Shepparton News - - OPINION -

Happy birth­day to­day to United States DJ and pro­ducer Di­plo (1978- ). As one of the west­ern world’s lead­ing DJs/pro­duc­ers, Di­plo of­ten gets banded to­gether with an­other fa­mous elec­tronic dance king, Calvin Har­ris. But in a 2017 in­ter­view, Di­plo ex­plained the two might have found suc­cess dur­ing the EDM boom, but were not de­fined by the genre. ‘‘Me and Calvin (Har­ris) hi­jacked the term EDM when it was good for us. We might be in mag­a­zine ar­ti­cles (be­ing called) the EDM guys, but we were never that,’’ Di­plo said in a BBC in­ter­view. With a CV that cred­its col­lab­o­ra­tions with Drake and Bey­once and side projects pro­duc­ing some of the most streamed sin­gles to date, Di­plo con­tin­ues to be a mul­ti­tal­ented force in mod­ern pop mu­sic. He was born Thomas Wes­ley Pentz in Mis­sis­sippi. His stage name was in­spired by his young love of di­nosaurs, namely the Di­plodocus. He stud­ied in Florida, then in Philadel­phia, where he honed his DJ skills at night­clubs and par­ties. Af­ter his de­but al­bum Florida was re­leased in 2004, he was soon linked with mu­si­cian M.I.A. The pair worked on the mix tape Piracy Funds Ter­ror­ism, and then her sec­ond al­bum Kala .It fea­tured the world­wide hit Di­plo co-wrote and pro­duced, Pa­per Planes, help­ing kick­start his ca­reer. In 2008, Di­plo was a found­ing mem­ber of elec­tronic mu­si­cal group Ma­jor Lazer. The dance trio has had sev­eral suc­cess­ful al­bums, in­clud­ing Guns Don’t Kill Peo­ple . . . Laz­ers Do (2009), and Free the Uni­verse (2013). The group has also pro­duced sev­eral al­bums. In Oc­to­ber, Di­plo and Mark Ron­son cel­e­brated their new song Elec­tric­ity reach­ing 100 mil­lion Spo­tify streams one month af­ter its re­lease.

Pic­ture: Willy San­juan/In­vi­sion/AP

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