Diplo and Friends: Meet the Team Behind the Producer's Success
Billboard's Elias Leight introduces interviews each member of Diplo's team, including Andrew McInnes of TMWRK, Belinda Law of Echo Location and David Rappaport of the Manatt, Phelps and Phillips law firm. The article and interviews reveal everything from how these professionals landed on Diplo's team to their plans for the DJ in the future.
This article originally appeared on Billboard
The emergence of Thomas Wesley Pentz – who records under the name Diplo – as a pop juggernaut was one of 2015's biggest stories. His trio, Major Lazer, released "Lean On," which amiably smashed Spotify records and reached No. 4 on the Hot 100. At the same time, Diplo initiated a collaboration with Skrillex that resulted in "Where Are Ü Now," a top ten hit. To celebrate, Major Lazer played an historic concert in Cuba to a crowd numbering in the hundreds of thousands.
When Diplo's group returned recently with a new single, "Cold Water," his status as a commercial force was confirmed: the track debuted at No. 2 on the Hot 100. More remarkably, Diplo has achieved this as an independent act – he owns and operates his own label, Mad Decent, which celebrated its 10th birthday last year.
Of course, this sort of explosive success rarely happens overnight, or without help. After putting Diplo on the magazine cover in June, Billboard Dance spoke with multiple members of his team – handling his management, booking, radio promotion, legal affairs, and more – about the many, many steps that enabled him to reach his current level of ubiquity.
Learn more about the 10 team members below (listed alphabetically)...