Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known by his stage name Diplo, was born on November 10, 1978. He began his career as a D.J. in nightclubs before going on to become one of America’s most well-known record producers. As the co-founder and lead member of the electronic dancehall music act Major Lazer, as well as a member of the supergroup LSD alongside Sia and Labrinth, he achieved immense success. Mad Decent is his musical label, which he started and currently runs. We are quite overjoyed to be celebrating his special day with him.
Thomas Wesley Pentz is the son of Barbara Jean (née Cox) and Thomas Pentz and was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. He has German and English ancestors. He attended Hendersonville High School in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and graduated with honors. M.I.A. approached him while D.J.ing at the Fabric Club in London in 2004 after hearing one of his songs. Pentz was playing her songs ‘Galang’ and ‘Fire Fire’ at the time. Eventually, the two collaborated on a mixtape called “Piracy Funds Terrorism Vol. 1,” in which Arular track acapellas were mixed with music by other artists. The “New York Times” and “Pitchfork Media” both named it one of their “Albums of the Year.” Following the release, the two continued to collaborate. He was the tour D.J. for her Arular Tour in 2005.
He continued to collaborate with M.I.A. and met London D.J. Switch through her. They collaborated on the Grammy-nominated song ‘Paper Planes,’ which reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and has gone on to release four full-length albums. He went from being an obscure D.J. to becoming a successful producer, working with musicians such as Beyonce, Shakira, Robyn, Kid Cudi, Bruno Mars, No Doubt, and Snoop Dogg. Diplo was named one of the “40 Reasons to be Excited About Music” in the April 2010 issue of “Rolling Stone.” Around this time, he had his first child, Lockett Pentz, with Kathryn Lockhart. The couple later welcomed another child named Lazer Pentz in 2014.
Diplo and Skrillex formed Jack Ü, a two-piece American music group, in 2013. On September 15, 2013, Jack Ü made his debut at the Mad Decent Block Party in San Diego. In 2016, the team received two Grammy Awards for “Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü.” Diplo unveiled Silk City, a new collaboration duo with him and vocalist Mark Ronson, on January 2, 2018. On May 23, 2018, the duo released their debut single, ‘Only Can Get Better,’ which featured Daniel Merriweather. ‘Electricity,’ their fourth single, features British singer Dua Lipa and was released on September 5, 2018. ‘Electricity’ received a Grammy for ‘Best Dance Recording’ at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2018. Diplo was a member of another trio named LSD, which debuted in 2019 and included him, Australian singer Sia, and British artist Labrinth. The group has so far released five tracks, one of which, ‘Thunderclouds,’ was included in a Samsung Galaxy Note9 commercial.
Diplo releases his debut studio album titled “Florida.”
He and fellow producer Switch create the music group, Major Lazer.
Jack Ü, a two-piece American music combo, is created by Diplo and Skrillex.
He wins ‘Best Dance Recording’ for ‘Where Are Ü Now’ (with Skrillex and Bieber.)
Why We Love Diplo
He is charitable
He started a charity called Heaps Decent. He employs it as a social relief program to support children in Australia and other parts of the world, through his label.
He is talented
Despite not learning music the traditional way with instruments, his talent still managed to shine through in his music. Let’s not forget the notable collaborations he made throughout the years.
His sense of humor
He cracks everyone up. Whether he's mocking his fellow celebrities or simply speaking on current affairs on Twitter, people like him for it.
5 Surprising Facts
A dinosaur inspired his stage name
He got his stage name, Diplo, from the Diplodocus dinosaur he adored as a kid.
He studied film and music
He studied film and music at Temple University.
His biggest influences
He draws inspiration from hip-hop producers like Timbaland.
His favorite shows
His favorite program is “Breaking Bad,” and he’s also a big “Game of Thrones” fan.
He is a total ladies’ man
He once flew his ex-girlfriend to Las Vegas for a day to eat “the most expensive sushi.”
How much money does Diplo make a year?
Diplo has been rumored to generate around $20 million per year from his multiple sources of income, notably touring.
How does Diplo stay in shape?
He works out six days a week physically. He’s been doing Bikram yoga for years.
Is Diplo a twin?
No, he is not.
Diplo’s birthday dates