365 days of vicarious living via Thomas Wesley's Instagram.
Happy new year to everyone, but especially Diplo. The Random White Dude Be Everywhere is busier than anyone you know. In 2019, he released two EPs, a collaborative album, started a house music label, invaded the country crossover space, dropped a ton of multicultural jams across the world as a solo musician and as one-third of Major Lazer, played a bajillion festivals, slept on a gazillion planes, and he always made time for his two sons.
We're tired just thinking about it. Actually, we're tired from compiling his year in pictures. Here it is, the look-back at Diplo you never asked for and didn't realize you needed. What will Diplo do in 2020? Anything is possible (but we're really hoping he releases that often-teased Major Lazer album).
January 1: Diplo begins 2019 as he does any other year, but with not just any dancer in the crowd. This dude deserves a medal and to see his name in lights.
January 3: This is the cutest thing we've ever seen. Release this bop.
January 9: Diplo and Anitta stuntin' hard.
January 15: Bring Back Jack U.
January 16: Lil Wayne and Post Malone are the Diplo collaborators the world needs.
January 17: Damn, Lil Wayne is hoppin' on LSD's "Genius?" That's ill.
January 21: Being a dad is heartbreaking and wonderful.
January 24: Teasing "Boom Bye Bye" with Niska and a little throwback to Dexter's Lab.
January 27: Daddy Long Neck really is long.
January 31: Diplo plans his Carnival attack.
February 1: Diplo headed to Atlanta to celebrate Super Bowl LIII! On this day, he posed at host Mercedes-Bemz Stadium and posed a pig-skin toss in the jersey of fictional Adam Sandler character Bobby Boucher. Shout out to the 1998 classic, The Waterboy. Diplo is always here for the memes.
February 2: What happens when Diplo meets Evander Holyfield? Things explode, duh.
February 3: Even when he’s blingin’, Diplo stays kinda humble, so on Super Bowl Sunday, he showed off his newest chain and his Waffle House favorites.
February 4: Diplo’s greatest inspiration has always been the youth. It’s quite obvious, especially in this picture where he’s dressed like a Sawgrass Mall tourist that accidentally went to Burning Man.
February 5: The culturally-sensitive producer and DJ celebrates the Lunar New Year, ushering in the Year of the Pig in cartoon crossover Gucci.
February 6: Did you know Diplo produced Ty Dolla $ign’s 2014 single “Stand For?” The two stay working together in the studio. Will we see the fruits of such labor in 2020? Will the puppy get a feature? Stay tuned in the new year.
February 7: The Random White Dude Be Everywhere honed his sonic telescope in on Europe to release an EP of regional collabs. It started with “News Shapes” featuring British-French rapper Octavian, and we liked it.
February 8: What happens when Diplo says you look like a “magical chicken?” We don’t know, but we presume this pic was taken just before Rita Ora slapped him.
February 9: Look! He doesn’t just write hit records. He also snowboards, or at least he rides ski lifts.
February 10: We have to hand to Diplo. This dumb joke is f-cking funny.
February 11: He may have won the Grammy yesterday, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to become a “serious artist.”
I randomly dmed @dualipa 3 years ago on twitter after I heard be the one. she had only jumped out of nowhere, was just starting out, and had a really weird name to me. I had a song called “my love” for major lazer with wizkid and wale that we wanted her to be on.. she is a one of a kind of artist that can be on any genre any style. 2 years later she’s become one of the biggest pop stars in the world. when me and @iammarkronson were writing “electricity” we sent her a demo and she came over and helped us write and finish the record and she smashed it. she was the only voice we wanted on this song.. a deep / full voice and an excellent performer. after 6 months electricity has moved from a club song to a radio song to a genuine classic and every night I see it moving more people and grow even bigger. she got another award sunday for best new artist and it was very well deserved.. love you Dua for being around for me since day one.
February 12: He will, however, get in his feelings a little bit. A random DM to Dua Lipa led to all this. Makes you a little teary eyed … this is not an invite to DM every famous person in your timeline.
February 13: While this looks like some real gangster shit, it’s actually the early stages of a line dancing obsession that will, by year's end, erupt in a full-blown country crossover EP. Seriously. Wait for it.
February 14: Diplo receives flowers from his greatest love -- himself.
February 15: Speaking of love, do use Diplo to catch a lifetime partner or one-night stand of your own!
February 16: Did you know Diplo is also a model signed to Next Model Management? Here he is modelling why my dad yells “people die taking selfies!”
February 17: But Diplo isn’t just a model. He also hangs out with them and people who look like them. Here he offers Kosovan singer Era Istrefi as proof.
February 18: The caption says he “couldn’t get rid of these dudes” behind him, but we all know that he actually photoshopped them in.
February 19: Speaking of photoshop, John Mayer is also pretty good at it.
