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Diplo Lets His Friends Shine at Sold-Out Mad Decent Block Party in Brooklyn

If Mad Decent Block Party is an orchestra, Diplo is the conductor. It’s the Diplo show, but he’s hardly the face you see. In fact, he wore a hat and was backlit for most of his hour-long headlining set, and it was only when he climbed up to the table he controlled his set from that you could actually see his face.

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Of course, everyone who attended the sold out Mad Decent Block Party at Coney Island’s Cyclone Stadium knows what Diplo looks like, which is perhaps why he doesn’t feel to make the festival all about him anymore. Rather, Mad Decent Block Party is a way to showcase the empire he has created. As he drops tracks by Justin Bieber, Major Lazer and MØ that he’s produced, it’s hard not to reflect on just how big of a powerhouse Diplo is in today’s pop music scene.

The Brooklyn party was split between two days this year rather than having multiple stages, which has positives and negatives. Big acts started earlier, which was pleasant, but some sets seemed out of place. In other cities, if you don’t like hip hop you could have skipped Tory Lanez set, but here the crowd had one option to choose from. Set changes were quick and generally the whole line-up was well received, but it was clear some fans were there to hear trap, not rap.

Dillon Francis, arguably the second face of Mad Decent Block Party, played a solid, upbeat set with a few jokes thrown in. He’s like Diplo’s goofy little brother, and it’s fun to watch him spin because of how goofy he gets. While Diplo was serious and clearly there to get a job done, Dillon Francis genuinely just seems happy to be performing. That’s not to say Diplo isn’t, but you can tell that this is a business for him above anything else.


Diplo’s headlining set was undoubtedly the highlight of the night with a mix of newer pop songs and hip-hop throwbacks. His set was really split between four types of songs: the pop hits he produced, his trap music as Major Lazer, bits of other Mad Decent arts and hip-hop favorites. You got “Cold Water” but you also heard “Gasolina” and “Original Don.” It was unpredictable but seamless, and a showcase of just how important of a producer Diplo is.

Mad Decent Block Party continues through the summer. Dates and tickets are at maddecentblockparty.com.




Brian Benton
Brian is the founder and editor of Respect Your Youngers. He currently lives in New York City, and previously lived in St. Louis and San Francisco. He enjoys public transportation and coffee, and can be found online at brianfbenton.com

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Diplo Lets His Friends Shine at Sold-Out Mad Decent Block Party in Brooklyn

If Mad Decent Block Party is an orchestra, Diplo is the conductor. It’s the Diplo show, but he’s hardly the face you see. In fact, he wore a hat and was backlit for most of his hour-long headlining set, and it was only when he climbed up to the table he controlled his set from that you could actually see his face.

diplo1

Of course, everyone who attended the sold out Mad Decent Block Party at Coney Island’s Cyclone Stadium knows what Diplo looks like, which is perhaps why he doesn’t feel to make the festival all about him anymore. Rather, Mad Decent Block Party is a way to showcase the empire he has created. As he drops tracks by Justin Bieber, Major Lazer and MØ that he’s produced, it’s hard not to reflect on just how big of a powerhouse Diplo is in today’s pop music scene.

The Brooklyn party was split between two days this year rather than having multiple stages, which has positives and negatives. Big acts started earlier, which was pleasant, but some sets seemed out of place. In other cities, if you don’t like hip hop you could have skipped Tory Lanez set, but here the crowd had one option to choose from. Set changes were quick and generally the whole line-up was well received, but it was clear some fans were there to hear trap, not rap.

Dillon Francis, arguably the second face of Mad Decent Block Party, played a solid, upbeat set with a few jokes thrown in. He’s like Diplo’s goofy little brother, and it’s fun to watch him spin because of how goofy he gets. While Diplo was serious and clearly there to get a job done, Dillon Francis genuinely just seems happy to be performing. That’s not to say Diplo isn’t, but you can tell that this is a business for him above anything else.


Diplo’s headlining set was undoubtedly the highlight of the night with a mix of newer pop songs and hip-hop throwbacks. His set was really split between four types of songs: the pop hits he produced, his trap music as Major Lazer, bits of other Mad Decent arts and hip-hop favorites. You got “Cold Water” but you also heard “Gasolina” and “Original Don.” It was unpredictable but seamless, and a showcase of just how important of a producer Diplo is.

Mad Decent Block Party continues through the summer. Dates and tickets are at maddecentblockparty.com.




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