Celebrated club rocker Wes "Diplo" Pentz (the guy behind the dope Top Ranking Santogold mix) showcases his Mad Decent movers and shakers at a massive Circa party Tuesday (October 21), featuring appearances by Abe Vigoda, Boy 8-Bit and Telepathe. $15 advance. ticketweb.ca.
Any truth to the rumour that your jet-setting DJ days may be ending?
I've played pretty much every major dance club on the circuit in North America, so this will likely be my final DJ tour, although I'll probably still make one-off appearances here and there. I don't want to be like every other DJ who just shows up at the big clubs and plays all the trendy tunes. I have no problem playing stuff I've recorded, my own edits of recent club joints, my friends' records and whatever else feels right.
Do you think the whole mashup concept is played out?
It was already played out when I started doing it. I'm cool with anyone who does it well, but I guess there's really only one person doing anything really interesting with it right now, and that's Girl Talk, because he's more of a performer than the rest of the crowd.
What stage are you at with your Major Lazer recording project with Switch?
The whole Major Lazer thing began when Switch and I had this idea for a Jamaican superhero who kills vampires and makes music in his spare time. We recorded the backing tracks and then brought in some people like M.I.A. and Santogold, and after that we brought in Elephant Man, Miss Thing, Vybz Cartel, Ward 21, Macka Diamond, Collie Buddz and a lot of other people. It's a really big production, which is why it's taking so long, but we've got about 90 per cent of the tracks done.
You designed some limited-run Mad Decent shoes for Nike - the rust-coloured suede Dunks and those pink and navy Air Max numbers with the yellow trim. What's up with that?
It was a competition between me and this designer at Nike to see who could come up with the ugliest-looking shoes, and I think I won. Initially, I wanted to keep them looking really plain - all my own shoes are just one colour - but they wanted me to do something crazy, so I did.
Will you ever wear them in public?
Umm... probably not. I've got some cool brown Dunks that Nike made for me that I'd rather wear instead.