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Posts Tagged ‘ Diplo ’

Diplo Talks Music Producing, Rise to Stardom


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There’s no denying the fact that dance music has officially completed its merger with the commercial media. If huge corporate sponsorships at your favorite events or a feature-length film starring Zac Efron weren’t clear indicators, take Diplo on your mother’s favorite morning talk show with Charlie Rose as the strongest example yet. Dance music has gone day-time TV, and you know what? That’s just fine. With Diplo representing the commercial side of dance music on CBS This Morning, it’s evident that his meteoric rise is directly correlated to dance music’s explosion in America within the last five years.

Seeing Diplo, or Wesley, in any setting outside of a human hamster ball steam-rolling a sea of fans always takes a moment to get used to. But as Diplo describes electronic music as the sound of our day, remarking on its accessibility, he explains that finding his current fame was no walk in the park.

Not a classically-trained musician, the Mad Decent label head tells the hosts that his true abilities lie in his creative process, describing the grinding busy work as he slowly established his brand. Diplo divulges on his leap of faith into the music world at age 23 – bouncing between jobs at the zoo, Subway, and an elementary school before taking pop’s top spot. Charlie Rose crowns “Lean On” the song of the summer as the hosts dive into Wes’ work with pop icons Madonna and Justin Bieber, and all the while, Diplo fields their questions with a slick charm.

Though, Gayle King turns the tables in asking Diplo point blank if his “badboy” persona is all just an act. Frankly, it makes you wonder. Considering the way in which Wes describes his rise to fame, relentless work ethic, and desire to push creative boundaries from Jack Ü and Major Lazer to everything in between, Diplo probably doesn’t deserve such a bad rap. In fact, he proves electronic music can be intelligent, and if others were as dedicated, then anyone – even a kid from Florida with no classical music training – can grab a laptop, start creating, and maybe one day take over the world.

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Calling All Entrepreneurs


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Heritage American tennis brand K•Swiss is partnering with renowned DJ, producer and entrepreneur Diplo to launch ‘The Board’, a game changing program built to inspire, and to be led by, the next generation of young entrepreneurs.  Diplo will serve as the Director of a 100-person board comprised of creative and connected individuals who will work on real tasks to bring the K•Swiss brand back to prominence.

Led by Diplo, successful applicants to ‘The Board’ will be invited to the program’s members-only website with a six-course curriculum connecting the group with industry insiders. Each insider will lead a discussion session specific to their expertise, and then assign a task to the board that relates to K•Swiss’ business. Members of ‘The Board’ will make real decisions on real projects that K•Swiss will follow. The program will highlight important topics, including: brand positioning, sneaker design, social media promotion and drafting a business plan.

‘The Board’ application period is now open online HERE. Entries close on April 30, 2015 at 11:59 PM PST.

Major Lazer At The World Cup.


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Deutschland has become the country of the World Cup Winners, but soccer wasn’t the only excitement in Rio during the tournament.  Diplo and Major Lazer had quite an electric performance on the rooftop of the Budweiser Hotel in Rio de Janeiro.  Check out the video below.

Steve Aoki’s Newest Batch Of Hot.


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The crown prince of Dim Mak, Steve Aoki is back at it again.  With releases left, right and center from the DJ master, we had to focus on two of our favorite.  Free The Madness features Machine Gun Kelly, and takes place both in the future, and in the past.  This video is quite cleverly based off AMC’s monster hit show ‘Breaking Bad’.  Check the method below.

The second of our two newest Aoki video release is ‘Freaks’ featuring Diplo and Deorro.  If you saw ’22 Jump Street’ since its release, you may recognize this one from the Spring Break scene (where Diplo himself made a cameo appearance)  Videos now a days are chocked full of wild concepts, and crazy gags, but the simplistic style of ‘Freaks’ is quite refreshing.   Some seemingly explicit insinuations are made in the video, but wait till the end.  Check the method below.

Diplo ft. Angger Dimas & Travis Porter – Biggie Bounce (Official Video).


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Diplo has had some extremely impressive collaborative credits under his belt, some of which may even border on unusual.  But regardless of which Diplo produced songs you like, and which you may not prefer, ‘Biggie Bounce’ is one to check out.  The track itself stands alone, but the style, concept, and execution of the video is unique in a way that’s more than noteworthy.  Check the method below.

Forbes Highest Paid Electronic DJs of 2013


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Esteemed business magazine and infamous list makers Forbes have put together the 13 highest paid electronic music DJs of 2013, estimating their earning from live shows, endorsements, merchandise sales, recorded music sales, and external business ventures. While last year saw Tiesto top the list, bagging $22 million USD, this year sees Scottish producer Calvin Harris more than doubling that figure and netting a total of $46 million thanks to over 100 live shows at places like the Las Vegas megaclub Hakkasan (for which he received up to $200,000 per night). He also receives revenue from his songwriting work for megastars like Rihanna, meaning he ends up taking home even more money than the likes of Jay-Z and Katy Perry. How did he do it? “The rise of dance music has been astronomical in the last three years,” he tells Forbes. “I happened to be in the right place at the right time.”

1. Calvin Harris – $46 million

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2. Tiësto – $32 million

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3. David Guetta – $30 million

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4. Swedish House Mafia – $25 million

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5. deadmau5 – $21 million

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6. Avicii – $20 million

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7. Afrojack – $18 million

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8. Armin van Buuren – $17 million

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9. Skrillex – $16 million (tie)

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10. Kaskade – $16 million (tie)

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11. Steve Aoki – $14 million

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12. DJ Pauly D – $13 million (tie)

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13. Diplo – $13 million (tie)

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Snoop Dogg As Snoop Lion – La La La (Official Video).


Snoop Lion drops the music video for his first reggae single ‘La La La’ from his upcoming album. Early in the summer Snoop Dogg changed his name to Snoop Lion, and announced that he would be teaming up with Diplo to drop a reggae album.

I been on the top ever since I been in it. I got rap songs that will never die. That ain’t with no disrespect but I’m tired of rapping. I wanna do a record, a whole record with no rapping, fuck Snoop Dogg. Don’t think about none the shit he rapped about. Hustlin’ and making money and drug dealing and shooting. All that shit will be out of here. – Snoop Lion

Snoop Lion wasted no time either, releasing his ‘La La La’ single from the upcoming ‘Reincarnated’ album. To help celebrate Halloween, Snoop Dogg teamed up with horror film director Eli Roth to drop the official visuals to the mellow track. Snoop Dogg’s ‘Reincarnated’ album does not currently have a release date, but we would expect it to drop sometime during the first half of 2013.

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