DIPLO

DIPLO

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One thing of which Diplo (aka Diplodocus, Wes Diplo, and Wes Gully) cannot be accused is being afraid to experiment with new music. With his mash-up mixtapes, he found and ... read more
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Biography

Location: Philadelphia, United States United States
Real Name: THOMAS WESLEY PENTZ
Genre: Dubstep, Trap
Alias/Collaboration: MAJOR LAZER, JACK U
Labels: Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International for the world outside the United States. A Warner Music Group Company, Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. A Warner Music Group Company, Atlantic Recording Corporation for the US and WEA International for the world outside the United States. A Warner Music Group Company, Belgian House Mafia, Big Dada, Buygore Records, Dan Stein PKA DJ Fresh under exclusive license to Columbia Records, Dim Mak Records, Foktop!, Konichiwa Records, Mad Decen Protocol, Mad Decent, Mad Decent / Downtown Records, Mad Decent Protocol, Mad Decent Protocol LLC, Mad Decent Publishing, Musical Freedom, Musical Freedom/Mad Decent/Violator, Ninja Tune, OWSLA / Mad Decent / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. A Warner Music Group Company, OWSLA/Mad Decent, Sellout Sessions, Southern Fried Records, The Verve Music Group, Wall of Sound

One thing of which Diplo (aka Diplodocus, Wes Diplo, and Wes Gully) cannot be accused is being afraid to experiment with new music. With his mash-up mixtapes, he found and created a sound where his musical tastes — ’80s pop, electronica, Dirty South hip-hop, and his major influence, Miami bass music — intersect. His attention-grabbing projects Hollertronix, with partner DJ Low Budget, and the Piracy Funds Terrorism, Vol. 1 mixtape, with elusive British-Sri Lankan MC M.I.A., made a heavy impact on the alternative electro-pop scene, amassing him rave reviews from music critics and indie kids alike, including Spin magazine, which named him DJ of the Year in 2005.

Diplo was born Thomas Wesley Pentz in Tupelo, MS. Although he lived in a few different cities in the South, he mainly grew up in south Florida. He spent his youth in his father’s bait shop, fixated on manatees, alligators, and dinosaurs with hopes of becoming a paleontologist. However, he wound up pursuing an education in film studies, starting at a couple Florida colleges but then finishing up his undergraduate degree in Philadelphia at Temple University in 2003. Before his move to Philadelphia, Pentz had moved temporarily to Japan to Escape daily life in America. From Japan, he sent a demo tape of his beat concoctions to Will Ashon, founder of U.K. independent hip-hop label Big Dada Records, and once signed to the label, he relocated to Philadelphia.

To support himself, during and after graduating from Temple, Pentz took on a few different jobs in Philadelphia: social worker, after-school mentor, movie theater employee, and gig-by-gig DJ. He was barely able to pay the rent, and the frustration was stunting his musical development (although he does credit one of his musical epiphanies to the after-school students who exposed him to crunk and Baltimore club music). Thus, Diplo and like-minded DJ Low Budget pooled their resources to start up their own club nights in Philadelphia, which they branded Hollertronix. It simply began as a fun night of genre-warping dance music, but it blossomed into an underground subculture drawing out crowds from all over the East Coast. Under the Hollertronix moniker, Diplo and Budget released the highly praised Never Scared mixtape; it was listed as one of the New York Times’ top albums of 2003.

The following year, Big Dada released Diplo’s solo debut album, Florida, a more downtempo piece focusing on melody and instrumentals that was a departure from the melee of mashed-up vocals and beats. His unrelenting work ethic produced a considerable number of acclaimed mix CDs and 12" records; however, none of them accumulated more interest and Internet chatter than the 2004 Piracy Funds Terrorism, Vol. 1 mixtape that introduced M.I.A. outside of U.K. borders. Developing a yearning to produce more worldly music, he also began to throw his energy behind the Brazilian youth- and street-based music known as funk carioca (also referred to as baile funk), a derivation of Miami bass music. So, it was no surprise that when he established his own label, Mad Decent Records, around 2005, his first signee was the funk carioca group Bondo do Role. Becoming an internationally recognized artist, Diplo developed a knack for championing new world music that seems natural given his dynamism and boundless musical outlook. ~ Cyril Cordor, All Music Guide

Music

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Diplo - Epistemology Suite 1: Don't Fall
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Diplo - Summer's Gonna Hurt You
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Diplo featuring P.E.A.C.E - Money Power Respect
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Diplo - Florida
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dubstep
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Diplo - It's All Part Of A Bigger Plan
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dubstep
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Diplo - Way More
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Diplo featuring Martina Topley-Bird - Into The Sun
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Diplo - Works
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dubstep
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Diplo featuring P.E.A.C.E. - Indian Thick Jawns
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Diplo - Epistemology Suite 3: You're Enron
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