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Major Lazer iPhone App

Major Lazer finally has their own iPhone app, and it was totally worth the wait. It’s super innovative and fun. It’s got the ability to remix portions of the Major Lazer LP, “Guns Don’t Kill People, Lazers Do”, and makes all kinds of crazy sound effects. Check this ting out.

iZotope, Inc. and Downtown Records have collaborated to bring a new edition of the popular iPhone and iPod Touch music app, iDrum, to the iPhone and iPod touch.

iDrum: Major Lazer lets you instantly remix elements from the new album, Guns Don’t Kill People ..Lazers Do, produced by dancefloor innovators Diplo and Switch along with lazer-armed commando Major Lazer. With a huge arsenal of dancehall drums, laser blasts, instrument hits, sound effects and vocal samples, iDrum: Major Lazer is the ultimate zombie-fighting accessory. Take control and re-arrange rhythms, drums, effects and more from songs on the album. Or use the raw drums, effects and instrument sounds to make your own musical creations. iDrum’s simple interface lets you build beats layer by layer by tapping the touch screen. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never made a beat before–with iDrum, you can create music with simple shapes and color combinations that let you visualize the rhythm.

“mi use di Major Lazer iphone ting fi remix my chune dem an done di dance. so run guh get it, zeen?” – Major Lazer

* Unique Major Lazer sounds ward off vampires and zombies, now with 20% more zombie-fighting power!
* Use actual sounds from Major Lazer to make music on your iPhone or iPod touch
* Includes 10 customizable kits that include elements from songs on the album
* Take control of the rhythm of every drum sound and sample
* Remix rhythmic patterns from the album or start from scratch to make your own creations
* Bring sounds in and out of the mix to change the music
* Tap the touch screen to play and record your own musical patterns
* Customize patterns to create your own unique beats

Purchase iDrum: Major Lazer as well as the new album on iTunes – bit.ly/ituneslazer

About Major Lazer
Major Lazer is a Jamaican commando who lost his arm in the secret Zombie War of 1984. The US military rescued him and repurposed experimental lazers as prosthetic limbs. Since then Major Lazer has been a hired renegade soldier for a rogue government operating in secrecy underneath the watch of M5 and the CIA. His cover is that of a dancehall night club owner from Trinidad and he enlisted the help of long-time allies and uber-producers, Diplo and Switch, to produce his first LP. His true mission is to protect the world from the dark forces of evil that live just under the surface of a civilized society. He fights vampires and various monsters, parties hard, and has a rocket powered skateboard. For more information, please visit http://www.majorlazer.com.

About iZotope, Inc.
iZotope is a research-driven audio signal processing company based in Boston, Massachusetts. Its hardware products, software products, and audio technology are used by millions of people in over 50 countries, from hobbyist musicians to GRAMMY Award winners. iZotope focuses on developing innovative audio technology for professional and consumer applications. This core technology is presented to customers in its award-winning product line and through its extensive licensing program, which now includes an iPhone middleware SDK. For more information, please visit http://www.izotope.com.

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Major Lazer bio and Major Lazer tour dates

DIPLO & SWITCH READY MAJOR LAZER TO TAKE OVER THE UNIVERSE!

GRAMMY NOMINATED PRODUCER DIPLO AND PARTNER SWITCH BRING FULL LENGTH MAJOR LAZER ALBUM TO THE MASSES JUNE 16th ON DOWNTOWN RECORDS

The world is likely not ready for the arrival of Diplo & Switch’s musical machination Major Lazer; a renegade commando with a lazer arm and a rocket-powered skateboard who fights the spoils of Vampires, Zombies, Pimps, Mummies and other unsavory forces of evil. The first album in years of original material by these two highly regarded producers, the music is Diplo & Switch’s interpretation and homage to the songs and sounds they have discovered through the years.. The identity of Major Lazer was created by the two producers as a conduit to express their affinity for Jamaican music. The album references dancehall, ska, reggae, dub, calypso, and soca music recontextualized via Diplo and Switch’s club friendly background.

