As you may have read in our Major Lazer feature from earlier today, Diplo is one seriously hard worker, and he’s got a discography miles long. We picked out a few choice cuts from that long list to get you started.
There’s no denying it that Diplo (aka Wesley Pentz), the Grammy-nominated producer, remixer, and and head honcho of Mad Decent Records, is one of the hardest-working men in the music business. Through unending curiosity and exploration of the world’s vast musical heritages in Jamaica, Africa, the US, and beyond, Diplo has a knack for seamlessly connecting the dots between the global underground and the commercial music mainstream. And in connecting those dots, he’s racked up production credits for MIA, Santigold, Drake, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars, among many others.
A few years back, director Stephen Alex Vasquez decided to take a look at the coming revolution in electronic music in the US, via acts like Steve Aoki, Diplo, Switch, Lil Jon, Pitbull, A-Trak, Dave-1, DJ Premier, Moby, LMFAO, and more. As Justice and David Guetta were making waves in the US, and artists like Kanye West were teaming up with the likes of Daft Punk, it only made sense to start documenting the sea change. What Vasquez didn’t have in terms of filmmaking resources, the upstart interviewer, videographer, and producer more than made up for in sheer tenacity, landing spots with many of the aforementioned artists in their career prime.
There’s been much ado about Mad Decent’s and Major Lazer’s appropriation of Caribbean culture over the years, and, yeah, we can see both sides of the argument. But finally, label head Diplo has spoken in greater detail on that topic. Read up on that and a whole lot more in today’s Roundup.
Really, who out there doesn’t like Daft Punk? If our Facebook page is any indication, the French duo is pretty much the only brand in dance music that everyone can agree on. So, with that challenge, one writer recently went in search of people who don’t like them—click on through to see what he found.
Well, this isn’t your everyday story from a music industry conference, but it seems that a dispute over Facebook-fan numbers during a panel discussion, spurred by Diplo in the direction of DJ BL3ND, led to managerial fisticuffs yesterday at the International Music Summit’s Engage conference in LA, at which Beatport’s own Matthew Adell also spoke.
We were cautiously excited to hear today that Diplo has apparently signed on with 20th Century Fox Pictures to both exec-produce and star in a film about dance music—a sort of 8 Mile meets Project X for the raver set, it would seem. While we can’t offer much more than that info, we’ve gotta say that these types of films have a history of ending up kinda silly when they hit the big—or small—screen. In that spirit, we’ve assembled a series of the silliest dance-music movies out there.
Ibiza’s International Music Summit is one of the biggest dance-music-industry think-fests happening each year, bringing together artists, managers, retailers, agents, and all manner of delegates to confer on the state of things to come, musically speaking. In fact, it’s such a high-profile engagement that last year Nile Rodgers used it as a platform to really go on record for the first time about the upcoming Daft Punk album that we’ve all been going ga-ga about.
There’s a ton to get to today, but our top news item is definitely about Avicii’s missive to GQ magazine over a number of supposed inaccuracies in their reporting of his story. Read on to see what he’s got to say to them.
Well, we’re happy to report that Avicii is back in action after a spell in the hospital last week. There’s really never a dull moment in this wild world of dance music, and to prove it, we’ve got more updates from the Afrojack, Richie Hawtin, Deadmau5, Diplo, and DJ Sneak camps, who just keep the music-news fire burning white hot! See what’s up after the jump.