Diplo coming to the MACC
KAHULUI – One of the most dynamic forces in music today, Diplo will perform on Sunday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Events Lawn. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, is an international brand and musician/deejay/producer.
He’s proven himself to be a ubiquitous cultural figure, consistently bridging high and low, mainstream and underground, with remarkable tact and reverence.
In 2004, after throwing influential parties in South Philadelphia, Pentz cemented himself as a full-fledged artist through his debut album, “Florida,” which received praise from the underground community.
Diplo worked with M.I.A. on her mixtape, as well as her first and second albums, eventually creating the Grammy-nominated track “Paper Planes” in 2007, which hit #4 on the U.S. Hot 100 chart and has sold more than three million copies.
In 2005, Diplo founded label/culture lab Mad Decent to serve as a platform for showcasing the myriad of fascinating sounds Pentz encounters while touring the world. Notable artists include Dillon Francis, Deejay Snake, Baauer, and Riff Raff.
Coming full circle from his days of Hollertronix, Diplo has utilized the label to produce the annual and infamous Mad Decent Block Parties – a series of outdoor dance parties/concerts that now span 19 cities across North America.
Pentz received three Grammy nominations in 2016, including Producer of the Year, Best Dance Recording, and Best Dance/Electronic Album.
Diplo remains the go-to producer for the who’s who of the pop music landscape. “Lean On,” the global smash hit from Major Lazer’s June 2015 release, “Peace Is the Mission,” has garnered a host of accolades, earning the title of most streamed track of all time, currently with 573 million plays, making it the most successful independent song of all time.
The show is for ages 18 and over. Tickets are $35 or $70; call 242-SHOW or visit www.MauiArts.org.