The brain project of American EDM artist, Thomas Wesley Pentz (AKA Diplo), Major Lazer was originally a collaboration with fellow EDM artist Switch, and later on Jillionaire and Walshy Fire.
After both Diplo and Switch worked with MIA, they were introduced to each other and thus Major Lazer was born out of their collaboration. Their first album “Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do” was released in the summer of 2009 via Downtown Records. The album had vocal guests like Nina Sky, Santigold, and Turbulence with additional production done by Afrojack and Crookers. The album was met with quite warmly, with a MTV VMA Breakthrough Video nomination for the song “Hold The Line.” They also were slated live performances at some of the biggest music festivals around the world, such as the 2010 Coachella Music Festival in California in the United States and The Falls Music & Arts Festival in Victoria, Australia.
However, in 2011 due to creative differences Switch left and was shortly replaced by DJ/ Producer Jillionaire and Walshy Fire. The trio released “Free The Universe” in April 2013, along with the announcement of a world tour for the album. The album again featured guest vocals from various artists, such as Wyclef Jean, Bruno Mars, Laidback Luke and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig. They continued to make music into 2014, with Pharrell Williams and Sean Paul signing on to be a part of their EP project, “Apocalypse Now.”