Decades: 2000s


Wesley Pentz, Tupelo, Mississippi, USA. This Philadelphia-based producer/DJ grew up in the deep south of America, and the influence of the region’s home-grown rap and electronica styles has played a key role in shaping his production style. After studying film in Florida and Philadelphia, Pentz moved to the east coast where he began expanding his DJing activities while holding down a day job as a social worker. His unusual alias was derived from the childhood nickname Diplodocus, bestowed on Pentz because of his love of dinosaurs. In the early 00s he launched the Hollertronix club and music enterprise with DJ Low Budget, and recorded a plethora of 12-inch singles, EPs and mixtapes under different pseudonyms, including Diplodocus, Wes Gully, Wes Diplo and Diplo. The 2003 Diplo/Low Budget collaboration Never Scared received excellent reviews and helped propel the duo’s names to wider attention. The 2004 project Florida was a semi-successful attempt to mix...

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