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Diplo - Studio Juste Pour Rire - Oct 18

Posted by Valerie / October 20, 2008

Loyal to his reputation, Diplo threw a mad decent party this past weekend for his “Mad Decent Tour”. On his tour a few years ago, the DJ/producer introduced us to now famous CSS and baile funk masters Bonde Do Role, who he ended up signing on his Mad Decent record label. This time around, Diplo invited a whole different range of guests: London DJ Boy 8-Bit, female electronic duo Telepathe, and LA indie-noise-rock band Abe Vigoda.

It was a bold move for Diplo to have a rock band open the night since about half the crowd at Studio Juste pour Rire didn’t seem to care much for them. On the other hand, it also demonstrates Diplo's wide musical knowledge and appreciation, which is to be expected out of a successful DJ.

Another remarkable thing about Diplo is his non-pretentious personality. Unlike other popular DJs (*cough*, Steve Aoki, *cough*) Diplo seems like a down-to-earth person. Earlier that night, I saw him walking around the venue, wearing a simple jean jacket, being very quiet and almost shy. On stage, he still manages to move around and have fun, but not in an exaggerated, over-the-top-crunk kind of way.

Going against another one of his habits, Diplo didn’t play much baile funk or any other “international” genres during his set. Most of it was a simple but efficient selection of his best mixes, including samples from Justice, Nirvana, The Ying Yang Twins, Hot Chip, AC/DC, Daft Punk, MGMT, and of course, lots and lots of M.I.A. The “audio-fun-ic” melting pot made every booty dance and had the whole place smiling.

As for the crowd, I was expecting to be surrounded by fluo-kid stereotypes who had only heard of Diplo post-M.I.A.-breakup, but I was wrong. Also present were bald men, models, foreign McGill students, and a Seth Rogen look-alike who was wearing a Vuarnet t-shirt. In my books, this made for a very enjoyable crowd where no one felt out of place.

Until his next Montreal performance (which I predict will be in the next 6 months), I’ll be waiting for Diplo’s new material (apparently recorded in Jamaica). Last props go to Peer Pressure’s A-Rock for his DJing in between sets.

Photo taken from Diplo's Myspace.

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