“We’re not making the world smaller,” says Walshy Fire, one-third of the global hitmaking behemoth that is Major Lazer. “We’re making the party bigger.” For Major Lazer, which also includes Diplo & Jillionaire, that is a noble mission
Over the last 10yrs the group has expanded from a notoriously raucous side project into the biggest musical act in the world. In 2015 they hit #1 in 22 countries w/their era-defining single “Lean On,” featuring DJ Snake and MØ, and “Cold Water,” their 2016 summer anthem w/Justin Bieber, went triple platinum in the U.S.
Over the last 10yrs, the group has worked w/artists from every continent (okay, except Antarctica), some well-known & some who are on their way up: Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Pharrell, Vybz Kartel, among others. Major Lazer have become something more than an American pop act, they’re truly global in their reach. In March 2016, the trio played to more than half a million fans in Havana, Cuba, a historic event chronicled in the new documentary Give Me Future.
“We create this Carnival atmosphere for people, like a Caribbean party where you’re dancing in the streets,” says Diplo. “That’s the vibe we’re trying to create, the language we’re trying to write. It doesn’t sound like anything else, because no one has done this kind of fusion before. Because of that, we don’t have a roadmap. We don’t always know if we’re doing it right, but we’re going to keep doing it.”
In other words, that party is only just getting started.