Blogaroo: Day 4: Major Lazer

2 Jun

Major Lazer is a musical project by DJ/Producer Diplo. While it used to include Switch, he left the group last year due to “creative differences.”   Hype man Skerrit Bwoy was also involved in the project, but he left earlier this year to pursue religion.

Diplo and Switch met while working with M.I.A. In 2009 the duo recorded their first album Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do in Jamaica’s Tuff Gong Studios. A number of musicians contributed to the album, including Santigold, Amanda Blank and Turbulence.

While involved in the project, Switch produced Beyoncé’s Run the World, which sampled Major Lazer’s Pon de Floor.

Addam and I have known about Major Lazer since they began working with M.I.A. in 2009, but we’ve been listening to a lot more Diplo since he was added to the Roo lineup. I’d describe the project as dancehall meets reggae, so you can only imagine how excited we are about the set.

Bruk Out is the best I’ve heard by Major Lazer, but I couldn’t find any live performances on YouTube worth posting. So here’s a video from 2010’s Coachella set.

Diplo will be playing at 12:30 on Friday night, but he’s up against Black Star. I don’t know why Bonnaroo would do this to me, and I don’t know what I’m going to do about it. I could split the sets, which seems to be the game plan right now.


  • Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do (2009)
  • Major Lazer Essential Mix (2009)
  • Lazers Never Die EP (2010)
  • Lazerproof (2010)
  • Major Lazer Summer Mix (2010)
  • Original Don EP (2011)
  • TBA (2012)

Sounds Like:

Songs to Listen For:

  1. Get Free
  2. Pon de Floor
  3. Original Don
  4. Hold the Line
  5. Can’t Stop Now

Times at Roo: 0

Times I’ve Seen Them: 0

“I think everyone who plays an instrument and comes from a real musical background is a bit perturbed by sampling in general. It might be ignorance to begin with — like, they don’t like hip-hop because ‘it’s an ignorant form of music,’ and they’re not creating anything.” — Diplo, Wired Magazine (2010).

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