Diplo

Diplo

Real Name:
Thomas Wesley Pentz
Profile:
Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, is unquestionably one of the most dynamic forces in music today. He is as much as an international brand (tastemaker, spokesman, curator) as he is a musician/DJ/producer. Year after year, he’s proven himself to be an ubiquitous cultural figure, consistently bridging high and low, mainstream and underground, with remarkable tact and reverence.

In 2004, after studying film at Temple University, throwing influential parties in South Philadelphia, and releasing multiple mixtapes promoting the aesthetic of his party, Hollertronix, Pentz cemented himself as a full fledged artist through his debut album, “Florida.” Receiving praise within the underground community, “Florida” caught the attention of XL Recording’s newest act at the time - M.I.A. - who partnered with Pentz to release mixtape “Piracy Funds Terrorism Vol. 1.” This pivotal mixtape (listed by the New York Times and Pitchfork Media as “Album of the Year”) helped build buzz for M.I.A.’s debut and boosted Diplo’s reputation as a scene-spotter, championing the mongrel pop of the global underclass to the speakers of American clubs. Diplo would continue to work with M.I.A. on her first and second albums, eventually creating the Grammy nominated track “Paper Planes” in 2007, which hit No. 4 in the U.S. Hot 100 Charts and has sold more than 3 million copies.

In 2005, Diplo founded label/culture lab Mad Decent to serve as a showcasing platform for the myriad of fascinating sounds Pentz encounters while touring the world. The early release of Brazilian group Bonde do Role remains a testament to Diplo’s aspirations, as their music helped define Baile Funk in the United States. Mad Decent has gone on to release music from a dynamic range of artists that include Santigold, Peter Bjorn & John, Rusko, Crookers, Bosco Delrey, Lil’ Jon, Gucci Mane, Buraka Som Sistema, Dillon Francis, RiFF RAFF, Baauer and Major Lazer. Coming full circle from his days of Hollertronix, Diplo has also utilized the label to produce the annual and infamous Mad Decent block parties – a series of outdoor dance parties/concerts that now span 19 cities across North America.

After multiple Grammy nominations, including Producer of the Year, and being crowned the #1 most streamed artist on Soundcloud in 2013, Diplo’s might continues to grow in 2014. Diplo’s touring remains extensive, playing hard ticket venues all around the world 300 days of the year, headlining the 22-city Mad Decent Block Party tour across North America, as well as launching the inaugural Mad Decent Boat Party on the Caribbean seas. Following the success of Diplo’s “Express Yourself” EP in 2012 and Major Lazer’s sophomore album Free The Universe in 2013, 2014 will see the release of his compilation album Random White Dude Be Everywhere, which includes some of his biggest recent hits that have been seen in TV commercials for Doritos and Fiat. His chart-climbing single “Revolution” recently broke the Top 40 Pop Chart at radio, making it Diplo’s biggest hit to date. In addition, Beyonce’s “Run The World” heavily sampled Major Lazer’s “Pon De Floor” and went on to sell over a million copies, further cementing Diplo’s place in the pop world. He remains the go-to producer for the who’s who of the pop music landscape – Usher, Snoop Lion, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, No Doubt, Beyonce, Madonna, Pharrell and more.

“Lean On” the global smash hit from Major Lazer’s June 2015 release Peace Is the Mission has garnered a host of accolades including reaching #1 at Top 40 Radio, a first for any independent label, being named Spotify’s Global Song of the Summer as well as the 4th most streamed track in history making it the most successful independent song of all time.

