Diplo releases short documentary, ‘Florida to California’

It chronicles the electronic producer’s decades-long career.

Everybody knows Diplo. He’s the brains behind all your favorite Top 40 hits like MØ’s “XXX 88,” Beyoncé’s “All Night,” and the Justin Bieber-led track, “Where are Ü Now.” But who was Diplo before he became a chart-smashing EDM producer? In a new mini-documentary, Florida to California, the American DJ—real name Thomas Wesley Pentz—takes you back to where it all began.

Directed by Kyle dePinna, the eight-minute clip follows the Major Lazer member during his salad days in his hometown of Miami, Florida, and the journey since his debut. “The music history [in Florida] was just a lot of classic rock, pop music, freestyle, Miami bass, hardcore punk—stuff like that,” Pentz narrates over cuts of his younger self. “I listened to a lot of radio.”

In the video, a couple of his famous friends make an appearance, too, including MIA (the producer’s old flame), Skrillex, Steve Aoki and Madonna. The documentary also shows a different side to Diplo, with the EDM king playing a father figure to his sons Lazer and Lockett.

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