Major Lazer is a collaborative musical project from DJ/Producers Diplo and Switch.|
Major Lazer is a fictional cartoon character, who (according to press releases) fought as a Jamaican commando who lost his arm in a secret zombie war in 1984. He fights vampires and various monsters, parties hard, and has a rocket-powered hoverboard.
Made up of DJs Diplo and Switch, the duo's first album, Guns Don't Kill People...Lazers Do was released on June 16, 2009 on Downtown Records. It was recorded in Jamaica at Tuff Gong Studios. Vocalists such as Santigold, Vybz Cartel, Ward 21, Busy Signal, Nina Sky, Amanda Blank, Mr. Vegas, Turbulence, Mapei, T.O.K, Prince Zimboo, Leftside and others contribute guest vocals to the album, as well as additional production from Afro Jack and Crookers.  This is the first release to come out of the label partnership between Downtown Records and Diplo's label Mad Decent. 
Major Lazer is currently on a US tour. The album's first single was "Hold the Line" and "Zumbie" has a music video that features comedian Andy Milonakis. The video for their 2009 single "Pon De Floor" was directed by Eric Wareheim of the comedy team Tim and Eric.
Switch has left the collaborative effort due to "creative differences" as claimed by Diplo. He departed in late 2011 and was replaced with DJs/Producers Jillionaire and Walshy Fire.
In 2012 Major Lazer began a partnership with Snoop Dogg to begin work on his reggae project under the new alter ego Snoop Lion.
A second album, Free The Universe, is scheduled to be released on 19. February 2013. It will feature artists such as Ezra Koenig, Bruno Mars, Wyclef, Shaggy, Tyga, Flux Pavilion, Dev, and Wynter Gordon. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.