In an recent FADER interview, Pop multi-instrumental producer and DJ, Diplo of Major Lazor talks Jamaican music, specificallyDancehall.
According to Diplo, whose real name is Thomas Wesley Pentz, Dancehall music is doing it’s rotation all around the world, including the USA, Canada, France, Germany and Holland.
Where’s the craziest place you’ve seen dancehall pop off on your travels?
I see dancehall everywhere. The biggest shows that we do as Major Lazer are festivals and raves in New York, we’re really big in places like France, Germany and Holland, but when we play somewhere like South Italy, we play solo shows for 5,000 or 10,000 kids and they only want to hear dancehall records.
Like, they only want to hear the hardcore dancehall. That’s one of the biggest dancehall markets in the world, Southern Italy.
Germany still has a lot. Japan, I haven’t played there for like two years but that was always big for Major Lazer. Weird parts of Canada, like Calgary, Edmonton, where they have African and Jamaican diaspora.
Canada has a really crazy immigration policy, with the rest of Commonwealth—there’s a lot of places you wouldn’t imagine with dancehall scenes.
For instance, I just played in Toronto at the Mad Decent Block Party in Fort York for like 10,000 kids, and afterwards I wanted to play a smaller party so I played a gay weekly party called Parts and Labor.
It was hardcore dancehall—everyone was smashing the ceiling when I played dancehall records.
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