• Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire Talks All Things Dancehall

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    Walshy Fire in the mix at Tuxedo Junction in Danbury, Connecticut. (Photo credit: Dan Nilsen)

    Leighton Paul Walsh, a.k.a. Walshy Fire, is best known for being a member of Major Lazer. The Jamaican-born MC, selector (DJ), and producer has had a successful career outside of the group, though. In 2004, Walshy joined the Miami Black Chiney sound system. He toured with it for 8 years and also hosted a popular radio show in the city. It wasn’t until 2012 that Walshy joined Major Lazer. Yet, despite the group’s success and busy schedule, he has still found time to continue his solo career. On Wednesday, Walshy dropped a new riddim album called “Chicken and Dumplin” with soca producer Kubiyashi. The project includes songs from heavyweights Beenie Man, Sean Paul, Shaggy, among others. On Friday, Walshy will headline Mad Decent’s takeover of Avalon’s Control party in Los Angeles.

    We caught up with Walshy before the show to discuss all things dancehall.

    As someone who was born in Jamaica and has been involved with dancehall for their entire career, how do you feel about its current popularity in the mainstream?

    It’s great. Dancehall is for everyone, for the masses. Hearing it world wide is a great feeling.

    Some pop artists have been criticized for appropriating dancehall culture and not giving credit where credit is due. Do you agree with that criticism?

    Credit is really all anyone wants in life. Every genre of music, every artist, every musician. So credit should always be given. Allow people to know where you sampled from.

    You once said in an interview that your sole purpose with Major Lazer is to “bring back some glory and international exposure [for] reggae and dancehall.” Do you think you’ve achieved that aim?

    I wouldn’t say, but I have a lot more work to do.


    Walshy Fire and Kubiyashi’s “Chicken and Dumplin” riddim album. Download select songs on DJcity.

    You’ve been credited with coining the term, “future dancehall.” What’s your definition of it?

    Future dancehall is dancehall mixed with EDM influences. It stays at the same dancehall tempo (94 to 100 BPM) but has rises and drops. And I don’t want the credit for making that name up. A lot of folks were calling it that before me. I might just be the one who made it popular.

    What is your favorite dancehall riddim of all time?

    The Answer Riddim.

    In your eyes, what are the similarities and differences between Jamaican selectors and American DJs?

    For Jamaican DJs, it’s not about the music as it is about the personality of the DJ. You can play an obscure song no one’s heard and with your personality make it big. You can make people laugh and do things they didn’t plan on doing, etc. Also, Jamaican DJs mix very quick. For American DJs, it’s more about shutting the club down with the big songs, scratching, blending, etc.

    Your role in Major Lazer is an MC and producer, but you also have a solo career as a DJ and producer. Is your approach different?

    Yeah, I bring the Jamaican and Miami style of DJing.


    A recap of Major Lazer’s historic concert in Havana, Cuba on March 6, 2016.

    How did your experience as a radio host in Miami influence you as an artist?

    I miss it a lot. It allowed me to be able to be humble and relate to the average person who just wants to have a good time. It’s not about trying to be this untouchable celebrity DJ. That will never be me.

    In 2016, Major Lazer became the first major American artist to perform in Cuba since diplomatic ties were restored. What was that like?

    It was the Highlight of my DJ life. Check out the documentary we did on it called Give Me Future.

    Are you or Major Lazer working with any Cuban artists?

    I work with Yotuel [from Orishas]. He’s a dope dude. I also work with Ari Lopez who now lives in Jamaica.

    Who are some newer artists that you’re feeling right now?

    Meleku [Sizzla’s son], Jah9, Masicka, and Ricardo Drue.


    Walshy Fire and Sillva’s back-to-back set at the 2017 Rum Set Boat Party in Miami.

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    Related: Wax Motif Remixes Major Lazer’s ‘Run Up’

  • Wax Motif Remixes Major Lazer’s ‘Run Up’

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    Wax Motif at Holy Ship! 2016. (Photo credit: Oh Dag Yo)

    There isn’t a shortage of remixes of Major Lazer‘s latest anthem, “Run Up.” The PartyNextDoor and Nicki Minaj-assisted single has been flipped over a dozen times since January. However, Wax Motif‘s new rework is one of the standouts. The Australian native has transformed the dancehall track into a completely new tune, with trap buildups and house drops.

    Stream the remix below and download it on DJcity.

    Related: Sak Noel Drops Major Lazer and Maroon 5 Remixes

  • Sak Noel Drops Major Lazer and Maroon 5 Remixes

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    Sak Noel at MIA Nightclub in Cham, Germany on Oct. 15, 2016. (Photo source: Facebook)

    Spanish DJ/producer Sak Noel has dropped moombahton remixes of Major Lazer’s “Run Up” and Maroon 5’s “Cold.” The tracks hit No. 1 and No. 12 on DJcity’s top 50 chart, respectively.