February 20: Diplo and his collaborators Bizzey and Ramiks celebrate ass, grafitti tags, and cops in the rain -- but never shirts. Diplo does not want to wear a shirt.
February 21: If the devil wears Prada and Diplo wears Prada, then that must mean…
i’ve been on tour forever.. not complaining, i'm lucky. its my dream to travel and make music. I’ve been coming to europe for 15 years to perform and the local scenes have been showing love everywhere.. blessed to work with a bunch of these great artists in the UK, France, Holland, & Germany.. paying attention and working to collaborate with these artists over the last year has finally come together on this ep.. #europa out now
February 22: Today is the day. Diplo’s Europa is released, featuring artists from the UK, France, Holland and Germany. Hooray! Célébrer! Hoera! Feiern!
February 23: Maybe Beyonce and Jay-Z can come through the Louvre after hours, but Diplo walks in with a ticket in the daylight because he’s an everyman like you and me.
February 24: “We are all pink on the inside.”
February 25: Not pictured: that time Diplo, John Mayer and Halsey performed “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls.
February 26: If Diplo’s life has a runner-up for greatest love, it’s got to be his Silk City collaborator Mark Ronson. The “Electricity” between them is palpable.
February 27: Well shoot, Diplo’s goin’ country! Yeehaw yall (and ya'll, and y'all.)
February 28: All the proof you need that Diplo is a Florida boy is a peek at these tattoos. I mean, he’s got a shark, and the state itself adjacent to a yin-yang that appears to have arms, legs and a tail. Cool.
March 1: With Europa fully conquered, Diplo heads to Colombia, where J Balvin and the mountainous terrain attempt to conquer him.
March 2: Diplo personally interviews each potential music video dancer himself. It’s tough work, but quality control is important to the vision.
March 3: After Colombia and Venezuela, Diplo hits Brazil to celebrate Carnaval with his “Make It Hot” collaborator Anitta.
March 4: One of these things is not like the other, but seemingly, one of these things does somehow belong.
March 5: Carnaval fun continues as Diplo stares into the void beside Brazilian television host Sabrina Sato.
March 6: After a wild night of parties, festivals and DJ sets, Diplo makes time for rest, relaxation and glorious, glorious nature.
March 7: “Forgot my shiny bra.” That’s it. That’s the caption.
March 8: The ladies love Diplo, and Diplo loves his ladies. From the early days with M.I.A., to his recent collaborations with Sia on LSD, the Grammy-winning producer shares a shout out collage to honor the women who make his ass sound good. Good on him.
March 11: You don’t have to be on drugs to ride the psychedelic freakout that is Labrinth, Sia and Diplo, known on the streets as LSD.
March 12: This is around the time we all started wondering, “What is going on with Diplo’s hair?”
March 13: Remember when parents went around throwing cheese at their babies for the “cheesed challenge?” Dad memes are the new dad jokes.
March 14: Presented without comment, although Diplo presented it by saying he “macrodosed my yogurt this morning.”
March 15: Definitely feeling the LSD!
March 16: Rainbow Diplo showin’ off those moves from earlier in the year. Rainbow Diplo. Dipbow. Rainplo. Take your pick.
March 17: Do not be fooled by the tricks of the Irish, that is not Diplo doing the Riverdance. Sorry.
March 18: Diplo and baby Diplo go for a ride. Do not overlook the incredible Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle jacket. Turtle power 4evr.
March 19: The best thing about this picture is the location tag. Where exactly is the “Kanye Lutheran Church?” It’s in your heart.
March 20: Proof that Diplo and Dua Lipa are friends outside the studio. Working it and werking it, together forever.
March 21: How much Diplo would a Diplo Dip if a Diplo Dipped His Diplo? Maybe we're on our last five brain cells too?
March 22: Okay wow, superstar DJ megacollab in the making. Wax Motif, Calvin Harris, Generik and Diplo ‘bout to go head to head with the Monstars and win, win, win, win.
March 23: For national puppy day, Diplo did a very Diplo thing and led with himself. Only those who swipe left get the prize of a puppers in spectacles. Do it.
March 26: The family Diplo doin’ dabs and stylin’ on the haters.
March 27: Europe was taken over, South America was swooned, psychedelia was a whole trip and country western was about to be won -- but first! A quick stop to the house genre as Diplo begins his journey toward Higher Ground.
March 28: Reach out and touch faith -- just kidding, if you touch Diplo, he’s going to call security.
March 29: Following a successful Miami Music Week, Diplo implies that he feels just like a weathered Matthew McConaughey in a pink, feathery robe -- which is to say, “fabulous!”
March 31: Wow. Best review of MMW. Does this woman want our job?
April 1: Diplo rightfully roasts the tragic 2019 Ultra Music Festival with a nod to its embarrassing KFC DJ headline spot.
