Rare Diplo footage released in new mini-documentary, ‘Florida to California’
Diplo grew up in Florida, cut his teeth in Philadelphia, and moved to California to pursue music as a career. It only makes sense he made this mini-documentary that showcases the beginning of his career when he dropped his 2004 debut Florida to his latest California EP, which dropped in March.
He’s been pumping out long-form content recently from his California EP remix pack to his Oxford interview. On July 3, the Major Lazer frontman divulged his story to musical eliteness in an eight-minute film.
The Mad Decent label boss already formed his opinion about music before moving to California; he moved there to work. Managing to make professional relationships through working and connecting with others, the mini-documentary showcases clips of Diplo collaborating with Justin Bieber, Skrillex, Snoop Dogg, French Montana, Post Malone and Tyler, the Creator. There’s an early video of him in the studio with M.I.A., along with a clip of him partying with Madonna.
Diplo’s ability to connect with others continues to make him a good fit for the dance music industry. As a producer, his job is to create a story around his vocalist, and LA came with a diverse group of artists, genres, and styles. He grew up listening to a variety of genres from classic rock to rap to hardcore punk, shaping his willingness to defy genres at a young age. Today, Diplo is one of the more culturally conscious producers in the game, working within hip-hop because “there wasn’t this open-minded feeling in hip-hop yet that you have right now, where anything is possible.”
H/T: Rolling Stone
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