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Diplo

Biography

American DJ, music producer and rapper who became known to be the co-creator of Main Lazer. He also accocunts for half from the duo Jack port Ü with Skrillex. He began garnering attention being a DJ while participating in Temple College or university in Philadelphia. He had written the Grammy-nominated tune “Paper Planes” with Sri-Lankan pop superstar M.We.A. He dated M.We.A. and Kathryn Lockhart, the last mentioned of which he previously two sons with. His beats had been sampled on Beyonce Knowles’ tune “Operate the Globe (Women).”

Quick Facts


Full Name Diplo
Date Of Birth November 10, 1978
Place Of Birth Tupelo, MS
Profession DJ
Education Temple University, University of Central Florida, Lean On, Cold Water, Light It Up, Philadelphia County, PA, United States, Las Vegas, NV, United States, Calgary, AB, Canada
Nationality American
Children Lockett Pentz, Lazer Pentz, Lean On, Cold Water, Light It Up, Philadelphia County, PA, United States, Las Vegas, NV, United States, Calgary, AB, Canada
Parents Barbara Jean Cox, Thomas Pentz, Lean On, Cold Water, Light It Up, Philadelphia County, PA, United States, Las Vegas, NV, United States, Calgary, AB, Canada
Awards American Music Award for Collaboration of the Year, DJ Award for Best Electronica, Lean On, Cold Water, Light It Up, Philadelphia County, PA, United States, Las Vegas, NV, United States, Calgary, AB, Canada
Music Groups Jack Ü, Major Lazer, Lean On, Cold Water, Light It Up, Philadelphia County, PA, United States, Las Vegas, NV, United States, Calgary, AB, Canada
Nominations Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Rap Song, Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, Teen Choice Award for Choice Collaboration, World Music Award for World’s Best Song, Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Collaboration, Teen Choice Award for Choice Music – Break-Up Song, BET Hip Hop Award for Best Track of the Year, Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year, Teen Choice Award for Choice Single: Male Artist, Myx Music Award for Favorite International Video, Lean On, Cold Water, Light It Up, Philadelphia County, PA, United States, Las Vegas, NV, United States, Calgary, AB, Canada
Movies Philadelphia County, PA, United States, Las Vegas, NV, United States, Calgary, AB, Canada, Give Me Future, 22 Jump Street, Scriptura Vitae, Favela on Blast, Diplo
Star Sign Scorpio