April 2: This dude got pop stars and underground trendsetters on speed dial, but he can’t get this box open.
April 3: Cleveland Browns footballer Odell Beckham Jr. makes an appearance in the booth.
April 4: Electro-shock muscle therapy? This is kind of horrifying, honestly.
April 5: Yo, baby Diplo’s got rhythm. Look out for “Ba Ba Ba” in the clubs, coming soon, we hope.
April 6: Another quality evening spent with the kids. No one can ever say Diplo wasn’t present.
April 8: This is screaming to become a discount rug on your grandma’s floor or an unfortunate t-shirt sold in a Nevada gift shop.
April 9: He thought he could beat Beychella, but Dipchella sounds like a messy Bennigan's appetizer.
April 10: He shoots; he scores; he eats the floor.
April 11: The landscape is really pretty, if you can look beyond Diplo’s bare chest.
April 12: This was the day the world hopped on a magical melody tour with the official LSD album.
April 13: Diplo rockin’ Coachella while playing a song he beat out for Best Dance Recording. Boss moves, honestly.
April 14: One of these people killed the Night King, and one of them is the night king.
April 15: Hey did you know Diplo played Coachella?
April 16: In the “No New Friends” video, Diplo plays a giant candy-colored overlord.
April 17: Let it be known, Diplo stuffs with socks.
April 18: Just wandering through fields of flowers with the family. Absolutely wholesome in every way.
April 19: Some abs. Some art!
April 20: Blazin’ in the blazer with Ellie Goulding.
April 21: Diplo and the chicken heads.
April 22: Honestly, Diplo might have been a better Willy Wonka than Johnny Depp.
April 23: Just two models, hanging out. (That’s Gigi Hadid, by the way.)
April 24: Diplo debuts his first country tune, “So Long” with Cam. It’s the beginning of a new era where he wears cowboy hats and goes by his real name, Thomas Wesley. Giddyup.
April 25: This look is bananas.
April 26: He might miss the basket, but he slays the look.
April 27: The timing of this loop is perfection. You’d think the entire Bad Bunny song was just “Diplo” on repeat.
April 28: This was Diplo’s third-straight weekend at Indio Valley, thanks to two Coachellas and then Stagecoach. Some say you can still hear his screams echoing through the Coachella Valley at dawn.
April 29: Never forget the time Diplo brought out Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus on stage to sing “Old Town Road” at Stagecoach festival.
>April 30: It looks like Diplo had a really good time performing at Stagecoach in his LSD costume.
May 1: Guy Fieri may be the Mayor of Flavor Town, but Diplo is definitely Head of the Treasury.
May 2: This is Thomas Wesley’s real name.
May 3: Even while he’s riding new frontiers in the world of country and western, he rocks the house floor with a brand new EP called Higher Ground.
May 4: Diplo takes a trip to Guatemala and swears there is a volcano back there, but it’s hard to see behind his beer gut and that mass of clouds.
May 6: This is around the time Fortnite was still cool.
May 7: Diplo and his collaborator Cam made the most of their trip to Stagecoach, and Cam’s mom made this cute vacation memories video.
May 8: What sells more records, good beats or psychedelic memes?
May 9: Diplo and Anitta always seem so darn cozy.
May 10: You know Diplo’s kids were absolutely going insane when they saw their dad DJ a pokemon battle in Detective Pikachu.
I got a four hand massage yesterday in this little jail cell looking spa and I had got uncomfortable on the old ragged table.. Midway thru the massage one lady was pressing my stomach for like 20 mins I was like please stop I might throw up and then I took off my underwear because I was uncomfortable and it was covered in cheap coconut oil but was probably motor oil. the other lady noticed I was naked and the terrible stomach massage lady had gone missing so other lady walked me to another weird room that was like a weapons cache full of Khmer Rouge remnants . Everything from machine guns to grenade launchers and knives. I was completely naked but I didn't feel uncomfortable. She told me in a strong cambodian accent that I had to choose a weapon. I chose a nice ninja sword because it was shiny and I'm not really into guns. She grabbed my hand and took me to another room that was darker. The lights slowly came on and I was standing alone in front of a full grown cow. Over a speaker she told me i had to kill the cow to complete my massage treatment. At that moment I wished that I had chosen a shotgun or assault rifle, Because to kill a cow with a sword is very difficult. I realized that they let me stay naked so I wouldn't ruin my clothes . I had to stab that cow many times but it would not die. I was a very tough animal, I sliced itover and again and eventually it died in my arms. I felt sad as I saw it take it's last breath. The cow whispered something to me in Cambodian language. I was shocked the cow could talk... Then I realized this wasn't a cow but a cow mask. I slowly pulled the mask away and I saw to my surprise that it was the same lady that massaged my stomach badly and made me feel sick. She took her final breaths in my arms in the cow suit and I felt a strange connection with her. Then the lights came on and they said the massage was finished and I should get dressed I went upstairs and paid.
