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Major Lazer is an electronic music group created by record producer Diplo, with current members DJ Jillionair, Walshy Fire, and Boaz van de Beatz.  Initially the English DJ and producer Switch was part of the group but parted ways in late 2011.  The group music spans numerous genres, usually fusing reggae and dancehall music with dance genres such as moombahton and electro house.

Major Lazer has released three full-length albums, “Guns Don’t Kill People … Lazers Do”, “Free The Universe”, and “Peace is the Mission” which were released in 2009, 2013, and 2015 respectively.  They also have released and EP entitled “Apocalypse Soon” in March 2014 which featured vocal contributions from Pharrell Williams and Sean Paul.  In addition, Major Lazer have also produced “Reincarnated”, the debut reggae album by Snoop Dogg under his Snoop Lion persona.

Major Lazer was formerly made up of DJ Diplo and Switch, the two were introduced after working with M.I.A. The duo’s first album “Guns Don’t Kill People … Lazers Do” was released on June 16, 2009, through Downtown Records.  It was recorded in Jamaica at Tuff Gong Studios.  Vocalists such as Santigold, Vybz Kartel, Ward 21, Busy Signal, Nina Sky, Amanda Blank, Mr. Vegas, Turbulance, Mapei, T.O.K., Prince Zimboo, Leftside and others all contributed as guest vocalists on the album.  Afrojack and Crookers also added additional production as well.

From 2012 to 2013, Major Lazer had many live shows that featured hype man Skerrit Bwoy but later in 2012, Skerrit left the group to pursue religion.  In 2012, Major Lazer began working with Snoop Dogg to produce some tracks that were going to be included on his new reggae project.  Along with the project came his new alter ego persona known as “Snoop Lion”.  DJ Switch left the collaborative effort due to “creative differences” as claimed by Diplo.  He departed in late 2011 and was replaced with DJ/Producer Jillionaire and Walshy Fire.  In September 2012, Major Lazer announced that their upcoming album “Free The Universe” which would be released on March 12, 2012 through Diplo’s Mad Decent record label.  “Free The Universe” featured guest appearances by Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman, Santigold, Peaches, Tyga, Flux Pavilion, Bruno Mars, Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, and many more.  The album peaked at #34 in both the US Album Charts and the UK Album Chart.

On February 8, 2015, during the Grammy Award ceremony, Diplo revealed details about the third Major Lazer album.  He confirmed that the album would incorporate artists such as Ariana Grande, Ellie Goulding, and Pusha T.  He confirmed that the album would be called “Peace is the Mission”.  The first single, “Lean On”, was a collaboration with French producer DJ Snake and featured vocals from Danish recording artist MØ.  The album was released on June 1, 2015.  The single “Lean On” reached No. 1 in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, and the Netherlands and peaked within the top ten in an additional 14 countries including the UK and Germany.

Major Lazer couldn’t be more on top of the world and they just keep on working.  They just recently announced the name of their next album titled “Music Is The Weapon” which will be released in 2016.  They also have produced an animated cartoon show titled “Major Lazer” for the FXX channel that was inspired heavily by cartoons from the 80’s.

These guys are on fire right now and for good reason.  Check out some of the groups biggest hits below including “Lean On”, the international No. 1 song across the world.


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This guy is one of my favorite DJ’s and he makes some of the craziest beats I have ever heard.  The kind of music that just makes you want to dance.

Thomas Wesley Pentz (born November 10, 1978), better known by his stage name “Diplo,” is a Los Angeles-based American DJ, music producer, rapper, and songwriter.  He founded and manages his own record company “Mad Decent,” and is the co-founder and lead member of the non-profit organization “Heaps Decent.”  Among other jobs, he has worked as a school teacher in Philadelphia.  He is also the co-creator and lead member of the electronic dancehall music project, “Major Lazer.”  His 2013 EP “Revolution” debuted at #68 on the Billboard 200.

During his rise to notability, Diplo worked with British musician, M.I.A., an artist who is credited with helping expose him in his early career.  Later, he and fellow M.I.A. producer switch created a Jamaican dancehall project titled “Major Lazer.”  Since then, Diplo has worked on production and mixtape projects with many other notable pop artists, such as Beyonce, No Doubt, Justin Bieber, Usher, Snoop Lion and G-Dragon.  His stage name, “Diplo,” is short for “Diplodocus” which comes from his childhood fascination with dinosaurs.

Diplo has been around for a while and in all that time, he has never tried the same thing twice.  Every collaboration and album that he releases is full of experimental beats and rhythms that many similar DJ’s just can’t compete with.  Diplo also doesn’t like to stay confined to one genre of music.  He has dabbled in dubstep, trap, rap, trip-hop and even has produced just regular pop songs.  He often experiments by mixing these genres together in order to see what comes out.  There is no telling what kind of music will come from Diplo in the future but I can guarantee that it will have an insane beat and will make you want to dance.

Below are some of Diplo’s most popular songs and collaborations.  Enjoy.