Justin Bieber, Diplo

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Diplo is totally taking credit for Justin Bieber's newfound coolness.

The famous DJ covers the latest issue of Billboard magazine and opens up about working in the music industry, being a part of the EDM culture and collaborating with artists like the Biebs.

Diplo collaborated with the controversial 22-year-old—who found himself in a brawl on Wednesday night—on "Where Are Ü Now," which was released in 2015 and was easily the first step in Bieber's rise to a new level of respect in the industry. The song also came with a whole new following of fans.

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"He had just turned 21, and he was like, 'Yo, man, I want to thank you, because this is the first time I've ever had adults clap for me. This is like a big deal,'" Diplo recalled Bieber telling him of the song.

But of course the DJ couldn't praise Bieber without giving him a hard time, too. "You think about that, and yeah, he was kind of like a clown on a pedestal. People just like picked on him."

Despite adding a little extra cool to the Biebs' swag, Diplo says the DJ business as a whole is sort of a lame, fleeting thing. 

"The DJ world is the corniest f--king group of people," he told the publication. "We're not celebrities, we're not famous for any good reason. We're just...really lame."

He continued, "Besides people like Dillon Francis, who makes fun of the whole thing, or Calvin Harris, it's a sinking ship. It's a really lame culture. I'm sad that I'm part of it, but I play the game."

Either way, Diplo is excited to be able to work with different groups of people, from Bieber to Ellie Goulding to 2 Chainz...and maybe even a country singer?

When asked about the most surprising artist he hopes to work with, Diplo explained, "I've been stalking [country singer] Sam Hunt. I think he can go multiformat in the Taylor Swift way."

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