Major Lazer’s Jillionaire out, Ape Drums in

By Bandook - June 4, 2019

“A new era of Lazer” has begun, if a recent tweet by Major Lazer is anything to go by.

The dancehall-heavy EDM group has just seen the exit of Trinidadian DJ-producer Christopher Leacock (aka Jillionaire) and his replacement is Ape Drums aka Eric Alberto-Lopez. This, in spite of their upcoming album being the final one from the group.

Who he? Well, Eric is a Texas native who has played with Major Lazer in the past (they produced Ape Drums’s single The Way We Do This in 2016. He made his first appearance as part of ML at the Governor’s Ball in New York City over the weekend.

Major Lazer’s Jillionaire out, Ape Drums in
(L-R) Ape Drums, Diplo and Walshy Fire

FYI, Jillionaire has been a meme of the group since 2011. However he and Walshy Fire aren’t founding members of the group. Diplo and his production partner Switch are. They founded Major Lazer in 2008. Switch exited in 2011.

Major Lazer’s Jillionaire out, Ape Drums in
(L-R) Walshy Fire, Diplo and Jillionaire

Jillionaire and Walshy along with Diplo released  two crossover albums as Major Lazer , 2013’s Free The Universe and 2015’s Peace Is The Mission, as well as several EPs and singles including 2016 hit “Cold Water” with Justin Bieber and MØ.

No official statement has come from any member of Major Lazer.


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