Major Lazer


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Major Lazer began as the white duo of Los Angeles producer Thomas "Diplo" Pentz and English-born producer David "Switch" Taylor. Diplo was originally a Philadelphia dj known for his mixtape Never Scared (2003) and the album Florida (2004), but would soon become a famous producer working with pop stars such as Britney Spears and Beyonce. Switch had produced Maya M.I.A. Arulpragasam's Arular (2005). They decided to travel to Jamaican and make an album of reggae/dancehall music with local collaborators. The result was Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do (2009), featuring several guest vocalists and rappers (Mr Evil, Vybz Cartel, T.O.K., Busy Signal, Mr Vegas, Turbulence, Santigold, Nina Sky, Amanda Blank), a parade of charming and sometimes nostalgic revisitations of the genre for the digital dancefloor (Hold The Line Can't Stop Now, What You Like, Cash Flow, Anything Goes, Mary Jane).

After the EP Lazers Never Die (2010), Switch left in 2011, replaced by Trinidad's dj Christopher "Jillionaire" Leacock and Florida's rapper Walshy Fire (Leighton Walsh) for the second album Free the Universe (2013) and for the third album Peace Is the Mission (2015), that contains the hit of future bass Lean On, a collaboration with French dj William "DJ Snake" Grigahcine, and Danish singer Karen "MO" Andersen. In 2019 Jillionaire left too and was replaced by Texan dj Ape Drums (Eric Alberto-Lopez).

Diplo is also a member of the duo Jack U with Skrillex that released Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U (2015), of the duo Silk City with fellow white producer Mark Ronson that released the hit single Electricity (2018), and of the trio LSD with Austrialian singer Sia Furler and English singer Timothy "Labrinth" McKenzie that released Labrinth, Sia & Diplo Present LSD (2019).

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