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Diplo in 2014
Thomas Wesley Pentz

(1978-11-10) November 10, 1978 (age 45)
Other names
  • Diplodocus
  • Thomas Wesley
EducationMainland High School
University of Central Florida
Alma materTemple University (BS)
  • Disc jockey
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active1997–present
OrganizationHeaps Decent
ChildrenLockett Pentz, Lazer Pentz and Pace Pentz
AwardsFull list
Musical career
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Thomas Wesley Pentz (born November 10, 1978),[1] better known by his stage name Diplo, is an American disc jockey and record producer. He is the co-creator and lead member of the electronic dancehall music project Major Lazer. He is known for his works with the disc jockey Skrillex.

Diplo founded and manages record company Mad Decent, as well as co-founding the non-profit organization Heaps Decent. He has worked as a school teacher in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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.

On February 24, 2016, Diplo supported Bernie Sanders as the Democratic presidential nominee. Sanders' ad "It's A Revolution" is soundtracked by Diplo's 2013 track "Revolution".[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Cordor, Cyril. "Diplo – Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved February 22, 2009.
  2. "Diplo's 'Revolution' Soundtracks Bernie Sanders' Campaign Ad". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-04-12.