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Pitchfork – Major Lazer

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Major Lazer is a hybrid musical group comprised of DJ/producers “Diplo” and “Switch”, who work alongside a team of talented vocalists. Diplo is known by many as one of the world’s most original and inventive DJs. Switch and his underground record label Dubsided have become trendsetters in the world of dance music. When the two paired up in a Jamaican music studio to record Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do the outcome was pure summertime madness. Major Lazer’s music can unofficially be categorized as Jamaican dancehall mashed with modern electro house.

I have seen Major Lazer before, but for this show, they pulled out all the stops. Every previous time I’d seen Major Lazer was in a nightclub setting. This time, the fresh air and shining sun really changed the game. The more of the sun’s rays they soaked up, the more it seemed to feed their desire to throw a wild, crazy show.

They opened by inducing the crowd to rambunctiously chant “Ma-jor Laz-er”, then the bass kicked in hard, and out came the giant Chinese Dragons. Yes, that’s right, 2 Chinese dragons, large enough to be manned by 2 people, danced along to the music. After the dragons, Diplo sent them off and called out the ballerinas.

What could possibly top Chinese Dragons and Ballerinas? How about some good old-fashioned daggering? Daggering is a dance that’s roots can be traced to the dance halls of Jamaica. It’s basically heavy grinding, but when placed in the hands of the Major Lazer crew, it becomes a more extreme spectacle. Picture this: a giant ladder is brought out, a man climbs to the top and strips down to his boxers. Waiting down below is a woman lying on her back with her legs spread open, the man dives off the ladder onto the woman and starts to hump. The woman, the great actress she was, pretended to get so mad that she climbed to the top of the ladder and daggered the man right back.

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Besides the outrageous stage show, another reason to see Major Lazer perform is for the great party music. Even though Major Lazer has only released one album no two shows are ever the same. Diplo is an amazing live DJ, and his expertise is mixing genres. On this occasion He started off by playing some remixes of tracks from the album and then ventured into some dancehall and reggae tunes, before getting into my favorite part of the set, Hip Hop.

Diplo excels when it comes to playing great original hip hop mixes. Two of the hardest hitting tracks he played were Cali Swag District ‘s “Teach Me How To Dougie” and Teairra Mari’s “Sponsor” which features Gucci Mane & Soulja Boy. Diplo is known for playing really random songs in the middle of his set, and although they don’t seem to fit, he makes it sound good. At Pitchfork, the piece of random goodness was Ace Of Base’s “All That She Wants” accompanied by the cry “Somebody here gonna get pregnant!”

Nowadays the club scene takes itself very seriously. It takes an act like Major Lazer to remind everyone what dance music is really about — having fun! This show delivered in that department. All in all, I danced, I laughed, and even got a champagne shower. Thanks Major Lazer.

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  • http://andrewstamm.com Spaceman Spiff

    Their stage show was definitely the best spectacle of the weekend

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