128 BEATS PER MINUTE: DIPLO’S VISUAL GUIDE TO MUSIC, CULTURE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN WITH FOREWORD BY ALEXANDER WANG, PHOTOS BY SHANE MCCAULEY
“Seven years, thirty-two countries, sixty thousand photos, and a million miles later, here is what we’ve been doing.” So begins Diplo‘s book.
From private beaches in Barcelona to a music studio in Jamaica, 128 Beats Per Minute is a photographic journey through the life of Grammy nominated and one-half of Major Lazer, DJ/producer Diplo. The stunning photography by former assistant to Annie Leibowitz, Shane McCauley, captures the excitement and vibrant mood as they travel from country to country and party to party, complete with a foreword by the CFDA/Vogue award winning fashion designer, Alexander Wang.
Chapters are divided by country, from Israel to Trinidad, and Russia to Asia – complete with a playlist as well as Diplo’s impressions of the culture and people: “Every city has its own cultural movement, history, fashion, and art-all of which is constantly evolving into something different.” Not only a DJ and producer, Diplo also founded the label Mad Decent, which has brought Brazilian baile funk, Angolan Kuduro, and other unknown music to clubs around the world and has been honing his literary chops while writing a column for Vanity Fair online. 128 Beats Per Minute is Diplo’s tour of the world and offers a glimpse into the people, places, and music that inspires him.