May 11: That time Diplo took hallucinogenic drugs in Cambodia and wrote a novel on Instagram.
May 12: VERY RARE ACTUAL BABY DIPLO!!!
May 13: This is how Japanese people use moving sidewalks. Please honor cultural traditions when visiting.
May 15: These kids stan Diplo, and we stan these kids.
May 17: Dude, Diplo is a lowkey athletic wonder. Whether in the studio or on the green, he hits and he can’t miss.
May 18: Walking into the club is lame, so Diplo skydives into the booth at the racetrack.
May 19: If you don’t already listen to Depeche Mode, Diplo would like to personally invite you to reach out and touch faith.
May 20: Disco nap before the set at Hangout Music Festival.
May 21: From Alabama’s Gulf Shore to Las Vegas’ Speedway. The party never ends, and rave never dies.
When you are a child they tell you to stay in school, but in this day and age I wouldn’t feel right within my Diamond Studded Soul if I was to be misleading the children in a dangerous direction... so I shall say live a violence free life and if you want to be a doctor that’s a very helpful job for the world and humanity!But as for the Dj & Producer Game?Needless to say I “got this” as the kids these days say --
May 22: Orange is all the rage in Costa Rica. Also, how many air miles do you think Diplo has? Does he just fly for free now?
May 23: This chicken pooped in Diplo’s studio without asking, but that’s not nearly as bad as what happened when he worked with Mark Ronson.
Travis sees me after a festival and says "Hey let's make another song" Me "What's your new number ?" Adds number, Texts him next day "this is Diplo ".. notices the number was saved and I already sent desperate looking texts to the same number fifteen times over 5 years. Also I look dumb in this picture because I'm mid conversation about a really fire beat I made
May 24: Next time you’re feeling dumb, just remember, Travis Scott leaves Diplo on read.
May 30: Never forget the time Diplo “totally ruined” Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner’s surprise Elvis wedding in Las Vegas by posting the whole thing to Instagram story.
May 31: One of the best parts of being a parent is getting to embarrass your kids on Instagram.
June 1: Ready to paint the town red and rock the crowd at Governor’s Ball in New York City.
June 2: The Major Lazer backstage dance party is for God. Bless up.
June 3: Who knew Major Lazer was religious? Turns out they pray before each concert, or at least before Governor’s Ball 2019
June 4: Diplo throws up the deuces, crops his friend Kaia Gerber out of the picture and wishes the world a happy Eid Mubarak, aka the breaking of fast at the end of Ramadan (which ended back in May, but whatever).
June 5: Everyone was doing the woah. The woah was for sheeple. Baaah.
June 6: Cheers to all of Diplo’s fans, be they Diphoes, Dipdogs, Diplorables, Diptectives, Dipdoodles, Diplomats or Dipididoodahs.
June 7: Diplo’s schedule is busier than yours, don’t @ him.
June 8: Who wore the disaffected smirk of absolute power better?
June 9: How come this doesn’t happen when we twerk? The Major Lazer show is a big ‘ole fiery butt fest.
June 10: A quick trip to Manchester so Diplo can throw his two cents in about Brexit.
June 11: In which we learn a bit about Diplo’s workout routine with this fun video for Men’s Health. The major takeaways here are that squatting your chickens, doing sit-ups in semi-darkness and keeping your fridge stocked with marijuana will give you that rockstar bod you've been dreaming of.
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June 12: Here he takes a break out of his busy schedule to raise awareness about climate change and the impact of plastics and other pollutants on our oceans and marine life. He and his sponsor Adidas raise money with a charitable run. These are nice things to do!
With 2019 Pride underway I want to take a moment to state, without the contributions of the LGBTQ Community we would not have the creative landscape, imagination, and sheer compassion in the music industry that we do today. I stated this last year and I still stand by it. For me Pride month isn’t just parades and resistance but its about a generation of fearlessness and innovation in my world. We need to remember how important it is to be aware and show empathy to everyone. We should be fighting for equal rights for all (it’s not just a privilege, but a responsibility), but also protection. Let’s not forget what those who have come before us have fought so tirelessly for. The right to love, the right to express, and the right for freedom to be who they are without hate and without fear. At the end of the day that’s what music is all about to me - love, expression, and freedom. We have come a long way but for many this fight for equality and understanding is far from over, which is why Pride month is so important. It’s a way to not only celebrate the accomplishments that have been made, but to create visibility for those who are still struggling and let them know that there is a community for them. A community that is here to love them, to lift them up, to listen, to strengthen them, and help them...one love always
June 13: Dance music and those who make their careers within it have to give thanks and honor the gay DJs and producers who pioneered disco and house music. Diplo takes a moment to do so, while raising awareness about the difficulties that still face the LGBTQ community. We stan woke Diplo.