Diplo told Radio.com
the story of the song: "That record went through a lot of different steps," he said. "We treat all of our songs like DJs and remix them ourselves. We try things out of the ordinary, because people expect Major Lazer to have a very progressive sound with the production."
"The hook came from working with [Jamaican artist] Tarrus Riley," Diplo continued. "The name of the beat was "Powerful," and the one thing about Jamaican artists is once you have a name for a beat, that's gonna be the lyrics of the song, so you have to be really careful. Luckily, that was a good title. We wrote the lyrics with a girl named IIlsey [Juber], who's a really awesome songwriter."