Known internationally as a curator and influencer amongst the world’s top DJs, producers, and artists, Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, is at the nexus of music, fashion, and cultural trends. His record label Mad Decent has helped bring Brazilian baile funk, Angolan Kuduro, and other unknown music to clubs around the world (much like the people at yer favprite blog…), while his work as a producer has brought a unique sound to hits like M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes,” Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now,” and Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls).”
128 Beats Per Minute follows Diplo on this fantastic journey, from his involvement with dub reggae in Jamaica to the electro/techno underground in Tel Aviv. Each chapter chronicles his tastes and travels, complete with tweets and playlists, as documented by photographer Shane McCauley. 128 Beats Per Minute provides unique access to the hottest scenes shaping music’s landscape today.
Everybody’s favorite Blackberry anthropologist and Vanity Fair culture columnist, has composed his first printed tome, a hefty book entitled “128 Beats Per Minute: Diplo’s Visual Guide to Music, Culture, and Everything in Between”. The manual, driven by photographs from former Annie Leibowitz assistant Shane Mccauley, will be released this April by Universe Publishing, an imprint of “famed Italian purveyor of art tomes” Rizzoli New York. Alexander Wang, for whom Diplo has modeled, wrote the foreword.
Diplo appears on 128 BPM’s cover serenely shirtless and afloat. Covering seven years of the his travels, the book’s chapters will be arranged by country and include playlists alongside play-by-play memoirs and commentary. You can preorder the title on Amazon for less than $20.
back in the day, this dude actually made some music, anybody out there remember?