It’s been almost 9 years since Jillionaire joined Major Lazer, but now a new era for the trio has come with Jillionaire leaving to pursue other personal projects with his full energy. Eric Alberto-Lopez, professionally known as Ape Drums, will be dropping into the project. He’s known for blending electronic music with Caribbean sounds, and Ape Drums has collaborated with the group before on their single The Way We Do This back in 2016.
Previously, Major Lazer consisted of Diplo, DJ Walshy Fire and Jillionaire. With a summer tour still on schedule, Ape Drums is now touring with the group and helping them finish their fourth album Lazerism. Just because Jillionaire is parting ways doesn’t mean he’s gone forever. In a message to Dancing Astronaut Diplo says more on the change.
“Jillionaire is always part of the team. Ape Drums is helping with production on some tracks (he’s done a few songs with us before) so he is going to tour with us as well…it’s like John Mayer joining the Grateful Dead.”
In an interview with Complex Magazine, Diplo says that Lazerism is Major Lazer’s last album. He hopes to concentrate on side groups such as Silk City with Mark Ronson and LSD with Labrinth and Sia. There is no doubt that new music is bound to come from this change. Listen to Lazerism‘s lead single You Can’t Take it From Me.
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