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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Emoji Movie2017writer: "Bubble Butt"
Baywatch2017writer: "Get Free" - as Thomas Pentz
Snatched2017/Iwriter: "Kamikaze", "Too Original" - as Thomas Wesley Pentz
Tu cara me suena2015-2017TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour2016Documentary writer: "Bitch I'm Madonna", "Living for Love", "Unapologetic Bitch"
The Late Late Show with James Corden2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Enter The Warriors Gate2016music: "Be Right There" / writer: "Be Right There" - as Thomas Pentz
Formula 1: Ten Sport2016TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Forza Horizon 32016Video Game performer: "Be Right There"
The Young Offenders2016writer: "Paper Planes" - as Thomas Pentz
Sing2016writer: "Pon de Floor" - as Thomas Pentz
Major Lazer: Cold Water2016Video short writer: "Cold Water"
Nerve2016writer: "Kamikaze" - as Thomas Pentz
The Voice2015-2016TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Idols!2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Neon Demon2016producer: "Waving Goodbye"
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising2016writer: "TOO ORIGINAL" - as Thomas Wesley Pentz
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonTV Series writer - 3 episodes, 2015 - 2016 performer - 1 episode, 2015
Morgen hör ich auf2016TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Mad Dogs2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
How to Be Single2016writer: "Lean On CRNKN Remix", "Lean On" - as Thomas Pentz
Ride Along 22016writer: "Watch Out For This Bumaye" - as Thomas Wesley Pentz
Ferdinando Show2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Perfect Guy2015/Iperformer: "REVOLUTION" / writer: "REVOLUTION" - as Thomas Pentz
Skrillex, Diplo, Justin Bieber: Where Are Ü Now2015Video short writer: "Where Are Ü Now"
Ballers2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Entourage2015performer: "Drop", "Express Yourself" / writer: "Drop", "Express Yourself" - as Thomas Pentz
Maryland2015writer: "Jessica" - as T. Pentz
Barely Lethal2015writer: "Get Free" - as Thomas Pentz
Pitch Perfect 22015writer: "Run The World Girls" - as Thomas Pentz
Lip Sync Battle2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Ellen DeGeneres Show2015TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Get Hard2015writer: "Bubble Butt" - as Thomas Pentz
Creative Control2015writer: "Third Thing" - as Thomas Pentz
The Jonathan Ross Show2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Chappie2015writer: "Evil Boy"
Le grand journal de Canal+2015TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Major Lazer, DJ Snake: Lean On2015Video short writer: "Lean On"
The Brit Awards 20152015TV Special producer: "Living for Love" / writer: "Living for Love"
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards2015TV Special producer: "Living for Love" / writer: "Living for Love"
Saturday Night Live2012-2015TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Waterloo Road2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Jack Ü: Where Are Ü Now (Purpose: The Movement)2015Video short writer: "Where Are Ü Now"
The Interview2014/IIwriter: "Pon De Floor" - as Thomas Pentz
The Last Taste2014Short performer: "Ass and Titties Mix"
Dancing with the StarsTV Series 1 episode, 2014 writer - 2 episodes, 2014
American Music Awards 20142014TV Special writer: "Booty" - as Thomas Wesley Pentz
Tu cara me suena - Argentina2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
You're Not You2014performer: "Express Yourself" / writer: "Express Yourself" - as Thomas Wesley Pentz
Meet Me in Montenegro2014performer: "Express Yourself" / writer: "Express Yourself" - as Thomas Wesley Pentz
Madden NFL 152014Video Game performer: "Waka Flocka Flame"
Let's Be Cops2014performer: "Bueller", "Biggie Bounce [TWRK Remix]" / writer: "Bueller", "Biggie Bounce [TWRK Remix]" - as Thomas Wesley Pentz / writer: "My Superman" - as Wesley Pentz
Step Up All In2014performer: "Revolution" / writer: "Revolution" - as Thomas Pentz
Todd's Pop Song Reviews2012-2014TV Series documentary writer - 3 episodes
22 Jump Street2014performer: "Express Yourself", "Boy Oh Boy", "Freak" / writer: "Express Yourself", "Boy Oh Boy", "Freak" - as Thomas Pentz
The Other Woman2014writer: "Bubble Butt" - as Thomas Pentz
Rio 22014writer: "Look at Me Now" - as Thomas Wesley Pentz
Dancing on Ice2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Justin Bieber's Believe2013Documentary writer: "Thought of You" - as Thomas Wesley Pentz
So You Think You Can Dance2010-2013TV Series writer - 8 episodes
Kick-Ass 22013as Pentz, "Motherquake" / performer: "Motherquake" / producer: "Motherquake"
This Is the End2013writer: "Paper Planes" - as Thomas Pentz
Orphan Black2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
Far Cry 32012Video Game writer: "Paper Planes"
Step Up Revolution2012performer: "U Don't Like Me Datsik Remix" / writer: "U Don't Like Me Datsik Remix" - as Thomas Wesley Pentz
No me la puc treure del cap2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Glee2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Entourage2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance CanadaTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
The Block2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Chris Brown Ft. Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes: Look at Me Now2011Video short producer: "Look at Me Now" / writer: "Look at Me Now"
Bellflower2011writer: "My Superman" - as Thomas Pentz
I'm Still Here2010/Iwriter: "Paper Planes"
Step Up 3D2010writer: "When You Hear the Bassline" - as Thomas Pentz
Coach2010Video writer: "Solta O Frango" - as Thomas Wesley Pentz
Date Night2010writer: "Something Bigger, Something Better" - as Thomas Wesley Pentz
Overloaded2009Short writer: "Marina Gasolina" - as Wesley Pentz
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony2009Video Game writer: "Anything Goes" - as T. Pentz
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned2009Video Game writer: "Anything Goes" - as T. Pentz / writer: "Jump Up" - as Thomas Wesley
Slumdog Millionaire2008writer: "Paper Planes", "Paper Planes DFA Remix" - as Wesley Pentz
Hancock2008writer: "Paper Planes" - as Wesley Pentz
The Ruins2008writer: "Solto O Frango" - as Thomas Pentz

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
What Would Diplo Do?2017TV Series executive producer
Give Me Future2017Documentary producer
Major Lazer2015TV Series developed by - 2 episodes
Diplo presents: @ Large - Creators at Work2015TV Series documentary executive producer - 10 episodes
Major Lazer2011TV Movie executive producer
Favela on Blast2008Documentary producer - as Wesley Pentz

