Union Transfer



The Mad Decent Block Party Pre-Party !


Gent & Jawns, Broadzilla DJs

Thu, August 7, 2014

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA


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This event is 18 and over

Known internationally as a curator amongst the world's most cutting edge DJs, producers, and musical movements Wesley Pentz (better known as DIPLO) has experienced a variety of successes. The last few years have been spent running through the club circuit and having chart-topping hits with refreshing irreverence. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, in 1978, Pentz spent most his childhood in Florida working in his fathers bait shop and being turned onto music through then new mediums like MTV. Drifting North through the state came Miami Bass and from the West came the sounds of Southern hip-hop artists. The musical influence and variety coalesced, and at 18, Pentz moved to Philadelphia for college at Temple University to study Film & Music. While a student he took a job in the South Philadephia community as a social worker and created the influential Hollertronix club night, which was the beginning of his fledgling career as DIPLO.

In 2004 Pentz released his debut album as Diplo called, Florida. It received praise and accolades in the underground community. The music embodied on this album led to an introduction via an A&R man at XL Records to M.I.A. In 2004 he partnered with M.I.A. for the mixtape Piracy Funds Terrorism. Pentz's cultural impact had started to snowball. Together they worked on her first album Arular and much of her second Kala, including the 2008 mega-hit "Paper Planes," which reached No. 3 in the US Charts and earned him a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year. His production credits have evolved since to include Santigold, Lil' Jon and Missy Elliot, while remixing works by Beck, Radiohead, Britney Spears and countless others. In 2009 Pentz teamed with frequent collaborator Dave Taylor (aka Switch) to release the futuristic dancehall album Guns Don't Kill People… Lazers Do under the guise of Major Lazer, a Jamaican militant at war with an evil army of zombies, mummies and vampires.

Meanwhile, his record label Mad Decent has helped to introduce Brazilian baile funk, Angolan Kuduro and other marginalized music to clubs around the world, developing as a trendsetting force with which to be reckoned. With the same mission in mind, some of the varied acts Pentz has signed or produced include Rye Rye, Bonde do Role, Crookers, Blaqstarr, Boy 8-Bit, Buraka Som Systema, and Rusko, allowing Mad Decent to act as a launching pad or home base for many others while spreading its influence across the globe. Through the label, Pentz has founded a charity called Heaps Decent as a social relief program to help children in Australia as well as with additional efforts internationally. In early 2009 Pentz debuted his film Favela on Blast, a five-years-in-the-making documentary exploring the Brazilian slum favelas of Rio de Janeiro and the thriving baile funk music scene that exists within. He is currently developing a TV show.

Through a widespread assortment of releases and artists' works – from cumbia to dubstep to punk and beyond – Diplo has shown dynamic range with interests that span far beyond any singular culture or musical realm, standing as a working model for the truly 21st Century artist.
Gent & Jawns
After developing respectable solo careers as DJs and producers, long-time friends Billy the Gent and Long Jawns officially banded together as Gent & Jawns becoming an unstoppable force in the world of club music. The release of their now classic Moombahton anthem "Vibrate" catapulted them to the top of everyone's list of producers to work with and landed them remixes for Datsik, Bare, and Muffler, as well as collaborations with Nadastrom, Torro Torro and JWLS.

In early 2012 they worked with mega-producer Diplo on his Express Yourself EP, which topped the iTunes charts as the number one electronic album. They followed up with an absolutely stunning remix of the title track "Express Yourself," which saw repeated plays by many of the top DJs in the world. Shortly after, they released "Holler," their first official EP on Mad Decent's Jeffrees label. Jeffrees went on to earn the iTunes Label of the Year honors. The duo ended the year proper when they released "TURNUP", a party-inducing track that's being called the biggest trap song of 2012. In two weeks the track saw 80,000 plays and held position as the top electronic song on SoundCloud.

While known for their world-class production, Gent & Jawns' secret weapon is their ability to perform live. Long Jawns is a legend in his hometown of Richmond, VA, where he is widely known for throwing the biggest and best parties the city has seen in years. Billy The Gent began DJing with support from his friend Dave Nada (Nadastrom, creator of Moombahton) in Washington, DC and quickly became a staple at the famous U-Street Music Hall. Together, Gent & Jawns have gone on to share the stage with top notch acts like Diplo, Dillon Francis, Nadastrom, Caspa, Craze, Die Antwoord, and more.
Broadzilla DJs
Broadzilla DJs
BROADZILLA is a bunch of pals who like playing records together at parties and dancing to our records at our parties and drinking at our parties and throwing up at our parties all over our records and all over each other and in each other's mouths

BROADZILLA have performed with: MIA, Hot Chip, Cut Copy, Liquid Liquid, Disclosure, Jamie xx, Yacht, LCD Soundsystem, Horse Meat Disco, Animal Collective, Midnight Magic, Jessica 6, The Crystal Ark, Deerhoof, Simian Mobile Disco, Eric Duncan (Rub N Tug, Still Going), The XX, The Rapture, Girls, Mumbai Science, Neon Indian, Memory Tapes, Holy F*ck, These New Puritans, La Femme, The Black Kids, Delorean, Boys Noize, Mike Frank, Bonde Do Role, Plastic Little, Bikini, Data Rock, The Presets, Soulwax, Klaxons, The Faint, Voxtrot, Simian Mobile Disco, Finger on the Pulse, MisShapes, Los Campesinos, Digitalism, Erol Alkan, New Young Pony Club, Holy Ghost!, Pink Skull, Sal P (Liquid Liquid), The Rub, The Teenagers, Crystal Castles, Health, Taxlo, and Adam Sparkles.

BROADZILLA DJ monthly at Making Time and The Dolphin and are always interested in spinning parties at other spots including but not limited to: your basement, your high school locker room, your kid's bar/bat mitzvah, the Wachovia Spectrum, and Brooklyn.
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123