    The “Run Up” rework was produced with fellow countrymen Salvi and Arpa. The former previously collaborated with Sak on the Sean Paul-assisted anthem, “Trumpets.”

    The “Cold” remix is a solo production.

    Stream both below and download the extended versions exclusively on DJcity.

    Related: Sak Noel Releases Video for ‘Trumpets’ Feat. Sean Paul

  • Watch Major Lazer’s ‘Run Up’ Video Featuring PartyNextDoor and Nicki Minaj

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    Major Lazer has dropped a visual for their latest single “Run Up” featuring PartyNextDoor and Nicki Minaj. The track, which is set to appear on the group’s upcoming album, Music Is the Weapon, was DJcity’s most downloaded song of February.

    The video takes place at a house party where everyone’s eyes are fixated on their phones. Directors Paul, Luc, and Martin said in a press release:

    “The idea was to laugh at ourselves and at the unconditional love we bear to our smartphones. Humor and absurdity came naturally in our speech because our will was not to accuse someone or something but just exaggerate it to foster reflection.”

    Watch above and download “Run Up” on DJcity.

    Related: DJ Brace Scratches Over Major Lazer’s ‘Run Up’

  • DJ Brace Scratches Over Major Lazer’s ‘Run Up’

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    If you follow DJ Brace online, chances are you’ve seen his Fretless Fridays videos. The series features the reigning DMC Online champ scratching over well-known songs using John Beez’s Fretless Fader.

    Starting today, DJcityTV will be hosting some of the videos with a focus on club-friendly tracks. For the first episode, Brace gets busy with Major Lazer‘s new anthem “Run Up” featuring PartyNextDoor and Nicki Minaj, which is currently No. 1 on DJcity.

    Watch above and stay tuned for more videos.

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  • Major Lazer Teams With PartyNextDoor and Nicki Minaj for New Single, ‘Run Up’

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    Major Lazer with PartyNextDoor. (Source: Instagram)

    Major Lazer has recruited PartyNextDoor and Nicki Minaj for “Run Up,” a radio-friendly track that blends dancehall, R&B, and hip-hop. It is the third single off the group’s upcoming album, Music Is the Weapon.

    Stream it below and download it on DJcity. The instrumental and acapella are also available.

    Related: Watch Major Lazer and Showtek’s ‘Believer’ Video

  • Watch Major Lazer and Showtek’s ‘Believer’ Video

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    Major Lazer and Showtek have shared a powerful video for their trap collaboration, “Believer,” the seventh most downloaded on DJcity in October. The visual, which was filmed in the Middle East, was inspired by the ongoing war in Syria.

    Director Christopher Louie said in a press release: “As dark as the subject matter is, the point of our ‘Believer’ video was to capture the resilience of youth and the hope displayed by communities coming together to save victims from the rubble.”

    Watch the visual above and download the single on DJcity.

    Related: Watch Major Lazer’s ‘Cold Water’ Video

  • Watch Major Lazer’s ‘Cold Water’ Video

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    Major Lazer has shared a black-and-white video for their hit single “Cold Water” featuring Justin Bieber and MO. The visual features live footage from the group’s recent European tour. Bieber isn’t in the video, but MO makes a brief appearance.

    The single, which was included in August’s edition of DJcity Trends, is currently number three on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

    Watch the video above and download the track on DJcity.

    Related: Major Lazer’s ‘Cold Water’ Gets Deep House Remix From Lost Frequencies

  • Major Lazer’s ‘Cold Water’ Gets Deep House Remix From Lost Frequencies

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    Lost Frequencies
    Lost Frequencies performs at the Mysteryland festival in the Netherlands in 2016. (source: Facebook)

    Lost Frequencies, a rising DJ/producer from Belgium, has dropped a deep house remix of Major Lazer‘s latest single, “Cold Water,” featuring Justin Bieber and MO. The original version is currently number two on Billboard’s Hot 100, having been on the chart just five weeks.

    The rework adds 22 BPM and features Lost Frequencies’ signature production style, which often contains vocals and guitars.

    Lost Frequencies’ breakout came in 2014 with his multi-platinum single, “Are You With Me.” It was originally released as a remix of Easton Corbin’s country song of the same title.

    Stream Lost Frequencies’ “Cold Water” remix below and download it on DJcity.

    Related: Delirious & Alex K Remix Major Lazer’s ‘Cold Water’ ft. Justin Bieber & MO

  • Exclusive: Delirious & Alex K Remix Major Lazer’s ‘Cold Water’ ft. Justin Bieber & MO

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    Delirious & Alex K

    Canada’s Delirious & Alex K have dropped an energetic remix of Major Lazer‘s new single “Cold Water,” which is currently number one on DJcity. The duo’s rework adds seven BPM and maintains much of Justin Bieber and MO’s vocals.

    Stream it below and download it exclusively on DJcity.

    Related: Biz Markie’s ‘Just a Friend’ Gets Moombahton Remix From Delirious & Alex K