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Major LazerTV Series creator - 8 episodes, 2015 developed by - 3 episodes, 2015 created by - 1 episode, 2015
Major Lazer Feat. Ellie Goulding & Tarrus Riley: Powerful2015Video short
Sia: Elastic Heart2015Video short
Favela on Blast2008Documentary written by - as Wesley Pentz

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Major LazerTV Series composer - 4 episodes, 2015 theme music - 4 episodes, 2015 theme song - 1 episode, 2015

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Thick Blue Line2017Short
Beyoncé: All Night2016Video short
Phoenixology2015Short
Techno2014Video short
Diplo: Revolution2014Video short
Sia Feat. The Weeknd & Diplo: Elastic Heart, Catching Fire Version2013Video short
Lea Sunshine Covering Climax by Usher2012TV Movie as Thomas Wesley Pentz

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Major Lazer Feat. Ellie Goulding & Tarrus Riley: Powerful2015Video shortDiplo
22 Jump Street2014Spring Break DJ
Burning Man: Bable2014Wesley Pentz
DJ Fresh vs Diplo: Earthquake2013Short
Malice N Wonderland2010Video shortWaiter #2

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Major Lazer2015TV Series source material - 3 episodes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Favela on Blast2008Documentary as Wesley Pentz

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Neon Demon2016NWR wishes to thank
Knight of Cups2015special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead2016DocumentaryHimself
IHeartRadio Music Awards 20162016TV SpecialHimself - Introducer
CBS This Morning2015-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Music Producer
Ridiculousness2016TV SeriesHimself
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards2016TV MovieHimself - Performer
Phoenixology2015ShortHimself
American Music Awards 20152015TV SpecialHimself
E! Live from the Red Carpet2015TV SeriesHimself
FansTang Live from the Red Carpet2015TV SeriesHimself
VIP for a Day2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Charlie Rose2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Beats4Tanner2015DocumentaryDiplo
Madonna: Bitch I'm Madonna2015Video shortHimself (uncredited)
As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM2015DocumentaryHimself
Diplo presents: @ Large - Creators at Work2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV SeriesHimself - Musical Support
8082015DocumentaryHimself
Major Lazer, DJ Snake: Lean On2015Video shortHimself
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself
Jack Ü: Where Are Ü Now (Purpose: The Movement)2015Video shortHimself
Most Expensivest Shit2014Video shortHimself
SoundClash2014TV SeriesHimself - Host
Reincarnated2012DocumentaryHimself
Puma Motorsports2012Documentary shortHimself - Performer
Last Call with Carson Daly2011TV Series
Diplo2010Documentary short as Wesley Pentz
mtvU Woodie Awards 20092009TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Momentum: What Drives You2009TV Series documentary

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2017TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Dance Recording· Skrillex (artist/producer/mixer)
· Justin Bieber (artist)
2016GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Electronic/Dance Album· Skrillex
2015VMAMTV Video Music Awards (VMA)Best Visual EffectsSkrillex, Diplo, Justin Bieber: Where Are Ü Now (2015)· Alex Brewer
· Ben Brewer
· Tomash Kuzmitskyi
· Max Colt Chyzhevskyy
· Skrillex (artist)
· Justin Bieber (artist)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015VMAMTV Video Music Awards (VMA)Best Song of the Summer· Skrillex
· Justin Bieber
2015VMAMTV Video Music Awards (VMA)Best Art DirectionSkrillex, Diplo, Justin Bieber: Where Are Ü Now (2015)· Alex Brewer
· Ben Brewer
· Skrillex (artist)
· Justin Bieber (artist)
2015VMAMTV Video Music Awards (VMA)Best EditingSkrillex, Diplo, Justin Bieber: Where Are Ü Now (2015)· Alex Brewer
· Ben Brewer
· Skrillex (artist)
· Justin Bieber (artist)
2015Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Single: Male Artist· Skrillex
· Justin Bieber
2015Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Break-Up Song· Skrillex
· Justin Bieber
2015Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Collaboration· Skrillex
· Justin Bieber
2013GrammyGrammy AwardsProducer of the Year (Non-Classical)
2012GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Rap Song· Jean Baptiste (Songwriter)
· Chris Brown (Songwriter)
· Busta Rhymes (Songwriter)
· Lil' Wayne (Songwriter)
2009Best DocumentaryWarsaw International Film FestivalFavela on Blast (2008)· Leandro HBL
2008Sound & Vision AwardCPH:DOXFavela on Blast (2008)· Leandro HBL


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