Major Lazer Talks Taking a Risk With Snoop Dogg and the Latin Boom: Interview

Major Lazer photographed June 16 at Polaris Studios in Las Vegas, NV.
Austin Hargrave

Major Lazer photographed June 16 at Polaris Studios in Las Vegas, NV.

Major Lazer is much more than a group or a DJ and producer collective: In this age of globalized music, established with international brands such as Lollapalooza and Spotify, they represent crossovers, featurings and genre-fusion to perfection. These paradigm shifts and dismissals of cultural roadblocks have lead the trio to earn the respect of their peers and the warmth of a massive teen audience.

Diplo, in particular, turns 40 feeling younger and more modern than ever. Projects such as Jack Ü with Skrillex; songs such as "Sorry" and "What Do U Mean?" both written for Justin Bieber; or getting to know reggae from its own roots at the mythical Tuff Gong studios with Snoop Dogg -- for the Reincarnated documentary -- made collaborations with stars such as Camila Cabello, M.I.A. or The Weeknd take inspiration from a sonic universe where house and techno mesh harmonically with varied styles such as pop, dubstep, dancehall, hip-hop and, lately, trap.

Now, if we dive even deeper in these rendezvous, to their trips around the world and the relationship they forged with the Latin world, we can appreciate how they were affected in their evolution to the point that they could be the English-speaking ambassadors of reggaeton. 

Major Lazer talks to Billboard Argentina about rock, reggae, Latin and more:

Diplo, you came before to Argentina to play a set at the Samsung Studio in 2011. What do you remember from that time and how do you feel about coming back?

Diplo: Argentina was always rock and roll. They love rock there, and I felt that the show was a DJ set mixed with kids that expected it to be punk. Music and attitude in Argentina are awesome. 

Could you describe your relationship with reggae music and what happened with Snoop Dogg after you produced Reincarnated?

Diplo: We always loved reggae and to do things with it. "Get Free" by Major Lazer is one of those songs that I wrote that I love the most. I'd love to do more, but there isn't much of a market, really. Snoop was very much into it. He really wanted to take a risk with us, and I appreciate that. I always want to do more reggae. 

"Buscando Huellas" exemplifies the fact that music around the world is mixing. What do you think of the Latin boom brought forward by "Despacito"?

Jillionaire: I am a big fan of J Balvin, and I am lucky enough for him to be my friend. Guys like him, Chyno Miranda and others have brought South America to the front and have challenged the concept of Latin music in a way similar to what Walsh and I did to champion dancehall and soca all these years. I love seeing these new sounds on the top of the charts, the same way "Lean On" did for many a few years ago. 

What can the fans expect in December in Argentina at the BUE Festival?

Walshy Fire: More vibes! More fire!


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