Does Major Lazer owe their success to Reggae music? See their answer

Major Lazer have no problem packing parties all over the world, but in the very beginning, audiences weren’t sure what to make of the group, now comprised of Diplo, Walshy Fire and Jillionaire. Promoter Kamal Banky remembers Diplo’s first shows in Jamaica actually baffled the locals. “The dancehall crowd was like, ‘What’s he playing?'” says Banky. “People stood up and they were like, ‘We hate this, we don’t like this.’ And the room cleared out.”

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Today, the scene when Major Lazer visits Jamaica is wildly different — and we’ve got the footage to prove it. For Major Lazer Take Kingston — the second documentary in the “Mastering the Craft” series by Rolling Stone Films presented by Patrón — we followed the group back to the island to revisit their roots and headline their own festival. “For us to have a spark starting here for all our new music is the most important,” Diplo tells us. “We can go out to the rest of the world, as long as we prove ourselves here.”

Thinking back to his earliest days, Diplo recalls being “fascinated by dancehall” as a child growing up in the town of Plantation, Florida: “It was always something on the radio in the parks,” he says. The music catching his ear was developed legendary producer King Jammy’s studio, and in the film Diplo and Walshy Fire, who was born in Jamaica, visit the historic spot. “I used to go there all the time, man, and, as we say in Jamaica, ‘bleach,’ which is basically just hang out for way too many hours,” Walshy Fire recalls…

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