Over the years, Thomas Wesley Pentz has never failed to impress us — not only with his considerable contributions to the American music scene, but also with his unique worldview and delightfully quirky sense of humor. The former schoolteacher who we know today as Diplo is one of EDM’s most influential and outsized personalities, and it’s always worth listening to what he has to say. As one half of Major Lazer, he’s brought African beats to American ears. As Mad Decent chief, he’s mentored the likes of Dillon Francis. As an outspoken advocate of musical diversity, he’s refused to pigeonhole himself into a specific genre. We’ll forever be grateful for his Mad Decent block parties, which brought free moombahton to the streets of LA.
128 Beats Per Minute chronicles Diplo’s travels around the world through the lens of photographer Shaun McCauley. A quick glimpse at the trailer suggests the book will be fascinating. “Seven years, thirty-two countries, sixty thousands photos,” it proclaims. Clearly, Diplo understands that he’s been lucky to explore so much of the world through his job creating and playing music. We’re just glad he’s willing to share what he’s learned.