Occupation(s) : Record producers, DJs, multi-instrumentalists
Labels Secretly Canadia, Downtown, Mad Decent
Associated acts : DJ Snake, Boaz van de Beatz, Afrojack, Busy Signal, The Flexican, FS Green
Walshy Fire (2011–present)
Ape Drums (2019–present)
Who is Major Lazer?
Major Lazer is an American electronic dance music three man group, which includes record producer Diplo, and DJs Walshy Fire and Ape Drums. The group was founded in 2008 by Diplo and Switch, with Switch leaving after three years in 2011.
He was then replaced by both Jillionaire and Walshy Fire. In June 2019, Jillionaire left the group and was replaced by Ape Drums. Its music spans numerous genres, mixing reggae with dancehall, reggaeton, soca, house and moombahton.
Major Lazer has released three full-length albums: Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do in 2009, Free the Universe in 2013, and Peace is the Mission in 2015. They have also released five EPs, including Apocalypse Soon in March 2014, which featured vocal contributions from Pharrell Williams and Sean Paul, and Know No Better in 2017, which featured appearances from Camila Cabello, Quavo, Travis Scott, and J Balvin, among others.
Major Lazer has also notably produced Reincarnated, the debut Reggae album by Snoop Dogg under his “Snoop Lion” persona. In March 2018, Billboard ranked Major Lazer at number five on their 2018 Billboard Dance 100 ranking of dance musicians.
Major Lazer Career
2009–11: Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do and Lazers Never Die EP
Skerrit Bwoy with Major Lazer at Coachella Festival, 2010.
Originally made up of DJs Diplo and Switch, the two were introduced while working with M.I.A.. The duo’s first album Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do was released on 16 June 2009, on Downtown Records. It was recorded in Jamaica at Tuff Gong Studios.
The album’s first single was “Hold the Line”, the video for which, directed by Eric Wareheim, was nominated for a MTV Video Award in the Breakthrough Video category. “Hold the Line” was also featured in the video game FIFA 10. The track “Zumbie” has a music video that features comedian Andy Milonakis. Music videos for the songs “Pon de Floor”, “Keep It Going Louder”, and “Bubble Butt” were directed by Eric Wareheim.
In June 2009, Major Lazer were featured for the first time on the cover of the publication The FADER, in its 62nd issue. Major Lazer performed at the Falls Music & Arts Festival (Lorne, Victoria, Australia) on 30 December 2009 and the Coachella Music Festival in April 2010.
They also performed at the Pitchfork Music Festival in July 2010 and the Sasquatch Music Festival on Monday 30 May 2011. Live visuals were created by Pomp&Clout. Major Lazer performed at the 2011 Outside Lands festival in San Francisco.
On June 1, 2017, Major Lazer released a six-song extended play titled Know No Better, with the title track featuring Camila Cabello, Travis Scott, and Quavo. The EP’s second single, “Sua Cara”, features Brazilian musicians Anitta and Pabllo Vittar. Several remixes of the EP’s title track have since been released.
On October 19, 2018, Major Lazer released a compilation album titled Major Lazer Essentials, a 10-year anniversary record that includes all of Major Lazer’s greatest hits, and new songs including “Blow That Smoke”, featuring Tove Lo, which was released on October 17, 2018.
On May 10, 2019, Major Lazer released the song “Can’t Take It from Me”, featuring Skip Marley, as the new lead single for Music Is the Weapon. In June 2019, Jillionaire left the group to focus on solo projects, and was replaced by American DJ and record producer Ape Drums.
The album’s second single, “Make It Hot”, with Anitta, was released on June 19, 2019.
Net Worth of Major Lazer
It is Diplo, who received the fame and he has a net worth of $30 million.
— wes (@diplo) August 14, 2019
Major Lazer Studio albums
Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do (2009)
Free the Universe (2013)
Peace Is the Mission (2015)
Music Is the Weapon (2019)
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