MAJOR LAZER MEMBER WALSHY FIRE TALKS NEW ALBUM ‘CHICKEN AND DUMPLIN’, HIS ROLE IN THE GROUP, AND DANCEHALL W/ DJCITY
Jamaican-born MC, producer, and DJ of popular EDM trio Major Lazer, Walshy Fire drops his new riddim album called “Chicken and Dumplin” with soca producer Kubiyashi.
The album includes songs from heavyweight reggae artist such as Beenie Man, Sean Paul, Shaggy, and many more.
Today is Mad Decent’s takeover of Avalon’s Control party in Los Angeles and Walshy Fire will be headlining!!
DJcity caught up with Walshy to discuss all things dancehall, the comparison between Jamaican selectors and American DJs, his role in Major Lazer, being the first major American artist to perform in Cuba since the diplomatic tiew were restored, and more.
Below are a few Q & A’s…
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.
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.
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.
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Listen to Walshy Fire’s new album below: