The 25 DJs That Rule the Earth

From stadium fillers to crossover kings and beat scientists

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Diplo

Diplo
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Based In: Los Angeles
Age: 33

Diplo is a tastemaker's tastemaker – the ultimate sonic curator, gathering cutting-edge sounds from the farthest corners of the galaxy and bringing them straight to your radio. Since getting his start throwing Philadelphia's all-night Hollertronix parties, the DJ (born Wesley Pentz) has made countless major contributions to humanity's supply of cool-sounding stuff – introducing Brazilian baile funk to America, helping discover M.I.A., getting down in Jamaica with Snoop Dogg when the rapper went Rasta and more. Today he's one of the most in-demand producers in the game, furnishing beats for everyone from Lil Wayne to Justin Bieber. "I don't know what I'm doing half the time," he says. "When people come to me, they just want to sound like something from the future."

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