Diplo Biography (Wikipedia)
Thomas Wesley Pentz (born November 10, 1978), known professionally as Diplo, is an American DJ, songwriter, and record producer based in Los Angeles, California. He is the co-creator and lead member of the electronic dancehall music project Major Lazer, a member of the supergroup LSD with Sia and Labrinth, a member of electronic duo Jack Ü with producer and DJ Skrillex, and a member of Silk City with Mark Ronson. He founded and manages record company Mad Decent, as well as co-founding the non-profit organization Heaps Decent. Among other jobs, he has worked as an English teacher in Japan and a school teacher in Philadelphia. His 2013 EP, Revolution, debuted at number 68 on the US Billboard 200. The EP's title track was later featured in a commercial for Hyundai and is featured on the WWE 2K16 soundtrack.
During his rise to fame, Diplo worked with British musician M.I.A., an artist who is credited with giving him exposure in his early career. Later, he and fellow M.I.A. producer Switch created a Jamaican dancehall project and cartoon series titled Major Lazer. Since then, Diplo has worked on production and mixtape projects with many other pop artists, such as Gwen Stefani, Die Antwoord, Britney Spears, Madonna, Shakira, Beyoncé, Ellie Goulding, No Doubt, Justin Bieber, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Trippie Redd, Chris Brown, CL, G-Dragon, Bad Bunny, MØ and Poppy. His alias, short for Diplodocus, derives from his childhood fascination with dinosaurs.
- "I've about 10,000 songs" Diplo explains his 'unreleased' productionshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05qry48.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05qry48.jpg2017-12-11T15:20:00.000ZAward-winning DJ, Producer, record Executive, Remixer and Major Lazer creator Diplohttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05qrwnb
"I've about 10,000 songs" Diplo explains his 'unreleased' productions
- "I wanna work with J Hus" Diplo's next collaboration?https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05qrrmx.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05qrrmx.jpg2017-12-11T14:33:00.000ZI'm really into the Lagos to Nigeria scene - He is a real fusion Afropop & Hip Hop. I like it" says Major Lazer's award-winning DJ, Record Producer and Songwriter, Diplohttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05qrnk7
"I wanna work with J Hus" Diplo's next collaboration?
- "One guy has a USB, and he shares it with 10 million people." Diplo's story of music discovery in Cuba.https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05n585j.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05n585j.jpg2017-11-15T20:08:00.000ZWhen internet access is so restricted, just how did Major Lazer pull a crowd of 400,000?https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05n5cdb
"One guy has a USB, and he shares it with 10 million people." Diplo's story of music discovery in Cuba.
- 'You gotta pay attention more to the music than your fanbase' - Diplo talks Bieber switching up genreshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01br5y8.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01br5y8.jpg2016-07-22T12:23:00.000ZFrom a New York club toilet, Diplo tells Grimmy what it was like working with Bieber for the new Major Lazer single and tries to explain the correct way to pronounce 'MØ'.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0427t9c
'You gotta pay attention more to the music than your fanbase' - Diplo talks Bieber switching up genres
- Diplo - Too Late (T in the Park 2016)https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0414k5j.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0414k5j.jpg2016-07-11T13:52:27.000ZPerforming live on the Radio 1 Stagehttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0414hqk
Diplo - Too Late (T in the Park 2016)
- Diplo on the other side of the michttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01br5y8.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01br5y8.jpg2016-06-14T10:16:00.000ZClara chats with Diplo about his relentless work ethic and making music that shocks.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03y9nkr
Diplo on the other side of the mic
- Diplo Alarm Callhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01xg8p4.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01xg8p4.jpg2014-04-15T15:47:00.000ZDiplo Alarm Call for Rob Da Bankhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01xg8qy
Diplo Alarm Call
- Diplo chats with Annie Machttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0166tty.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0166tty.jpg2013-03-12T11:48:00.000ZDiplo is on the phone to talk all about Major Lazer and the next album.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0166v04
Diplo chats with Annie Mac