s Diplo world; we just apply lashings of Supergoop! and order another chargrilled lobster tail.
Diplo is here kicking off Soho House’s weekend one party off the back of the release of his new, self-titled album; the industry praise for which has been well deserved. How does it feel to be the big first draw at Desert House this year? ‘It feels hot. Literally. No, you guys have a great venue here right by the actual Coachella festival grounds; food, drink… ’ He looks out across the sea of smiling faces and neon outfits, pointing to the Saint James Iced Tea activation. ‘I can see some giant inflatable strawberries over there. What more do you need? It feels very cool.’
So, if not partying in the sun at Soho Desert House, where’s best to listen to a Diplo record? Beach? Club? Rooftop pool party on a floaty with a chilled Lady A in hand? ‘I think it’s good for just cruising around, you know? Maybe cruising around in a little Honda or something, chilling with a deep house vibe.’
‘Well, at Burning Man – which is far less chilled than this – I saw a couple having sex right in front of me while DJing. That was also hot. Like, 120 degrees hot. They were going for a good 10 minutes. Fair play to them. Could happen today… I mean, it’s Desert House, so who knows what can happen?’ What goes on at Soho Desert House stays at Soho Desert House? Ask the influencers, who flock to the front, iPhones aloft. Who knows what tomorrow will bring…
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