Thomas Wesley Pentz, more commonly known as Diplo, is a Grammy nominated American DJ, music producer, rapper, and songwriter. Diplo is currently based in Las Angeles, CA, working on his music and touring various countries, but he didn’t just step into this successful DJ life. Diplo began working on music while he was in college; beginning school at University of Central Florida and then transferring to Temple University in Philadelphia as a film major, he began throwing parties under the Hollertronix name where he started to gain attention as a DJ.
While performing at these parties in 2004, Diplo was approached by M.I.A and the two began working together producing music, and eventually mixing work with pleasure and dating for several years. While Diplo was working with M.I.A, they produced the single “Paper Planes” which peaked at number 4 on the Billboard US Hot 100 and was also nominated for a Grammy and sold more than 3 million copies. After getting such positive attention for the track, Diplo continued to grow and become more popular in the music world.
Diplo was transforming from an unknown DJ to a music producer working with artists such as Shakira, Robyn, Kid Cudi, Bruno Mars, No Doubt and Snoop Dogg, as well as work with Maluca, Kid Sister, Die Antwoord, Alex Clare, Rolo Tomassi, Amanda Blank and Dark Meat. His label, Mad Decent, became a platform for Diplo to showcase the many different sounds that he experienced while extensively touring. The label was founded in 2005 and he is still managing this today.