Published Oct 14, 2010World-weary production whiz Diplo has a lot of friends. Take, for example, his dubstep-leaning Major Lazer collective that he helms with Switch. Following their fantastic 2009 debut, Guns Don't Kill People - Lazers Do, the group released an EP, featuring guest spots from Thom Yorke, M.I.A. and Busy Signal, among others. Now, they've announced even more big names for their sophomore album.
In a recent interview with Interview [via Pitchfork], Diplo revealed an exceptional list of collaborators. "It's a pretty random selection," Diplo said, adding, "top-form dancehall guests: Vybz Kartel, Bugle, Timberlee. Also, Vampire Weekend, Lykke Li and Santigold. Then we have some classic fellas like Lee Perry and Junior Murvin. It's like reggae is the vehicle, but we really live in this Major Lazer post-apocalypse world where all these artists don't seem strange together."
Diplo said they're about "halfway done" with the new material, and they've been working out of a Jamaican studio. "The best thing about Jamaica is simply the accessibility," he explains. "After that, it's really a matter of making the music great. But we have been to Jamaica so many times for recording, or to perform. So it's become great that we have some acceptance there now. But right now there's mad underground as well in Jamaica, and there's something in the history and overall weirdness of the place that I can't seem to stay away from."
The full interview includes choice quotes about the "funeral of the music industry" and Diplo's potential foray into the world of high-budget films. Check it out here.