Major Lazer is the hitmaking trio of Grammy-winning producer Diplo, Walshy Fire and Jillionaire. Known for their genre-bending collaborations and legendary live show and their mission to make the world a smaller place by making the party bigger, the global superstars have seen new heights of success since the release of their third studio album, Peace Is The Mission, in June 2015.
Lead single “Lean On,” their collaboration with DJ Snake and MØ, became the most successful independent song of all time—named the most-streamed song ever on Spotify, peaking at #1 on U.S. pop radio, becoming one of only a handful of videos to reach more than 1 billion views on YouTube—with more than 3 billion streams across all platforms—and much more.
Peace Is The Mission’s “Light It Up (Remix)” featuring Nyla and Fuse ODG also topped charts worldwide, including reaching #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Mix Show Airplay.
The group followed the track with this summer’s “Cold Water,” featuring Justin Bieber and MØ, which also peaked at #1 on U.S. radio and reached more than 1 billion streams across Spotify, Soundcloud, Youtube and Pandora. In addition, the band played a whirlwind summer tour with headlining slots at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Outside Lands, Panorama, Sasquatch, Electric Forest, Life Is Beautiful and many more.
Additionally, the band played a record-breaking show in Cuba earlier this year, playing to more than 400,000 thousand fans in the heart of Havana and becoming the first major American act to play the country since diplomatic ties with the U.S. were restored.
Launched in 2008 by Diplo and U.K. producer Switch, Major Lazer is Diplo’s outlet for his love of Jamaican dancehall music. Their wildly popular 2009 single “Pon de Floor” singlehandedly reshaped the sound of contemporary dance music, and provided the foundation for Beyonce’s chart-topping single “Run the World.” Over the course of the project they’ve not only collaborated with the likes of Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, Ellie Goulding and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, but have earned the respect of venerated Jamaican dancehall artists like Busy Signal, Vybz Kartel and Elephant Man, all of whom have graced their tracks.
Diplo (aka Wesley Pentz) has had an unprecedented career that’s taken him from the outer fringes of club culture to the top of pop’s A-list. He first drew the attention of forward-looking listeners in the mid-aughts through zeitgeist-smashing DJ sets that defied the borders of geography and genre, as well as the Piracy Funds Terrorism Vol. 1 mixtape he created with M.I.A. His commercial breakthrough came with her 2007 hit “Paper Planes,” which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for a Grammy for Record of the Year. Since then he’s split his time between working with pop stars (Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Wale, Chris Brown, Ariana Grande, 2 Chainz, Travis Porter, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Azealia Banks, Iggy Azalea, Die Antwoord, Robyn, AlunaGeorge and Madonna among them) and carving out a niche as one of the leading figures in dance music as both a producer and an artist. One of the world’s most sought-after DJs, he’s also a world-class tastemaker who’s appeared on the covers of Fast Company and Billboard and lent his creative talents to brands like Alexander Wang and Blackberry.
In 2005, Diplo founded label/culture lab Mad Decent to serve as a showcasing platform for the myriad fascinating sounds he encounters while touring the world. Mad Decent has gone on to release music from a dynamic range of artists that include Lil’ Jon, Gucci Mane, Buraka Som Sistema, Dillon Francis, RiFF RAFF, Baauer and produces the annual and infamous Mad Decent Block Parties—a series of outdoor dance parties/concerts that now span 22 cities across North America.