Diplo, Whethan and Teenage Wrist to perform at 2018 Block Party


Diplo performs at the Utopia Festival in 2016. Diplo, Whethan and Teenage Wrist will perform at this year’s Welcome Week Block Party on Aug. 18. Courtesy Photo Buy Photos

Diplo, Whethan and Teenage Wrist will perform at this year’s Welcome Week Block Party on Aug. 18, according to a tweet posted by the IU Union Board.

Thomas Wesley Pentz, or Diplo, is an American DJ who first found success as a producer and co-writer on M.I.A.'s 2007 album, "Kala," which included the hit "Paper Planes." His work on the album got him a Grammy Award nomination for Record of the Year.

Since then, he has worked with artists such as Chris Brown, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Snopp Dogg, Kid Cudi, Shakira, Ariana Grande and Beyoncé. 

Under his self-created record label, Mad Decent, Diplo signed a dance-funk group Bonde do Rolê, which came on to define the funk carioca genre in the United States.

Diplo's first collaborative, full-length record was with English DJ Switch, under the name Major Lazer. Its 2009 release, "Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do" focused on subgenres of Jamaican dancehall music.

Pitchfork gave the album an 8.1. The group's second album, "Free the Universe," came out in 2013, with guest artists such as Ezra Koenig and Bruno Mars.

Diplo and Skrilex made up duo Jack Ü and released "Skrillex and Diploe Present Jack Ü." The album won the group Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards in 2015.

On November 11, 2015, the group's song "Lean On" became Spotify's Most Streamed Song of All Time, with 1,140,913,782  streams as of July 22, 2018.

A song from the album, "Where Are Ü Now," won Best Dance Recording the same year. Diplo performed the song alongside Skrillex and Justin Beiber at the award ceremony.

He also has eight Grammy Awards nominations, ranging from Producer of the Year, Non-Classical in 2012 and 2013, and 2016's Album of the Year for "Lemonade" and "Purpose."

Diplo also co-founded the non-profit organization Heaps Descent, an Australia-based arts organization that provides educational support programs for students and artists from marginalized and disadvantaged communities.

Diplo will close out the block party, according to the IU Auditorium website. 

Teenage Wrist, a three-man alternative rock band from Los Angeles, will open the block party. The band's first album, "Chrome Neon Jesus," came out this year.

The band performed at Emo Nite Day in December 2017.

Following Teenage Wrist will be 19-year-old Ethan Snoreck, who performs as Whethan, will follow.

Whethan's first experimentations with music were on the Garage Band application on his iPad. From there, he gained recognition after remixing "XE3" by Mssingo.

The Block Party is presented by the Union Board, Residential Programs and Services and the Residence Hall Association. The Residence Hall Association and Union Board will also be having a free carnival at 13th Street and Fee Lane, complete with attractions, activity booths, food trucks and more. 

First-year students can get their tickets starting at 10 a.m. July 23. The tickets are $35, and are first-come, first-serve. 

Hannah Reed and Clark Gudas

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