Thomas Wesley Pentz (born November 10, 1978), addressed as diplomais a renowned American songwriter, DJ, record producer and musician.
He has steadily built a reputation as one of the most inventive and gifted musicians in the United States. The project of the dancehall music group Major Lazer was founded by American record producer, rapper, musician, singer and composer.
His collaboration with DJ Skrillex led to the formation of the electronic power pair Jack U. diploma started with his mash-up mixtapes, and it wasn’t long before he became known locally as the maestro of electronic dance music, performing in Philadelphia nightclubs.
diploma gradually gained popularity among the local partygoers, and it wasn’t long before he opened his club.
|Wiki Facts and About Data|
|First and last name:||Thomas Wesley Pentz|
|Born:||Nov 10, 1978 (age 43 years)|
|Birthplace:||Tupelo, Mississippi, United States|
|Parents:||Barbara Jean Cox, Thomas Pentz|
|Brothers and sisters:||N/A|
|Spouse • Spouse:||Kathryn Lockhart (div.)|
|Girlfriend • Partner:||Chantel Jeffries (2020), Kate Hudson (2016-2017), Jevon King (2015), Katy Perry (2014-2015), Kathryn Lockhart (2009-2014), MIA (2003-2008), Madonna (2015)|
|Children:||Lockett Pentz, Lazer Pentz, Pace Pentz|
|Activity:||DJ • Musician|
|Net value:||US$50 million|
Early life and education
Thomas Wesley Pentzbetter known as diploma, was born on November 10, 1978 in Mississippi, United States. He was born of parents Barbara Jean Cox (mother and Thomas Penta (father).
He is a descendant of Germany. From an early age he has had a passion for music, especially rap and electronic music. When the family moved to Miami, diploma was initially exposed to Miami Bass, which later had a significant impact on the development of his musical sensibilities.
The other kids in his neighborhood felt alienated from his strange taste in music because Rap was still relatively unknown and rock music was still in its infancy.
After completing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Florida, diploma continued his education in Philadelphia. His DJ career started there, albeit modestly at parties and nightclubs.
Despite his excellent playing, he lacked professional experience and had to carefully pick up his skills on the job when he got recognition.
His friendship with DJ LowBudgetwhich had more or less the same aesthetic taste as diplomaled to the creation of Hollertronix, an event night where both DJs were free to spin as they pleased. They performed in California nightclubs and used their savings to plan memorable nights under their stage name.
Their collaborative and individual mixtapes took off in the Philadelphia club scene, and diplomathe solo album, Never scaredearned the accolade as one of the best albums of 2003.
diploma wasted no time moving on to his next effort called a studio the mausoleumwhich was eventually used by Shakira, Plastic Smalland scream to record their music and videos after they settle down and achieve financial security with his music.
When he DJed for one of his remix tracks in 2004, diploma won MIA‘s respect, and she immediately called him in for a meeting as she walked by while he inadvertently played one of her songs. The end result of their collaboration was the mixtape Piracy finances terrorism, full. 1, which received so much undeserved acclaim that the New York Times named it one of the best albums of the year.
diploma continued to work with MIAand it was through her that he met DJ Switch. The two collaborated on the song Paper Planeswhich peaked at number five on the Billboard 200.
With all this success, diploma quickly climbed the ranks, started working as a producer and collaborated with several well-known artists, including Shakira, Kid Cudic, Bruno Mars, Snoop Dogg, as well as many other rock bands and music ensembles. He started working on his upcoming venture, crazy decent.
Since its foundation in 2005, crazy decent has worked with several fresh musicians, including Gucci Mane, ruskoand Jamie Fanatic.
Collaborating with established and emerging artists, he continued to climb the ladder of success. He produced songs for some of the biggest names in music, including: Lil Wayne, Britney Spears, guard, Justin Bieberand Ariana Grande.
diploma and Switch were signed by Downtown Records for a collaborative album that drew heavily from Miami Bass and Baile Funk, forming the duo known as Major Lazer. To record their album Guns don’t kill people…Lazers do, and the duo traveled to Jamaica. Shortly after, they released an EP called Lasers never die.
The group worked with numerous musicians and created first-class music, making them progress in their careers and considered the best music group in the country. the next album, Peace is the missionwas released in 2015. The lead single, Lean on, racked up over 800 streams on Spotify and 2 billion views on YouTube, making it one of the most watched music videos in history. Other songs on the album also did incredibly well.
in 2016, Major Lazer worked with Justin Bieber and the Spanish singer M to make the song Cold waterwhich eventually reached the top of the charts in many countries.
A cooperation between diploma and renowned DJ Skrillex first saw him perform as Jack U in 2013. Their joint debut project, titled Skrillex and Diplo present Jack Uwas released in February 2015 and featured several other musicians.
The album Where are you now became a huge hit in nightclubs around the world after the single from the album Where are you now topped the charts in numerous countries. The pair later won the Grammy in the Best Dance Album category in 2016.
In addition to his popular work, diploma hosts a nighttime program for the BBC and never shy away from promoting emerging artists. He has built a cult following among his followers thanks to his appearances on numerous talk shows, charity events and music festivals. He is currently composing the soundtrack for Shah Rukh Khan‘s role in his debut Indian film When Harry Met Sejali.
diploma and Kathryn Lockhart have been married for a long time and have two sons: Lockett Pentz and Lazer Pentz together.
Jevon King reported the introduction of her child, Pace PentzMarch 2020. diploma confirmed he has a son with the model Jevon Kingwhose name is Pace Pentz, his third child. The 43-year-old DJ and record maker shared the news on Mother’s Day in the US as he honored the unique ladies in his everyday existence.
diploma has been the boyfriend of Chantel Jeffries (2020), Kate Hudson (2016-2017), Jevon King (2015), Katy Perry (2014-2015), Kathryn Lockhart (2009-2014), and MIA (2003-2008).
Rumor has it that Diplo also had a date Madonna (2015).
He is very interested in sports and claims to be a huge fan of football and cricket making it a point never to miss a major tournament or match for any of these sports.
- Grammy Awards, 2019
- Best dance recording, 2016
- Best electronic/dance album
American DJ diploma is known for his work with artists such as Major Lazer, Skrillexand many others. diploma has an estimated net worth of $50 million.
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