Thomas Wesley Pentz Jr. or better know to the public as Diplo, is an American DJ and record producer in Los Angeles, California. He is the co-creator and lead member of the world’s biggest electronic music project Major Lazer, a member of the super group LSD, with Sia and Labrinth also working alongside with another major producer and DJ Skrillex as part of the electronic duo Jack Ü, which made the 2015 smash hit Where are U now. He also formed the group Silk City with Mark Ronson. He founded and manages record company Mad Decent, as well as co-founding the non-profit organization Heaps Decent. Among his many other jobs, he has worked as a school teacher in Philadelphia. His 2013 EP, Revolution, debuted at number 68 on the US Billboard 200. The EP’s title track was also featured in a commercial for Hyundai and is featured on the video game WWE 2K16 soundtrack.
During his rise to fame, Diplo worked with British musician M.I.A., an artist who credited with giving him exposure in his early career. Later, he and fellow M.I.A. producer Switch made a Jamaican dancehall project and cartoon series titled Major Lazer. Since then, Diplo has worked on production and mixtape projects with many other big names in music, such as Gwen Stefani, Die Antwoord, Britney Spears, Madonna, Shakira, Beyoncé, No Doubt, Justin Bieber, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Trippie Redd, Chris Brown, CL, G-Dragon, Bad Bunny, MØ, Poppy, and Bausa. And if you were curious as to where he got his name, it’s short for Diplodocus. The only reasoning being is that he loved dinosaurs growing up as a kid.