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, saxophone player) 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 Tracks

Albums

none Diplo - Sound And Fury album art Form Diplo* Sound And Fury(CDr, Promo) Not On Label (Diplo Self-released) none US 2002 Sell This Version
Diplo - Florida album art Diplo Florida (Album) Big Dada Recordings UK 2004 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Diplo - Epistimology Bw. Summers Gonna Hurt You... album art Diplodocus* Epistimology Bw. Summers Gonna Hurt You... (EP) Big Dada Recordings UK 2003 Sell This Version
Diplo - Newsflash album art Diplodocus* Newsflash (Single) Big Dada Recordings UK 2003 Sell This Version
Diplo - Thingamajawn album art Diplodocus* Thingamajawn Money Studies Records US 2003 Sell This Version
Diplo - Florida Mega-Mix album art Diplo Florida Mega-Mix (Single) Not On Label UK 2004 Sell This Version
Diplo - Diplo Rhythm album art Diplo Diplo Rhythm (EP) Big Dada Recordings UK 2004 Sell This Version
TGBM 001 Diplo - The Getaway - Black Monday album art 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 album art Diplo Shhake It Up(12") Uppercuts UP003 US 2006 Sell This Version
YF-001 Diplo - Young Folks (Diplo Remix) album art 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 Diplo - Live Session EP (iTunes Exclusive) album art Diplo Live Session EP (iTunes Exclusive)(4xFile, AAC, EP, 256) Mad Decent none US 2007
DPL 04 DJ Diplo - Wassup Wassup REMIX E.P. album art Diplo Wassup Wassup REMIX E.P.(12", EP, Promo, W/Lbl) Not On Label DPL 04 DJ 2007 Sell This Version
XL-GEN Diplo - Maps / Haiti On Blast album art Bonjay, Diplo Bonjay, Diplo - Maps / Haiti On Blast(7", W/Lbl) XL Recordings, Ghetto Arc XL-GEN 2007 Sell This Version
Diplo - Blow Your Head album art Diplo Blow Your Head (Single) Mad Decent UK 2008 Sell This Version
Diplo - Whirlyball Single 3 album art Diplo / Dark Meat Diplo / Dark Meat - Whirlyball Single 3 (Single) Chunklet Magazine US 2008 Sell This Version
Diplo - Bandida / Me Chinga album art Diplo / Deize Tigrona* Diplo / Deize Tigrona* - Bandida / Me Chinga (Single) MAN Recordings Germany 2008 Sell This Version
HJP42 Diplo - Fuji Ouija / Tetsuya's Theme / Boys, Girls, Let's Dance  / Thank You, God album art 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
Diplo - Hey album art Laidback Luke & Diplo Laidback Luke & Diplo - Hey (EP, Single) Dim Mak Records UK 2009 Sell This Version
Diplo - Get Off album art Diplo & Blaqstarr Diplo & Blaqstarr - Get Off Mad Decent, Serato Pressings US 2009 Sell This Version
Diplo - U Don't Like Me album art Diplo & Lil' Jon Diplo & Lil' Jon - U Don't Like Me (Single) Mad Decent UK 2010 Sell This Version
Diplo - C'mon album art Tiësto* vs Diplo Tiësto* vs Diplo - C'mon (Single) Musical Freedom (2) Netherlands 2010 Sell This Version
Diplo - Pick Your Poison album art Diplo & Datsik Diplo & Datsik - Pick Your Poison (Single, EP) Mad Decent US 2011
Diplo - C'mon (Catch 'Em By Surprise) album art 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 UK 2010 Sell This Version
MAD-144 Diplo - Que Que (Remixes) album art Dillon Francis & Diplo Featuring Maluca Dillon Francis & Diplo Featuring Maluca - Que Que (Remixes)(5xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Mad Decent MAD-144 US 2011
MAD-145 Diplo - Go album art Diplo & Oliver Twizt Diplo & Oliver Twizt - Go(6xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Mad Decent MAD-145 US 2011