Major Lazer: Bio, Life, Career, Awards, Facts, Trivia, Favorites

Major Lazer: A Quick-Read Bio Revealed

Here’s the bio, life, career, awards, facts, trivia, and favorites of Major Lazer. We would like to take you through the chapters in the life and career of one of the world’s talented musicians. This is Australian Unwrapped’s compilation of research about Major Lazer. Enjoy the journey!

Origin: Miami, Florida, U.S.

Genres: EDM – Dancehall – Reggae – Hip hop – Moombahton – Trap – Reggae fusion – Electro house – Soca – Rocksteady

Members: Diplo, Walshy Fire, and Ape Drums

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Early Start

  • The members met while working with M.I.A.
  • Their first album released was Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do in June 2009 under Downtown Records.
  • The setting where the album was recorded was at Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica.



Career Journey

  • 2009: “Hold the Line”, the album’s first single, was nominated for an MTV Video Award under the Breakthrough Video category and the hit song.
  • 2010: The group released an EP titled Lazers Never Die which housed two new songs and three remixes, by Thom Yorke and others. Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls)”, which sampled “Pon de Floor”, was produced by Switch.
  • 2012: Major Lazer announced his album, Free the Universe, would be released on Mad Decent in March 2013.
  • 2015: Diplo announced Major Lazer’s third album during the Grammy Awards which would incorporate artists such as Ariana Grande, Ellie Goulding and Pusha T, and would be titled Peace is the Mission.
  • 2015: Major Lazer released Peace is the Mission: Extended, a reissue of their third studio album Peace is the Mission where it housed five additional songs, including a collaboration with Dutch electro house DJ MOTi (featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Wizkid, and Kranium), a remix of their previous track “Light It Up” featuring Nyla and Fuse ODG, and a cover of Frank Ocean’s “Lost” featuring previous collaborator and Danish recording artist MØ.
  • 2016: “Cold Water”, featuring vocals from MØ and Justin Bieber, was released which soared to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number 1 in several other countries including on the UK Official Charts.
  • 2017: Known No Better is a six-song extended play by Major Lazer that features Camila Cabello, Travis Scott, and Quavo. A Brazilian duo, Anitta and Pabllo Vittar, perform in the EP’s second single, “Sua Cara”.
  • 2019: Major Lazer released the new lead single from their fourth studio album, “Can’t Take It From Me”, featuring Skip Marley.
  • 2020: The fifth single from the album, “Lay Your Head on Me”, featuring Marcus Mumford from Mumford & Sons.



Awards & Recognition

  • won GAFFA Awards (Denmark) and 1 nomination
  • NRJ Music Awards 3 nominations and 1 award
  • won Billboard Music Awards
  • received American Music Awards nomination
  • received iHeartRadio Music Awards 2 nominations
  • received Kids’ Choice Awards nomination
  • received Latin Grammy Awards nomination



Fun Facts & Trivia

  • Their first single “Hold the Line” was featured in the video game FIFA 10.
  • The group became the second US artist to play a major concert in Cuba after more than 50 years where Audioslave was the first.
  • Diplo is a big fan of Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones.



Artist’s Favorites

Food Spot:  Sister Muhammad’s Kitchen
Music Producers:  Sophie, Eprom, Calvin Harris, etc.
Shoes:  Mr. Hare
Festival Performance:  Mad Decent Block Party



Australian Unwrapped’s Chosen Song from Major Lazer:

Lean On (feat. MØ & DJ Snake)

Length: 2:56

Release: 2015

Opening Lyrics:

Do you recall, not long ago
We would walk on the sidewalk
Innocent, remember?
All we did was care for each other
But the night was warm
We were bold and young
All around the wind blows
We would only hold on to let go
Blow a kiss, fire a gun
We all need someone to lean on
Blow a kiss, fire a gun
All we need is somebody to lean on

More Songs to Listen to:

Major Lazer: Top 5 Songs



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