“It’s like digital reggae and dancehall from Mars in the future, pop culture run through a Jamaican filter!” exclaims Diplo.

On June 16th, Downtown Records will release GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE…LAZERS DO, the debut LP from Major Lazer, executive produced by Grammy-nominated masterminds Diplo & Switch. The album features performances from premiere Jamaican vocalists Vybz Cartel, Ward 21, Fambo, and Busy Signal, to name a few and embodies a soundtrack of a hard, technological future world that Major Lazer is fighting to protect. Diplo & Switch, known legends for their dance floor commando tactics, recorded the album at Tuff Gong and other studios in Jamaica.

MAJOR LAZER ENLISTS DIPLO & SWITCH FOR FULL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR OF DUTY

FULL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR BEGINS JUNE 13th IN NEW YORK CITY

DEBUT ALBUM GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE, LAZERS DO OUT THIS SUMMER ON DOWNTOWN RECORDS

Major Lazer (the Jamaican commando who lost his arms in the secret zombie war of 1984 and had them replaced by lazers) lands on US soil this June with some help from his friends and Grammy-nominated producers Diplo and Switch. Presenting stateside audiences with the futuristic dancehall and digital reggae sounds crafted as a soundtrack to a not-so-distant dystopian future, clubs everywhere will be thwarting oncoming evil forces through the liberating tunes on Guns Don’t Kill People, Lazers Do.

“Basically when we are kneeling by our bed praying to Jah, this album is what we are asking for.” – THE FADER

Tour Dates:

6/13/09 NEW YORK, NY SOBs

6/18/09 BOSTON, MA HOUSE OF BLUES

6/19/09 PHILADELPHIA, PA ELECTRIC FACTORY

6/20/09 WASHINGTON, DC ROCK AND ROLL HOTEL

6/24/09 VANCOUVER, BC COMMODORE BALLROOM

6/25/09 SEATTLE, WA NEUMOS

6/26/09 SAN FRANCISCO, CA THE GRAND BALLROOM @ REGENCY

6/27/09 LOS ANGELES, CA LA MEMORIAL COLISEUM & EXPO

7/10/09 AUSTIN, TX AUSTIN CITY MUSIC HALL

7/11/09 DALLAS, TX HOUSE OF BLUES

8/07/09 CHICAGO, IL CONGRESS THEATER

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MAJOR LAZER ENLISTS DIPLO & SWITCH FOR FULL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR OF DUTY FULL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR BEGINS JUNE 13th IN NEW YORK CITY

MAJOR LAZER ENLISTS DIPLO & SWITCH FOR FULL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR OF DUTY FULL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR BEGINS JUNE 13th IN NEW YORK CITY

DEBUT ALBUM GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE, LAZERS DO OUT THIS SUMMER ON DOWNTOWN RECORDS

Major Lazer (the Jamaican commando who lost his arms in the secret zombie war of 1984 and had them replaced by lazers) lands on US soil this June with some help from his friends and Grammy-nominated producers Diplo and Switch. Presenting stateside audiences with the futuristic dancehall and digital reggae sounds crafted as a soundtrack to a not-so-distant dystopian future, clubs everywhere will be thwarting oncoming evil forces through the liberating tunes on Guns Don’t Kill People, Lazers Do.