Diplo is truly a jack of all trades - he’s contributed to Vanity Fair, yields regular radio shows on BBC Radio 1 and Clear Channel Media stations, as well as his new show Lazer Sound on Apple Music’s Beats1, has modeled for the campaign of fashion designer Alexander Wang, released the coffee table book 128 Beats Per Minute and the documentary film, Favela On Blast, made a cameo in 22 Jump Street and starred as the host of the ?uestlove-produced VH1 show, SoundClash. Diplo is a dynamic and self-driven spirit with interests that span far beyond any singular culture or musical realm; he is truly the 21st century artist.
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Diplo Discography

Albums

none Form Diplo* Sound And Fury(CDr, Promo) Not On Label (Diplo Self-released) none US 2002 Sell This Version
BD69P Diplo Florida (Album) Big Dada Recordings BD69P UK 2004 Sell This Version
none Skrillex & Diplo Skrillex & Diplo - Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü (Album) OWSLA, Mad Decent none 2015 Sell This Version
5060421561349 Major Lazer, Diplo Major Lazer, Diplo - Peace Is The Mission(LP, Album) Mad Decent 5060421561349 US 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

BD055 Diplodocus* Newsflash (Single) Big Dada Recordings BD055 UK 2003 Sell This Version
BD062 Diplodocus* Epistimology Bw. Summers Gonna Hurt You... (EP) Big Dada Recordings BD062 UK 2003 Sell This Version
ms-003 Diplodocus* Thingamajawn Money Studies Records ms-003 US 2003 Sell This Version
BD055X Diplo Diplo Rhythm (EP) Big Dada Recordings BD055X UK 2004 Sell This Version
TGBM 001 Diplo / Amon Tobin Diplo / Amon Tobin - The Getaway - Black Monday(12", S/Sided, Etch) Ninja Tune TGBM 001 UK 2004 Sell This Version
UP003 Diplo Shhake It Up(12") Uppercuts UP003 US 2006 Sell This Version
YF-001 Peter Bjorn And John And Diplo Peter Bjorn And John And Diplo - Young Folks (Diplo Remix)(12") Mad Decent YF-001 US 2007 Sell This Version
none Heaps Decent Featuring Diplo Heaps Decent Featuring Diplo - Smash A Kangaroo(File, AAC, Single) Mad Decent none US 2007
none Diplo Live Session EP (iTunes Exclusive)(4xFile, AAC, EP, 256) Mad Decent none US 2007
XL-GEN Bonjay, Diplo Bonjay, Diplo - Maps / Haiti On Blast(7", W/Lbl) XL Recordings, Ghetto Arc XL-GEN 2007 Sell This Version
MAD-087 Diplo Blow Your Head (Single) Mad Decent MAD-087 UK 2008 Sell This Version
Whirlychunk 003 Diplo / Dark Meat Diplo / Dark Meat - Whirlyball Single 3 (Single) Chunklet Magazine Whirlychunk 003 US 2008 Sell This Version
MAN 021 Diplo / Deize Tigrona* Diplo / Deize Tigrona* - Bandida / Me Chinga (Single) MAN Recordings MAN 021 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
HJP42 Diplo / Newham Generals / Elewedu Of Agege Diplo / Newham Generals / Elewedu Of Agege - Fuji Ouija / Tetsuya's Theme / Boys, Girls, Let's Dance / Thank You, God(12") Honest Jon's Records HJP42 UK 2008 Sell This Version
none Laidback Luke & Diplo Laidback Luke & Diplo - Hey (EP, Single) Dim Mak Records none UK 2009 Sell This Version
MAD-093 Diplo & Blaqstarr Diplo & Blaqstarr - Get Off Mad Decent, Serato Pressings MAD-093 US 2009 Sell This Version
MAD116P Diplo & Lil' Jon Diplo & Lil' Jon - U Don't Like Me (Single) Mad Decent MAD116P UK 2010 Sell This Version
MF029 Tiësto* vs Diplo Tiësto* vs Diplo - C'mon Musical Freedom (2) MF029 Netherlands 2010 Sell This Version
MAD-148 Diplo & Datsik Diplo & Datsik - Pick Your Poison (Single, EP) Mad Decent MAD-148 US 2011
WOS089D Tiësto* vs Diplo Featuring Busta Rhymes Tiësto* vs Diplo Featuring Busta Rhymes - C'mon (Catch 'Em By Surprise) (Maxi, Single) Wall Of Sound, Wall Of Sound WOS089D UK 2010 Sell This Version
MAD-144 Dillon Francis & Diplo Featuring Maluca Dillon Francis & Diplo Featuring Maluca - Que Que Remixes(5xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Mad Decent MAD-144 US 2011