The scene at the release party for Diplo's book "128 Beats Per Minute." (Photo: Milk Made)
Diplo and family celebrated the release of "128 Beats Per Minute," a tour diary/photojournalism project, at Milk Studios in New York on Saturday night.
The artist, in a periwinkle blue jacket; his manager Kevin Kusatsu of Tmwrk; the book's photographer Shane McCauley; and Diplo's wife and young son (wearing baby Toms - stylin' just like his daddy) mingled with a crowd of uber-hipsters, gallery types and music biz folks, enthusiastically checking out the images and sipping the complimentary Blackwell rum. (That's Blackwell as in Chris Blackwell, Island Records founder and early reggae champion.)
Diplo (left) poses with book photographer Shane McCauley. (Photo: Milk Made)
"We're really proud of this project," said Kusatsu, and it was clear to see why: the images capture the essence of Diplo and his Mad Decent label - their multicultural appreciation, focus on individuality, and reverence for subcultural icons - without losing their innate sense of fun. Prints of Lee "Scratch" Perry's multi-ringed fist, Amanda Blank and Maluca jump-roping at the first Mad Decent Block Party in 2008, and Diplo giving Sillionaire a piggyback ride in Trinidad were particular standouts.
Attendees were able to buy copies of the book onsite, and Milk's "Milk Made" online store is currently carrying prints of several images for sale. An afterparty at Le Bain, inside The Standard Hotel, went into the wee hours.
(L-R) Kanye West's Creative Director Virgil (offering a well-intentioned finger, we're sure), Diplo, and rapper Theophilus London (rocking an old school Syracuse hat) laugh during the event. (Photo: Milk Made)
Interpol's Daniel Kessler poses in front of the photographs. (Photo: Milk Made)
(Photo: Milk Made)