“Basically when we are kneeling by our bed praying to Jah, this album is what we are asking for.” – THE FADER

Tour Dates:
6/13/09 NEW YORK, NY SOBs
6/18/09 BOSTON, MA HOUSE OF BLUES
6/19/09 PHILADELPHIA, PA ELECTRIC FACTORY
6/20/09 WASHINGTON, DC ROCK AND ROLL HOTEL
6/24/09 VANCOUVER, BC COMMODORE BALLROOM
6/25/09 SEATTLE, WA NEUMOS
6/26/09 SAN FRANCISCO, CA THE GRAND BALLROOM @ REGENCY
6/27/09 LOS ANGELES, CA LA MEMORIAL COLISEUM & EXPO
7/10/09 AUSTIN, TX STUBB’S
7/11/09 DALLAS, TX HOUSE OF BLUES
8/07/09 CHICAGO, IL CONGRESS THEATER
10/31/09 INGLEWOOD, CA THE FORUM

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Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do Downtown Records, June 16

Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do Downtown Records, June 16

Major Lazer is a Jamaican commando who lost his arm in the secret Zombie War of 1984. The US military rescued him and repurposed experimental lazers as prosthetic limbs. Since then Major Lazer has been a hired renegade soldier for a rogue government operating in secrecy underneath the watch of M5 and the CIA. His cover is that of a dancehall night club owner from Trinidad and he enlisted the help of long-time allies and uber-producers, Diplo and Switch, to produce his first LP. His true mission is to protect the world from the dark forces of evil that live just under the surface of a civilized society. He fights vampires and various monsters, parties hard, and has a rocket powered skateboard.

As part of a plan to subdue the forces of evil with a batch of futuristic dancehall bangers, the three encamped at Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica to record the Major Lazer record. The product of this collaboration is Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do, a collection of tracks that draws from the rich dancehall tradition of Jamaica, the futuristic dance-floor-killing aesthetic of Diplo and Switch, and contributions from some of the biggest names in dancehall today. The record runs global pop culture through the filter of Major Lazer’s particular brand of 80’s-inspired digital dancehall, at once an homage to a bygone era and a look to the future of dance music.

Diplo (Philadelphia-based DJ and producer Wesley Pentz), incorporates such disparate influences as Miami Bass and Baile Funk into the high-tech ecclecticism of his productions. Known for his forward-thinking productions for MIA, Bonde Do Role and many others, and for the solo LP of cinematic, sample-based hip hop entitled Florida he recorded for the Ninja Tune imprint. Diplo is also the founder and owner of Mad Decent records, which has put out records by DJ Blaqstarr and Bonde do Role.

Switch (the pseudonym of British producer and DJ Dave Taylor) is the owner of one of the most progressive and respected underground dance music labels around, Dubsided. His work as producer is revered by critics, emulated by his fellow DJs, and sweated hard by dance floors on both sides of the Atlantic. Switch also permanently endeared himself to the bespectacled music cogniscenti with his contribution to Santigold’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut.

Grab the first single “Hold The Line” at Mad Decent – http://maddecent.com

Tracklist: Major Lazer – Gus Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do
01. Hold The Line feat. Mr. Lex & Santigold
02. When You Hear The Bassline feat. Ms. Thing
03. Can’t Stop Now feat. Mr. Vegas & Jovi Rockwell
04. Lazer Theme feat. Future Trouble
05. Anything Goes feat. Turbulence
06. Cash Flow feat. Jah Dan
07. Mary Jane feat. Mr. Evil & Mapei
08. Bruk Out feat. T.O.K. & Ms. Thing
09. What U Like feat. Amanda Blank & Einstein
10. Keep It Goin’ Louder feat. Nina Sky & Ricky Blaze
11. Pon De Floor feat. VYBZ Kartel (Additional Prpduction By Afro Jack)
12. Baby feat. Prince Zimboo
13. Jump Up feat. Leftside & Supahype (Co-Produced By Crookers)

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DIPLO MAD DECENT PARTNERS WITH DOWNTOWN MUSIC

DIPLO’S MAD DECENT PARTNERS WITH DOWNTOWN MUSIC

“Since it’s formation in 2006, Mad Decent has made a significant impact on the independent music community.”- ANTHEM MAGAZINE

