Switch (house DJ)

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Switch
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Background information
Birth name Dave Taylor
Also known as Switch, A. Brucker, Solid Groove
Origin London, United Kingdom
Genres House
Occupations DJ, songwriter, record producer, engineer
Years active 2003–present
Associated acts Major Lazer, M.I.A.

Switch is a British DJ, songwriter, sound engineer and record producer. He is best known for his work with M.I.A.. In the fidget house genre, Switch runs his own music label "Dubsided", as well as the label Counterfeet, established in 2006 with fellow producer Sinden. He has released various singles under his own name, and is also well known for remixing and producing for many major artists. He is a former member of the American electronic dancehall group Major Lazer.

Most notably Switch has worked extensively with fellow British artist M.I.A. co-producing tracks on her albums Arular and Kala. For the latter, he travelled to work with M.I.A. in A. R. Rahman's Panchathan Record Inn and AM Studios and other locations such as Kodambakkam, Chennai and Trinidad and Tobago. He says "When you go somewhere like India, and especially Jamaica, it puts you in a different train of thought, outside of your usual working conditions. They use music as their voice; they use it for politics, for religion. So, I think for people that are struggling, they can use it to vent frustrations, or to celebrate.”[1]

He has also produced tracks for artists like Christina Aguilera, Santigold, Amanda Blank, Brandy, Nicola Roberts and Beyoncé.

In 2009 Switch collaborated with fellow producer Diplo (whom he met through artist M.I.A.) to create the album Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do under the name Major Lazer.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 2003 "Get Ya Dub On"
  • 2004 "Get on Downz"
  • 2005 "Just Bounce 2 This"
  • 2005 "This is Sick" [2]
  • 2006 "A Bit Patchy"
  • 2011 "I Still Love You"

Mix albums[edit]

  • 2006 House Bash-Up Mix (given away free with Mixmag)
  • 2008 Fabric Live.43 – Get Familiar (Mixed by Sinden)

Albums[edit]

  • 2009 "Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do" as Major Lazer

Production discography[edit]

Remixes[edit]

Songs that Switch has remixed include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tewksbury, Drew (2 July 2009). "DIPLO + SWITCH = MAJOR LAZER". Flaunt. Retrieved 15 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "This is Sick - Solid Groove - Who Sampled". WhoSampled. Retrieved 20-10-13.