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Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known by his stage name Diplo, is a Philadelphia-based DJ, producer and songwriter. Together with DJ Low Budget, he runs Hollertronix, a club and music collective. Among other jobs, Pentz worked as a school teacher in Philadelphia. In addition to his solo career, he dated and worked with M.I.A.. Pentz's alias, short for Diplodocus, derives from his childhood fascination with dinosaurs.