|Founder||Thomas Wesley Pentz (Diplo)|
|Country of origin||United States|
Los Angeles, CA
Mad Decent is a Philadelphia via Los Angeles-based record label spearheaded by Diplo. The label has helped introduce Brazilian baile funk and Angolan kuduro to clubs around the world. Recently, it has embraced moombahton, a genre of electronic dance music discovered by DJ Dave Nada. The label is also known for its series of concerts in major cities known as Mad Decent Block Party.
Mad Decent was founded in 2005 by Diplo. In 2010, the label moved from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. In 2011, it announced the launch of the imprint label Jeffrees as "an outlet to curate and promote new music that errs on the side of experimental, in keeping with the label’s original mission."
Since 2008, the label has created a multiple city Mad Decent Block Party tour throughout the United States. This travelling festival began at a much smaller scale with simply a rented tent, dunk tank and bbq on a Philadelphia street (Block of 12th St. and Spring Garden St.). The event is in line with the overall concept of the label showcasing global pop and dance music. The featured artists at the events has expanded from featuring Mad Decent's roster to high profile artists such as Matt and Kim and Outkast.
For Christmas 2013, the label re-released various singles from the label mixed with Christmas songs. These were compiled in an eight-track EP titled A Very Decent Christmas.
At the Columbia, Maryland Mad Decent Block Party on August 1, 2014, two fans died and 20 others were hospitalized. Police sources said that the death and illnesses were from apparent overdose.
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- Official website
- Mad Decent on Twitter
- Mad Decent on Facebook
- Mad Decent on Myspace
- Mad Decent on SoundCloud
- Mad Decent discography at Discogs