We’re still a week away from the release of Major Lazer‘s sophomore album, Free the Universe, and one noticeable name that’s missing from the project is Switch, who not only helped create the first Major Lazer album, but has worked with Diplo, M.I.A., Christina Aguilera, and Santigold. His name has been out of the spotlight, and when word came out that he’d left Major Lazer (and Diplo added Jillionaire and Walshy Fire to the line-up), many speculated on the nature of Switch’s relationship with Diplo. In a recent interview, Diplo laid to rest any questions people had about why Switch is no longer in Major Lazer:
“I couldn’t make music if it weren’t for Switch – he and M.I.A. were my main influences, and he taught me how to make music and gave me my style 100 percent. But in terms of actually making records and finishing them, Switch doesn’t do that. And everyone knows that. He just can’t finish songs. He’s the best when he does it, though. But for me, I had to take it in my power to finish this record because no one was helping me.”
Diplo mentions that, for Switch, music is more of a hobby and that he is “still my homie,” and that Switch even helped him write “Get Free.” It should be interesting to see how different this new album is from Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do.