Switch (songwriter)

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Switch
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Background information
Birth nameDavid James Andrew Taylor
Also known as
  • Switch
  • A. Brucker
  • Solid Groove
OriginLondon, United Kingdom
Genres
Occupation(s)
InstrumentsTurntables
Years active2003–present
Associated acts

David James Andrew Taylor, better known by his stage name Switch, is an English songwriter, DJ, sound engineer, and record producer. He is best known for his work with Beyonce, M.I.A. and Major Lazer, of which he was a founding member. He was nominated at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in the Song of the Year category for ‘Paper Planes’ by M.I.A. which he co-produced with Diplo. Other artists he has produced include Christina Aguilera, Chaka Khan, Santigold, and Brandy among many others. He has released various singles under his own name, and is also well known for remixing and producing for many major artists.

Most notably Switch has worked extensively with fellow British artist M.I.A. co-producing tracks on her albums Arular, Kala, and Matangi. 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 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]

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.

Switch is the founder and owner of the independent record label 'Diary Records', which began in 2018 and released Chaka Khan's most recent record Hello Happiness[2]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Mix albums[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

  • 2003 "Get Ya Dub On"
  • 2004 "Get on Downz"
  • 2005 "Just Bounce 2 This"
  • 2005 "This is Sick" [3]
  • 2006 "A Bit Patchy"
  • 2011 "I Still Love You"

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. ^ Mitchell, Gail (8 February 2019). "Chaka Khan on Why She Released Her First Album in 12 Years". Billboard. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  3. ^ "This is Sick - Solid Groove - Who Sampled". WhoSampled. Retrieved 20 October 2013.