Reggae. Dubstep. Hip-hop. However you try to describe the music of Major Lazer producers Diplo and Switch, one thing is certain: It is dance music. And if their songs like “Pon the Floor,” “Hold the Line” (featuring Mr. Lex and Santigold) and their new single “Keep It Goin’ Louder” (featuring Nina Sky and Brooklyn, New York vocalist Rick Blaze) already make you get down, on tour the party is going to get a whole lot brighter.
“A Major Lazer show is pretty sick,” Diplo said when we caught up with him Thursday (March 18). “We are doing a whole U.S. tour, so we have these gigantic lasers — these super-duper f—ing lasers!”
And with Diplo being from the Orlando, Florida, area, it makes sense that the tour is set to kick off at Miami’s Winter Music Conference . In fact, for the former Hollertronix DJ/producer, who frequently produces songs with M.I.A., WMC is a place of nostalgia.
“I’ve been going down there since I was a kid,” he said. “I would go down to see Portishead or Chemical Brothers when I was 15. Seeing Portishead when I was really young there was really dope. I was really into their record at the time.”
This year, Major Lazer are set to share the Ultra Music Festival stage with one of the more diverse electronic bills to date: David Guetta, A-Trak, Deadmau5, Will.I.Am, LMFAO, Swedish House Mafia, Calvin Harris, DJ Tiesto and many more are all set to perform at UMF.
“There used to be different divisions between underground music and commercial house and experimental stuff and avant garde,” Diplo explained. “To be honest, those lines are now blended, you know. I’ve done a record with Tiesto and he’s a f—ing cool guy. Everybody is taking influences … all of us are just making club music, and we try to outdo each other with how we can make people go crazier. It’s a very competitive spirit down there.”
Major Lazer’s U.S. tour begins Saturday, March 27, at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami and will carry through 17 more cities, wrapping at Coachella in Indio, California, before moving on to Canada and Europe.
Stick with MTV News for more coverage of the Winter Music Conference, which kicks off Tuesday in Miami.