Did Doja Cat rip off Plini at her MTV European Music Awards performance?

“Someone tell Doja Cat that if she digs the arrangement of this [...], then she would love my song Handmade Cities.”

When Doja Cat took the stage at the recent MTV European Music Awards to perform a progressive metal-inflected take on her disco hit Say So, it perked the ears of a virtuoso guitarist from the other side of the world: Plini.

The Australian guitarist insinuated that Doja Cat might have borrowed some of his djent rhythms and arrangements for her EMA set over the weekend (9 November). “Someone tell @DojaCat that if she digs the arrangement of this at 2:50 onwards, then she would love my song Handmade Cities,” he tweeted.

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Already, comparison videos between the two performances have flooded YouTube. But while some fans of the guitarist expressed outrage, Plini appeared to harbour no ill will towards Doja Cat and her band.

“@DojaCat should make more music with heavy guitar cos it sounds wicked,” Plini tweeted in response to a suggestion by Stray From The Path drummer Craig Reynolds that it’s “better to use this energy to get Plini and insane pop gig”. Read his tweet here:

In a separate statement shared to Instagram, however, Plini expressed his disappointing at not being first consulted for proper credit.

“The lack of prior communication about it or proper credit upon release is disappointing but not particularly surprising in a sector of the industry that is usually more interested in clout than creativity,” he wrote, adding “it’s being sorted now, but would have been cooler a million views ago.”

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in case you missed it, @dojacat ‘s recent performance of “say so” for MTV borrowed a few elements from my song “handmade cities” for its new live arrangement. i think it’s an awesome performance (shout out to the homie @laribasilio – sick playing!) and more than anything, find it absolutely hilarious that something i wrote 4 years ago in my bedroom would find its way here. the lack of prior communication about it or proper credit upon release is disappointing but not particularly surprising in a sector of the industry that is usually more interested in clout than creativity. (it’s being sorted now, but would have been cooler a million views ago) if you read this far, and are new to my music, you can preorder my upcoming album from the link in my bio. in the words of @iamdarionjavon – you’ve never heard me produce/arrange ANYthing like this before 😈🤟🔥

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Handmade Cities is the titular tune off Plini’s 2016 debut album. On 27 November, the Australian virtuoso will be launching his second album, titled Impulse Voices.

Guitar.com spoke to Plini about the hugely anticipated new album and loads more during his appearance on Guitar.com Live – watch it below:

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