Question: What group is fantastic at mixing EDM with dancehall, reggae, house and more? Answer: Major Lazer. The group was originally founded by record producers Diplo and Switch. Although Switch left in 2011, Diplo remains along with added members Jillionaire and Walshy Fire. Here’s 5 fun facts about the group behind hits like the single “Lean On”:
1. Major Lazer will be the first U.S. act to play in Cuba! They will perform outside Havana’s US Embassy in a landmark concert on March 6.
2. The group’s 2015 hit “Lean On” got 1 billion views, making it the 16th most-viewed video on YouTube!
3. Diplo performs his own shows as well as shows with his group. There are big differences between Diplo and Major Lazer shows, however. Diplo has said: “Major Lazer’s new tour is basically all Major Lazer songs and edits. We do a lot of the new slow stuff like be together with an amazing stage and dance routine.”
4. Aside from being part of Major Lazer, Diplo produced huge hits for other artists including Beyonce’s “Run The World” and Usher’s “Climax”. He also co-produced Britney Spears’ “Passenger”.
5. Diplo – real name Thomas Wesley Pentz – has always been fascinated by dinosaurs. In fact, the name Diplo was taken from the Diplodocus! He even has one tattooed on his arm.