by levina | March 15, 2012

This past Sunday, Barton Hall housed two DJ halves of two collaborative electronic groups on its stage: A-Trak of Ducksauce and Diplo of Major Lazer. Twenty-nine year old, New York-based A-Trak opened the night with high-energy beats before ending his quick, five-hour stay at Cornell and heading back down to his home base.

We caught up with Diplo in A-Trak’s surprisingly sparse crowd as he surveyed the scene and rocked some LCA gear before he headed on stage with the rest Major Lazer family — minus hypeman Skerrit Bwoy (who found God and cancelled all of his shows on November 11, 2011) and DJ partner Switch (whom Diplo claims has not contributed to the project in four years) — to bump some heavy electro-infused reggae tracks.

Diplo killed the crowd by remixing popular tracks such as Tyga’s “Rack City” and A$AP Rocky’s “Peso” before dropping wildly popular “Pon de Floor” and closing out with “Original Don.” We succumbed to the irresistible urge to dance for three solid hours then unwinded with Diplo, Mela Murder, and the rest of the Major Lazer crew after the concert.

Fun Fact: Cornell’s Sigma Chi chapter taught Diplo how to play quarters.

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