Rare sole fare in Queenstown from Jillionaire


Electro-dancehall doyen The Jillionaire is set to rip it up in Queenstown this weekend.

The Trinidad & Tobago native DJ producer – aka Chris Leacock – is an integral member of the hottest collective in electronic dance music, US act Major Lazer.

Now based in Brooklyn, New York, he’s currently on a New Zealand and Australia club tour as a solo performer.

And he’ll bring his unique mash-up of house and electro with Caribbean soca and reggae to Loco Cantina on Sunday.

It’ll be Jillionaire’s first solo performance in New Zealand in his career spanning more than 15 years.

That’s seen gigs and tours across the US, South America, Asia, Europe and the UK, including a show-stealing performance at London’s Notting Hill Carnival in 2009.

But it’s since joining Major Lazer in 2011 – with Diplo and Walshy Fire – that his career has become mainstream.

The trio embarked on a worldwide 34-date tour in 2013 on the back of releasing Free The Universe, with the album’s first single Get Free viewed more than 20 million times on YouTube.

EP Apocalypse Soon, released in February, featured vocal contributions from Pharrell Williams and Sean Paul.

Major Lazer also produced Snoop Dogg’s debut reggae album Reincarnated in 2012, after his name change to Snoop Lion.

Jillionaire’s 2014 single Fresh with Salvatore Ganacci was heralded by the likes of Skrillex and Dillon Francis.

This year he’s also launched his own record label, Feel Up Records, aiming to present sounds from around the world.

Expect a sell-out show.

Catch the Jillionaire at Loco Cantina this Sunday, October 5, 9pm-4am. Tickets $25. R18.