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Diplo

American DJ & Music Producer; Founder of Mad Decent

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Diplo Biography

One thing of which Diplo 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. In 2009, the label signed a distribution deal with Fontana and Downtown Records. Their first collaborative release was by Major Lazer, a fictional Jamaican bounty hunter that was the brainchild of Diplo and DJ Switch. Major Lazer's debut album, "Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do," appeared in 2009, the same year as the Diplo remix collection "Decent Work for Decent Pay: Selected Works, Vol. 1." In 2010, Mad Decent began their "Blow Your Head" compilation series with the unmixed collection "Blow Your Head: Diplo Presents Dubstep."

Mad Decent is also the label behind Baauer, the DJ whose track "Harlem Shake" was the contagious YouTube song-and-dance craze early this year. Diplo shares the secrets of the Shake: "We sold nearly 1 million copies, but spent under $5,000 on marketing. How? We gave the song away to begin; we didn't fight pirating; and when a spark happened, we just added fuel to the fire. So many labels are going out of business. We bring it back to where it counts: releasing exciting music."

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Diplo for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Diplo, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Diplo or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Diplo?

    Booking fees for Diplo, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Diplo, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Diplo?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Diplo for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Diplo for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Diplo or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Diplo or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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American DJ & Music Producer; Founder of Mad Decent

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Diplo Biography

One thing of which Diplo 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. In 2009, the label signed a distribution deal with Fontana and Downtown Records. Their first collaborative release was by Major Lazer, a fictional Jamaican bounty hunter that was the brainchild of Diplo and DJ Switch. Major Lazer's debut album, "Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do," appeared in 2009, the same year as the Diplo remix collection "Decent Work for Decent Pay: Selected Works, Vol. 1." In 2010, Mad Decent began their "Blow Your Head" compilation series with the unmixed collection "Blow Your Head: Diplo Presents Dubstep."

Mad Decent is also the label behind Baauer, the DJ whose track "Harlem Shake" was the contagious YouTube song-and-dance craze early this year. Diplo shares the secrets of the Shake: "We sold nearly 1 million copies, but spent under $5,000 on marketing. How? We gave the song away to begin; we didn't fight pirating; and when a spark happened, we just added fuel to the fire. So many labels are going out of business. We bring it back to where it counts: releasing exciting music."

Diplo Videos

  • Diplo feat. Nicky Da B - Express Yourself [Official Video] - YouTube
  • DIPLO "Butter's Theme" (ft. Gent & Jawns) on Vimeo

FAQs on booking Diplo

  • How to book Diplo?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Diplo for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Diplo, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Diplo or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Diplo?

    Booking fees for Diplo, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Diplo, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Diplo?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Diplo for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Diplo for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Diplo or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Diplo or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Diplo is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Diplo for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. Diplo generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are DJ Snake, Zedd, Steve Aoki, Kendrick Lamar and Skrillex. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Diplo for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Diplo Speaker Videos

  • Diplo feat. Nicky Da B - Express Yourself [Official Video] - YouTube
    DIPLO "Butter's Theme" (ft. Gent & Jawns) on Vimeo

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