updated 04/28/2014 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/28/2014 AT 9:00 PM ET
Here are five things he’s got going on:
1. He’s into dinosaurs
Diplo’s nom de dancehall comes from his childhood love of dinosaurs and is short for Diplodocus, a plant-eating dino that grew to 90 feet in length and lived 155 million years ago.
2. He once taught school
Before hitting it big as a globe-trotting DJ, Diplo taught classes in music and computers in Philadelphia.
3. He’s a Southern boy
He was born in Tupelo, Miss., which also happens to be the birthplace of Elvis Presley, and was raised in various small towns throughout the Southern U.S.
4. He brings home the bacon
Diplo is one of the world’s highest-paid DJs and earned a whopping $13 million in 2012, according to Forbes, the same amount as Jersey Shore star Pauly D.
5. He likes musicians
Perry isn’t the only singer with whom he’s been linked. From 2003 to 2008 he dated British Sri Lankan performer M.I.A., and he has a son, Lockett, from another relationship, who was born in 2010.