Let’s quickly run through the recent #lifegoals of Wynn Las Vegas resident Diplo now that he has a few months of the year under his belt.
Diplo dropped a new track with Toronto’s AutoErotique in January titled “Waist Time.” The remixes were released in April.
Diplo flew to Mexico City in February to blow up the Electric Daisy Carnival stage with Major Lazer.
Diplo, again with Major Lazer, released “Run Up” in April, a collaboration with Nicki Minaj and PartyNextDoor.
Diplo remains the king of Snaps. Just take a 10-minute detour through the man’s social media feeds and you’ll see it’s a party that never ends, despite what he told NME magazine about being “too old to party too hard.”
Currently, his Instagram and Twitter tell the story of a totally boring swing through South Africa, where he can be seen posing shirtless in Karoo National Park, riding a wooden unicorn and playing to adoring fans in Johannesburg.
This experience crystallizes what life is like for the 38-year-old performer, producer and label chief. He’s always on the move, always at play, but somehow always at work. In addition to new tunes, ongoing music projects and his Vegas residency, Diplo is also executive producer of an upcoming Viceland series titled What Would Diplo Do?, with James Van Der Beek cast as a fictional version of the titular DJ.
It’s a scripted comedy Van Der Beek describes as “Louie meets WorldStar HipHop crossed with This Is Spinal Tap.”
We can imagine there’s an emphasis on “World Star.”
Diplo is everywhere, but he’s never in the same place for too long. Even his African swing lasted only a few days, because he needed to get back to the States in time to play Intrigue May 4 and Encore Beach Club May 12.
“Las Vegas is like a whole other world. Everyone who comes to the clubs is in a different state of mind.”
“I play Vegas a lot, but I always come back with a different perspective than I had before with some new tracks, so every show is in the moment,” Diplo said in January before kicking off his 2017 residency.
At this point, Las Vegas has to feel like a second home for the artist. It’s been more than five years since his residency at Surrender and XS was announced. Since then there have been countless nightclub performances, EDC Las Vegas appearances and last year’s grand finale Major Lazer show at Life Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival.
He touches the world but always winds back around to the desert.
“Las Vegas is like a whole other world,” he says. “Everyone who comes to the clubs is in a different state of mind. They bring positive energy. Everyone is there to have a good time. It’s a different crowd every time, but it always feels very intimate and familiar.”
At Intrigue: May 4, 18, 25, June 8;
At Encore Beach Club: May 12, 19, June 4
At XS: May 21 (Nightswim), 29, June 3, 19