Downtown Music is pleased to announce its newest joint venture with Philadelphia impresario Diplo’s label, Mad Decent. Grammy-nominated DJ & producer Diplo was first recognized as one half of the genre-defining DJ Crew Hollertronix and the mastermind behind his now legendary mixtape with M.I.A., Piracy Funds Terrorism. In 2006, Mad Decent opened its doors as a vehicle to break new artists discovered by Diplo from his travels around the world. From Brazil to Baltimore, artists such as Bonde do Role, Blaqstarr, Rye Rye, Crookers, Boy 8 Bit and South Rakkas Crew have come into the dance/hip-hop/electronic scene under Diplo’s watchful eye. Becoming a household name amongst the bloggerati and musical tastemakers, Diplo has created an environment with Mad Decent that supercedes the common role of record label and has become a cultural curator. Mad Decent now joins forces with one of todays most illustrious and lauded labels, Downtown Records, to bring even more great music into the hands and hearts of fans all over the world.

With the help of creative partner Switch and label manager Jasper Goggins, one of the founding partners of Turntable Lab, Diplo plans to take Mad Decent on an even greater global music journey. Upcoming releases from Mad Decent will include music from Philadelphia punk band Popo, London’s genre-less pioneer by way of dubstep Rusko and the first ever Mad Decent compilation, not to mention the hot and hugely hyped Diplo & Switch Major Lazer collaboration Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do, out June 16th on Downtown Records.

Josh Deutsch, Chairman & CEO of Downtown Records on the partnership: “I am extremely excited about Downtown’s partnership with Diplo and the Mad Decent label. Diplo is one of the most multi-faceted and innovative artists in music today. An artist, producer, DJ, tastemaker and cultural icon, Diplo’s influence and vision will continue to shape the musical landscape in the coming years. With Mad Decent, he has already created a forward-thinking label and culture, incorporating the best talent and creative resources with innovative business models that reflect a rapidly changing market. I am confident the Mad Decent/Downtown joint venture will afford Diplo and his excellent team the opportunity to continue to grow the Mad Decent brand in its own unique way, drawing on Downtown’s marketing, promotion, publishing and licensing resources to achieve tremendous successes.”

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DIPLO & SWITCH READY MAJOR LAZER TO TAKE OVER THE UNIVERSE! GRAMMY NOMINATED PRODUCER DIPLO AND PARTNER SWITCH BRING FULL LENGTH MAJOR LAZER ALBUM TO THE MASSES JUNE 16th ON DOWNTOWN RECORDS

DIPLO & SWITCH READY MAJOR LAZER TO TAKE OVER THE UNIVERSE! GRAMMY NOMINATED PRODUCER DIPLO AND PARTNER SWITCH BRING FULL LENGTH MAJOR LAZER ALBUM TO THE MASSES JUNE 16th ON DOWNTOWN RECORDS

The world is likely not ready for the arrival of Diplo & Switch’s musical machination Major Lazer; a renegade commando with a lazer arm and a rocket-powered skateboard who fights the spoils of Vampires, Zombies, Pimps, Mummies and other unsavory forces of evil. The first album in years of original material by these two highly regarded producers, the music is Diplo & Switch’s interpretation and homage to the songs and sounds they have discovered through the years.. The identity of Major Lazer was created by the two producers as a conduit to express their affinity for Jamaican music. The album references dancehall, ska, reggae, dub, calypso, and soca music recontextualized via Diplo and Switch’s club friendly background.

“It’s like digital reggae and dancehall from Mars in the future, pop culture run through a Jamaican filter!” exclaims Diplo.

On June 16th, Downtown Records will release GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE…LAZERS DO, the debut LP from Major Lazer, executive produced by Grammy-nominated masterminds Diplo & Switch. The album features performances from premiere Jamaican vocalists Vybz Cartel, Ward 21, Fambo, and Busy Signal, to name a few and embodies a soundtrack of a hard, technological future world that Major Lazer is fighting to protect. Diplo & Switch, known legends for their dance floor commando tactics, recorded the album at Tuff Gong and other studios in Jamaica.

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