diplo bubble

The Major Lazer stage show has come a long way. Diplo didn’t start out in a bubble.

I was there at the very first show. It was June 13, 2009 at SOBs in New York. SOBs is short for “Sounds of Brazil.” It’s been a staple of Afro-Latino and island diaspora music for over 30 years. Diplo and Switch took to the small stage dapper in suits and offset with some weird flying bat projection. There were also kooky vampire scenes and a kitschy animated boombox. Two dancehall queens and Jamaican bad man, by way of New York, 77 Klash, completed the set up.

Some kinks were worked out and a brief four years later the stage is helmed by Diplo alongside selectors Trini Chris and Walshy Fire of Black Chiney (Black Chiney is the business, do your research). At the forefront of this are dancers Lafayette Bless and Mela Murder. Music is a multidemisional, multisensory experience–the Major Lazer dancers provide not only a visual spectacle but use their bodies to ingest and project the beauty of the bassline.

My friend Max had the pleasure of interviewing fierce New York dragon, Mela Murder. Read the full interview here. And watch a clip from the SOB show below.


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